No Praying in Graveyards


Question :
I argued with some of those who deem as lawful praying in cemeteries and in the mosque which contains a grave or graves. I defeated them by using the clear and authentic proofs. But they said: "Where did 'A'ishah pray after the Prophet died? And was his grave in the house or outside?" They also said: " Who could the Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) with Companions pray in Al-Masjid Al Haram where Hajar the wife of Ibrahim and other Prophets were buried?" Is it true that 'A'ishah may Allah be pleased with her prayed in her room after the death of the Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) and the fact that the graves of Hajar and Ibrahim and other Prophets are in Al-Masjid Al-Haram ?

Answer :
It is authentically reported in Al-Bukhari And Muslim That 'A'ishah may Allah be pleased with her said that the Messenger of Allah (Peace be Upon Him) said in his death sickness:
The curse of Allah is upon Jews and Christians who turned the graves of their Prophets into praying place.
"The curse of Allah is upon Jews and Christians who turned the graves of their Prophets into praying place."
Al-Bukhari no. 1330 and Muslim no. 531.
'A'ishah may Allah be pleased with her said
He was warning against what they do. Had it not been for that he would have raised his grave but he hated it to be taken as a mosque.
"He was warning against what they do. Had it not been for that he would have raised his grave but he hated it to be taken as a mosque."

Sahih Bukhari no.1330 aur Sahih Muslim no. 529. 531.
In another version:
But it was feared that it would be taken as mosque.
"But it was feared that it would be taken as mosque."
and in the narration of Bukharin:
But I fear that it would be taken far a mosque.
"But I fear that it would be taken far a mosque."

Al-Bukhari no. 1330.
With this we know that it is not permissible to pray in mosques that include graves and building them is unlawful. As for the inquirer's question, "Where did 'A'ishah pray after the Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) was buried in her room or whether his grave is inside or outside her house?" The Answer is that 'A'ishah was of those who narrated the tradition that signify the prohibition of taking graves for mosques. This indeed reflects the wisdom of Allah the Exalted. Hence we know that she prayed in it she would have opposed those traditions that she reported and that would not befit her. As to whether Hajar or some Prophets are buried in Al-Masjid Al-Haram we do not know any proof of this assertion.
The Permanent Committee



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