Saying Salaam to the Dead in Graveyards
Fatwa No: 83013

  • Fatwa Date:28-6-2001 - Rabee' Al-Aakhir 7, 1422
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Question

Is there any Hadith about saying salaam to the dead bodies in graves after entering the graveyard?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

One of the conducts that the Muslim is supposed to do when he enters a graveyard is to greet the dead Muslims that are there. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) came to a graveyard and said: “Assalaamu ‘Alaykum (peace be upon) O inhabitants of the city among the believers and Muslims, and Allah willing, we shall join you. We ask Allah for well-being for us and for you.

For more benefit on greeting the dead when passing by a graveyard, please refer to Fataawa 398383 and 306583.

Allah knows best.

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