As Muslims, we are reminded to observe proper etiquette and religious guidelines when visiting graves, mausoleums or shrines.
In Islam, the purpose of visiting graves is to reflect and remind ourselves of death, as well as life in the Barzakh.
Additionally, it is also a way to commemorate the owner of the grave and remember their good deeds and traits.
Muslims are advised to adhere to the following religious guidelines and etiquettes when visiting graves:
Wearing appropriate clothing which covers the
Upon arriving at the cemetery, it is a sunnah to give salam to all its inhabitants, and recite the supplication taught by the Prophet s.a.w.:
Meaning: Peace be upon you all, O inhabitants of the dwellings (i.e. the graves), amongst the believers and the Muslims. Indeed we are, Allah willing, soon to follow (to die also). We ask Allah for well-being for us and for you.” [Hadith narrated by Imam Muslim]
Visitors to the grave may recite supplications and recitations recommended by scholars.
Visitors are strongly advised not to step on or over a grave or sit on a grave.
Visitors are strongly discouraged to express sadness by wailing hysterically in a loud voice as this goes against the etiquettes of visiting graves.
It is also discouraged to speak loudly, shout, argue or fight in the cemetery.
Each and every Muslim must remember that the deceased are normal beings and servants of Allah. Thus, actions that have no basis in Islam or resemble worship to entities besides Allah s.w.t., are prohibited. Some of these superstitious practices include:
To circumambulate around a grave, stroking its soil and obtaining some of the soil with the intention of prostrating to it, as an act of worship towards the deceased.
Any form of glorification and supplication directed to the deceased besides Allah s.w.t.
Any action that puts a person into a trance, or the reciting of mantras and incantations in the cemetery which have no basis in Islam and contradicts its teachings.
Bringing food, drinks and flowers as offerings to the spirit of the deceased.