Which direction should one face when making dua in the qabrastaan?

Q: Just after having buried a mayyit in the graveyard, which direction should we face when making dua for him? Should we face the grave or should we have our backs towards the grave or should we face the qibla? Similarly when making dua for the deceased at the graveyard, which direction should we face?

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A: When one makes dua at the qabrasataan, it is permissible for one to face the grave as well as the qiblah, though facing the qibla is better. However as far as making dua at the time of burying the deceased is concerned, it is reported in the Hadith that at the time of burying Hazrat Abdullah zul Bujaadain (Radiyallahu Anhu) Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) faced towards the qiblah and made dua.

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

وفي حديث بن مسعود رأيت رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم في قبر عبد الله ذي البجادين الحديث وفيه فلما فرغ من دفنه استقبل القبلة رافعا يديه أخرجه أبو عوانة في صحيحه (فتح الباري 11/ 148)

فتاوى محمودية 13/277

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)