<pre>Law Marking Graves with Board or Tombstone


Assalamu alaikum wr. wb.

Editor of Bahtsul Masail graves in our cemetery or tomb garden are usually made with graves with wooden tombstones or permanent graves of stone. It has been going on since when. What is the religious view of this matter? While I have heard that we are forbidden to build anything above the tomb. thanks. (Supriatna / Bogor)



Dear questioner, hopefully blessed by Allah SWT. Graves or graves as grave markers are very common or even “half-compulsory” in our society. Every time someone is reported dead, there are members of the extended family who are tasked with preparing a gravestone board.

The laying of boards or tombstones on the tomb does not conflict with Islamic law. The Messenger of Allāh menandai alone marked the grave of his sister, Uthman ibn Mazh'un, by placing a large stone on his grave.

From here, scholars draw conclusions that the practice of marking the tomb through laying stones, installing boards, tombstones or graves above tomb is recommended as a description of as-Syarbini below.

وأن يضع عند رأسه حجرا أو خشبة أو نحو ذلك لأنه صلى الله عليه وسلم وضع عند رأس عثمان بن مظعون صخرة وقال: أتعلم بها قبر أخي لأدفن إليه من مات من أهلي

Meaning, “Laying stones, wood, or similar objects (recommended) above the tomb on the part of the corpse because the Messenger of Allāh meletakkan put a large stone in for the tomb of the head of Uthman ibn Mazhun. The Messenger of Allāh da said at that time, 'With this stone, I marked the grave of my brother so that later on I could bury my other family near this tomb,' ”(See As-Syarbini, Al-Iqna on 19459003 ] Hamisy Tuhfatul Habib alal Khatib [Beirut, Darul Kutub Al-Ilmiyyah: 1996 M/1417 H]first print, juz II, page 571).

Some people put tombstones or simply stones on the corpse's head above the tomb. But some people also put tombstones or just stones on the head and parts of the corpse above the tomb.

What about laying a tombstone on a tomb on the corpse? Al-Bujairimi cites the view of al-Mawardi who advocate groundbreaking at the foot of the corpse in the grave.

لأدفن إليه من مات من أهلي) قضيته ندب عظم الحجر ومثله نحوه, ووجهه ظاهر فإن القصد بذلك معرفة قبر الميت على الدوام ،إَََ َُُُُذََذََِِإُُُُُُُْْْْْْْْ؛؛َِِِِِْْْْْْْْْْْْْْْْْْْْْْْْْْْْْْ Artinya Artinya Artinya Artinya Artinya Artinya Artinya Artinya Artinya Artinya Artinya It means, “The issue in the hadith editorials” so that later on I can bury my other family near this tomb, 'advocate laying boulders or similar object. This problem is clear. The purpose of laying the stone is a permanent grave marker where it cannot be realized except with a large stone. Imam Al-Mawardi mentioned the suggestion of laying stones on the tomb on the second part of the corpse. After the prayer, M Ramli, “(See Al-Bujairimi, Tuhfatul Habib, al-Khatib [Beirut, Darul Kutub Al-Ilmiyyah: 1996 M/1417 H]first print, juz II, page 571).

From these various statements, we note that laying just stones or tombstones have a foothold in Islam. Second, this practice is nothing but an effort to mark the tomb so that it is easily recognizable and easily visited later.

That is our short answer. Hopefully it can be understood well. We are always open to accepting criticism and suggestions from readers.

Wallahul muwaffiq ila aqwathih thariq,

Wassalamu ʻalaikum wr. wb.

( Alhafiz Kurniawan )


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