Are we allowed to put flowers on a grave?

Are we allowed to put flowers on a grave?

In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.

Answer

It is not permissible to place flowers on the graves as there is no basis of it in the Sharia. (Fatawa Mahmoodiyah p.173 v.9)

The incident of the Prophet of Allah Sallallahu Alahi Wasalam putting something on the grave was regarding a branch or twig and not flowers.

Once the Prophet of Allah Sallallahu Alahi Wasalam passed by two graves. He remarked, ‘they are both being punished in their graves; one of them never used to take due care when urinating and the other would tell-tale.’ The Prophet of Allah Sallallahu Alahi Wasalam then took a twig from a date-tree, snapped it in two and inserted them on each grave. The Companions asked, ‘O Prophet of Allah! Why did you do that?’ He replied, ‘Perhaps their punishment will be lightened so long as the twigs do not dry.’ (Sahih Bukhari p.34 v.1)

Only Allah Knows Best

Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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