I was searching online for the mas-alah regarding women being prohibited visiting graveyards but couldn’t find much. I thought I may find it on the old masaa-il of marhoom Mufti Ebrahim Desai, as their old masaa-il were normal in those days. However I didn’t. Then I came across the following:
“From Ask Imam:
The Hadith you refer to is as follows:
“The Messenger of Allah cursed women who visit graves, those who built mosques over them and erected lamps (there).”
However, this refers to the time when the prohibition of visiting the graves was for everyone; male and female. This was later abrogated by the following Hadith:
“I prohibited you from visiting the graves, but (now) you may visit them.”
Women are permitted to visit a graveyard on condition: They are accompanied by a mahram. The accompanying of a mahram is meant to curb any possible fitnah.
The visit is a means of remembering death and conscientizing oneself of life after death and preparing for it.
Abdul Mannan Nizami, Student Darul Iftaa Chicago, IL, USA
Checked and Approved by Mufti Ebrahim Desai.
(End of fatwa)
Please advise and comment.
The fatwa is incorrect. The Hadith which the Chicago student cited and interpreted and which his teacher confirmed as correct, does not apply to both men and women. The Hadith states with clarity that women who visit graveyards are cursed. Although men were initially prohibited from visiting graves, the specific hadith discussed here refers to only women. The prohibition and curse are directed in this Hadith to only women.
The later abrogation applies to the prohibition which had extended to men. This abrogation did not apply to women. When women were unanimously prohibited by the Sahaabah from attending the Musjid for Salaat, then by what corrupt stretch of logic can their visiting graveyards ever be permissible.
Ponder well! Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had permitted women to come to the Musjid. At no stage did he prohibit them. Yet, the Sahaabah deemed it later imperative to prohibit them, hence the new practice of prohibition became the Sunnah of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
But as far as females visiting the graveyard, leave alone any initial permissibility, Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) proclaimed the severe stricture of LA’NAT (CURSE) settling on women who visit the Qabrustaan. In view of the severity of the punishment, it is HARAAM for women to visit the Qabrustaan. The fatwa issued by the student is corrupt and baatil.