Legality of Crying for People Who Have Died

Hi all readers! Have you ever wept over someone who has died? Logically it is a very human thing. Someone will cry if a family or lover dies. But is that allowed in Islam? In this article, I will explain the legality of crying for people who have died.

As usual, before I explain the legality of crying for people who have died, I will quote one hadith that is specifically related to our discussion.

Hadith About Crying for People Who Have Died

The hadith I mean is as follows;

عَنْ أَنَسٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ ؛ شَهِدْتُ بِنْتًا لِلنَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ تُدْفَنُ وَرَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ جَالِسٌ عِنْدَ الْقَبْرِ فَرَأَيْتُ عَيْنَيْهِ تَدْمَعَانِ . رَوَاهُ الْبُخَارِيُّ

From Anas radliyallahu ‘anhu, he said, “I have witnessed the daughter of Prophet (Muhammad) sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam buried and the Messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad) sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam sitting on the edge of the grave. I then saw his eyes shed tears.” The hadith was narrated by al-Bukhari.

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

One: The hadith explains, that crying for people who have died is something that is permissible in Islam.

Two: The hadith explains that we may sit on the edge of the grave to wait for the process of burying the dead person is finished.

Three: The hadith explains the perseverance of friends of Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam to find out what is related to him.

All Readers! That is a brief explanation of the legality of crying for people who have died. Now, do you understand? If you want to ask, please ask!

I think that’s enough for this article. May be useful! Amen!

See you 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. 203.


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