Q5: The Du‘a’ (supplication) during the Funeral Prayer is always recited in masculine singular form, can it be recited in a plural form if it is being performed for many people, the dual form for two people; or the feminine form if the deceased is a female?

 A: The Du‘a’ can be recited in a plural, dual, or feminine form, according to who the Salah (Prayer) is being performed for. If the gender of the person is not known, it is permissible to use a masculine form to refer to the Mayt (masculine word in Arabic referring to the dead) or a feminine form to refer to the Janazah (feminine word in Arabic referring the funeral).

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’
Member Member Deputy Chairman Chairman
`Abdullah ibn Qa`ud `Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan `Abdul-Razzaq `Afify `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz

The fifth question of Fatwa no. 4256