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Bidaa’h of gathering after fourty days to pray for the deceased

Question: 5871

In the indo Pak bangladesh
subcontinent, there is something in the culture where if any Muslim dies then after 40
days we observe a day of supplication and rememberance of that person. My father recently
died ( XXXX) so I would like to know the islamic ruling on these kind of observences?

Praise be to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah and his family.

What happens in some Muslim countries where the
friends and relatives of the deceased gather after 40 days to read Quraan, make
duaa for him and remember him is undoubtedly bidah (reprehensible
innovation) for which no authority has been revealed by Allaah. It is not permissible to
take part in or attend such gatherings. We have to speak out against such practices. The
Muslim should pray for his brother at all times, not only for three days after his death,
or forty days or one year later, etc. It should be known that this is a custom of the
Kuffaar and it is not permissible for us to imitate them. May Allaah help us to follow the
Sunnah, and may He bless our Prophet Muhammad.

Source

Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

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