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Deobandis approve visiting graves of the Righteous to seek Blessings and Benefits

Moulana Zakariyah approves of the practice of visiting the graves of the saints in the Fazaail-e-Aamaal, as he says, “And the blessings of the tombs are another issue. I ask if visiting the graves of the Prophets will be prohibited? Then when visiting them is not prohibited, then the graves of the righteous are like them.”[1]


To prove his point Moulana Zakariyah mentions a story of two brothers whose father died leaving an inheritance, which included three strands of hair of Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam). The brothers divided the property in half, so that they had one strand of hair each. They, however, disputed about the third strand of hair. The elder brother agreed to give the younger brother all the three strands of hair, if the younger parted off with his share of the property, to which the younger brother happily agreed. When the younger brother died, “...many pious people dreamt of the Holy Prophet, who told them, ‘If a person has any need he should ask it from Allah sitting at the side of his grave.’[2]


Moulana Zakariyah expresses his belief more openly in the book, Mashaikh-e-Chist. He says: Haji Imdadullah mentioned: “…The Fakir does not die. He is simply transformed from one abode to another. The same benefit which was received from the Fakir’s physical life will be acquired from his grave.”[3]

[1] Fazaail-e-Aamaal (Hindi Trans.) Virtues of Hajj, Chapter. Ziyarat of Medina, p.150, Explanation of Hadeeth no.12, (Idara Ishaat Diniyat, First Edition (1984).

[2] Fazaail-e-Aamal, (Eng. Trans.), Virtues of Darood, Chapter.5: Fifty Parables Concerning the Darood), story no. 35, p.128. (Edt. 1985, Published by Dini Book Depot - Delhi).

[3] Mashaikh-e-Chist (Eng. Trans.) p.211.