Death is inevitable; every life must taste death. When our loved ones pass away it is obligatory to recite a dua when closing the eyes of the dead. This duas is to ask Allah’s mercy, blessings, and forgiveness upon the dead.
This dua was reported in an authentic hadith by Umm Salama in which the prophet made this dua after her husband Abu Salama passed away.
Umm Salama reported:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) came to Abu Salama (as he died). His eyes were fixedly open. He closed them, and then said: When the soul is taken away the sight follows it. Some of the people of his family wept and wailed. So he said: Do not supplicate for yourselves anything but good, for angels say” Amen” to what you say. He then said: O Allah, forgive Abu Salama, raise his degree among those who are rightly guided, grant him a successor in his descendants who remain. Forgive us and him, O Lord of the Universe, and make his grave spacious, and grant him light in it.Sahih Muslim 920a
Below is the Dua When Closing the Eyes of the Dead in Arabic, transliteration, and English translation:
اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِفلَانٍ (باسمه) وَارْفَعْ دَرَجَتَهُ فِي الْمَهْدِيِّينَ، وَاخْلُفْهُ فِي عَقِبِهِ فِي الْغَابِرِينَ، وَاغْفِرْ لَنَا وَلَهُ يَارَبَّ الْعَالَمِينَ، وَافْسَحْ لَهُ فِي قَبْرِهِ وَنَوِّرْ لَهُ فِيهِDua When Closing the Eyes of the Dead in Arabic
Allaahummaghfir li-fulanin (name of the person) warfa’ darajatahu fil-mahdiyyeena, wakhlufhu fee ‘aqibihi fil-ghaabireena , waghfir-lanaa wa lahu yaa Rabbal-‘aalameena, wafsah lahu fee qabrihi wa nawwir lahu feehi.Transliteration of Dua When Closing the Eyes of the Dead
O Allah, forgive (say the person’s name) and elevate his station among those who are guided. Send him along the path of those who came before, and forgive us and him, O Lord of the worlds. Enlarge for him his grave and shed light upon him in it.English Translation of Dua When Closing the Eyes of the Dead