Fadhaail e Shab Baraat
Author: MUFTI HAFIDH SYED ZIAUDDIN NAQSHBANDI,
Professor of Islamic Law JAMIA NIZAMIA, Founder of Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Centre
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>> Introduction
>> Sha’abaan is the month of Durud
>> Sha’abaan is My month
>> Sha’abaan – month of forgiveness of sins
>> Superiority of Sha’abaan over other months
>> Sha’abaan and the preparations of the Sahabah
>> Fasting in the month of Sha’abaan
>> The excellence of Shab Baraat – in the light of the Hadith and the Traditions
>> "Lailatul Mubarakah" in the light of the Tafseer
>> One final explanation
>> Interpretation by Shah Abdul Aziz (May Allah shower His Mercy on him)
>> A beautiful explanation by Hadhrat Muhaddith-e-Deccan (May Allah shower His Mercy on him)
>> Radiance on Ka’aba
>> Shab Bara'at – Night of forgiveness
>> Those sins which stop forgiveness even in Shab Bara'at Mushrik and adulterous woman
>> Those who hold the wrong 'Aqida and those who disobey their parents
>> Those who break relationships with relatives and adulterous women will not be forgiven
>> In Shab Bara'at 300 doors of mercy are opened wide
>> Decision of life and death and Rizq in Shab Bara'at
>> Shab Bara'at – The Prophet's worship and prayer
>> Staying awake in Shab Bara'at and spending the night in prayer
>> The prayer of Shab Bara'at is not rejected
>> The worship of Shab Bara'at – Assurance of the life of the heart
>> Special Nafl and prayers of Shab Bara'at
>> Reward of 20 accepted Hajj and 20 years of fasting
>> Salaat Ut Tasbeeh in Shab Bara'at
>> Shab Baraat and visiting graves
>> Visiting graves makes a person religious
>> Visiting graves and women
>> Prohibition of fireworks in Shab Bara'at
>> Stay away from Unislamic things, especially in Shab Bara'at

 
 
Visiting graves and women

Visiting graves and women

The Fuqaha (Jurists) have, in the light of the Hadith, with a few conditions, allowed women to visit the graves.  The women should be completely veiled, there should be no mixing of men and women, there should be no danger of corruption of any kind and they should not create a scene when something not to their liking happens.  Hadhrat Aisha Siddiqa and Hadhrat Fatima (May Allah SWT be well pleased with them) would visit graves. 

It has been narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Abdullah bin Abi Mulaika (May Allah SWT be well pleased with him) that once Hadhrat Aisha Siddiqa (May Allah SWT be well pleased with her) was returning from the graveyard when I asked: Where are you coming from O Ummul Momineen?  She said: From the grave of my brother Abdur Rahman bin Abu Bakr (May Allah SWT be well pleased with them).  I asked: Did the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) not prohibit from visiting graves?  She said: He had prohibited.  Then He (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) ordered visiting them. 

The Fuqaha have deduced from the word: ”Zuruha" that it is Mustahab for men as well as women to visit graves and consider the above mentioned Hadith to abrogate those Hadith in which the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) curses those women who visit graves.  The words of the Ummul Momineen in the aforementioned Hadith "Summa amara bi ziyaratiha" (then He ordered us to visit them) strengthens this deduction of the Fuqaha that visiting graves is Mustahab for both men and women. 

Hadhrat Mulla Ali Qari (May Allah SWT shower His Mercy on him) writes about the Hadith of "Zuruha" abrogating/canceling the other Hadith:

Translation: Now the narration of Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (May Allah SWT be well pleased with him) about the women visiting graves that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) cursed those women who visit graves a lot.  Some scholars are of the opinion that this is before the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) permitted visiting the graves.  When general permission was given, the women were also included in it. 

The leader of the women in Jannah Hadhrat Fatima (May Allah SWT be well pleased with her) would visit the grave of her uncle Hadhrat Hamza (May Allah SWT be well pleased with him). 

Translation of Hadith
: Hadhrat Fatima (May Allah SWT be well pleased with her) would visit the grave of her uncle Hadhrat Hamza (May Allah SWT be well pleased with him) every Friday.  She would offer Salaat there and make moving Dua. 

(Mustadrak 'Alas Sahihain, Vol. 1, Pg. No. 533)

Hadhrat Imam Ahmed bin Ismail Tahtahawi (May Allah SWT shower His Mercy on him) says:

Translation: To summarize, it is permitted for women to visit graves when there is no danger of corruption and the most correct opinion is that the permission to visit graves is for both men and women because Hadhrat Fatima (May Allah SWT be well pleased with her) would visit the grave of Hadhrat Hamza (May Allah SWT be well pleased with him) every Friday and Syeda Aisha Siddiqa (May Allah SWT be well pleased with her) would visit the grave of her brother Hadhrat Abdur Rahman (May Allah SWT be well pleased with him) in Makkah. 

 
 
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