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Concept of Grave in Islam

Updated on June 9, 2012

Concept of Grave in Islam.

The next goal after death of every human being is ‘grave’. Obviously, it is just a heap of soil. It is much more than that as according to the Islamic teachings death is not the end of life for a human being. Rather it is the start of his trial. He would be accountable for what he has done in this world.

Indeed, death gives birth to a new life, a life forever. A person who does good deeds in this world and live his life according to the commandments of Almighty will be sanctified with lots of pleasures and blessings of Almighty in the shape of Heaven after death whereas the rebel of Lord will face wrath and damnation of Almighty in the shape of Hell. According to the one of the Hadith a grave would be a garden for the righteous or a hell for the wrong doers.


It is narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that a dark-complexioned woman (or a youth) used to sweep the mosque. The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) missed her (or him) and inquired about her (or him). The people told him that she (or he) had died. He asked why they did not inform him, and it appears as if they had treated her (or him) or her (or his) affairs as of little account. He (the Holy Prophet) said: Lead me to her (or his) gave. They led him to that place and he said prayer over her (or him) and then remarked: Verily, these graves are full of darkness for their dwellers. Verily, the Mighty and Glorious Allah illuminates them for their occupants by reason of my prayer over them. (Book #004, Hadith #2088)

Dead can hear, talk and feel like a living person but the chapter of his deeds is closed. No one could hear him. This aspect is narrated in the following saying of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him):-

40) Narrated Anas: The Prophet said, "When a human being is laid in his grave and his companions return and he even hears their foot steps,

Similarly, it is prohibited by the Holy Prophet to sit on the graves and it causes pain for the person in the grave. It is also stated in one of the Hadith that when one says Asalam-o-aikum (Peace on you) the person in the grave answers ‘wa-alaikum asalam (and peace on you too). But the died person would not receive any reward for this.


Jabir said: Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) forbade that the graves should be plastered or they be used as sitting places (for the people), or a building should be built over them. (Book #004, Hadith #2116)


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