JEDDAH: Soon after a member of Shoura Council and former judge Eissa Al-Gaith issued a fatwa that allows Muslim women to visit graves of their close relatives and triggered a controversy among scholars of Islamic jurisprudence, Imam of the Quba Mosque, Sheikh Saleh Bin Awad Al-Maghamisi, has come in support of the fatwa.
According to a Saudi Gazette report, Sheikh Al-Maghamisi confirmed his support for the fatwa through Twitter on Sunday supporting a similar edict issued by Sheikh Mohammed Mukhtar Al-Shanqiti, a member of the Council of Senior Scholars. Maghamisi’s office said the fatwa would benefit many people.
Al-Maghamisi’s fatwa pointed out that women are allowed to visit graves, especially those of parents and other close relatives. However, he advised women not to increase such visits.
Sheikh Al-Maghamisi referred that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught the following prayer to his wife Ayesha (may Allah be pleased with her) when he went to Baqie graveyard:
“May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon you the believers; You have gone before us and in sha Allah we’ll follow you shortly. May Allah forgive us and you.”
He added: “If visit of grave was not permissible for women, the Prophet (pbuh) would not have taught Ayesha this prayer. At the same time, he did not tell her that grave visit is not permissible for women.”
Al-Maghamisi pointed out that the Prophet (pbuh) only prohibited women from crying and wailing near graves. He also referred to the evidence of opponents who quote another Hadith of the Prophet (pbuh) that Allah curses those women who visit graves.
Siasat web team