Placing food, cloth, or money beside the grave

Question 56: Some people visit the grave of prophet Yoonus (Jonah, peace be upon him) and make Tawaaf (circumambulation) around it. The grave is surrounded by a room made of aluminum and glass. There are windows through which some people throw bags of candy such as Jaklit (Iraqi candy made of wheat, fat, milk, and sugar), others throw money, and some others throw green cloth. Allaah knows the secrets of people whether they mean by their actions only the sake of Allaah or if they want to draw closer to Him through prophet Yoonus (peace be upon him). The authority of Waqf (Endowment), in turn, confiscates these types of candy, money, and cloth. Some of the workers there distribute this candy to their relatives and friends for blessing. As for the cloth, they are sold in the form of bands 20 cm × 5 cm for half a dinar. Buyers put these bands in their hands or pockets for the sake of warding off harm or out of fear of getting hurt. As for the money, only Allaah knows what they do with it. Is it permissible to eat this candy or not? May Allaah reward you!

Answer: (A) Visiting graves for anyone other than women is Sunnah (a commendable act) because of the Prophet’s saying: Visit graves for they remind you of the hereafter.

(B) It is not permissible to make Tawaaf around the grave of a prophet or any other person. It is not permissible to put food whether candy or anything else at graves. The same ruling applies to cloth and money. This is considered an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) if it is meant for drawing closer to the dead whether they are prophets or not… read more here.