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In the Name of All?h, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy
[Q]: If the followers of a Jan?zah were practicing an innovation, should I follow the Jan?zah or leave it?
Shaykh Muqbil ibn H?d? al-W?d??: As long as the deceased is a Muslim, the Messenger of All?h (sallall?hu ?alayhi wa-sallam) mentioned: “The Muslim has five rights upon a Muslim” in another narration, six rights, and from these rights is that you follow his Jan?zah. So it is required that you follow the Jan?zah, and if you are able to renounce the innovation, then you renounce it according to your capability, [even if it is only] renouncing it with your heart. Do not cooperate with them in their innovation, for it is an innovation. We hope that All?h (sub??nahu wa-ta??la) grants us understanding and grants our people understanding so that they leave off these innovations.
The Messenger of All?h (sallall?hu ?alayhi wa-sallam) mentioned: “There is no deceased Muslim who is prayed upon by a group of people who do not associate anything in worship with All?h except that All?h accepts their intercession for him [i.e. the deceased]”. So we should strive to increase the numbers of those praying [at the Jan?zah]. Pray and follow the Jan?zah according to the Sunnah. All?h’s aid is sought.
Source: Ij?bah al-S??il ?al? ?Aham al-Mas??il, pg.414. Q#273
Translated by: Mun?b al-?um?l?
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