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21 September 2017 CE | 29 Dhul-Hijjah 1438 AH
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Hadith Explanation


Praying towards Tombs


Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “May Allah curse the Jews and Christians; they have taken the tombs of their prophets as places of worship.” [Sahih Bukhari]

In another hadith the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “They are the ones who, when a righteous man among them died, would build a place of worship upon his grave and paint those icons in it. They will be the wickedest of creation in Allah’s sight on the Day of Judgement.” [Sahih Bukhari]

Because the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) cursed those who took the graves of their prophets as places of worship and because he said that those who did this with the graves of their righteous people would be the wickedest of creation in Allah’s sight; it is one of the enormities (kabaair — biggest sins) to take graves as places of worship.

Taking a grave as a place of worship means to pray on the grave or towards it. The prohibition applies exclusively to the grave of someone venerated, whether a prophet or friend of Allah (wali) “for the blessing of it” (tabarruk) or out of reverence for it. [Ibn Hajar Haytami quoted in “Reliance of the Traveler” by Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri]

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