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Is putting gravestones on the grave permissible?

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Answered by:  Maulana Imran Mughal​


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.


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]


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Written by Maulana Imran Mughal

Checked and approved by Ustadha Siddiqa al-Farsiyyah

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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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