BURIAL IN A MOSQUE IS NO HONOR

The best honor for a dead Muslim who built a mosque is that he be remembered with supplication that Allah forgive him and accept his good deeds. That good act of his is enough honor as he earns everlasting rewards for it from the Almighty Allah.

Burying such a person in the mosque as is common in our land is an innovation. No text suggests that any grave attracts special mercy from Allah to its occupant on account of its closeness to the mosque. Worse still, it may invite people in the distant future to serious acts of associating partners with Allah (if not immediately); that is no honor to the dead.

نهى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم أن يجصص القبر وأن يبنى عليه وأن يقعد عليه( وأن يكتب عليه). أبو داود

“The Prophet forbade that a grave be plastered or built upon or sat on” (by Abu Dawud).”

وقال صلى الله عليه وسلم :إن من شرار الناس من تدركه الساعة وهم أحياء ومن يتخذ القبور مساجد. رواه إبن خزيمة

He also said: “From the worst of people is the one who is alive when the Hour comes and the one who makes grave sites places of worship” (Ibnu Khuzaymah).

The scholars instruct that mosques built over graves be demolished, and the remains in graves built inside existing mosques be exhumed and buried elsewhere and it must not be in our houses because the Prophet also said:

وقال: لا تجعلوا بيوتكم مقابر. رواه الترمذي

“Do not turn your houses to burial grounds.” (by Attirmithee).

May Allah forgive our dead and grant them rest in death. Let us not dishonor them by our acts.

Written by: Sheikh Murtado Adedokun, Hafidhahullah.

Beware of Becoming Disbelievers

Like the other erudite scholars of our time, Sheikh Naasiruddeen Al-Albaanee is popular for his strong opposition to the extremism of declaring Muslims infidels over acts of wilful disobedience to the Sharee’ah when not accompanied by inner disbelief in the heart. He maintains that people guilty of such remain Muslims but sinners.

However, describing how easily many of us adjust to evil and accept it today because it is trendy, the Sheikh warns: “But I fear for our people, Muslims, from falling into outright disbelief (major kufr) when their hearts no longer feel any disgust towards an evil act, and that’s because the Prophet says: ‘There is no grain of faith left in the heart beyond that point.'”

The Sheikh went on to cite how usury (interest) and unIslamic dressing are two examples of such evils that Muslims have atuned to so easily that the hearts of many feel no qualms about them any longer, talk less of criticizing them. Beware of little things that can render you a Kaafir just because your heart has accepted them!

Written by: Sheikh Murtado Adedokun, Hafidhahullah.

THE SULTAN, NOT THE GOVERNOR

The congregation of the ‘Eid prayer is generally lager than that of the Jum’ah and that of the jum’ah in turn is larger than that of the obligatory daily prayers. This misleads some people to think that each is as important as the size of its congregation and so while they agreed to pray at home daily, they insisted on permission to congregate for Jum’ah and now press more strongly for ‘Eid congregation.

While we hold that the ‘Eid prayer is obligatory, we acknowledge that the scholars are not unanimous on it. They are unanimous on the obligation of the daily prayers.

The misplacement of importance explains perhaps why some governors known to have ordered that daily prayers be said at home are now reported to be easing the restriction for the sake of the ‘Eid prayer.

It is in the news that the Sultan has countered the permission issued by those governors and we need to get it right too that the Sultan’s order’ not to congregate publicly for ‘Eid supercedes that of any governor in this matter. May Allah always guide us to the right position in every disputed matter.

Written by: Sheikh Murtado Adedokun, Hafidhahullah.