Can Muslims pray for non-Muslims?

A prayer is an important act of worship in the life of a Muslim. It is possible to bring solutions to many complex problems in our lives from Allah Ta’ala through prayer. But the question remains, can Muslims pray for non-Muslims?

Usually, those who believe in Allah or who are Muslim benefit from dua. But if a prayer is made for those who do not believe in Allah, will Allah accept that prayer?

This question is natural to arise in the mind. So today in our article we are discussing the answer to this question in detail.

Can Muslims pray for non-Muslims?

Whether Muslims can pray for non-Muslims can be under several circumstances. Praying for a non-Muslim while he is still alive.

Praying for a non-Muslim after his death. Pray for your non-Muslim parents. Praying for a non-Muslim friend.

Praying for a non-Muslim who is likely to become a Muslim. To invite a non-Muslim, if he is interested in accepting Islam, to pray for him, etc.

It can take many forms. Whether to pray for him or not depends on these forms. We discuss each of these in separate headings.

Praying for a non-Muslim to become a Muslim

Muslims can pray for the guidance of non-Muslims.  Muslims can pray to Allah for the non-Muslims to follow the right path. 

You can ask Allah that, O Allah, guide my non-Muslim friend.  Show him the straight path.  It should be done.  A Muslim will always invite non-Muslims to Islam. 

The beauty of Islam will be presented to them.  The Qur’an-Hadith message will be presented to them.  He will pray to Allah that he may accept the Qur’an Hadith and the true religion. 

The Imam encouraged us to do so.  Those who do this will be rewarded in the Hereafter, In Sha Allah.

It is lawful and good to pray in this way.  Rasulullah – may Allah bless him and grant him peace – made this kind of dua.

It was narrated from Ibn Umar – may Allah be pleased with him – that the Messenger of Allah – may Allah bless him and grant him peace – said,

“O Allah, strengthen Islam through the one who is dearer to You between these two people: Abu Jahal or Umar bin Khattab.” (Sunan at-Tirmidhi – 3681)

can Muslims pray for non-Muslims when they die

If a non-Muslim dies in disbelief, no supplication can be made for him.  It is clearly forbidden.  Because while the non-Muslim is alive there is a possibility that he will convert to Islam. 

So you can pray for him.  So that he accepts Islam and conducts his life accordingly.  But as soon as he died, this possibility disappeared completely. 

Therefore, after the death of a non-Muslim, one cannot pray for ears.

Can you pray for non-Muslim parents?

One can pray for the guidance of one’s Muslim parents while they are still alive.

But if they die, no more dua can be made for them, it is clearly prohibited in the Holy Quran.

Regarding supplication for non-Muslims, Allah Almighty says in the Holy Quran:

مَا كَانَ لِلنَّبِیِّ وَ الَّذِیْنَ اٰمَنُوْۤا اَنْ یَّسْتَغْفِرُوْا لِلْمُشْرِكِیْنَ وَ لَوْ كَانُوْۤا اُولِیْ قُرْبٰی مِنْۢ بَعْدِ مَا تَبَیَّنَ لَهُمْ اَنَّهُمْ اَصْحٰبُ الْجَحِیْمِ

Translation: It is not compatible for the Prophet and those who believe to pray for forgiveness for the polytheists, even if they are their relatives. When it becomes clear that they are worthy of Hell.’ (Surat At-Tawbah – 113)

Can a Muslim pray for a dead Christian?

If a Muslim Christian dies, no other prayer can be made for him. No matter how close he is to you. It is forbidden for you to pray for him.

But if a Christian friend is alive, he can invite him to become a Muslim.

The beautiful sayings of Islam can serve before him. And may pray to Allah Ta’ala for His guidance.

Can you make dua for a Muslim who passed away?

Yes, of course, we will pray for a Muslim after he dies. Even if we pray Janaza for a Muslim after his death, it is a dua.

The Holy Quran encourages us to pray for our dead parents. It is an important responsibility for us.

For our parents, for our relatives, for the neighbors, for those who have died, we will pray for them.

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