Topic: Women Visiting Graves

Original Speaker: Shaykh Muqbil bin Hadi al-Wadi’i

Translator: Abu Fajr AbdulFattaah bin Uthman

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It is allowed for women to visit the graves. One proof is the following:

عَنْ أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ قَالَ مَرَّ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم بِامْرَأَةٍ تَبْكِي عِنْدَ قَبْرٍ فَقَالَ ‏”‏ اتَّقِي اللَّهَ وَاصْبِرِي ‏”‏‏.‏ قَالَتْ إِلَيْكَ عَنِّي، فَإِنَّكَ لَمْ تُصَبْ بِمُصِيبَتِي، وَلَمْ تَعْرِفْهُ‏.‏ فَقِيلَ لَهَا إِنَّهُ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم‏.‏ فَأَتَتْ باب النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَلَمْ تَجِدْ عِنْدَهُ بَوَّابِينَ فَقَالَتْ لَمْ أَعْرِفْكَ‏.‏ فَقَالَ ‏”‏ إِنَّمَا الصَّبْرُ عِنْدَ الصَّدْمَةِ الأُولَى ‏

Narrated Anas bin Malik:

The Prophet (ﷺ) passed by a woman who was weeping beside a grave. He told her to fear Allah and be patient. She said to him, “Go away, for you have not been afflicted with a calamity like mine.” And she did not recognize him. Then she was informed that he was the Prophet (ﷺ) . so she went to the house of the Prophet (ﷺ) and there she did not find any guard. Then she said to him, “I did not recognize you.” He said, “Verily, the patience is at the first stroke of a calamity.”

[Bukhari no. 1283]

Hafidh Ibn Hajr (may Allah have mercy upon him) said:

واستدل به على جواز زيارة القبور سواء كان الزائر رجلا أو امرأة كما تقدم

“It is used as evidence for the permissibility of visiting the graves whether the visitor is a man or woman as has preceded”

[Fathul Bari (4/26)]

Shaikh al-Albani (May Allah have mercy upon him) also mentions that women can visit the graves and brings a number of proofs and reasons in Ahkaam al-Janaaiz (pg. 229-237). He also mentions that they should not often visit the graves as that might lead to opposing the Legislation through wailing etc.

And Allah Knows Best

Translated by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan