Visiting shrines
Fatwa No: 81744

Question

What is wrong in visiting a shrine other than holy Prophet's (PBUH)?

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 'alyhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

 

Visiting the graves and graveyards is not wrong if done according to the purpose for which it was legislated. That purpose is exhortation as well as introspection and supplication for those who are dead, and if all this is done according to the Sharee’ah rules in this matter. Imaam Muslim  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him narrated from the Hadeeth of Buraydah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him that the Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: “I had told you before not to visit graves, but now you should visit them.

Abu Dawood and An-Nasaa’i  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them narrated the addition: “…for indeed they remind you of the Hereafter,” to this Hadeeth, while Al-Haakim  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him narrated the addition: “…for it softens the heart and fills the eyes with tears; but do not utter any bad words there.” He also added from the Hadeeth of Ibn Mas’ood  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him: "They make one renounce worldly pleasures." Muslim  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him also narrated from the Hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him: "They remind (one) of death." So, whoever visits graves for the purposes mentioned in the Hadeeth and the like and does not say or do any evil such as becoming a polytheist due to taking someone or something as a partner to Allaah in words or deeds or appealing for help from any but Allaah or weeping loudly or complaining about Allaah’s destiny, may do so, and his visit would be lawful. The person should also avoid things like wiping himself on the grave, or circumambulate it. If the person does what is legislated and forbids what is evil, then his visit would be permissible.

Allaah Knows best.

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