Burying Two People in One Grave According to Islam

Islamic Law Reference: Hi all readers! In this article I will explain the legality of burying two people in one grave. Maybe that looks weird. There was once a condition, or maybe there will be one such condition, which requires one to bury two people who have died in one grave. The question is is that allowed?

As usual, before I explain more about the legality of burying two people in one grave, I will quote one hadith that is specifically related to our discussion. The hadith I mean is as follows;

عَنْ جَابِرٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ ؛ كَانَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَجْمَعُ بَيْنَ الرَّجُلَيْنِ مِنْ قَتْلَى أُحُدٍ فَيْ ثَوْبٍ وَاحِدٍ ثُمَّ يَقُوْلُ ؛ أَيُّهُمْ أَكْثَرُ أَخْذًا لِلْقُرْآنِ . فَيُقَدِّمُهُ فِي اللَّحْدِ وَلَمْ يُصَلِّ عَلَيْهِمْ . رَوَاهُ الْبُخَارِيُّ

From Jabir radliyallahu ‘anhu, he said,” The Prophet (Muhammad) sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam once put two of the victims of the Uhud war in one garment. Then he said, “Which of them has studied the Quran the most?” He then put that person first in the grave. He doesn’t pray for them.” The hadith is narrated by al-Bukhari.


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There are some important things about the above hadith that we need to know;

One; The hadith explains that one can put two people who have died in one garment if it is in an emergency.

Two; The hadith explains that two people who have died may be buried in one grave if it is in an emergency.

Three; If it is necessary to put two people in one grave, then the person who must take precedence in the grave is the more important person, as if father and son must be put in one grave, then the father must take precedence; mothers must take precedence over their daughters, those who understand Islam more should take precedence over those who understand Islam less.

All Readers! That is a brief explanation of burying two people in one grave. Do you already understand? If you want to ask, please ask!

I think that is enough for this article. May be useful!

See you again in the next article!


Hasan Sulaiman an-Nuri and Alawi Abbas al-Maliki, Ibaanatu al-Ahkaam Syarhu Buluughi al-Maraam, Vol. II, Dar al-Fikr Publishing, Beirut, 2004, p. 164-165.


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