Observing voluntary Sawm on behalf of the deceased

Question: We hope that Your Eminence will tell us the ruling on observing voluntary Sawm (Fast) on behalf of a deceased parent or relative.

Answer: Voluntary Sawm is not to be observed on behalf of a deceased, rather one can make Du`aa’ (supplication), give Sadaqah (voluntary charity), offer Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims), or perform Hajj or `Umrah on their behalf. These matters are mentioned in Allaah’s Purified Shar` (Law), and they benefit the deceased if Allaah (Exalted be He) accepts them… read more here.

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