Dua at Grave

Is dua at kabarastan by stretching hand permissible in islam?

In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.

As a rule in general to lift hands during supplication is mustahab and therefore this also applies when supplicating at the graveside. This is supported by the narration of Ibn Masood (radi allahu anhu) which has been mentioned by Hafiz Ibn Hajar in his book Fathul Bari a hadith that, “I saw the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) by the graveside of Zun Najadain … and when he finished the burial he turned towards the qibla raising both hands.” (Fathul Bari, Vol 11, P173)

In another place Hafiz Ibn Hajar records a narration of Aisha (radi allahu anha) in regards to the Prophet’s supplication for the dwellers of Baqi “He raised his hands thrice.” (Fathul Bari, Vol 11, P171)

From the above it can be concluded that it is permissible to raise the hands during supplication at the graveside. However some scholars have stated that if the grave is that of a pious person then it is better that this is avoided so that it does not appear to others that the individual is asking from the dweller of the grave.

And Allah knows best.

Sayeedur Rahman

Darul Ifta, Birmingham

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