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What prayer is recommended when visiting a graveyard in Islam?


Recommended Prayer When Visiting a Graveyard in Islam

When visiting a graveyard, Muslims are encouraged to pray for the deceased, seeking mercy and forgiveness for them. A specific prayer, known as the Salat al-Qabr (Prayer for the Graves), can be recited. This prayer includes supplications that ask Allah to forgive the sins of those who have passed away and to grant them peace and a place in Paradise.

Here is a commonly recited supplication:

  • Arabic: السَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ أَهْلَ الدِّيَارِ مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُسْلِمِينَ، وَإِنَّا إِنْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ بِكُمْ لَاحِقُونَ، نَسْأَلُ اللَّهَ لَنَا وَلَكُمُ الْعَافِيَةَ
  • Translation: "Peace be upon you, O inhabitants of the abodes, believers and Muslims, and we, if Allah wills, will join you. We ask Allah for well-being for us and for you."

This supplication is derived from the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), who taught his followers to greet the deceased and make prayers for their forgiveness and well-being. It reflects the Islamic belief in the continuity of the soul and the community's responsibility towards each other, even after death.


  • Hadith from Sahih Muslim, which discusses the etiquette and prayers for visiting graves.


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