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Is putting gravestones on the grave permissible?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by DarulIftaBirmingham


Answered by:  Maulana Imran Mughal​


 


Question:


Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah


I would like to know if putting a 12-inch marble gravestone with the deceased name, and date of birth is permissible in Islam? Some scholars say it is impermissible and bidah. While others saying a small marble headstone is allowed. Please, can you clarify this for me? Jazakumullahu khairan.


 


   بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم


                                


                                 In the name of ALLAH the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.


Answer:


Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh


It is permissible to place a gravestone above the grave for identification purposes.[1]Anything extra should be avoided.


This is due to the hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him) where he placed a stone on the grave of Uthman bin Math’un (may Allah be pleased with him) and he said: “I am marking my brother’s grave with it, and I shall bury beside him those of my family who die.”[2]


 


Only Allah Ta’ala knows best


Written by Maulana Imran Mughal


Checked and approved by Ustadha Sabrina al-Faarsiyyah


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[1] Ibn Abidin, Ar-Radd al-Muhtar Ala Ad-Durr al-Mukhtar (Riyadh: Dar Alam al-Kutub, 2003), 3:144.


[2] Sunan Abu Dawud Hadith 3206.


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