Du’a,[1] or supplicating to Allah, creates a link between the believer and Creator without any intermediary, and provides hope, peace, and tranquillity. The believer earns the Mercy of the Creator and can maintain a good sense of self and a better sense of purpose. Supplication for other believers is also part of the believer’s credo. In one narration, the Prophet (PBUH) taught us that the Angels state, “and for you the same” when we supplicate for our brother or sister.[2]

Supplicating for a living non-Muslim is permitted and encouraged so long as it is for their guidance and the Creator’s mercy. This is evident in the Qur’an where Prophet Ibraheem (PBUH) supplicates for non-Muslims: “My Lord, they have led many people astray. Whoever follows me belongs with me; and whoever disobeys me—You are Forgiving and Merciful.”[3]

Supplicating for non-Muslims who have passed away while in a state of disbelief, is not supported by Islamic edicts. The Qur’an makes it clear that it is unbefitting of a believer to supplicate for anyone who dies in a state of disbelief.[4] Prophet Ibraheem (PBUH) stopped supplicating for his father because he died a disbeliever. Therefore, it is advisable to do so for any non-Muslims while they are living.

[1] Du’a: prayer

[2] Sahih Muslim

[3] Qur’an 14:36

[4] Qur’an 9:113