Do I Need to Form an Intention Each Time I Want to Denote Rewards to the Deceased? – Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat


Do I need to form an intention each time I want to denote rewards to the deceased / whole Ummah, or is it okay to set it once for life that the whole ummah benefits (living and dead) for all Fard, Wajib and various sunnah acts?


I pray you are well.

Either is fine. You are, in essence, asking Allah to be generous to others on your behalf, and Allah knows everything. You can choose to donate everything at once or do it from occasion to occasion.

The act itself is great, and none deserves the gifted reward more than the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) despite him not needing it. His struggle to ensure the guidance of Allah reached and benefitted us is one that cannot be properly thanked, let alone repaid. Do gift the reward to him and the other Prophets, Companions, and the righteous too.

May Allah accept it from you.

[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History, he moved to Damascus in 2007, where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital. He was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.