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Reserving a grave in a public graveyard

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Q: If you are a trustee of a public qabrastan, can you reserve burial sites for yourself or your family members?

Bismillaah

A: People have equal rights in a public qabrastaan. Hence it is not permissible for the trustees of the qabrastaan to reserve a piece of land for themselves.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

شرط الواقف كنص الشارع أي في المفهوم والدلالة ووجوب العمل به (الدر المختار 4/433)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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