A person visits a grave to do one or more of the following actions:


  • Supplicating for the deceased, asking Allah the Almighty to forgive and pardon them all, while dedicating some supplications to the specific person(s) he is visiting. He also reflects on death, and what becomes of a human being once they pass on. This visit to the graveyard teaches him a lesson and reminds him of death. This is a permissible visit.


  • Supplicating to Allah the Almighty for himself and his loved ones at the graveyard or at a particular grave, due to his belief that supplication in the graveyard is more virtuous, or is more likely to be answered by Allah. He believes that supplicating at a grave is better than supplicating in a Mosque. This is an incorrect belief. It falls under the category of bid'a, and it is impermissible.


  • Supplicating to Allah the Almighty by means of the dead, i.e., saying: “O Allah, I ask You  by  the honor of this dead person, or  by his closeness to You, or his position with you, etc., to give me such-and-such.”  This is also a bid'a and it is impermissible. It can lead to polytheism.


  • The person visits the graveyard and does not supplicate to Allah the Almighty, rather he supplicates to the dead, for example:  “O Messenger of Allah, grant me wealth, or give me such-and-such...” or similar supplications to any dead person, regardless of their great status.  This is greater polytheism.


  • Reference: (Tawdih al-Ahkam min Bulugh al-Maram) (3/287)
  • By: Sh. Abdullah bin Abdulrahman al-Bassam, Member of the Council of Scholars in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The article is available in the following languages