VISITING THE GRAVEYARD (QABRASTAN)
Rasulullah (S.A.W.) has mentioned: “Visit the graves, for surely visiting the graves lessens worldly love and reminds you of the hereafter. ”
The Qabrastaan could be visited on any day. Friday is preferred for this visit, and if possible it should be a weekly visit. It has been related in a Hadith that:”Whoever will visit his parents grave every Friday will be granted Maghfirat and he will be recorded as an obedient son of his parents.”
WHAT TO READ WHEN ENTERING THE GRAVEYARD (QABRASTAN):
Rasulullah (S.A.W.) has taught the Sahaabah R. A., these words as salutation to the people of the graves and pray for their forgiveness:
WHAT TO RECITE WHEN IN THE QABRASTAN:
There are many supplications that may be read at the grave side, the best being the recital of the Holy Qur’an. Stand facing the grave (back towards the Qibla) and recite as much of the Qur’an as possible and make Du’a for the Maghfirat (forgiveness) of the departed. A few ways of praying for the dead, as related in the AHAADEES, are given hereafter:
- Whoever visits the graveyard and recites Surah Al Ikhlas 11 times and then prays for the dead, will be rewarded as many fold as the number of dead in the graveyard.
- It has been also reported in a Hadith that whoever visits the graveyard and recites the following chapters of Al Fatiha, Al Ikhlâs and At Takathur and then prays for the dead, the people of the grave will also ask Allah for such a person’s forgiveness.
- In a Hadith it is reported that if a person recites Surah YASEEN in the Qabrastaan, the punishment of the dead will be eased, and the reciter will be rewarded just as much as the dead.
In this manner the Sahaabah of Rasulullah (S.A.W.) visited the Qabrastaan. The words in the Hadith indicate only salutations and Dua’s for the dead and remembering death. All other ways; such as placing wreaths, flowers, paying homage, etc., are INCORRECT according to the SHARI’AT. One should thus abstain from acting wrongly.