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Planting a tree on grave.

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2.  Is planting tree or shrub or green grass allowed on the grave.  Since Prophet SAWS had the green leaf of a date-palm tree fixed on the grave hoping their punishment will be lessened, Hadees Ref #023:443.  


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Planting a tree on grave

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Fiqh-us-Sunnah Fiqh 4.74a

Topic: Placing Branches of Palm on a Grave

Ibn Abbas (r.a.) reported that "The Prophet (saws) passed by two graves and said, 'Those two are being punished for a minor sins (in their graves). The first did not clean himself carefully after urinating. The second one used to spread lies.' Then the Prophet (saws) asked for a fresh branch of a palm tree, broke it into two parts, and then he (saws) placed a part on each of them, saying, 'I hope that this will reduce their punishment for as long as the branch remains fresh.' (Related by Bukhari).

Bukhari reports in his commentary to the above quoted incident that, "There is absolutely no evidence to show that anyone amongst the noble companions of the Prophet (saws) ever put a branch of a palm or a bunch of flowers on graves.


The absolute majority of the good scholars and jurists in Islam are of the opinion that the placing of the fresh branch of a palm tree was a specific incident and a supplication of the Prophet (saws) for the two specific graves, not the general practice of the Prophet (saws). Other than this once reported incident, there is absolutely no other evidence that the Messenger of Allah (saws) or his noble companions (r.a.) after him ever put a fresh branch of a palm tree on the graves of their deceased loves ones.and Allah Alone Knows Best.


Because there is evidence in the Sunnah that the Messenger of Allah (saws) placed a branch on the grave, there is no harm if one does the same.but the majority of the scholars are of the opinion that to plant a whole tree or a shrub or grass on the grave would not be appropriate!


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