Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Hanafi Fatwa: To Walk in Cemetery Wearing Shoes is not Disliked

The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam), according to an authentic Hadith, forbade people from walking in the cemetery with shoes:

وَحَانَتْ مِنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم نَظْرَةٌ فَإِذَا رَجُلٌ يَمْشِي فِي الْقُبُورِ عَلَيْهِ نَعْلاَنِ فَقَالَ ‏"‏ يَا صَاحِبَ السِّبْتِيَّتَيْنِ وَيْحَكَ أَلْقِ سِبْتِيَّتَيْكَ ‏"‏ ‏.‏ فَنَظَرَ الرَّجُلُ فَلَمَّا عَرَفَ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم خَلَعَهُمَا فَرَمَى بِهِمَا ‏.‏

Translation: The Messenger of Allah () suddenly saw a man walking in shoes between the graves. He said: O man, wearing the shoes! Woe to thee! Take off thy shoes. So the man looked (round), When he recognized the Messenger of Allah (), he took them off and threw them away. (Sunan Abu Dawud; Kitab ul Jana'iz)

However, according to the insidious Hanafi jurisprudence, it is allowed to walk in the cemetery with shoes, and it is not even makruh (disliked) to do so:

وَالمَشْيُ فِي المَقَابِرِ بِنَعْلَيْنِ لَا يَكْرَهُ عِنْدَنَا

قبروں میں جوتوں سمیت چلنا ہمارے نزدیک معیوب نہیں۔

Translation: To walk in the cemetery wearing shoes is not disliked according to us
Source: Fatawa Alamgiri, vol. 1, p. 167

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