Message No : 16Sr.No : 159/725
Question By : Tanvir Salim

....This relates to my original question about putting flowers on the graves of deceased relatives. Maybe a common practise back home. What is the islamic view on this???

Tanvir Salim


Reply By : Mohd. Shihabuddin Qasmi
Designation : Mufti, ODI, MMERC, Mumbai 

In the name of Allah, All Gracious, All Merciful
Assalamo Alaikum
Dear Brother in Islam,
The answer to your question is as follows:

Shariah does not permit to carry out such deeds on the graves, which are not stated in the Ahadith. There are only two things mentioned in the Ahadith; Ziarah (visit) of grave and supplication standing nearby. At the time of supplication, one should stand facing Ka¡¯ba so that there would not be doubt of asking the dead person. (Fatawa-e-Hindiah V: 1 P: 166, V: 5 P: 350)

As far as the matter of offering flowers, perfumes or anything else on the graves is concerned, it may be either for acquiring the pleasure of the dead person, following the tradition or decorating the graves. The offering is prohibited in all the three cases. Since it is an act of Shirk to intend to acquire the pleasure of saint and believe that he would accept one¡¯s request. If the offering is as a tradition then also it is wasting of money and taking the similarity of Hindus while Muslims are not allowed to imitate the ritual of non-Believers. Likewise, decorating of graves is also not allowed because the sole purpose of visiting graveyard is to remind oneself of the mortality of this temporary world and the eternity of the life hereafter. Better, give the money in charity than to spend on purchasing flowers, and convey the reward to the saint or whom you wish. (Fatawa-e-Raheemiah V: 10 P: 425)

And Allah knows the best,

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