Grave Worship In Islam considers as shirk and it’s one of the worst sin Muslim can commit. As a Muslim, you cannot worship other than Allah(SWT).
In many Muslim countries around the world people build Masjids on the graves of pious people, these are sometimes called “Dargah” or “Mazar” etc. And people go to those places and ask the dead person to give them a child or whatever they need. Now asking anyone but ALLAH (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) for anything is Shirk. Here we want to clear up that from the Qur’an and very clear Sahih Hadith that we are NOT supposed to build structures or Masjids on the graves of pious people or anyone else. It is also shirking to make a vow to any other than ALLAH, as is done by those who vow to bring candles or lights for the occupants of the graves. Please Don’t follow blindly what your parents and relatives did. Also, try to know what our prophet (peace be upon him) and Qur’an says. Let’s analyze – In the light of Hadith: Sahih Al-Bukhari: Volume 1, Book 8, Hadith 419 Narrated A’isha (R.A) Um Habiba (R.A) and Um Salama (R.A) mentioned about a church they had seen in Ethiopia in which there were pictures. They told the Prophet (S.A.W) about it, on which he said, “If any religious man dies amongst those people they would build a place of worship at his grave and make these pictures in it. They will be the worst creature in the sight of ALLAH on the Day of Resurrection.” Sahih Muslim: Book 4, Hadith # 2116 Narrated Jabir ibn Abdullah (R.A) Rasulullah (S.A.W) forbade that the graves should be plastered, or they be used as sitting places (for the people), or a building should be built over them. Note: This hadith makes it very clear that we are NOT supposed to build ANYTHING over them. May ALLAH azzawajal save us, as many of the Muslims today build strong plastered graves and this is against the order of Rasulullah (S.A.W)! Sahih Al-Bkhari: Volume 1, Book 8, Hadith 427 Narrated A’isha (R.A) and ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas (R.A) When the last moment of the life of ALLAH’s Apostle (S.A.W) came he started putting his ‘Khamisa’ on his face and when he felt hot and short of breath he took it off his face and said, “May ALLAH curse the Jews and Christians for they built the places of worship at the graves of their Prophets.” The Prophet (S.A.W) was warning (Muslims) of what those had done. Sahih Al-Bukhari: Volume 1, Book 8, Hadith 428 Narrated Abu Huraira (RAA) Rasulullah (SAW) said, “May ALLAH’s curse be on the Jews for they built the places of worship at the graves of their Prophets.” Sahih Muslim Book 4, Number 1083 Narrated Jundub ibn Abdullah (R.A) “I heard from the Apostle of ALLAH (SAW) five days before his death and he said: I stand acquitted before ALLAH that I took anyone of you as a friend, for ALLAH has taken me as His friend, as he took Ibrahim as His friend. Had I taken any one of my Ummah as a friend, I would have taken Abu Bakr as a friend. Beware of those who preceded you and used to take the graves of their prophets and righteous men as places of worship, but you must not take graves as mosques; I forbid you to do that. Sahih Muslim Book 4, Hadith # 2121 Narrated Abu Marthad al-Ghanawi (R.A) ALLAH’s Messenger (S.A.W) said: Do not sit on the graves and do not pray to face towards them.
In the light of Qur’an: They believe that dead Awliyaa’ (“saints”) can fulfill one’s needs or help at times of distress, and calling upon them for aid. ALLAH says (interpretation of the meaning): “And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him . . .” [Al-Israa, 17:23] Similarly, they call upon dead Prophets, righteous people and others to intercede for them or to rescue them from some calamity, but ALLAH says (interpretation of the meaning): Is He [not best] who responds to the desperate one when he calls upon Him and removes evil and makes you inheritors of the earth? Is there a deity with ALLAH? Little do you remember. [An-Naml, 27:62] Some of them have adopted the habit of mentioning the name of a shaykh or wali (“saint”) when they stand up, or sit down, or stumble, or encounter problems or distress, so they might say “O Muhammad!” or “O ‘Ali!” or “O Husayn!” or “O Badawi!” or “O Jeelaani!” or “O Shaadhili!” or “O Rifaa’i!” – or they may call upon al-’Aydaroos or Sayyidah Zaynab or Ibn ‘Alwaan. ALLAH says (interpretation of the meaning): Indeed, those whom you call upon besides ALLAH are servants like you. So call upon them and let them respond to you if you should be truthful. [Al-A’raf, 7:194] Some of those who worship graves walk around them as if in “Tawaaf” and acknowledge their corners or touch them, kiss them, wipe their faces with their dust, prostrate towards them when they see them or stand before them in fear and humility, praying for whatever they need of healing from some disease, or for a child or for help with some difficulty. Sometimes they call upon the occupant of the grave, saying “O my master, I have come to you from far away, so do not let me down.” But ALLAH says (interpretation of the meaning): The Prophet (peace and blessings of ALLAH be upon him) said: “Whoever dies calling on someone else as a rival to ALLAH, will enter Hell.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, al-Fath, 8/176). Some of them shave their heads at the graves, and some have books with titles like Manaasik Hajj al-Mashaahid (“The Rituals of Pilgrimage to Shrines”), mashaahid or shrines referring to graves or tombs of ‘Awliyaa’. Some of them believe that the ‘Awliyaa’ are running the affairs of the universe and that they have the power to benefit or harm (Astagfirullah). ALLAH says (interpretation of the meaning): And if ALLAH should touch you with adversity, there is no remover of it except Him; and if He intends for you good, then there is no repeller of His bounty. He causes it to reach whom He wills of His servants. And He is the Forgiving, the Merciful. [Al-Yunus, 10:107] It is shirk to make a vow to any other than ALLAH, as is done by those who vow to bring candles or lights for the occupants of the graves. Those who worship anyone but ALLAH or associate partners with ALLAH, ALLAH says the following in the Quran: “And invoke not besides ALLAH any that will neither profit you nor hurt you, but if (in case) you did so, you shall certainly be one of the polytheists and wrongdoers. And if ALLAH touches you with hurt, there is none who can remove it but He; and if He intends any good for you, there is none who can repel His favors which He causes it to reach whomsoever of His slaves He wills. And He is the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful” [Qur’an, 10: 106-107] Indeed, ALLAH does not forgive association with Him, but He forgives what is less than that for whom He wills. And he who associates others with ALLAH has certainly gone far astray. [Qur’an, 4:116] “Verily whosoever sets up partners in worship with ALLAH, then ALLAH Has forbidden paradise for him and the fire will be his abode” [Qur’an, 5:72]
ALLAH’S PUNISHMENT FOR WORSHIPPING ANYONE OR ASSOCIATING ANY PARTNERS TO HIM IS HELL / JAHANNUM – WITH NO RETURN AND NO FORGIVENESS.
May ALLAH guide us to the right path. and save us from worshiping the grave. Ameen