Allah the Most Exalted said: “Verily, there has come unto you a messenger from among yourselves. It grieves him that you should receive any injury or difficulty. He is anxious over you (to be rightly guided, to repent to Allah, and begs Him to pardon and forgive your sins, in order that you may enter Paradise and be saved from the punishment of the Hell-fire), for the believers he is full of pity, kind, and merciful, But if they turn away, say:
Allah is sufficient for me. La Ilaaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), in Him I put my trust and He is the Lord of the Mighty Throne.” (Ch.9:V128-129). Abu Huraira (r.a.) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) said: “Do not make your homes graves. Do not make my grave a place of celebration. Send your Salat (blessings, graces, honors and mercy) on me.
Your Salat will be conveyed to me, wherever you may be.” [Abu Dawud recorded this Hadeeth with reliable chain of narrators]. And Ali bin Hussain narrated: He saw a man at a place that was at the grave of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) and he would go to it and supplicate.
So he (Ali bin Husian) prevented the man and instructed him saying, “Should I not tell you a Hadeeth which I heard form my father who in turn heard it from my grandfather [Ali (r.a.)] who reported from Allah’s Messenger (Peace be upon him)? He said: ‘Do not take my grave as a place of celebration, nor your homes as graves, make salat upon me, for, your salutation will be conveyed to me from wherever you are.’ “[Al-Mukhtarah (the collection of Imam Al-Maqdassi)].
Important issues of the Lesson
The Prophet (Peace be upon him) did his best to keep his Ummah outside the boundaries of Shirk as far away as possible. The Prophet’s (Peace be upon him) concern for our well-being and success and his compassion and mercy. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) forbade visiting his grave in a certain manner, though visiting graves is among the best of deeds.
The Prophet (Peace be upon him) forbade us making excessive visits to graves. He urged people to perform voluntary prayer at home. It is established among the Companions (r.a.) that offering Salat in the cemetery is prohibited.
The explanation that a person’s invocation of Salat and salaam upon the Prophet (Peace be upon him) is conveyed to him even if he may be far away. As such, there is no necessity to be in close proximity to his (Peace be upon him) grave as some people misconstrue. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) is in Al-Barzakh where the salat and salaam of his Ummah are conveyed (to him).