Women at Graveyards


Assalamou ‘alaikum,

I want to know whether women are allowed to visit mazar of pious Muslims and graveyards. What are the standpoints of eminent ulamas on this issue?


wa `alaykum salam,

Visiting graves, especially the graves of our relatives, friends and pious Muslims is recommended. This is in accordance with a hadith found in Sahih Muslim.

This recommendation is general and does not exclude women (Supported by Hanafi and Shafi’ii School). The Prophet (SAWS) once found a woman crying in the cemetery. He did not chase her out but told her not to cry.

Frequent visitation of cemeteries by women is not permissible.

Imam Senad Agic
American Islamic Center – Chicago
Majlis #1 Head Imam (IABNA)

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