Graves - Is Placing Flowers Permitted?
  • Question:

    Can we put flowers on the graves of Muslims?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    There is no religious merit to placing flowers on graves. This is generally a practice of other religions and cultures. Hence it is not appropriate in Islam since it also constitutes a waste of money.

    Our advice is to rather use that money to help the poor or in any worthy charitable cause, thereafter make du’a to Allāh that the deceased receives the rewards for the charity that was rendered.

    It is worthy to note that a report of the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) placing a twig on two graves is not a substantiation to place flowers on graves since the prophetic action was an exclusive and isolated action by the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him).

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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