Sitting on Graves and Prayer (Salat) Facing It

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Sitting on Graves and Prayer (Salat) Facing It ~ Hi all readers! In the previous article, I explained places that should not be used for prayer. One place that may not be used for prayer is the grave. But we cannot understand it in a simple way. There are differences of opinion about that, some even allow someone to pray in the grave with some notes. Well, in this article I will explain sitting on a grave and prayer (salat) facing it.

What I mean by sitting on graves is sitting right above the buried corpse. While what I mean by prayer facing the grave is that when someone is praying, he faces right to the grave. How is the law of two things in the teachings of Islam?

As always, before I answer the question above, I will quote a hadith that is specifically related to our discussion.

Hadith About Sitting on Graves and Prayer (Salat) Facing It

The hadith about sitting on graves and prayer (salat) facing it that I mean is as follows;

عَنْ أَبِيْ مَرْثَدٍ الْغَنَوِيِّ قَالَ ؛ سَمِعْتُ رَسُوْلَ اللهُ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَقُوْلُ ؛ لَا تُصَلُّوْا إِلَى الْقُبُوْرِ ، وَلَا تَجْلِسُوْا عَلَيْهَا . رَوَاهُ مُسْلِمٌ

 From Abu Martsad al-Ghanawi, he said, “I have heard the Messenger of Allah sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam said, “Do not pray to the grave and do not sit on it.” The hadith is narrated by Muslim.

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

One; The hadith explains about the prohibition of prayer facing the grave.

Two; The prohibition of sitting on a grave is a better prohibition not to be made (an-Nahyu li at-Tanziih), not a prohibition that requires a person not to do it absolutely (an-Nahyu li at-Tahrim), such as adultery, rebellion to both parents, and so forth.

All readers! If we have understood the information above, then of course we now know the answer to the two questions above. The information about that is very clear. I don’t need to explain it again. But the question is, what if the cemetery is in the direction of the qiblah? That is, if the location of the grave is in the direction of qiblah and someone is praying in the mosque or at home, is that included in the category of prayer facing the grave?

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