Plastering graves with mud
Fatwa No: 320257

  • Fatwa Date:29-3-2016 - Jumaadaa Al-Aakhir 20, 1437
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Question

Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. Respectful Scholar, I have question regarding graves. In my village, there is a graveyard, and the keeper of this yard is asking for some soil to rectify the condition of that graveyard as rain and wind and so on has washed it away. So is it permissible to give him soil to rectify the condition of the graveyard and the graves. May Allaah reward you.

Answer

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 ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

The scholars held two different views regarding mudding the graves (plastering with wet mud); the majority of the scholars held that it is permissible, and the other scholarly view is that it is disliked.

Ibn Qudaamah  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him wrote, "Imaam Ahmad was asked about mudding the grave, and he replied, 'I hope there is no harm in that.' Al-Hasan and Ash-Shaafiʻi deemed it permissible..." [Al-Mughni]

An-Nawawi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him wrote, "As for mudding the grave, Imaam Al-Haramayn (Al-Juwayni) and Al-Ghazaali held that it is disliked. Abu ʻEesa At-Tirmithi stated in his book Jaamiʻ At-Tirmithi that Ash-Shaafiʻi said, 'There is no harm in mudding the grave.' The scholars of the Shaafiʻi School of jurisprudence did not address this matter. Hence, the correct scholarly view is that it is not disliked, as stated by Ash-Shaafiʻi, and no prohibition was reported in this regard..." [Al-Majmooʻ]

The Hanafi book Radd Al-Muhtaar reads, "It is disliked to mud the graves. The chosen view is that it is not disliked..."

The Maaliki book Minah AL-Jaleel reads, "It is disliked to mud a grave or cover it with lime. Most of the scholars' statements are about mudding the exterior of the grave and some scholars were reported to have meant mudding the interior of the grave..."

Based on the above, you bear no sin for giving the keeper soil to rectify the condition of the graves, since the most extreme ruling regarding mudding graves is dislike (not prohibition).

If there is a real need for mudding the graves so as to preserve them and protect the dead from being carried away by floods or the like, then the dislike is waived. For more benefit, please to fatwa 123484.

Allaah knows best.

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