The Grave Of Daanyaal


Some people say its virtuous to visit the graves of dead people. To them we relate the following narration:

During Umar’s caliphate, the grave of Daanyaal (Daniel) was discovered and dug up in the land of Tustar. The governor of that region, Aboo Moosa (ra), wrote to ‘Umar (ra) informing him about the situation. ‘Umar knew that people would now most likely go to the grave of Daanyaal and become tempted to worship him, or at least perform acts of religious innovation.

Therefore, in order to protect the people from falling into acts of innovation and polytheism, ‘Umar wrote the following letter to Aboo Moosaa:

“During the day, dig thirteen graves. Then during the night, bury him in one of those graves, and cover his grave with dust, so that people do not become tempted by him.”

[Al-Fataawa, 15/90]

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