Is the belief of the fortieth or fiftieth night of a dead man, just a superstition?
Submitted by on Sat, 09/01/2010 - 19:00
Dear Brother / Sister,
We do not know any narrations regarding the fortieth or fifty-second night of the dead person mentioned in the authentic religious sources. It is not rightful to organize special ceremonies on those occasions. It is always good to pray, give alms and recite the Quran for the dead person. There can be no limitations for those good acts.
It is true that some deeds help the dead and some behaviors’ merit reach them. For example, most of the scholars stated that alms given for the dead, the Quran recited on behalf of him/her, and prayers said for him/her reach the dead. (See Nawawi, Fatawa 92; Ibn Abidin,al-Uqad l1/297.)
However, the first condition for it is to have died as a believer. It is clearly stated in the Quran that such advantages are not considerable for the unbelievers, and no imploring for forgiveness will be accepted for them (at-Tawbah 9, 80)
Instead of gathering on those nights to do the aforementioned things, it is recommendable to recite the Quran, to do a charity and to give alms for the dead person at any time.
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