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Is there any benefit in planting on the grave?

Question

Is it true that if we plant flowers / plants near a grave stone, then the punishment will be eased?

and is this because the plants worship Allah?

Answer

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu’anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) passed by 2 graves whose inmates were being punished.

Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) ordered that a branch of a date palm be broken in 2 pieces and placed on the graves, after which he said;

‘Perhaps it will lighten the punishment for them (the 2 inmates) as long as these (branches) do not dry out’

(Sahih Bukhari, hadith: 216)

Because of the above, some Sahabah (radiyallahu’anhum) would bequest that after their burial, a date branch should be erected on their grave/placed in the grave. This has been reported from Sayyiduna Buraydah & Sayyiduna Abu Barzah (radiyallahu’anhuma)

(Sahih Bukhari, Chapter on (placing) a date branch on the grave, before hadith: 1361, Tarikh Dimashq, vol.62 pg.100 (Darul Fikr edition) & Sharhus Sudur, pg.405-406)

The grand commentator of Sahih Bukhari; Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) writes: “This (the hadith followed by the practice of the sahabi) is what is worth following.

(Fathul Bari, hadith: 216)

Also see: i’laus sunan, vol.8 pg.344, Raddul Muhtar, vol.2 pg.245 & Fatawa Hadithiyyah of ibn Hajar Al-Haytami, pg.273-274.

The commentators mention: it is possible that the reason for this is because the fresh branch/ plant engages in the dhikr (remembrance) of Allah – like every other living thing- (Fathul Bari & Tafsir Ibn Kathir; Surah Isra, verse: 44)

Note: The above will be achieved with any type of branch or plant; it doesn’t have to be from the date palm or any one particular flower.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar