Dua For Visiting The Grave

Dua For Visiting The Grave

In times of sorrow and remembrance, visiting the graves of our loved ones holds a special place in our hearts. It’s an opportunity to pay respects, seek solace, and reflect on the transient nature of life. This act is deeply rooted in many cultures and religions, including Islam, where visiting graves is a significant practice. In this article, we will delve into the importance of visiting graves in Islam, the etiquettes to follow, and the powerful dua (supplication) associated with such visits.

Dua For Visiting The Grave in Arabic

السَّلامُ عَلَـيْكُمْ أَهْلَ الدِّيارِ مِنَ المؤْمِنيـنَ وَالْمُسْلِمين وَإِنّا إِنْ شاءَ اللهُ بِكُـمْ لاحِقـون نَسْـاَلُ اللهَ لنـا وَلَكُـمْ العـافِيَة

Dua For Visiting The Grave in English

Assalāmu `alaykum ahlad-diyāri minal-mu’minīna wa ‘l-muslimīn. wa innā in shā’ Allāhu bikum lāḥiqūnnas’alullāha lanā wa lakumul-`āfiyah.


“Peace be upon you, O inhabitants of the abode, among the believers and Muslims. And surely, if Allah wills, we shall join you. We ask Allah for wellness and well-being for us and for you.”


Visiting the graveyard

It is important for us to visit our relatives, our beloved ones who are buried under the ground. It is a sunnah to read a dua while visiting a graveyard.

Hadith About Visiting Graves

  • The Prophet said:, “When a human being is laid in his grave and his companions return and he even hears their footsteps, two angels come to him and make him sit and ask him:What did you say about this man, Muhammad? He will say: I will testify that he is Allah’s slave and his Apostle.
  • According to some hadiths, the souls of the unrighteous are punished by two angels in the grave, while the righteous find the grave “peaceful and blessed”.

Which surah to recite at the graveyard?

Recitation of Surah Yasin, Surah  Al – Mulk, Surah Al-Fatihah, Surah Az-Zilzal, Surah Al-Ikhlas,(eleven times) and Ayah-al-kursi has been mentioned in some narrations.

A person should ask for forgiveness for the deceased. When making dua at the grave one should stand and face towards Qiblah.

Purpose of visiting graveyard

  • It can provide a sense of peace and closure to reflect on happy moments. 
  • Visiting the cemetery is accepted as an opportunity to reflect upon the life of the deceased and to contemplate the certainty of life after death.
  • In Islam, the purpose of visiting graves is to reflect and remind ourselves of death, as well as life in the barzakh.
  • For many people, visiting the graves of deceased loved ones is an important part of the grieving process. It can be a way to feel close to the person who has died and to honour their memory.
  • It is obligatory for a person to do what will remind Him of the hereafter.This is because the heart lessens once it forgets the hereafter and the affairs of the world occupy it. The one who loses Hereafter has lost his world and the Hereafter, So he will lose the world and the Hereafter.
  •  It is prescribed to visit graves in order to learn a lesson from that and to remember the Hereafter. That is subject to the condition that one does not say anything that will anger the Lord, such as calling upon the one who is buried or seeking his help instead of Allah, or praising him and saying that he is for certain in Paradise etc.
  • The visitor benefits from remembering death and the dead, remembering that their destiny will be either Paradise or Hell.
  • The deceased also benefits and is treated kindly by the visitor greeting him with salams, making du’a for him, praying for forgiveness for him. This applies only to Muslims.

Making Du’a When Visiting the Grave

It is permissible to raise the hands when reciting this du’a, because of the hadith of ‘Aishah who said: “The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) went out one night, and I sent Barirah to follow him and see where he went. She said, ‘He went towards Baqi’ al-Gharqad[the graveyard in Madinah], and he stood at the bottom of al-Baqi’ and raised his hands, then he went away’. Barirah came back to me and told me, and when morning came I asked him about it. I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, Where did you go out last night? He said, ‘I was sent to the people of al-Baqi’, to pray for them.”

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