Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee’s Position On Venerating Graves


Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee said:

“It is ‘deemed as forbidden’ to plaster graves and to write on them the name of the person within the grave and the likes. It is also ‘deemed as forbidden’ to build on them.” (1)

Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee said:

“I have seen from the leaders those of them who destroy whatever has been built on graves and the fuqahaa did not see any problem in what the leaders did.” (2)

Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee said:

“It is ‘deemed as forbidden’ to glorify the creation so that its grave becomes a masjid, this is out of the fear that it would be a fitnah for the person and for those people after him.” (3)

Footnotes:

(1) Al-Majmoo’ 5/266

(2) Al-Muhadhdhab, 1/456

(3) As-Siraaj Al-Wahhaaj, 1/114

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