Visiting the Prophet’s (saws) Grave

Visiting the Prophet’s (saws) Grave


How do we visit the Prophet in Madina?

Some people today claim that it is not

right to go and visit his blessed grave in



Jazaakumullah for your query.

All the four Madhaahib agree that the

visiting of the tomb of Nabi (Sallallaahu

Alayhi Wasallam) is Mustahabb.

If you have time to visit Nabi (Sallallaahu

Alayhi Wasallam) before going for

Umrah, you may do so, otherwise you

may do so after Umrah.

Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) is

alive in his grave and when someone

sends him salaams, he replies to it. Allah

brings back his Rooh and gives him his

speech to reply the salaams.

Mullah Ali Qaari (RA), the famous Aalim

and Muhaddith has written that besides

a few (that are not authoritative and hold

a different view), the consensus of the

Muslims is that to visit Rasulullah

(Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) is an

important act of piety. Some Ulama have

said that it is Waajib (obligatory) upon

that person who has the means to reach


Allaamah Shaami (RA) relates this same

view from ibn Hajar (RA).To avoid going

for Ziyaarah is sheer negligence and


In view of certain Ahaadith, some Ulama

have said that the intention made for this

journey must be to visit the Musjid-

an-Nabawiy and not the grave of Rasul

(Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam). The

consensus of the four Madhaahib is that

it is Mustahabb to visit the grave of

Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi



Imaam Nawawiy (RA),the famous

Shaafi’ee scholar,writes in his book on

Hajj, “When Hajj has been performed

then with the intention of Ziyaarah of

Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi

Wasallam)’s tomb, one should proceed to

Madeenah.” Obviously, to travel to

Madeenah will also be Mustahabb.

Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallaahu Anhu)

relates that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu

Alayhi Wasallam) said, “Whoever visists

my grave, my intercession becomes

obligatory for him.”(Bazzaar; Darqutni)

Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallaahu Anhu) has

related that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu

Alayhi Wasallam) said, “The person who

performs Hajj, then visits my grave, is

like he who has visited me during my


Hadhrat ibn Umar (Radhiallaahu Anhu)

relates that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu

Alayhi Wasallam) said, “Whosoever

visists me and has no other motive, has a

right over me that I intercede on his


To visit Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi

Wasallam)’s Musjid and to pray, to read

Qur’aan and perform Salaah are of great

acts of Ibaadah. To go personally to Nabi

(Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam)’s grave

and reciting this, “Assalaatu wassalaamu

alayka yaa rasoolullah” is sufficient as a

visitor. Paying homage to him has

already been accomplished. There is a lot

of other ways you can make salaam to

him and other Du’aas also. To face Nabi’s

(Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) grave and

make Du’aa is not recommended due to

the fact that other observers or ignorant

worshippers may think that one is asking

Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam)

something or worshipping him.So, to

avoid confusion, it is better to face

the Qiblah and make Du’aa to Allah for

Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi


Note that no noise,

shouting and loud voices be heard when

making salaam to him. The voice must be

in such a way that it can reach the room.

Asking for Waseelah (intercession) is

very important and one should beg Allah

for Nabi’s (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam)

intercession. Although Du’aa should be

made by facing the Qiblah, it will

disrespectful to face one’s back to Nabi

(Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam). So, it is

better to face him and make Du’aa

avoiding lifting of the hand. Finally, after

greeting Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi

Wasallam), move a little forward and

greet Hadhrat Abu Bakr(Radhiallaahu

Anhu) and little further greet Hadhrat

Umar (Radhiallaahu Anhu).

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai,



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