What is the Shariah’s perspective regarding grave-maintenance? How is it to keep graves neat and tidy; plant flowers on them and to make the graveyard look like a park or a garden? Is it meritorious to contribute money for beautifying the graveyard?
A Qabrustaan (Graveyard) is not a park. It is not a venue for recreation. A Qabrustaan is to remind a person of Maut, Athaab and the imminence of Qiyaamah. Grave-maintenance is of the futile practices and customs of the kuffaar. The Muslim Qabrustaan should be forlorn and desolate.
It is not in the best interests of the Amwaat (Deceased) to convert the Qabrustaan into a park.
The graveyard should be kept forlorn, desolate, wild bush and ‘untidy’. The pathways should be cleared to facilitate walking, but the graves themselves should be left to a forlorn state. The Rahmat of Allah Ta’ala settles on such graves. The following episode confirms this:
When Hadhrat Nabi Isaa (Alayhis salaam) once passed through a Qabrustaan, he saw some newly made graves. When he went near to the graves it was revealed to him that the inmates were being severely punished. He made dua for them, then proceeded with his journey. On his return he saw that the same graves had caved in, were unkempt and desolate. It was a forlorn sight. When he went near to the graves, it was revealed to him that all had been forgiven and were in enjoyment in gardens of flowers.
Bewildered and astonished, Nabi Isaa (Alayhis salaam) supplicated: “O Allah! After death they had not rendered any good deeds. What is the reason for their forgiveness?” Allah Ta’ala revealed: “When their graves became dilapidated and desolate, and there was no one to show any concern for them, I became merciful on them and forgave them.”
The scenario and the atmosphere of a Qabrustaan should invoke fear and grief in the Mu’min. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:
“The grave is the first of the stations of Aakhirat.”
Hadhrat Uthmaan (Radhiyallahu anhu) would be so much overwhelmed by fear in the Qabrustaan that his beard would become drenched with his tears. It never was the way of the Sahaabah and the Ummah at large to convert a qabrustaan into a garden or a park. The Qabrustaan should be left unattended. The Quboor should have a forlorn and desolate appearance.
The Hadith mentions that the Grave calls out five times a day: “I am an abode of solitude; an abode of darkness; an abode of torment; an abode of worms…..”
Only those ignorant of the Valleys of Danger to traverse in Barzakh of which the Qabr is the gateway, indulge in the kuffaar stupidity and futility of transforming a graveyard into a garden or a park.
It is not permissible to contribute money for this wasteful kuffaar-type venture. There is no merit and no reward for such wasteful contributions.
3 Muharram 1444 – 2 August 2022