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Question: Is it bid'ah (innovation) to read the Qur'an while visiting a family of a deceased person who is in mourning?
unknown (13/04/2010)

There is no fixed ritual of reading the Qur'an on such an occasion in Islam. The prescribed sunnah is to comfort the bereaved family and help them cope with their grief. Having said this, I must rush to add: we cannot consider reading of the Quran and offering a supplication a bid'ah. How can it be when we know that reading the Qur'an and offering supplications (du'as) is all good in themselves? One can object to it only if one does it at the expense of far more important duties prescribed by the Shari'ah. Furthermore, one may also consider it a better practice than simply engaging in idle chats and frivolities which many people tend to indulge in on such occasions.

It needs to be pointed out that since the Qur'an is the true source of healing, inspiration and mercy for the faithful, the Muslim conscience over the centuries has instinctively turned to it for comfort in times of  tragedies and hardships. Therefore, to discourage them from turning to the Qur'an for consolation is being rigid. By such an attitude, those who do so end up destroying what they set out to build in the first place. May Allah help us to shun rigidity and  open our hearts to seek comfort in the Word of Allah. Allah says, "We send down in the Qur'an that which is a healing and mercy for believers. Though it only increases the unjust in their failure." (Qur'an: 17: 82).


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