Imam Malik (r.a.) recorded in his book Muwatta that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: “O Allah! Never turn my grave into an idol to be worshipped. Allah’s wrath intensified on a people who turn their Prophets’ graves into Masaajid.”
Concerning the verse: “Have you then considered Al-Lat and Al-Uzza.” (53:19) Ibn Jarir (At-Tabari) reported from Sufyan, from Mansur, from Mujahid: “He (Lat) used to serve the pilgrims by preparing Saweeq (fine flour of barley or wheat mixed with water and ghee) for them.
After his death, people began to stay confined at his grave for reward.”
The same was reported by Abul-Jawza (r.a.) from ibn Abbas (r.a.).
Ibn Abbas (r.a.) reported: “Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) cursed the women who visit the graves. He (Peace be upon him) also cursed those who set up mosques over graves and put lamps over them.” [This Hadeeth is confirmed by Abu Dawud, At-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah and An-Nasa’i].
Important issues of the Lesson.
Explanation of idols.
Explanation of worship.
The Prophet (Peace be upon him) did not seek refuge in Allah except for that which he feared would occur.
The Prophet’s joined the supplication i.e. “O Allah! Never turn my grave..” with the statement on people making the graves of Prophets as Masaajid. Mention of the intense wrath of Allah (on those who indulge in such activities).
Of most importance is the description of how the worship of Lat, one of the major (pre-Islamic) idols, was started. Lat was the name of a righteous person buried in that grave and the mention of the meaning behind (the idol) being named as such. Curse of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) on the women who visit the graves and upon those who put lamps on them.