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Purpose of Visiting Graves

Visiting the graves is only for two purposes

(a) The visitor may be reminded of his death and the Hereafter. Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “I used to forbid you from visiting graves, but now you should visit them, for surely they are reminders of the next life.”[1]

(b) The visitor may benefit the deceased by making Du’aa for him. The wordings of this Du’aa is, “Peace be upon the Believers and Muslims among the inhabitants of these dwellings. May Allah have mercy on those who have gone ahead of us, and those following us. And we shall, Allah-willing, be joining you.”[2]

[1] Saheeh Muslim (Eng. Trans.) vol.2, p.463-464, no.2131, Sunan Abu Dawood (Eng. Trans.) vol.2, p.919, no.3229, Sunan an-Nasa’ee , Musnad Ahmad Ibn Hambal and al-Baihaqee.

[2] Saheeh Muslim (Eng. Trans.) vol.2, p.461-2, no.2127.