Making the Prophet’s grave a place visited daily

Question: Sometimes I am entrusted with certain jobs in Al-Haram al-Nabawee (the Prophet’s Mosque in Madeenah), where I am to carry out my service in front of the fence around the room of the Prophet’s grave. My duty is to prevent visitors from touching and seeking blessings from the Prophet’s grave. Upon entering Al-Haram Al-Nabawee, I usually offer Tahiyyat Al-Masjid (two-unit Prayer to salute the mosque) and then start my work in front of the Prophet’s grave. Before starting my job, I invoke blessings upon the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his two Companions (i.e. Aboo Bakr and `Umar, may Allaah be pleased with them both). One of my colleagues told me that this deed is not permissible and that the Prophet (peace be upon him) has forbidden making his grave a frequently visited place. Therefore, invoking blessings upon the Prophet and his two Companions daily is impermissible. My question is what is the ruling on me doing this? May Allaah grant you success and blessings.

Answer: It is impermissible to make the grave of the Prophet (peace be upon him) a place which people should visit daily, weekly or monthly. This act may involve making his grave a place visited often and regularly which is forbidden… read more here.

Salaah in the Masjid built over a grave and invoking the dead

Question: I always talk to my mother, father, and friends about some Bid`ahs (innovations in religion) such as performing Salaah (Prayer) in Masaajid (mosques) built around the graves, people making Du`aa’ (supplication) to the dead, or other similar things. Nevertheless, they usually reply: “Scholars perform Salaah in these Masaajid where they see people doing so and do not comment; are you more knowledgeable?” It is vain to try to convince those people. If one dares to try it, they say: “We found our fathers doing this, are you going to reform the universe.” Again, they argue that the grand scholars perform Salaah in the Masjids of Al-Husayn and Zaynab (may Allaah be pleased with them). I reply: “They (i.e. Al-Husayn and Zaynab)are not in Egypt. Taking for granted that they are in Egypt, it is not permissible to make Du`a’ to them instead of Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) or to make vows to them.” But the outcome is as if I were talking to stones. They call me a Kaafir (disbeliever) and other names. I do not know what to do with my parents and you know their due rights. Every time my mother rebukes me, I say to her: “Al-Sayyid Al-Badawee and people like him do not possess an atom in the kingdom of Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He).” In reply, she mentions that they are pious people and refers to other beliefs of Al-Shirk Al-Akbar (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah) that it is better to avoid citing here. Could you tell me what I should do? May Allaah reward you.

Answer: Firstly, it is not permissible to build Masjids around graves. It is not permissible to offer Salaah in Masaajid where graves are built. It is also not permissible for a person to make Du`aa’ to the dead to bring about benefit or ward off harm. Making Du`aa’ to them and seeking help from them are acts of Kufr (disbelief) which drive their doer out of Islaam. May Allaah protect us… read more here.

Specifying an area in the Masjid to bury the person who built it or any other person

Question: Some benevolent people build Masjids (mosques) at their expense and specify a space at the side or in front of these Masjids for themselves or their families to be buried in. They do so thinking that this is a means of drawing closer to Allaah. Some scholars have told them that it is permissible to place a grave near the Masjid (mosque) or in front of it provided that they build a wall to separate the Masjid from the grave.

Answer: It is not permissible to specify an area in the Masjid to bury the person who built it at his expense or any other person, because there are substantiated evidence indicating that it is not permissible to build Masjids on the graves… read more here.

Ruling on placing a grave in the Masjid

Question: Someone built a Masjid (mosque) in Yemen and he made a will that his family should place his grave inside that Masjid. When he died, they buried him in the Masjid in the direction of the Qiblah (direction faced for Prayer towards the Ka‘bah). The distance between the courtyard where his grave lies and the Qiblah is only one meter. Please, guide us concerning this issue.

Answer: This grave should be dug up and the corpse should be carried to any place far from the Masjid such as the town graveyard. Placing a grave inside the Masjid is a means leading to Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)… read more here.

Ruling on including a grave in a Masjid

Question: We have an old Masjid (mosque) surrounded by a very old cemetery ruined except for one grave. Inhabitants of the town want to expand the Masjid so that the graveyard will be included in it, bearing in mind that the place mentioned is the most suitable one for building a Masjid. Is it permissible or not?

Answer: It is prohibited to include the grave mentioned above or any part of the cemetery in the Masjid… read more here.

Jumu`ah Prayer in a Masjid containing graves

Question: There is a Masjid Jaami’ (a large mosque where Jumu`ah [Friday] Prayers are held) in our town which has graves inside or in front of this mosque. It is true that the Prophet (peace be upon him) forbade this but he (peace be upon him) also warned against abandoning congregational Salaah. What should I do? Should I abandon Jumu`ah (Friday) Prayer because of these graves or can I perform Salah there especially that we do not have another Masjid Jaami’ in our town?

Answer: It is not permissible for you to perform Jumu’ah Prayer in the Masjid where there are graves. You should do your best to search for a Masjid where Jumu’ah Prayer is performed. You should also do your best to move the graves to public graveyards… read more here.

Building a Masjid over an old cemetery

Question: Our Masjid (mosque) in Bayang, in the province of Lanao del Sur, was rebuilt after a destructive earthquake that hit the region in 1955. Its foundations and walls were destroyed, so the officials decided to rebuild it, and agreed to level the part of the earth lying to the eastern side of the Masjid, which was used previously as a graveyard. When they were bulldozing this area, they found human bones and remains, so they reburied them. Some were reburied in the western section of the Masjid inside its courtyard. Is it permissible to establish congregational prayers and Jumu‘ah (Friday) Congregational Prayer in this Masjid?If not, is it possible to solve this issue by building a partition or a separating wall inside the western section of this Masjid where the remains are buried (to separate this section from the rest of the Masjid), as is the case in Al-Masjid Al-Nabawee (the Prophet’s Mosque in Madeenah) in Al-Madeenah Al-Munawwarah, Saudi Arabia? If the answer to this is no, can this issue be solved by building a second floor to perform the obligatory prayers there and leave the first floor open for other purposes than praying? Is it permissible to continue performing the Five Obligatory Daily Prayers in this Masjid until we find another suitable site for building a new Masjid?

Answer: If the current Masjid was not built on a land containing graves, the graves which were placed in its western section should be dug up and the remains should be transferred to the graveyards. If they were the remains of dead Muslims, they should be buried in Muslim graves; otherwise they should be buried in the graveyards of the disbelievers… read more here.

Praying Salaah in a Masjid built over an old cemetery

Question: In the middle of our town, there is an old cemetery which the municipal authorities removed and built a housing complex on top, and buildings for low-income people. Still there is a vast area remaining on which some benevolent people built a Masjid (mosque) to ease prayer for the people in the residence. After the Masjid was fully built, an argument started between the people of the town regarding the permissibility of performing Salaah (Prayer) in it. Some supported it and some opposed it. Could you tell us the ruling on this Masjid? Should we destroy it or not? Is performing Salaah there permissible or not?

Answer: In case that the land on which the Masjid was built is free of graves, performing Salaah there is permissible otherwise the Masjid should be destroyed… read more here.

Praying in a shrine seeking blessings from the Walee

Question: Is it permissible to call a person a Kaafir (disbeliever) if they perform Salaah (Prayer) in the graveyard seeking the blessings of the Walee (pious person) buried there?

Answer: It is prohibited to perform Salaah in a place where there is a grave. If one intends to become closer or receive the pleasure of a Walee by performing Salaah there, then doing so is Shirk Akbar (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah)… read more here.

A Masjid containing a grave as a place for Salaah and distributing charity

Question: In my town in south Tunisia, there is a Masjid (mosque) which has a grave in one of its corners. This grave is in a separate room where Salaah (prayer) is not performed. Some families visit this grave on Thursday nightsbringing food with them to be given as charity within the Masjid. Is this act permissible? What is the ruling on performing Salaah in this Masjid? I need a definitive answer to this important question.

Answer: Firstly, it is not permissible to perform Salaah in any Masjid that has a grave. This is because the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) forbade it and cursed those who take the graves as places of `Ibaadah (worship)… read more here.

Ruling on people cursing Islaam, especially if they are blood relatives; for instance a brother or a father

Question: Why do some people curse Islaam? What is the ruling on them especially if they are blood relatives; for instance a brother or a father? What is the ruling on the shrines of Ibraaheem Al-Dusooqee, Al-Sayyid Al-Badawee, and Al-Husayn? Finally, what is the ruling on Masaajid (mosques) that contain graves? Do they fall under the Hadeeth in which the Messenger (peace be upon him) said what means, Let the curse of Allaah be upon the Jews and the Christians, for they have taken the graves of their Prophets as places of worship ?

Answer: First of all, cursing Islaam is an act of serious Riddah (apostasy) in case the person who curses claims to be a Muslim… read more here.

Building Mosques over graves

Question: What is the Tafseer (exegesis of the meanings) of Allaah’s Saying (that can be translated as): And thus We made their case known (to the people), that they might know that the Promise of Allaah is true, and that there can be no doubt about the Hour. (Remember) when they (the people of the city) disputed among themselves about their case, they said: “Construct a building over them; their Lord knows best about them;” (then) those who won their point said (most probably the disbelievers): “We verily shall build a place of worship over them.” So, what is meant by: Construct a building over them And: We verily shall build a place of worship over them. We have heard from you that it is forbidden to build over graves, but is this not evidence of the permissibility of building over them?

Answer: As you have heard from us, it is Haraam (prohibited) to build Masaajid (mosques) over graves, on the authority of the numerous evidence that indicates this ruling and due to the fact that this could be a means that would lead to the worship of their occupants besides Allaah… read more here.

Ruling on building over graves

Question: In our country, there are many graves, on some of which there are black and white stones. People build on them and argue that they do not build on the graves of men who killed many people and then were killed, but only on the graves of people who had a good reputation. I think that it is wrong to build on graves; therefore, I have decided to demolish these buildings. Is it permissible to do so? Does this deserve punishment from Allaah? Please enlighten me, may Allaah reward you with the best reward!

Answer: Building on graves is an abominable Bid‘ah (innovation in religion) that involves excessive veneration of those who are buried there. It is also a means that can lead to Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). It is therefore obligatory for a Muslim ruler or his representative to order the removal of these buildings on graves and that they be leveled to the ground, to end this Bid‘ah and to block the means to Shirk… read more here.

Participating in building a Masjid over a grave

Question: What is the ruling on a person who builds or participates in building a Masjid (mosque) on top of a dead person’s grave and beside other graves? Is it an aspect of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) to build a Masjid in this place? What about someone whose job is to decorate or paint this Masjid? What is the ruling on the money that they get from this job especially if they are in dire need of money?

Answer: It is authentically narrated that Allaah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: Let there be the curse of Allaah upon the Jews and the Christians for they have taken the graves of their Prophets as places of worship. It is also authentically narrated that he (peace be upon him) said… read more here.

Giving in charity to build a Masjid over a grave

Question: The people of our town demolished a Masjid (mosque) to rebuild it. The Masjid has been built on a shrine. When they started building, they built the shrine and didn’t exclude it from the Masjid. Is it permissible to donate money to this Masjid? Moreover, is it permissible to perform Salaah (Prayer) there bearing in mind that the grave is in a room whose door opens from inside the Masjid?

Answer: In case that the situation is as mentioned above, it is not permissible either to donate money for building this Masjid or even to help in its construction by any means. Performing Salah in such a Masjid is not permissible. Rather, that Masjid should be destroyed… read more here.

Praying in Mosques that have graves and shrines

Question: What is the ruling on offering Salaah (Prayer) in Masjids (mosques) that contain graves and shrines?

Answer: It is not permissible for a Muslim to offer Salaah in Masjids built over graves. This ruling is based on pieces of evidence prohibiting the building of places of worship over graves. Among such pieces of evidence is the Hadeeth reported 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) who narrated that Umm Salamah once told the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) about a church that she saw in Abyssinia (Ethiopia) and the pictures that were in it… read more here.

Building Mosques over the graves of the Awliyaa’

Question: Is it permissible to build Masjids (mosques) on the graves of Awliyaa’ (pious people)? Second, is it permissible to offer Salaah (Prayer) in such Masjids, although there are other Masjids in the same town that contain no graves?

Answer: It is impermissible to build Masjids over the graves of the righteous servants of Allaah… read more here.

Building Mosques over graves

Question: What is the ruling on building Masjids (mosques) over graves as well as demolishing Masjids which are built over graves?

Answer: It is not permissible to build Masjids over graves, for the Prophet (peace be upon him) prohibited this practice and cursed the person who does it. The prohibition encompasses both building Masjids over graves and performing Salaah (prayer) in such Masjids… read more here.

Praying in or building a Masjid over a grave

Question: I am writing this letter to inquire about offering Salaah (prayer) in a Masjid (mosque) with a grave inside it. Some scholars say that it is impermissible to pray there and if there is no other Masjid in town, it is better to pray at home than in a Masjid with a grave inside it. Other scholars say that it is permissible to pray there, because the grave of the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) is inside his Masjid, as well as the graves of his two Companions, Aboo Bakr and ‘Umar. This matter seems confusing to me, so I wrote this letter to inquire about the truth. I live in the countryside of Senegal where there is only one Masjid in our town in which there are four graves. Three of them are outside the Masjid, but they are adjacent to its southern part, whereas the fourth is completely inside the Masjid. Please inform me of the truth supported by evidence, as I know nothing about this matter, therefore I am asking you, for Allaah says in His Glorious Book (what means): So ask the people of the Scripture, if you do not know. (Soorah Al-Nahl, 16: 43).

Answer:  First, it is impermissible to build Masjids over graves, or offer Salaah in a Masjid that was built over a grave or graves, as it is authentically established that `Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said… read more here.

Praying in a Masjid containing a grave and honoring the dead and invoking them

Question: Is it permissible to perform Salaah (Prayer) in a Masjid (mosque) that contains a grave? Is it obligatory to kiss the entry threshold of Masjid Al-Husayn and Masjid Al-Sayyidah Zaynab, kiss their shrines, beseech Allaah by them, and seek strength and support from them? Is it permissible to travel from one place to another to commemorate the birthdays of pious people?

Answer: Firstly, if a Masjid is built over a grave, it is not permissible to offer Salaah there. The same applies if someone was buried in a Masjid after it was built. It is obligatory that the buried remains be moved to a public cemetery, if this is possible. This is based on the Hadeeths that indicate the prohibition of praying in Masjids that contain graves… read more here.

Praying in a Masjid where someone is buried

Question: Is it permissible to perform Salaah (Prayer) in a Masjid (mosque) where one person or more are buried due to necessity as it is the only available Masjid for offering the congregational Salaah and Jumu`ah (Friday) Prayer?

Answer: It is not permissible to perform Salaah in a Masjid where one person or more are buried. This grave or graves should be dug up and moved to the public graveyard… read more here.

Taking graves as places of worship

Question: 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 (Hadeeths 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 Salaah 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 (Abraham, 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 Salaah 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… read more here.

Prostrating and slaughtering animals at graves

Question: What is the ruling on performing Sujood (prostration) on graves and slaughtering sacrificial animals on them?

Answer: Prostrating on graves and slaughtering animals on them are pagan acts that were practiced in Jaahiliyyah (pre-Islaamic time of ignorance) and also acts of major Shirk (major form of associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or in worship), as both of them are acts of ‘Ibaadah (worship) and ‘Ibaadah must wholly be for Allaah Alone… read more here.

Demolishing small and large Masjids built over graves

Question: Is it permissible for me to demolish small Masjids (mosques) that contain shrines of sheikhs, who are called Awliyaa’ (pious people)? Also, is it permissible for me to take parts of their debris, such as the roof or the cover so that I can benefit from them?

Answer: First, Building Masjids on graves is Haraam (prohibited), as it is authentically established that the Prophet (peace be upon him) prohibited this and cursed those who do so. If they are built on them, the Muslim rulers should demolish them by way of elimination of evil, for they were not founded on piety and righteousness… read more here.

Destroying statues and wiping out pictures

Question: A person made a statue from useful material such as gold, silver, or the like and the statue represents a human being or an animal and is used as a decorative ornament. Then this person makes Tawbah (repentance) to Allaah and wants to convert the statue into something lawful and beneficial by changing it into coins, jewelry or making use of it in building. Is this permissible? What is the interpretation of the word “worshipped” in the saying of the Prophet (peace be upon him) to the person who wanted to sacrifice camels as a vow at Buwanah: Did the place contain any idols worshipped in pre-Islaamic times? ?

Answer: It is obligatory to destroy these statues and obliterate their drawings. It is also obligatory to wipe pictures out and remove their traces… read more here.

Ruling on whoever transports people to shrines or to attend banquets

Question: What is the ruling on whoever transports a Mushrik (one who associates others with Allaah in worship) to shrines or to attend banquets? Are they also Mushrik? Or are they sinners who commit a sin unwillingly especially if they are ordered to do so by their father or mother and if they do not comply parents will get angry?

Answer: It is not permissible to transport anyone who intends to visit these shrines or to attend a banquet that is prepared for that shrine… read more here.

Eating the meat of the sacrificial animal offered for a Walee

Question: In our country, there are some people who visit the graves of Awliyaa’ (pious people) and slaughter sacrificial animals with the intention of vowing for the sake of their dwellers. After that they distribute the meat of these sacrificial animals between the neighbors of the grave or the shrine they have visited.Is it lawful to eat the meat of a sacrificial animal that is slaughtered for the Waliy or does this fall under what is mentioned in the saying of Allaah (Exalted be He): Forbidden to you (for food) are: Al-Maytah (the dead animals- cattle- beast not slaughtered), blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which Allaah’s Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering ?

Answer: If the case is as you have mentioned, then it is not permissible to eat this meat because it is considered slaughtered for other than Allaah and this is an act of major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), for Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.

Believing in Muhammad, then associating others in worship with Allaah

Question: Some scholars say: “The Mushrik (one who associates others with Allaah in worship) of this Ummah (nation) should be similar in status to the People of the Book with regard to the permissibility of eating the animals they slaughter and marrying their women. They justify this by saying that the Book of the Jews is the Tawraah (Torah) and their prophet is Moosaa (Moses) even if they are liars.The same applies to the Christians. Their Book is the Injeel (Gospel) and their prophet is ‘Eesaa (Jesus) even if they are liars. These people claim to be the followers of their prophets but they have abandoned their religions. Those resemble the Mushriks (those who associate others with Allaah in worship) of this Ummah. They claim that their Book is the Qur’aan and that their Prophet is Muhammad (peace be upon him). Therefore, it is permissible to marry their women and to eat the animals they slaughter and the same is permissible with regard to the People of the Book.

Answer: Whoever believes in Muhammad (peace be upon him) then associates others in worship with Allaah through making Sujood (Prostration), vowing or slaughtering for anyone other than Allaah is not similar to the People of the Book... read more here.

Slaughtering on the threshold of a new house

Question: In Al-Riyadh newspaper, Issue no. 6411 of 01-05-1406 A.H., we read an article, of which a photocopy is included, under the following title “Slaughtering on the Threshold of the New House”. The editor wonders whether this belief is valid as it is a habit that some people have. The editor proceeded: I do not know where this custom of slaughtering on the threshold of a new house comes from. However, it is customary that slaughtering in this way as well as before entering is believed to be one of the most important means of fending off the evil eye, blessing the house, and avoiding harmful calamities and accidents. We believe that caution does not ward off predestination and thus, we do not know whether this belief is valid or not. Any way, this point is worthy of consideration.

Answer: If this habit is practiced as a means of satisfying Jinn (creatures created from fire) and avoiding calamities and unpleasant incidents, as it appears from what was mentioned that the slaughtering takes place before entering the house and specifically on the threshold, it will be regarded not only as an unlawful habit but also as Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)… read more here.

Slaughtering in the Name of Allaah to feed guests or relatives

Question: Slaughtering animals for the sake of anyone other than Allaah is prohibited and Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). What is the Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) ruling on slaughtering animals for guests or relatives?

Answer: Slaughtering animals to draw closer to the person for whom the animals are slaughtered, or for the sake of bringing benefit or removing harm is Shirk. The Prophet (peace be upon him) cursed the person who slaughters for any one other than Allaah… read more here.

Slaughtering animals for other than Allaah

Question: There are some people who are known as Arab witch doctors. When someone who is sick, including those who are possessed by Jinn, visit those doctors, they advise them to slaughter certain kinds of chickens having specific colors; for example a black or white rooster.The blood of this slaughtered bird, which is probably slaughtered without mentioning the Name of Allaah, is then applied to the body of the sick person. What is the ruling on this practice?

Answer: Slaughtering a sacrifice to other than Allaah (Exalted be He) is major Shirk (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah), as He (Exalted be He) commands saying (what means… read more here.

The superstition of slaughtering animals to pass safely through a valley

Question: There is a group of people residing in a neighboring valley called Umm Al-Safaa’. At the beginning of every summer, they purchase a bull or a cow and slaughter it at Al-Safa’. This happens every year, at the beginning of summer. I see this as an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), because they slaughter this animal to those who live in the valley from Jinn and devils, and other superstitions.They do this at the beginning of the year in one specific place. If it was done anywhere, it would not be a problem, because it would be done for Allaah. What is the ruling on this practice? Is it an act of Shirk? If not, why not?

Answer: If the situation is as you described and they offer sacrificial animals in this valley for the Jinn, it is a major form of Shirk that takes the person who performs it out of Islaam. Allaah (Exalted be He) says (what means)… read more here.

Claiming the lawfulness of eating the slaughtered animal of a Mushrik

Question: Is it an act of Kufr (disbelief) if someone claims that eating from the meat of animals slaughtered by Mushriks (people who associate others with Allaah in worship) is lawful on the grounds that Allaah says: So eat of that (meat) on which Allaah’s Name has been pronounced (while slaughtering the animal), if you are believers in His Aayaat (proofs, evidence, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.). ? They argue that the Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) is self-explanatory, stick to their opinion, and do not accept anyone’s advice; are they considered kaafirs (disbelievers)?

Answer: Whoever regards eating from the meat of animals slaughtered by Mushriks as lawful – if Allaah’s Name is mentioned at slaughtering – is wrong. However, they are not Kaafirs, as there is a doubtful matter, but there is no proof for this view in the Aayah… read more here.

Slaughtering animals for the jinn and invoking them to fulfill a need

Question: What is the ruling on people who adhere to the pillars of Islaam but slaughter animals for the sake of Jinn (creatures created from fire)or make Du`aa’ (supplication) to them to fulfill their needs? Are they excused for being ignorant of the fact that Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) prohibits such practices? Can they be called Mushriks (those who associate others with Allaah in worship) even before the matter is explained to them?

Answer: It is obligatory for those who have knowledge of true Tawheed (monotheism) and who know of those people’s practices to explain to them that sacrificing animals for the sake of Jinn, prophets, angels or idols is considered an act of Al-Shirk Al-Akbar (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah) which takes them out of Islaam… read more here.

Slaughtering animals for Jinn

Question: Some religious brothers come to us in the desert and advise us that if people slaughter animals as a sacrifice to the Jinn (creatures created from fire), their Salaah and Hajj will be invalid. When I heard this from them, I repented to Allaah for sacrificing animals to the Jinn. I had already performed Hajj, but they tell me that my previous Hajj is invalid. Is my Hajj valid or not? If it is invalid, should I perform Hajj again.

Answer: Sacrificing animals to the Jinn is considered Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). If a person who commits this dies before repenting to Allaah, he will abide eternally in Hellfire… read more here.

Slaughtering animals at shrines

Question: Some people claim that Allaah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) used to offer sacrifices and give Sadaqah (voluntary charity) on behalf of Khadeejah. They take this as evidence allowing them to offer sacrifices at the graves and claim that they give Sadaqah on behalf of the dead. Is this permissible?

Answer: What the Prophet (peace be upon him) did is different from these people’s deeds, because he did not offer sacrifices at the graves or for Tabarruk (seeking blessings) from pious people, rather; he sacrificed to draw closer to Allaah and distributed the meat to the friends of Khadeejah (may Allaah be pleased with them) as a Sadaqah and to maintain ties of kinship with them… read more here.

Going around the graves of the Awliyaa’ (pious people)

Question: What is the ruling on vowing or slaughtering for the Awliyaa’ (pious people), or making Tawaaf (circumambulation) around their graves? Who are the Awliyaa’ in the sight of Islaam? Besides, is it permissible that someone asks the Awliyaa’, whether they are alive or dead, to make Du`aa’ (supplication) for them?

Answer: Slaughtering or vowing for the sake of dead people is Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). A Walee is a person who obeys Allaah by doing what He commands and avoiding what He prohibits even if he is not supported by Karaamaat (extraordinary events performed by a pious person)… read more here.

Slaughtering animals to cure diseases

Question: My wife is affected with a physical illness called “Al-Zar.” It is a type of epilepsy which is a result of our friendship with some people suffering from the same illness. When they love or befriend someone, they transfer it to them. If a person catches it, they will not be cured until one of those friends treats them.

The question is: My wife wants me to offer a sacrifice to Allaah to cure her from this illness. As I don’t know whether this is intended for Allaah or her friend, I refused. However, she mortgaged her jewelry to offer a sacrifice. Is this permissible or not? What should I do? Answer me please. May Allaah reward you!

Answer: Offering sacrifice for anyone other than Allaah is considered an act of Shirk Akbar (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah). The Prophet (peace be upon him) cursed those who offered sacrifices for anyone other than Allaah… read more here.

Seeking healing by slaughtering sheep or chickens

Question: Among the cures that they use for treating people is to slaughter a sheep or a chicken on a patient’s chest or head; or to put some silver rings in the patient’s hand, or a small piece of cloth or a handful of dust, which I think they claim it to be of the clothing or grave dust of a pious relative of theirs. What is the ruling on seeking treatment through such ways? Is it permissible to trust in what such people say?

Answer: It is Haraam (prohibited) to sacrifice to other than Allaah. The Prophet (peace be upon him) cursed those who slaughter a sacrifice to other than Allaah, which is considered a form of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)… read more here.

Slaughtering in the Name of Allaah to feed guests or relatives

Question: There are some religious figures who beat tambourines and drums and build Masjids (mosques) on graves. They sacrifice sheep, cows, camels, etc. For these graves and collect money from people monthly and yearly. Are they included in those meant by the Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) that declares: “Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life while they thought that they were acquiring good by their deeds. ?

Answer: Yes, they are included in the people meant by the Aayah, for their sacrificing for the sake of anyone other than Allaah is an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)… read more here.

Eating from animals slaughtered at shrines

Question: What is the ruling on whoever eats from this sacrifice?

Answer: Whoever eats from this sacrifice is sinful, as Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.

Slaughtering animals at shrines

Question: What is the ruling on a person who slaughters animals at shrines and invokes their inhabitants for help and support in bringing benefit and warding off harm?

Answer: Slaughtering (sacrificing) at shrines is considered major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)… read more here.

Visiting the graves of Awliyaa’ and asking them to fulfill one’s needs

Question: What is the ruling on visiting the graves of Awliyaa’ (pious people)? When people experience drought or illness or anything similar, they offer a sheep or a chicken with the intention that Allaah may send rain or cure their sick!

Answer: This is not permissible; it is an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), for Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.

Slaughtering animals at graves and making Ruqyah by other than the Qur’aan

Question: There are many shaykhs in my country who do the following things: when someone falls sick, people take them to these shaykhs who recite Aayaat of the Qur’aan over them and ask them to bring a ram, a bull, a camel, or other livestock. People pay them large sums of money throughout the year and they go to them. Are these practices prohibited according to our Deen (religion)?

Answer: Firstly, It is not permissible to slaughter camels, cows, sheep, or anything else over the graves… read more here.

Slaughtering animals at the graves of the Awliyaa’ and supplicating through them

Question: There is a grave of a Walee (pious person) at which people offer sacrificial animals every year. They do so with the intention of saying supplication and giving charity on behalf of the dead. They even invoke the dwellers of the graves for rain. These ignorant Muslims do not know the ruling on these acts or they may know it but choose to disregard it, so please, give us your Fatwaa regarding this issue.

Answer: All that you mentioned concerning offering sacrificial animals at the grave of the Walee is an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). There is a detailed discussion about invoking them (other than Allaah) and seeking their help for rain or anything else among similar acts of major Shirk… read more here.

Slaughtering animals at the graves of Awliyaa’

Question: Some people have developed an annual tradition on the Day of ‘Aashooraa’ (10th of Muharram) of slaughtering over forty sheep and ewes and over ten cows at the shrines of the so-called Awliyaa’ (pious people). Some ignorant Muslims, who have poor knowledge of the Sharee‘ah (Islaamic law), would gather there and recite the Qur’aan by these graves, claiming that they recite the Qur’aan as a supplication for the dead. They then eat the sacrificed animals. We ask Your Eminence to clarify the legal opinion on this issue supported by proofs from the Qur’aan and the Sunnah.

Answer: First, what you have mentioned in regard to slaughtering sacrifices at the shrines of Awliyaa’ is considered Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)… read more here.

Slaughtering at graves

Question: Some people from the family of the deceased drive animals which they call “Jadf” to be slaughtered at the graves and distributed over the people who are present there. They are slaughtered 100 meters away from the grave. These animals may be sheep, camels or cows. Please advise, dear Shaykh. May Allaah grant you success!

Answer: Slaughtering (sacrificing) at graves is prohibited, and also the so-called “Jadf”, because of its involving purposes of worshiping and drawing close. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Allaah has cursed the one who slaughters (a sacrifice) to other than Allaah. Narrated by Muslim... read more here.

Slaughtering animals to entertain guests or out of generosity towards one’s family

Question: The Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said: Allaah curses the person who offers a sacrifice to anyone other than Allaah … what is meant by this exactly given that here in the South when we slaughter animals to entertain guests or as meat for the household, people say, “In the Name of Allaah and upon the religion of the Messenger of Allaah, this is a Sadaqah (voluntary charity) purely for the Sake of Allaah. O Allaah! Please grant the reward for this to me and my household?”

Answer: What is meant by this Hadeeth is the prohibition of offering sacrifices to the dead prophets or Awliyaa’ (pious people), seeking their blessing; or offering sacrifices to the Jinn (creatures created from fire), so as to please them and in return seek fulfillment of demands or to ward off their evil… read more here.

Slaughtering animals for a so-called Walee and building a shrine over his grave

Question:  What is the ruling on slaughtering an animal for a dead person who is claimed to be a Walee (pious person) and shrines are built over his grave?

Answer: Slaughtering for the dead person mentioned above is a type of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). A person who slaughters for the sake of this Walee is a Mushrik (one who associates others with Allaah in worship) and an accursed person… read more here.

Ruling on making vows at the shrines of righteous people

Question: I am a secondary school student, and since my tender age I have seen my family in Sudan flocking to the shrines of shaykhs to rub them, seeking their blessings, and make vows by them. I have denounced such scenes within myself, but I could not declare it, because in their view I am considered a Kaafir (disbeliever) and that they can poison me, and definitely can do me harm. For they claim that these people have Karaamaat (extraordinary events performed at the hands of pious people) as they are Awliyaa’ (pious people), and that most of them claimed to have seen Allah. I used to resent this inside me, until I came to know some people from Ansaar Al-Sunnah Al-Muhamadiyyah; they showed me that these people’s claims are only delusions and Shirk. They also taught me that these people are followers of Bid‘ah (innovation in religion) and that every Bid‘ah is a going astray that leads to the Fire. I also came across some books of theirs on Tawheed (Monotheism), written by Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhaab. However, I cannot afford to get them due to my straitened circumstances, so I just borrow them and return them after a short while.

I hope that you, as a father and a Daa‘ee (caller) to the truth, will explain to me in a personal letter, your opinion on this group and send me some books, if possible, to enlighten me. And Allaah is the Knower of intentions.

Answer: Making vows by the shrines of shaykhs is Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), because making vows is an act of ‘Ibaadah (worship), and so dedicating a vow to other than Allaah is a major form of Shirk… read more here.