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Build houses on graveyards.

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can one build building/villas on a 200 years old grave-yard, which is not in use?   can a muslim stay on it.


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Build houses on graveyards

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If a place is dedicated as a graveyard for burying the believing deceased, the absolute majority of the scholars and jurists in Islam are of the opinion that it is only fitting for the believers who are alive to respect and honor the dedicated graveyards where their believing brethren lie buried.


But if the place is not dedicated as an active graveyard of the believers, and perchance centuries have elapsed or passed since when the place might have once been a graveyard.the majority of the scholars and jurists are of the opinion that there is no harm if the area is used for building structures and living in them, for such places can no longer be considered as active graveyards. And Allah Alone Knows Best.


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