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Women visiting the grave, keeping a deceased’s item

Fatwaa ID: 1913

Assalamu alaikum

I understand that women are allowed to visit the graveyard with proper hijab and composure. Can women get close to the location and sit and touch the dirt and make duas, in state of purity of course?

Is it ok to keep the deceased person items and not use them, just safeguard it out of love for that person?
Can any women visit the grave, related or not related to the deceased person?

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

  1. It is permissible for women to visit the graveyard provided that they observe the laws of hijaab and maintain their composure. It is not necessary to be in the state of purity. When visiting the graveyard, they may come close to the grave, touch it and sit next to it. One may also make du’aa to Allaah Ta’aala while near the grave.
  2. That is permissible. One may keep a belonging of the deceased with them out of sentimental value without using it. However, it should be noted that every item and belonging of the deceased forms part of his/her estate and will have to be distributed in accordance to the laws of inheritance and succession.
  3. Yes, a woman may visit the grave of any Muslim provided that the laws of hijaab are maintained.

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

04/27/1445 AH – 11/11/2023 CE | 671

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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