Visiting graves and what to do there

Visiting graves and what to do there

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Hamza Staff asked 4 years ago
Whose graves should we be visiting, and what should we do when we are there?


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Anis Staff answered 4 years ago

This is explained by Syed Ahmed Al Hasan (as) and his companions talking about how he regularly visits the graves and shrines of the Ahlulbayt (pbut) Imams.

This act is therefore encouraged and should even be a part of one’s religion.

Visitation of the Imams’ shrines, in general

From the below answer, it is clear that he endorses reading the visitations (ziyaraat) narrated from the holy House of the Prophet himself (pbuhahf).

"Below are the relevant excerpts from the book Al Jawab Al Muneer, vol 3, question  236, which is a list of questions in which number 21 addresses this.

Q21: Kind sir, you mentioned in the ‘story of the meeting’ something to the effect that you have made your visiting the graves and shrines of the Imams an important part of your life and an important journey, how so?

A21: It is my honour to go to their shrines and to say to them ‘by the blessing of Allah on him and with full certainty, your servant affirms that you are truly Allah’s vicegerents, and woe to any who wrongs you and disputes your right."

"21- سيدي، ذكرت في قصة اللقاء بأنّ زيارتك لقبور الأئمة وأضرحتهم ما معناه كونت جزءاً مهما من حياتك وهي مرحلة مهمة، فكيف ذلك ؟

ج س 21: إنّ لي الشرف أن أذهب لأضرحتهم لأقول لهم خادمكم يقرّ بفضل الله عليه وبيقين كامل أنكم خلفاء الله حقاً والويل لمن ظلمكم وجحد حقكّم."

Reference: link to all 7 parts of Al Jawab Al Muneer (Arabic version)

Visiting the grave of Imam Husain, specifically

Also, the Syed (as) visiting the grave of Imam Husain (as) and praying the visitation salat, is retold by Shaykh Nazim Al Uqaili:

"Then Syed Ahmed Al Hasan says: at that time I stood at the head of Imam Hussain (as) and suffice me to say: Oh Abu Abdillah, I, my family and my wealth, are a sacrifice to you … then I went to offer the salat of visitation.

فيقول السيد احمد الحسن : عندها وقفت عند رأس الإمام الحسين (ع) واكتفيت بقولي : يا أبا عبد الله فداؤك نفسي وأهلي ومالي .. ثم انصرفت لصلاة الزيارة."

Reference: How I knew him (هكذا عرفته) , by Shaykh Nazim Al Oqaili

Sanctity of Al Baqee’graves and heinous nature of their destruction

"Question to the respected sunnis, may Allah increase their opportunities, but not for the Wahhabi enemies of Aal Muhammad

Why do you not defect the grave of Al Hasan ibn Ali (blessings of Allah be on him)? Why do you not demand it to be rebuilt after the Wahhabis takfeeris (ones who declare everyone as apostate), enemies of the Aal Muhammad and enemies of Muhammad and of Allah, demolished it?

Do you not regard the narration authentic that Al Hasan ibn Ali is the master of the youth of paradise?

So why do you now protect it and why do you not until this day reject its demolition?

What will you say to Allah’s Messenger on the day of resurrection, when he asks you how you treated his family after him?

Is it logical that you build a huge shrine for a scholar, like Abu Hanifah, and you have doubts when defending the son of Allah’s messenger, the leader of the youth of paradise, Al Hasan ibn Ali (blessings of Allah be on him) and you accept that his grave remain demolished, after the enemies of Allah transgressed against it?"

السؤال الى اهل السنة الافاضل وفقهم الله وليس للوهابين المعادين لآل محمد

لماذا لا تدافعون عن ضريح الحسن بن علي صلوات الله عليه لماذا لا تطالبون باعادة بناءه بعد أن هدمه الوهابيون التكفيريون أعداء ال محمد وأعداء محمد وأعداء الله؟

الم يصح عندكم ان الحسن بن علي سيد شباب اهل الجنة؟

فلماذا لا تدافعون عنه وتستنكرون ابقاء ضريحه مهدوما الى يومنا هذا؟

ماذا ستقولون لرسول الله يوم القيامة عندما يسألكم كيف خلفتموني في اهل بيتي؟

هل يعقل انكم تبنون لفقيه كأبي حنيفة ضريحا ضخما وتترددون في الدفاع عن ابن رسول الله وسيد شباب اهل الجنة الحسن بن علي صلوات الله عليه وتقبلون ان يبقى ضريحه مهدوما بعد أن تعدى عليه اعداء الله؟

Reference: Ahmed Al Hasan Facebook page

**Visiting his own father’s grave

Q86: Good, respectable correpondent, greetings and my peace

My question relates to Barzakh, how does the deceased live in Barzakh, and does he meet with others and does he visit the dead and the living, and do they eat food and drink water, and what about contributions that we make for them? Many thanks

Answer of The Syed, Imam (as):

People fall into categories and every one of their categories has their own Barzakh, so the state of prophets, executors and friends of Allah, be He glorified, is like that of the believers who commit sin. The state of all disbelievers is not like the state of the leaders of disbelief and corruption, who fought the Prophet of Allah, Abraham (pbuh), Pharaoh who fought the Prophet of Allah Moses (pbuh) and like Ananous and Caiaphas the Jewish non-compliant scholars, who fought the Prophet of Allah Jesus (pbuh). It is possible for the deceased to visit the living and the deceased whilst they are in Barzakh, with Allah’s permission, and they eat and drink what is appropriate for their realm that they descended into, as per their previous works. The believers amongst them benefit from the good deeds that believers perform on their behalf in this worldly life. I personally visited the grave of my father some years ago, and he spoke to me from the grave and I heard his voice.

Many living people see the dead visiting them in the dreams i.e. whilst dreaming. As for prophets and executors in the Barzakh, they continue to work with what Allah has given them to do, and they conduct tasks and they leave a trace in this realm as well as others.

السؤال رقم 86 : سعادة السفير المحترم، تحياتي وسلامي .

سؤالي عن البرزخ، كيفية معيشة الميت في البرزخ، وهل يلتقي بغيره ويزور الأموات والأحياء، وهل يأكلون الطعام والماء، وماذا عن الخيرات التي نؤديها لهم ؟ مع الشكر الكثير.

جواب السيد الإمام (ع) :

الناس أصناف ولكل صنف منهم برزخهم، فليس حال الأنبياء والأوصياء وأولياء الله سبحانه كحال سائر المؤمنين الذين تقع منهم المعاصي، وليس حال سائر الكفّار كحال أئمة الكفر والفساد كنمرود الذي حارب نبي الله إبراهيم (ع)، وفرعون الذي حارب نبي الله موسى (ع) وكحنانيا وقيافا علماء اليهود غير العاملين الذين حاربوا نبي الله عيسى (ع).

ويمكن أن يزور الميت في البرزخ الأحياء والأموات بأذن الله، وهم يأكلون ويشربون ما يناسب عالمهم الذي نزلوا فيه وعملهم السابق، والمؤمنون منهم ينتفعون بالخيرات التي يؤديها لهم المؤمنون في هذه الحياة الدنيا، وأنا شخصياً زرت قبر والدي قبل سنوات وكلمني من القبر وسمعت صوته.

وكثير من الأحياء يرون الأموات يزورونهم في الرؤيا ، أي: في المنام.

أمّا الأنبياء والأوصياء في البرزخ، فهم يستمرّون في العمل بما يكلفهم به الله، ولهم أعمال وآثار في هذا العالم وفي غيره .

Reference: احمد الحسن . الجواب المنير جزء 2 (link to all 7 parts of Al Jawab Al Muneer (Arabic version)

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