Passing by the graveyard

Reference: http://mufti.af.org.sa/ar/content/هل-السلام-على-الأموات-يقال-عند-دخول-المقبرة-فقط-أو-حتى-عند-المرور-بجانبها

Question: Is the invocation of peace upon the dead to be uttered only upon entering the graveyard, or can it also be uttered when passing by [the graveyard]?

Response: It is as he (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said in the hadeeth when visiting the graveyard:

«visit the graves»

So the one passing by from outside [the graveyard] does not assume the ruling of the one inside [visiting the graveyard]. [That said] however, if he were to extend the invocation of peace upon the dead as he passed by [the graveyard], then that is fine, but we cannot apply the [same] ruling upon him as the one who is inside [the graveyard, visiting]. That is because the one inside has actually made the intention to visit [the graveyard], and as for the one passing by [the graveyard] – outside, has not made the intention to visit [the graveyard]. However, if he sought forgiveness [for the dead] and supplicated for them, then [all] that is good.

Abu 'Abdullaah

About Abu 'Abdullaah

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.