Pouring Zamzam water inside grave at burial
Fatwa No: 324475

Question

I have heard that pouring Zamzam water inside the grave during the burial is good. Last week, during my mother's burial in UAE, the maulvi stopped me from doing so saying that it is an innovation. Please advise with a hadith reference. Thank 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 ʻalayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger. 

Pouring Zamzam water or any other water inside the grave is not an act of Sunnah; however, it is allowed to sprinkle water over the grave after the burial to settle the dust. The prominent scholar Ibn ʻUthaymeen  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him was asked, “Does sprinkling water over the grave benefit the deceased?

He answered:

It does not benefit the deceased, and if someone did that while believing that such an act is part of the teachings of Islam, then this belief is incorrect. In fact, water is sprinkled over the grave (immediately) after the burial so that the soil would settle and would not scatter because of the wind or any other cause. This is the reason for sprinkling water over the grave after the burial. The deceased does not benefit from the water sprinkled over the grave nor does it reach him, and his body is in no need of water.” [Fataawa Noor ʻala Ad-Darb]

Allaah knows best.

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