If it’s forbidden to pray in a masjid that has a grave, why do Muslims still pray in the prophet’s masjid (in Madeenah) even though he ﷺ is buried inside the masjid?


بســـم اللــه الرحــمــن الـرحـــيــم

▪️If it’s forbidden to pray in a masjid that has a grave, why do Muslims still pray in the prophet’s masjid (in Madeenah) even though he ﷺ is buried inside the masjid?▪️

Our Shaykh, Muhammad ibn Hizaam -may Allaah preserve him- was asked the following question:

? Question:

How do we respond to the doubt of one who says that he is convinced that the Prophet ﷺ was initially buried in ‘Aa’ishah’s room – not in the masjid, however after the expansion of the masjid during the time of Al-Waleed ibn Abdil Malik the prophet’s grave ﷺ was entered into the masjid, therefore it’s not permissible to pray in a masjid which contains a grave.

How do we respond to this doubt?

? Answer:

In the name of Allaah; to whom belongs all praises, and may peace and blessings be upon His Messenger and his family, to proceed:

This act of Al-Waleed ibn Abdil Malik was vehemently disapproved by a group of scholars (during his time), including Sa’eed ibnil Musayyib, and the scholars of Islam went to great lengths to separate the grave from the worshippers by surrounding it with three walls so that it’s not accessible to anyone.

And in any case, it’s not permissible to use the actions of this ruler to endorse what he did after the Prophet ﷺ said:

((لعن الله قوما اتخذوا قبور أنبيائهم مساجد))

“Allaah cursed those who took the graves of their prophets as places of worship”

And his ﷺ saying:

((اشتد غضب الله على قوم اتخذوا قبور أنبيائهم مساجد))

“The wrath of Allaah is severe upon those who took the graves of their prophets as places of worship”

Prayer in the Prophet’s masjid is valid only because it is the masjid of the Prophet ﷺ; it contains great virtue; one prayer therein equates to a thousand prayers, and this virtue is not removed by the misdeeds of some of the rulers.

And with Allaah alone rests all success.

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Translated by:

Abu Ishaq Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ba ‘Alawi

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Original Fatwa:

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