Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalamu Alaikum,

My grandfather recently passed away. He was not Muslim but I am unaware exactly what his views were in regards to religion. Am I guilty because I did not manage to talk to him about Islam before he died even if I had the intention to do so? Is it possible he may be categorised as someone who did not hear the true message? Is there anything I can do for him now such as prayer or charity? And also what is the purpose of illness and pain for non-muslims?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

No, you are not at fault here.

You will, insha’Allah, get the reward of your intention as “The believer’s intention is better than his action.”

As for your question on pain and suffering, please see the following detailed article: Suffering and Divine Wisdom

And please also see: What is the Fate of Non-Muslims in the Afterlife?

And Allah alone gives success.

Wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

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