TO LIGHT LAMPS AT GRAVESIDES


DIFFERENCES IN THE UMMAT AND SIRAAT-E- MUSTAQEEM, Fiqh / Friday, January 28th, 2011

Rasulullaah (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) not only forbade the lighting of lamps and lanterns at the gravesides, in fact, he (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) cursed the perpetrators of such actions. Hadhrat Abdullaah Bin Abbaas (radhiAllaahu anhuma) states:

“Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) has cursed those women who go the graveyard, and those people who make the graves a place of worship and those who light lamps there.” [Mishkaat, page 71]

Allaamah Hadhrat Ali (radhiAllaahu anhu) Qaari (rahmatullahi alaih) mentions in the commentary of this narration:

“The reason for the prohibition of lighting lamps at the gravesides is either because it is a waste of money, since it is not beneficial to anyone, and also because fire is a trait of Jahannum (which should be kept far from graves), or this prohibition is in order to prevent excessive respect being granted to gravesites, just as it is prohibited to make the graves a site for worship.” [Footnote of Mishkaat]

Hadhrat Thanaaullaah Paani Pati Hanafi (rahmatullahi alaih) states:

“To raise the graves of the Auliyaa, to place a dome over it, to hold Urs, etc. there, to light lamps at the graves, etc. – ALL such actions are Bid`ah. Amongst them some are Haraam and others are Makrooh (e-Tahrimi). Our Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) has cursed those who light lamps and prostrate at the graves. He also mentioned that his grave not be made a place of festivities or a place of worship. The Masjid is the place for worship and the gathering of Eid takes place on a particular day of the year. Nabi (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) sent Hadhrat Ali (radhiAllaahu anhu) on a specific duty of flattening all those graves which were high and to destroy all pictures (of animate objects).” [Irshaadut Taalibeen, page 20]

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