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Roses on Grave

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Q: I have always been taught about placing fresh flowers on a Qabr as it performs Zikr to Allah Ta’ala, all flowers except rose bushes, the reason being that the thorns cause discomfort and hurt to the person in the Qabr (grave). I would then remove the petals and ask for the petals to be thrown across the Qabr.  Is there anything in the Quraan shareef or Hadith that confirms this as true? Is it permissable for a rose bush to be planted on a Qabr or fresh roses placed on the Qabr?

A: It is not permissible to place flowers/roses on a grave because this is not established from any Hadeeth or practice of the Sahaabah. Furthermore, it is also a practice of the Nasaaraa in our times. It is therefore, Haraam and Bid’ah to place flowers on the grave. However, it will be permissible to place a dry twig or branch on the grave, but this should be done once only, not on a continuous basis.

And Allah Ta’aala knows best.

Mufti Siraj Desai

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