Question: Salafis tell me that the Prophet’s parents died in the state of kufr and will go to hell. Is that correct?
Answer: According to the majority and strongest(rajih) position of the Ahl Sunnah Wal Jama’ah the parents of our beloved Prophet s.a.w. died in the state of fitra without having the opportunity to receive the true message. For this reason they are counted as those who are saved. Imam Al-Suyuti expounded on this issue in several fatawa among them are Masalik Al-Hunafa’ fi waliday al-Mustafa, al-Duruj al-munifa and al-Ta’zim wal minna. At the end of Masalik Al-Hunafa’ Al-Suyuti cites Al-Qadi Abu Bakr ibn Al-Arabi who says that anyone who makes such a statement i.e. that the Prophet’s parents are in hell “such a man is cursed”. Wallahu’alam.