Offering Salaah in Masjids that were built upon graves

Question 58: I argued with people who hold the opinion that it is permissible to offer Salaah (Prayer) in a graveyard and in a Masjid (mosque) where there is a grave or graves. I refuted their arguments with clear and Saheeh Hadeeths (Hadiths that have been transmitted by people known for their uprightness and exactitude; free from eccentricity and blemish). But they said: “Where did `Aa’ishah perform Salah after the Prophet (peace be upon him) and others had been buried in her house? Did she perform Salaah in her house or outside it? They also mentioned that the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet) performed Salaah in Al-Masjid Al-Haram (the Sacred Mosque in Makkah) though Hajar, wife of prophet Ibraaheem (Abrahaam, peace be upon him) and some of the prophets are buried in it. Is this true or not? Also, is it true that `Aa’ishah used to perform Salah in her house after the death of the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him)? I would also like to know the names of some books that deal with this subject.

Answer: It was related in the Two Saheeh (authentic) Books of Hadeeth (i.e. Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim) on the authority of `Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that she said that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said on his deathbed: Let the curse of Allaah be upon the Jews and Christians; they have taken the graves of their prophets as places of worship. `Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: He was warning against what they did; and if it was not for that, he would have raised his grave above the ground but he feared that it might be taken as a Masjid. Muslim related in his Saheeh on the authority of Jundub ibn `Abdullaah that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said five days before his death… read more here.

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