Ruling on kissing and touching a grave: Imam Shams ad-Din al-Ramli ash-Shafi (d.1004H)

“It is considered disapproved of (…) to kiss the cenotaph that is set upon the tomb as well as to kiss the grave (itself) or to touch it, nor should the thresholds be kissed when entering for the visit to (the tombs of) saintly persons. Nevertheless, if by kissing their tombs the intention is to gain blessing (tabarruk), it must be not be considered detestable, as my father (Shihab ad-Din ar-Ramli) laid down in a fatwa”.

[Nihayat al-muhtaj ila sharh al-Minhaj III p.33]

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