Innovation to specify visit to graves on third day after burial
Fatwa No: 14753

  • Fatwa Date:12-11-2007 - Thul-Qi'dah 3, 1428
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What is the ruling on specifying the third day after burial to visit the graves? What are the characteristics of the Sharee‘ah-approved grave?


All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and messenger.


Visiting graves is permissible at any time, and all days are similar in this regard. There is no merit for one certain day over another.  It was not proven that the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, specified the third day after burial as a time to visit the graves. Therefore, specifying this day is a religious innovation.

To learn the etiquettes of visiting the graves, see Fatwa 85657. To learn about the Sharee‘ah-approved grave, see Fatwa 85432.

Allaah Knows best.

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