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Reciting Surah Fatiha at Gravesite


What should Shia recite when visiting the graves of relatives? I was told Surah Al Hamd but I see people and they hold out their hands in dua and it seems like they are reciting a lot more than just Surah al Hamd. I feel bad for finishing early and they are still reciting and reciting.


A shia can recite any dua or sura of the Holy Quran for their deceased. Sura Hamd is the most recommended chapter recited based on traditions of the Holy Prophet and His pure progeny. This does not mean that other recitations apart from that should be missed out. Those who are no more alive need as much as possible to make their path easier in the intermediary world. Therefore, if you have a good intention and a proper state of heart, you can please your deceased ones by granting them as much gifts as possible in the form of either dua, salawats or recitation of the Holy Quran, not to mention sadqa and two sets of prayer for their reward. Great scholars suggest that the best way to go about this is to grant all your worship first to the imam of our time, who will in turn give this gift to your deceased in the best and most complete form, such that they enjoy the highest reward on

Salma Alavi