Ibn Qudaamah’s position On Venerating Graves


Based upon the hadeeth in Saheeh Muslim that:

“The Messenger of Allaah (saw) forbade that the graves should be plastered (made into permanent structures), used as sitting places (for the people) or building over them.”

Ibn Qudaamah said:

“Because that is from the adornment of the dunyaa and the dead have no need for that whatsoever.”

[Al-Mughnee, 3/439-440]

Based on the hadeeth collected in Saheeh Muslim, where the Prophet (saw) said:

Do not sit on graves, and do not pray on them.

Ibn Qudaamah said:

“This is because specifying graves for prayer resembles veneration of idols by prostrating to them and gaining nearness to them. The worship of idols began by venerating the dead by taking their images and then touching them and praying to them.”

[Al-Mughnee 3/441]

The Prophet (saw) said:

Allaah has cursed women who visit graves, those who build masjids on them, and those who erect lamps (over them).” [Tirmidhee, Ibn Maajah and others].

Ibn Qudaamah said:

“If it was allowed then the Prophet (saw) would not curse those who do it, (and he cursed it) because it is a waste of money and is extremism in venerating graves which is similar to venerating idols.”

For more information refer to Al-Mughnee 3/440.

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2 Responses to “Ibn Qudaamah’s position On Venerating Graves”

  1. abu AbdelAziz Says:

    do you have ibn Qudama’s opinion on interecession through dead people?

    • brother Says:

      as salaam alaikum,

      I would like a clarification of the story of the bedouin in the chapter of visiting the grave of the prophet – peace be upon him – in the book of hajj in al-mughni.

      baarakallaahu feekum

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