Friday, 3 January 2014

Is kissing of tomb or grave allowed in Islam?


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Is kissing of any tomb or grave haraam?
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Answer:
Is kissing of tomb or grave allowed in Islam?
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol,  no person,  no grave, no prophet,  no imam, no dai,  nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Firstly, it is absolutely impermissible in Islam to make a tomb or shrine over a grave, or erecting any sort of a structure on the graves of the deceased.
Jabir reported: "The Prophet, peace be upon him, forbade the whitewashing of a grave, sitting on it, or erecting any structure on it." (Reported by Ahmad, Muslim, Nasa'i, Abu Daw'ud, andTirmidhi.)
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 2.425         Narrated by Aisha
When the Prophet (saws) became ill, some of his wives talked about a church which they had seen in Ethiopia and it was called Mariya.   Um Salma and Um Habiba had been to Ethiopia, and both of them narrated its (the Church's) beauty and the pictures it contained.  The Prophet (saws) raised his head and said, "Those are the people who, whenever a pious man dies amongst them, make a place of worship at his grave,  and then they make those pictures in it.  Those are the worst creatures in the Sight of Allah."
It is not permissible for a believer, who sincerely fears Allah and the Last Day, to kiss the grave of anyone, whoever that deceased person might be!   Kissing the grave or the tomb ofsomeone, would imply grave-worship; and the worship of anything or any being other than Allah Subhanah is considered a heinous sin in Islam.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

Your Brother in Islam,