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18 June 2019 CE | 15 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Tray of Food

Anas (radi Allahu anhu) relates that he said to the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam): “O Messenger of Allah, we give in charity, perform the pilgrimage, and supplicate for our dead. Does this reach them?” He replied, “Yes, indeed it reaches them, and they rejoice thereat just as one of you rejoices at the gift of a tray of food.” [Abu Hifs – Al-Kabeer Al-Akbari, Fath-ul-Qadeer]

Once someone near and dear to you dies, you don’t have to stop giving them gifts. There are gifts that you can continue to give them which they will be as overjoyed to receive as you would be if you were presented with a delicious buffet on a big tray.

Think of how even a little bit of different types of food presented to you by your neighbour in Ramadhan makes you happy; how eager you are to sample what they have sent for Iftar. You can send this type of happiness to your deceased Muslim friends and relatives. The charity you give on their behalf, Hajj you perform on their behalf, and Dua you make for them, reaches them with your name tag on it, and makes them happy.

“The position of Hanafis and Hanbalis is that a Muslim is entitled to donate the reward of any kind of worship he performs to whomever he wishes of the Muslim dead. As for Shafi’is and Malikis, they distinguish between acts that are valid to perform in another’s stead and those that are not, the former being valid to donate the reward of to the deceased, while the latter are not.” [Reliance of the Traveller by Ahmad ibn Naqib Al-Misri]

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