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Refutation and Clarifying Doubts

Doubt (1): 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]


Based upon this Hadeeth, Moulana Zakariyah attempts to prove in Fazaail-e-Aamaal that it is permissible to travel to the graves of the righteous in order to seek blessings from them.


This is an incorrect conclusion because the wordings of the Hadeeth are clear and comprehensive. This Hadeeth refers to the visiting of any common graveyards - the desolate and destitute sight of which reminds one of the Hereafter. It does not refer to the practice of undertaking a pilgrimage to a particular grave or tomb to seek blessings or for any other benefits.

[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.