Doing certain actions in memory of the deceased

Q: I just want to know if it is allowed for people to do certain things or dedicate certain things a deceased person was into or used to do when they were alive, e.g. like racing or boxing and then the person honoring the deceased person does the same but 'in memory of' that deceased person? I don't know of any Islamic basis but would like to know what the ruling is on this?

A: Apart from these activities being a waste of time and money, they do not bring any benefit to the deceased in anyway. A believer should value the bounty of life which Allah Ta’ala has granted and take lesson from the death of the deceased. If one wishes to benefit the deceased, then one should recite a portion of the Quraan Shareef or give some sadaqah and convey the reward of the good deeds to the deceased.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

أَفَحَسِبْتُمْ أَنَّمَا خَلَقْنَاكُمْ عَبَثًا وَأَنَّكُمْ إِلَيْنَا لَا تُرْجَعُونَ ﴿المؤمنون: ١١٥﴾

وَمَا هَـٰذِهِ الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا لَهْوٌ وَلَعِبٌ وَإِنَّ الدَّارَ الْآخِرَةَ لَهِيَ الْحَيَوَانُ لَوْ كَانُوا يَعْلَمُونَ ﴿العنكبوت: ٦٤﴾

عن أبي هريرة، أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم، قال: إذا مات الإنسان انقطع عنه عمله إلا من ثلاثة: إلا من صدقة جارية، أو علم ينتفع به، أو ولد صالح يدعو له.(صحيح مسلم، الرقم: 1631)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)