Hadith On Idolatry: Graves into Places of Worship

📖Sahih al-Bukhari 1390
Narrated `Aisha: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) in his fatal illness said, “Allah cursed the Jews and the Christians, for they built the places of worship at the graves of their prophets.” And if that had not been the case, then the Prophet’s grave would have been made prominent before the people. So (the Prophet (ﷺ) ) was afraid, or the people were afraid that his grave might be taken as a place for worship.

  • In this hadith, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is reported to have said that Allah cursed the Jews and Christians because they built places of worship at the graves of their prophets. The Prophet also expressed concern that if his grave was made prominent, it could be taken as a place of worship, which is a practice that Islam strongly discourages. Muslims learn from this hadith that building places of worship at the graves of prophets or righteous people is not a recommended practice in Islam. Instead, the focus should be on worshipping Allah alone and following the teachings of the prophets and righteous people. Muslims should also avoid any form of association or partnership with Allah, and worship Him alone. This hadith also highlights the importance of following the Prophet Muhammad’s example and teachings. The Prophet’s concern about his grave being taken as a place of worship shows his emphasis on the purity of Islamic monotheism and his fear of any form of deviation from the true teachings of Islam. Therefore, Muslims should strive to follow the Prophet’s example in all aspects of their lives and avoid any practices that are not in line with the teachings of Islam.