Reciting Fatiha for the Deceased: A Story.
Shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari (may Allah be pleased with him and please him) said:
I saw in the dream a scholar from who had passed away, stretched out on his bed, and to his side was what looked like a male nurse in his white uniform.
I said to him: It has reached me about you that you were very eloquent in speech and I want to hear your eloquence.
He signaled to me in a way that I understood that he was hungry and unable to speak.
I sat on a carpet next to him and recited the Fatiha for him. When I said, “Amen,” what looked like a silver Riyal came down from the ceiling. The man next to him took it. At this point the scholar sat up cross-legged and said to him: get some food.
I said to him: Does the Qur’an reach you this quickly?
He said: Yes, but not at this speed with which the reward of the Fatiha arrived.
Meaning: That the Fatiha reaches earlier than the other Surahs.
He then added: You (the living who send it) also benefit from it, though you are not aware of that.
It harms not the mid-day Sun rising above the horizon that the blind man cannot see its brightness