Raising the hand while making Du’a at the cemetery
Fatwa No: 87633

  • Fatwa Date:26-4-2004 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 7, 1425
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Is it permissible to raise your hands when making Du’a after burying the dead person and while visiting the graveyard? Please give evidence.


Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.


There is no harm in raising hands while making a supplication for the dead at his grave, or at graves in general; in fact, this is a desirable thing.  In principle, we should raise hands when making a supplication. However, it is not permissible for the Imam when making Khutba on Friday to raise his hands according to the opinion of the majority of scholars.

Al-Nawawi, may Allah have Mercy on him, said that the Ahadith of raising hands have been narrated by companions who are impossible to agree on a lie.


Allah knows best.

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