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No Praying in Graveyards

I argued with some of those who deem as lawful praying in cemeteries, and in the mosque which contains a grave, or graves. I defeated them by using the clear and authentic proofs. But they said: Where did Aishah pray after the Prophet died? And was his grave in the house or outside? They also said: How could the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) with Companions pray in Al-Masjid Al-Haram were Hajar, the wife of Ibrahim, and other Prophets were buried? Is it true that Aishah, may Allaah be pleased with her, prayed in her room after the death of the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam), and the fact that the graves of Hajar and Ibrahim and other Prophets are in Al-Masjid Al-Haram?

It is authentically reported in Al-Bukhari and Muslim that Aishah, may Allaah be pleased with her, said that the Messenger of Allaah said in his death sickness: The curse of Allaah is upon Jews and Christians who turned the graves of their Prophets into praying places. [1] Aishah, may Allaah be pleased with her, said: He was warning against what they do. Had it not been for that he would have raised his grave, but he hated it to be taken as a mosque. In another version: But it was feared that it would be taken as a mosque. And in the narration of Bukhari: But I fear that it would be taken for a mosque. [2] With this we know that it is not permissible to pray in mosques that include graves, and building them is unlawful. As for the inquirers question, Where did Aishah pray after the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) was buried in her room, or whether his grave is outside or inside the house? The answer is that Aishah was of those who narrated the traditions that signify the prohibition of taking graves of taking graves for mosques. This indeed reflects the wisdom of Allaah, the Exalted. Hence we know that she did not pray in the room which contained the graves. Had she prayed in it, she would have opposed those traditions that she reported, and that would not befit her. As to whether Hajar or some Prophets are buried in Al-Masjid Al-Haram, we do not know of any proof of this assertion.

[1] Al-Bukhari no. 1330 and Muslim no. 531 [2] Al-Bukhari no. 1330

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