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Stuffed animals on a grave

Fatwaa ID: 1385

ٱلسَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُم وَرَحْمَةُ ٱللَّٰهِ وَبَرَكَاتُه
Can I remove stuffed animals off a MUslims grave?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

It is unfortunate that many Muslims harm themselves and their loved ones despite have good intentions. Stuffed animals are a form of prohibited tasweer. They prevent angels of mercy from coming around. One should not be keeping such things at home. Likewise, they should never be placed on someone’s grave.

If a person passes by a Muslim grave which is in a public or open place and finds a stuffed animal or something haraam on it, then he should remove it. Where we have the ability, Rasulullaah ﷺ advised us to change the wrong when we see it. Make du’aa for the dweller of that grave. Make du’aa for the hidaayah of the one who left the stuffed animal there.

It is of utmost importance that we educate our family and give them an appropriate Islamic upbringing. Teach them about our values and traditions. If we do so, then they will be a source of khayr and sadaqah after our demise. If not, they may become a source of regret.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

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