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Is it right to perform namaz on dargah

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Is it right to perform namaz on DARGAH for women or men, what does the Quran says about this?


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Is it right to perform namaz on dargah

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Ref: Visiting of Dargah


Saeed bin Al-Musayyib reported from Abu Hurairah that the Prophet (saws) said, "You should not undertake a special journey to visit any place (of worship) other than the three Mosques: the Sacred Mosque of Makkah, this mosque of mine (in Madinah), and Al-Aqsa Mosque (in Jerusalem)."

Related by Bukhari and Muslim.


Beloved brother in Islam, the Messenger of Allah (saws) forbade the believers from undertaking a special journey for the sole purpose of visiting any place of worship, except the three Holy Masjids of Makkah, Madinah, and Jerusalem. 


Thus to undertake a special travel for the purpose of visiting a ‘makbara’, or ‘tomb’, or ‘shrine’ or any place of worship with the intention to offer prayers (except to the three holy mosques) would be impermissible in Shariah.


But if one is in a particular place for another reason, and wishes to visit a ‘makbara’ or graveyard where a deceased loved one is buried, there is absolutely no harm.


Abu Hurairah narrated: "The Prophet (saws) said: 'May Allah curse the Jews and the Christians for they turned the graves of their Prophets into places of worship' (dargahs).'' 


Related by Bukhari and Muslim.

Aishah reported: "Umm Habibah and Umm Salamah mentioned to Allah's Messenger (saws) a church in which they saw drawings while in Abyssinia, whereupon he (saws) said: 'Those people used to build a place of worship (dargah) over the grave of a righteous man among them when he died, and make such drawings in it. These will be the worst of people in the sight of Allah on the Day of Resurrection.''

Related by Bukhari and Muslim


It is indeed unfortunate and absolute and utter ignorance, that after being specifically warned by the Messenger of Allah (saws); some people who profess their belief in him and his message start making and using the graves of the deceased pious slaves of Allah Subhanah as places of worship and invocation!


If one invokes anything or anyone other than Allah Subhanah, or if one invokes or call upon anything or anyone with Allah Subhanah… there is absolutely no doubt that such a person will be committing the heinous and abomination act of ‘shirk’!!!


It is the strict command and sole Right of Allah Subhanah, as the Creator and Sustainer of the World, that He and He Alone should be invoked for anything one desires and needs; for there is none in the Universe who can give anything if Allah does not will to give, and there is none in the Universe who can stop Allah if He wills to show mercy on His slaves!


If one so much so as even tries to invoke someone or something other than Allah Subhanah Alone, he will be committing the most heinous of crimes in the sight of Allah Subhanah; that is, ‘shirk’!!!


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verse 72: Whoever commits ‘shirk’ (invoking anything with Allah),  Allah shall forbid for him Paradise,  and Hell shall be his abode. And for such wrong doers there will be no one to help.


Now to answer your specific questions:

Is it right to perform namaz on DARGAH for women or men, what does the Quran says about this?

My dear beloved Brother, first of all, visitation to a dargah wherein one offers prayers to receive the aid of whoever is buried there is strictly forbidden in the deen of Islam and it is considered as committing "shirk" which is the gravest sin one can commit.


The author of Al-Mughni said: "It is not permissible to build mosques around graves because of the statement of the Prophet (saws) 'May Allah curse the women who visit graves frequently, and those who build mosques (in the graveyards) and those who place lights over the graves.'''

Related by Abu Daw'ud and Nasa'i.


It is not permissible in Islam to build a mosque in a graveyard, and if some people have built a mosque in the middle of the graveyard in ignorance, it is not permissible for the believers to offer prayers in them.


Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 738         Narrated by Abdullah ibn Umar

Allah's Messenger (saws) prohibited the observance of prayers in seven places: on a dung hill, in a slaughterhouse, in a graveyard, in the middle of the road, in a bathroom, in the watering place where camels drink and sit, and upon the roof of the House of Allah.


Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 490   Narrated by Ali ibn AbuTalib

Abu Salih al-Ghifari reported: Ali (once) passed by Babylon during his travels. The mu'adhdhin (the person who calls for prayer) came to him to call for the afternoon prayer.  When he passed by that place, he commanded to announce for the prayer. After finishing the prayer he said: ‘My affectionate friend (i.e. the Prophet(saws)) prohibited me to say prayer in the graveyard.’ 


The majority of the scholars and jurists are of the opinion & have absolutely no difference of opinions that prayer (namaz) whether fard or nafil is strictly forbidden in the graveyards or in places where a grave is situated.


But if the place of prayer or mosque is built outside the boundaries of the graveyard, there is absolutely no harm in offering one’s prayers in them


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is only ones. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your brother and well wisher in Islam,



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