Tombs of the righteous in Islam

Tomb of Sayyid Ahmad ibn Isa al-Muhajir in Hadramawt. He spread the Shafi school in the region.

al Hakim al Nisaburi (d. 405H) in his Mustadarak (I p. 377) said:

“I thoroughly examined (the Traditions) urging the visitation of graves, with the result that performing those visitations must be considered a firmly established practice (sunnah masnunah) because of its effect of bringing about the desire (for good actions) and because it makes those who covet (material gain in this world) aware of their sinful behavior”.

The Malikite, Abd al Haqq Ibn al-Harrat al-Isbili (d. 582H) in his “Kitab al ‘Aqibah” (p.129) said :

“Know that the tombs of the righteous are not devoid of blessing (barakah) and that those who visit them, greet them, recite the Qur’an for them and invoke mercy for them will receive only good and increase their (later) reward”.

Nur ad-Din as-Subramallisi as-Shafii (in Hasiyah ala Nihayat al-Muhtaj, III p.35) and Abul Abbas Wansarisi al-Maliki (in Miyar al Mu’rib wa-l-gami’ al-mugrib ‘an fatawa ‘ahl ‘Ifriqiya wa’l-‘Andalus wa-l-Magrib, I p.321):

“The visit to the tombs of the righteous and the learned is allowed, no matter whether the journey (to them) is long or short”.


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