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RASÛLULLAH ‘sall- Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam’

Hadrat Muhammad ‘’alaihi-s-salâm’, who was born in Arabia,

Is the highest of mankind in both worlds!

May he who will not become earth at his door

Remain under the earth all the time!

May our salâms be to the highest and the most superior of Prophets ‘’alâ nabiyyinâ wa ’alaihimussalawâtu wa-t-teslîmât’


Grave-visiting is an act that is sunnat. Graves should be visited weekly, or on ’Iyd days at least. A visit that yields more thawâb is one made on Thursday or Friday or Saturday. It is written in the final pages of the book entitled Shir’at-ul-islâm, (and written by Muhammad bin Ebî Bakr ‘rahmatullâhi ta’âlâ ’alaih’, d. 573 [1178 A.D.], Bukhâra,) that it is sunnat to visit graves. The visitor will meditate on the fact that the corpses in graves rot away, which in turn will give him a warning. Whenever ’Uthmân ‘radiy-Allâhu ’anh’ walked by a grave, so bitterly would he weep that his beard would become wet. In addition (to the warning for the visitor), the dead person in the grave will benefit from the blessings pronounced over them. Rasûlullah ‘sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam’ would visit the graves of his relatives and those of his Sahâba ‘radiy-Allâhu ta’âlâ ’anhum’. After making the salâm’ and pronouncing the benedictions and saying the prayers, the visitor sits with his face towards the grave and his back in the direction of Qibla. It is Chirstians’ custom to rub your hands and face gently on the grave or to kiss the soil on the grave. It is stated in a hadîth-i-sherîf: “When a person visits the grave of an acquaintance of his and makes the salâm, his acquaintance in the grave recognizes him and acknowledges his salâm.” Ahmad ibni Hanbal ‘rahima-hullâhu ta’âlâ’ states: “As you pass by a cemetery, recite the Ikhlâs, the two Sûras beginning with Qul-a’ûdhu..., and the Fâtiha, and send the thawâb earned thereby to the dead people lying there. The thawâb shall reach them.” A hadîth-i-sherîf quoted on the authority of Enes bin Mâlik ‘rahmatullâhi ta’âlâ ’anh’ reads: “When the Âyat-al-kursî is read (or recited) and its thawâb is sent to the dead people lying in graves, Allâhu ta’âlâ makes it reach all the dead people there.”