'FATEHA AND ESAL E
1. All the Ulama-e-Haq and the
Buzrugaan-e-Deen hold the belief that to send Esaale Sawaab to
the souls of the deceased is permissible.
2. It is permissible for a Muslim to send the Sawaab of his
deeds, such a Salaah, Saum, Zakaah, Hajj, Sadaqa, etc. to
3. If a person kept Fast, performed his or her Salaah, or gave
Sadaqa and then sent this Sawaab to another person, either
living or deceased, then to do so is permissible, and that
Sawaab reaches the said person. (Bahrur Raa'iq)
4. Hazrat Anas (radi Allahu anhu) asked the Prophet (S.A.W.):
"If we send Sawaab to the deceased, give Sadaqa and Khayraat and
ask Dua for them, does this reach them?" The Prophet (S.A.W.)
said: "Verily it reaches them. Read Salaah for them as you read
for yourself and fast for them as you fast for yourself. In
other words, make Esaale Sawaab of Salaah and Saum for them."
The meaning of this Hadith Shareef is that we should send the
Sawaab of our actions to the deceased, since in reality one
cannot perform Salaah and keep fast for another person or on his
behalf, but we can send the Sawaab of our actions to them.
5. Hazrat Abdullah ibn Abbas (radi Allahu anhu) has stated: "On
the Days of Eid, the 10th of Muharram, the first Friday of
Rajab, on Shabbe Baraat, and on Thursday nights, the souls of
the deceased are left free to go to their homes, wherein they go
and ask for Sadaqa and Khayraat. If they do not receive any Dua
or Fateha, then they return to their graves saddened and
disappointed and they say, 'O Allah! They have deprived us, You
6. The Prophet (S.A.W.) as said: "When a person passes away and
the family of the deceased gives Sadaqa, Khayraat and makes Dua
for him, then Sayyiduna Jibraeel (alaihis salaam) takes it to
them in their graves on a tray that is beautifully decorated.
When they receive this, they become so pleased as if someone in
the world becomes pleased on receiving a gift, and his neighbour
who has not received any Sawaab becomes sad".
7. Hazrat Sa'ad ibn Ubaadah (radi Allahu anhu) once came to the
Prophet (S.A.W.) and said: "Ya Rasoolallah (S.A.W.)! My mother
has passed away. What can I do for Esaale Sawaab?" The Prophet (S.A.W.)
said: "Prepare a well for water". When the well was prepared,
Rasoolullah (S.A.W.) went close to the well and made Dua: "This
is for the Esaale Sawaab for the mother of Saad". While making
this Dua, he raised his hands high, and after Dua, he turned his
hands over his blessed face.
8. For those who object to Fateha and Dua, the following is for
(A). It is allowed to make Dua in front of the Niyaz (offering),
as this is what the Prophet (S.A.W.) did by coming close to the
well to make Dua.
(B). It is allowed to lift up the hands for Dua and to end the
Dua by turning the hands over the face.
(C). It is preferable to call a pious person to make the Dua.
(D). To make Fateha on Niyaz is allowed. If it were not, then
the Prophet (S.A.W.) would not have made Dua near the water, but
would have said that the intention was sufficient.
(E). For the person to obtain the Sawaab, it is not necessary to
feed the Niyaz first, but Dua can be made before this since the
Prophet (S.A.W.) made Dua even before any person drank out of
9. Whosoever makes Khatam of the Holy Quran and then makes Dua,
4 000 Angels say Aameen on his Dua. They then continue making
Dua for him and they continue asking blessings for him until the
morning or afternoon. (Tafseer Roohul Bayaan)
10. At the time of Khatam Shareef, there is a flow of
mercy and to make Dua after completing the Quran is Mustahab.
11. When Hazrat Anas (radi Allahu anhu) used to complete
the Holy Quran, then he would call all his family and friends
and make Dua. (Jila'ul Afhaam)
12. When making Fateha, one should follow the proceedure
of the pious Saints. When making the Fateha, send the Sawaab to
the Prophet (S.A.W.), the pious servants, the Companions, and
then through their blessing, ask for it to be sent to the soul
of the deceased. This is the prescribed method, and this is the
method that the Ahle Sunnah has always followed.
13. By making Esaale Sawaab, it gives comfort to the
deceased, pleases them, saves them from the torment of the
grave, elevates their status and causes benefit to the sender as
well as the receiver.