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It is a Sunnah to visit graves as they remind one of death

abudawud:3235Aḥmad b. Yūnus > Muʿarrif b. Wāṣil > Muḥārib b. Dithār > Ibn Buraydah from his father

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ as saying: I forbade you to visit graves, but you may now visit them, for in visiting them there is a reminder (of death).  

أبو داود:٣٢٣٥حَدَّثَنَا أَحْمَدُ بْنُ يُونُسَ حَدَّثَنَا مُعَرِّفُ بْنُ وَاصِلٍ عَنْ مُحَارِبِ بْنِ دِثَارٍ عَنِ ابْنِ بُرَيْدَةَ عَنْ أَبِيهِ قَالَ

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ﷺ نَهَيْتُكُمْ عَنْ زِيَارَةِ الْقُبُورِ فَزُورُوهَا فَإِنَّ فِي زِيَارَتِهَا تَذْكِرَةً  


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ibnmajah:1571Yūnus b. ʿAbd al-Aʿlá > Ibn Wahb > Ibn Jurayj > Ayyūb b. Hāniʾ > Masrūq b. al-Ajdaʿ > Ibn Masʿūd

It was narrated from Ibn Mas’ud that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “I used to forbid you to visit the graves, but now visit them, for they will draw your attention away from this world and remind you of the Hereafter.”  

ابن ماجة:١٥٧١حَدَّثَنَا يُونُسُ بْنُ عَبْدِ الأَعْلَى حَدَّثَنَا ابْنُ وَهْبٍ أَنْبَأَنَا ابْنُ جُرَيْجٍ عَنْ أَيُّوبَ بْنِ هَانِئٍ عَنْ مَسْرُوقِ بْنِ الأَجْدَعِ عَنِ ابْنِ مَسْعُودٍ

أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ﷺ قَالَ كُنْتُ نَهَيْتُكُمْ عَنْ زِيَارَةِ الْقُبُورِ فَزُورُوا الْقُبُورَ فَإِنَّهَا تُزَهِّدُ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَتُذَكِّرُ الآخِرَةَ  

hakim:1388Abū Bakr Muḥammad b. ʿAbdullāh b. ʿUmar al-Bazzār> Muḥammad b. Shādhān al-Jawharī > Zakariyyā b. ʿAdī > Sallām b. Sulaym > Yaḥyá b. al-Jābir > ʿAmr b. ʿĀmir > Anas b. Mālik

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ as saying: I forbade you to visit graves, but you may now visit them, for in visiting them there is a reminder (of death). (Using translation from Abū Dāʾūd 3235)   

الحاكم:١٣٨٨حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو بَكْرٍ مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عُمَرَ الْبَزَّارُ بِبَغْدَادَ ثنا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ شَاذَانَ الْجَوْهَرِيُّ ثنا زَكَرِيَّا بْنُ عَدِيٍّ ثنا سَلَّامُ بْنُ سُلَيْمٍ عَنْ يَحْيَى بْنِ الْجَابِرِ عَنْ عَمْرِو بْنِ عَامِرٍ عَنْ أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ قَالَ

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ﷺ «نَهَيْتُكُمْ عَنْ زِيَارَةِ الْقُبُورِ فَزُورُوهَا فَإِنَّهَا تُذَكِّرُكُمُ الْمَوْتُ»  

tabarani:19999Ibn al-Samaydaʿ > Yaʿqūb b. Kaʿb > Yaḥyá b. al-Mutawakkil > Ibn Jurayj > Ibn Abū Mulaykah > Um Salamah

[Machine] The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, "I have forbidden you from visiting graves, but now go and visit them, for there are lessons to be learned from them."  

الطبراني:١٩٩٩٩حَدَّثَنَا ابْنُ السَّمَيْدَعِ ثنا يَعْقُوبُ بْنُ كَعْبٍ ثنا يَحْيَى بْنُ الْمُتَوَكِّلِ عَنِ ابْنِ جُرَيْجٍ عَنِ ابْنِ أَبِي مُلَيْكَةَ عَنْ أُمِّ سَلَمَةَ قَالَتْ

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ ﷺ «نَهَيْتُكُمْ عَنْ زِيَارَةِ الْقُبُورِ فَزُورُوهَا فَإِنَّ لَكُمْ فِيهَا عِبْرَةً»  

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السيوطي:١٦٣٦٢a

"قَدْ كُنتُ نَهيتكُمْ عن زِيارة القُبورِ- فَقَدْ أُذنَ لمحمَّدٍ فِي زِيارةِ قَبْرِ أُمِّهِ- فزُوروها فإِنَّهَا تُذَكِّرُكُم الآخِرةَ".  

[ت] الترمذي حسن غريب عن بريدة
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السيوطي:١٦٩٧٣a

"كُنْتُ نَهَيتُكُمْ عَنْ زيَارَةِ القُبُورِ فَزُورُوا القُبورَ، فَإِنهَا تُزَهِّدُ لي الدنْيَا، وَتُذَكِّر الآخِرَةَ".  

[هـ] ابن ماجة عن ابن مسعود