Walking in the graveyard while wearing shoes
Fatwa No: 93793

  • Fatwa Date:19-3-2007 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 1, 1428
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Question

Assalamualaikum, Dear Sheikh, I have 2 questions for you: 1. I have seen in some fiqh books that one must remove his shoes when entering the graveyard. What the ruling concerning this matter? 2. Some people say that during prayer, if one closes his eyes for gaining concentration, this has no effect on the prayer. What the ruling concerning this matter? May Allah reward you, Wassalamualaikum.

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.

 

It is confirmed that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) saw a man walking between graves while wearing leather shoes, and he  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) ordered him to take them off. [Abu Daawood and others]

However, the majority of the scholars  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them are of the view that it is permissible to walk in the graveyard while wearing shoes, and they interpreted the narration to mean that he  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) ordered the man to do so, because such shoes were only worn by rich people, so, he  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) disliked him doing so while inside the graveyard.

Nonetheless, some scholars  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them are of the view that it is disliked to walk in the graveyard while wearing shoes. Different scholars have different opinions on this issue, however, in Islamweb we adopt the opinion that it is permissible to walk in the graveyard while wearing shoes.

With regards your second question, please refer to Fatwa 82461.

Allaah Knows best.

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