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Inviting neighbors for food and grant the reward for the deceased

In Kashmir there is a tradition that when any person dies, food is served on the fourth day for neighbors and relatives and money is offered for Quran to be recited for the deceased. Are these acts permissible?

Answer

In times of death, people across the world find different ways of consolation to help them to get through these tough times. The calamity of death contains within its fold the hardship of being apart from the beloved deceased and the urge to grant him/her rewards. Therefore, all acts of charity such as feeding people, reciting Quran, paying money to the poor etc. are acts whose reward can be dedicated to the deceased. Thus, the mentioned traditions and cultural practices are permissible. Moreover, if they are accompanied with the intention and supplication to God Almighty to give the reward of these practices to the deceased, the reward will be granted to both the deceased and his family who did these acts of charity on his/her behalf.
And God Almighty knows best.

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