Message No : 20Sr.No : 411/722
Question By : Abdullah Umar

i am a practicing muslim. Live in mulim bound areas. I have a question. i hope you will give me sufficient and accurate information about it. Recently i visited Nizamuddin Awlia Mazar. i saw that a large number of people were there out side and inside the mazar. They were offering flowers and sweet on the grave. i want to ask whether it is Jaiz or najaiz. On asking one of my friend regarding this issue he said to me that Prophet Mohhamd (saws)himserlf offerd a branch of tree on the grave. So if we do the same there should be no problem at all.


Reply By : Md. Asad
Designation : Mufti, ODI, MMERC, Mumbai 

In the name of Allah the most gracious the most merciful

The answer to your question is as follows:

The Hadith your friend mentioned is true. But he failed to understand the text of the Hadith completely. Today¡¯s practice at the graves cannot be approved through the above mentioned Hadith, because the Prophet (saws) offered a branch of tree on the grave, not flowers, sweets or sheets. Secondly the prophet gave reason for what he did; that the man in the grave was being punished for his evil deeds, so the kind Prophet pathetically placed a damp branch of a tree to ask Allah¡¯s mercy upon that person. On the contrary, today we see that those whom people think pious and very close to Allah, they offer flowers etc. So neither they follow the same object in practice nor the same condition. So they are not following Hadith but their own evil desires.

And Allah (swt) knows the bes

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