The grave of the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam
Fatwa No: 85607

  • Fatwa Date:19-2-2003 - Thul-Hijjah 18, 1423
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Question

Has anybody ever photographed the grave of Prophet Muhammad (SAW)? Can anyone go to the grave of Prophet Muhammad (SAW)? Is the grave covered with high walls? Please provide a detailed answer with reference to history books about the grave of the Prophet (SAW).

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

The grave of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) was concealed and it was not raised above the ground. The Muslims surrounded it by three high walls in order to prevent people using the grave as a mosque or even as a Qiblah (direction) for people to face when praying. 'Aa'ishah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her narrated that when the last moment of the life of the Messenger of Allaah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) came he started putting his Khameesah (cloth) on his face and when he felt hot and short of breath he took it off his face and said: "May Allaah curse the Jews and Christians for they built the places of worship at the graves of their Prophets." The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) was warning (the Muslims) against what they had done.

'Aa'ishah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her said, "Had it not been the fear of making the grave of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) a place of worship it would have been open for everyone". Thus, the fear that people would give the grave more importance than that which is permissible, spurred the Companions of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) to level the grave to the ground. Then the Muslims elevated the walls even higher and closed all the gates leading to them. Then, fearing that some people might pray facing the grave, they built two more walls on the two northern corners of the grave constituting a tri-dimensional angle so that nobody could face his grave while praying. On the other hand, there is no need to stand on his grave, as invoking blessings on him can be done from any place in the world. Abu Daawood  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him reported from Abu Hurayrah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "Do not make your houses graves, and do not make my grave a place of festivity. But invoke blessings on me, for your blessings reach me wherever you may be."

As far as we know, there are no pictures of the grave itself.

Allaah Knows best.

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