Does the Deceased Know What Is Happening to His Living Relatives?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum,

I often think if my late father, God rest his soul, knows what is going on in the lives of my family. Does a deceased person know what is happening in his family’s life, the good and the bad?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

The deceased moves into another realm of being termed the inter-world (barzakh). Such a world and its details are from the unseen and we do not know what that life is like except what has come to us from revelation.

However, it is unlikely that a person knows what is happening in the lives of the family they left behind, and in reality, it will not affect anything in their own lives as their book of deeds has been closed– except for the good works that people send the reward of.

Practically, this is the best thing that you can do for them. For details, please see: Donating Reward to the Dead: A Detailed Answer

And Allah Most High alone knows best.

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

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Must One’s Underwear Be Free From Filth Before Praying?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: My question is, if it drips in tiny amounts in our underwear specifically, is our underwear included in the clothing that must be washed before we enter Salat, or is it only outer garments that need to be clean?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I hope you are in the best of health and spirits, insha’Allah.

Yes, one’s under garments are included in that which must be clean before initiating one’s prayer.

However, up to 5cm in diameter of liquid filth on one’s body or clothing would be excused. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah; `Ala al-Din `Abidin, al-Hadiyya al-`Ala’iyya]

Please see: What Should I Do About Left Over Drops of Urine?

And Allah alone gives success.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani