Should the grave of a muslim be with name plate?
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Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)
One of our brothers/sisters has asked
the grave of a muslim be parmanent with his name plate on it or the
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there is no one (no idol, no person,
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Fiqh-us-Sunnah Fiqh 4.72
Prohibition of Whitewashing or Writing on a
Tirmidhi relates: "The Prophet (saws)
forbade the whitewashing of graves, writing on them, building on them, or
stepping on them."
Some scholars have approved daubing the grave
with clay. Tirmidhi said: "Some scholars, including Al-Hasan alBasri, hold
it permissible to coat the graves with clay." Ash-Shafi'i is also of the
same view and sees no harm in giving the graves a coating of clay.
Concerning the hadith prohibiting writing on
graves, it apparently includes writing the name of the deceased or any other
thing on the grave.
In light of the above guidance of the Messenger of Allah
(saws) and the various opinions of the eminent scholars and jurists in Islam,
it would be unlawful and impermissible in Islam to make a permanent structure
or write anything over a grave.
What is permissible is that a rock or something is placed at head or toe
of the grave so that one may recognize the grave of their loved ones.
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