Q: What is the ruling on visiting graves, such as the graves of Imam `Aly (may Allah be pleased with him), Al Husayn, Al `Abbas and others? Is visiting their graves equal in reward…

(Part No. 13; Page No. 296)
The so-called Hadith: “Anyone who visits the members of my household after my death will receive the reward of performing Hajj seventy times”
Q: What is the ruling on visiting graves, such as the graves of Imam `Aly (may Allah be pleased with him), Al-Husayn, Al-`Abbas and others? Is visiting their graves equal in reward to performing Hajj seventy times to Allah’s Sacred House? Did the Prophet (peace be upon him) say: “Anyone who visits the members of my household after my death will receive the reward of performing Hajj seventy times”? Please guide us. May Allah reward you with the best.
A: Visiting graves is a Sunnah (supererogatory act of worship following the example of the Prophet), and it teaches lessons and reminds people of death. When visiting the graves of Muslims, a person should invoke Allah (Exalted be He) for them, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to visit the graves and invoke Allah for its inhabitants, and so did the Sahabah (Companions of the Prophet). The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: Visit the graves, for they remind you of the Hereafter. Moreover, he (peace be upon him) taught his Sahabah to say the following upon visiting the graves: Peace be upon you, inhabitants of the abodes among the believers and the Muslims. If Allah wills, we will follow you. We ask Allah for well-being for ourselves and for you.

(Part No. 13; Page No. 297)
In another narration, `Aishah added: May Allah have mercy on those who have gone ahead of us and those who come later on. In another wording of the Hadith narrated by Ibn `Abbas, he added: May Allah forgive us and you. You have preceded us, and we are to follow. All these formulas of supplications and others are commendable. In addition, visiting graves reminds the person of death and teaches a Muslim to prepare himself for it, as it will surely come to him as it came to the inhabitants of the graves. Thus, a Muslim learns to prepare himself for this day, obey Allah (Exalted be He) and His Messenger (peace be upon him), abstain from everything that Allah (Exalted be He) and His Messenger (peace be upon him) have prohibited, and make Tawbah (repentance to Allah) for being negligent. In this way, a Muslim truly benefits from visiting the graves. As for your question about visiting the graves of` `Aly (may Allah be pleased with him), Al-Hasan, Al-Husayn, and others and its being equal in reward to performing Hajj seventy times, this is Batil (null and void). It is a fabricated Hadith and has no origin. In fact, visiting the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) grave is not equal in reward to performing Hajj, although he is the best of all mankind. Visiting graves has its merits, but it is not equal in reward to performing Hajj. This is the case with visiting the Prophet’s grave, let alone visiting other graves. This is a lie and so is the fabricated Hadith you mentioned: “Anyone who visits the members of my household after my death will receive the reward of performing Hajj seventy times.” All these narrations are null and have no origin ,and they were fabricated by liars. Consequently, it is the duty of a Muslim to be aware of these fabricated liess attributed to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him).

(Part No. 13; Page No. 298)
However, it is permissible to visit the graves, whether of the Prophet’s household or other Muslims, invoke Allah (Exalted be He) for their inhabitants, and ask Allah (Exalted be He) to grant them Mercy before leaving.
On the other hand, a Muslim can visit the graves of non-Muslims to remember death and to learn a lesson, but without supplicating to Allah (Exalted be He) for them. For example, the Prophet (peace be upon him) visited the grave of his mother and Allah (Exalted be He) forbade him from asking forgiveness for her. Similarly, there is no harm in visiting non-Muslims’ graves to learn a lesson but without greeting them or asking Allah for forgiveness for them, as they do not deserve it.

Ibn Baaz

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