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Saturday, 24 Feb 2018

Visiting the Grave of the Prophet (Brief)

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Dear brothers and sisters in Islam, Allah Said in Suratun-Nisa’, Ayah 64:

وَلَوْ أَنَّهُمْ إِذ ظَّلَمُواْ أَنفُسَهُمْ جَآءُوكَ فَاسْتَغْفَرُواْ اللهَ وَاسْتَغْفَرَ لَهُمُ الرَّسُولُ لَوَجَدُواْ اللّهَ تَوَّابًا رَّحِيمًا".

This Ayah means:

If when they are unjust to themselves, they come to you and ask Allah for forgiveness, and the Messenger asks forgiveness for them, Allah will forgive them and have mercy upon them.”

There is consensus among the scholars that it is sunnah to visit the grave of the Prophet, sallAllahu ^alayhi wa sallam, both for he who lives in al-Madinah and he who travels there for the express purpose of visiting the Prophet’s grave, and doing so is a great act of obedience. Qadi ^Iyad and an-Nawawiyy both reported the scholarly consensus (Ijma^) on this issue. It is sunnah for the visitor to also have the intention to travel to pray in the mosque of the Prophet.

Prophet Muhammad sallallahu ^alayhi wasallam said:

من زار قبري وجبت له شفاعتي

which means: He who visits my grave, will be granted my greatest intercession.”

This hadith is reported by ad-Daraqutniyy and strengthened by Hafidh as-Subkiyy.

Dear brothers and sisters in Islam, whoever travels to al-Madinah for this purpose should keep in mind the great honour of the city of al-Madinah, and that it is the best city after Makkah. He should ask Allah to benefit him from this visit which is an act of worship.

One would go to the grave of the Prophet and stand politely in front of it, about four cubits away from it, facing it, with one’s back to the Qiblah. Standing there, one looks to the ground, without thinking about the worldly matters, having one’s heart full of love and respect for the Prophet, who is buried there. One says in a medium (normal) voice:

As-salamu ^alayka ya Rasullah

Then, one moves one cubit to the right to say salam to Abu Bakr, and one cubit again to the right to say salam to our Master ^Umar may Allah raise their ranks.

Then, one returns to the original position before the grave of the Prophet and makes tawassul (To make tawassul means to ask Allah for good things by the Prophet, sallAllah u ^alayhi wa sallam) by the Prophet, asking Allah for what one wishes (by the status of) the Prophet.

Then, one faces the Qiblah and makes du^a’ for oneself and for whomever one wishes.

If a person had asked one to give his salams to the Prophet, let one say words in Arabic which have the following meaning:


As-salamu ^alayka, O Messenger of Allah from (one names the person).

Or (One names the person) gives his salam to you, O Messenger of Allah .


In the end we ask Allah to grant us the ability to perform pilgrimage and ^umrah and the privilege of being able to visit Prophet Muhammad at his grave. Ameen.


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