Visiting the Graveyard on the day of Eid

By Ifran Nauyock

Visiting of the graveyard is always a
virtuous and recommended act for men. It is by consensus a Mustahab (preferable) act based on numerous hadiths that have been reported on this issue. [See for example: As-Subki, Shifa as-Siqaam 194, Ad-Dehlawi, Ashi’atul Lum’aat 1/715]

An example of such hadith is the

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said:

“I had prohibited you from visiting the graves; but now I encourage you to visit them, because they are a reminder of the Hereafter” [Abu Dawud 3235]

Visiting graves on the day of the two Eids, Al-Fitr and Al-Adha, is even more
recommended due to a specific hadith
reported encouraging this practice.

Hadhrat Ali (Allah be pleased with him) said: “To raise the voice (that is
reciting aloud) in the prayer of the two Eids is from the Sunnah and to go out too the graveyard on the two Eids is from the Sunnah.” [Al-Bayhaqi, As-Sunan al-Kubra 3/295]

In the hadith, the word “Jabbaana” is
mentioned. Imam Ibn Al-Atheer, in his dictionary of hadith terms, said: “Jabbaan and Jabbaana means desert and these terms are used for graveyards as they are found in the deserts.” [An-Nihaaya fi
Ghareeb al-Hadith wal Athar 1/233]

The same meaning can also be found in various other dictionaries of hadith terms such as Al-Harawi, Ghareeb al-Hadith 1/7 and Az-Zamakhshari, Al-Faaiq fi Ghareeb al-Hadith 1/184.

It is well known principle in Usul al-Figh that when a Sahabi used the word Sunnah it means Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). [See for example: A-Bukhari, Kashf al-Asraar 2/565, At-Taftazani, At-Talweeh 2/273 and Al-Amidi, Al-Ihkaam 2/108-111]

Furthermore, it is a practice of the
Muslims in general including scholars, to go to the graveyard on Eid day in many countries.

Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radhiyallahu anhu) said: Whatever the Muslims deem to be good is considered good by Allah and whatever they consider bad is considered bad by Allah.” [Ahmad 1/379/35991]

And Allah knows best

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