The Impermissibility Of Lighting Candles By The Graves


Muhammad Bin Yahyaa Bin Muhammad Al-Kandahalawee Al-Hanafee said:

As for placing lights and candles over graves, then this is in itself a waste of money which is forbidden based on Allaah’s saying:

Indeed the wasteful are brothers of the devils, and ever has Satan been to his Lord ungrateful.” [17:27]

It also resembles the Jews who used to light the graves of their seniors with candles then venerate these graves and preoccupy themselves with that which is not of concern.”

[Al-Kawaakib Ad-Daraaree, 1/316-317]

Al-Aloosee Al-Hanafee said:

“I have seen those who allow what the ignorant do at the grave of the dead pious such as honoring graves, building tombstones over graves, lighting graves with candles… All of that is opposition to Allaah and His Messenger (saw) and innovating in the Deen that which Allaah did not permit.

[Rooh Al-Ma’aanee, 15/239-240]

Imaam Ismaa’eel Ad-Dehlawee Al-Hanafee said regarding he many forms of shirk and innovated actions that occur besides graves:

“… and lighting the place with candles around it out of veneration and worship…”

[Tawiyat Al-Imaan]

Ibn Hajar Al-Makkee Al-Haytamee said:

“…The Messenger (saw) forbade such things and instructed to destroy such graves and all candles or lights have to be removed from these graves and it is not correct to stand by them or make vows at them.”

[Az-Zawaajir ‘An Iqtiraaf Al-Kabaa’ir, 1/195]

Ar-Rifaa’ee stated in Sharh Al-Minhaaj:

“…and the lighting of candles at graves is haraam whether one benefits from it or not.”

[Fath Al-Majeed, p.213]

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