The Grave of the Founder of Jamaa’at-Tableegh in Inside Their Mosque

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The Grave of the Founder of Jamaa’at-Tableegh in Inside Their Mosque

Muhammad Ilyas al-Kendahlawee (died, 1364H/1945CE) is the founder of Jamaat at-Tableegh. He was a Deobandee, Sufi, a person of innovation who invented this new sect in the 1920’s. The Tableeghees revered him so much that they placed his grave within their Masjid, Nizam ad-Deen in India. Download this PDF and see the images of his grave in the Masjid:


Note: It is not permitted to utilise the grave of the Prophet Muhammad (salallaahu ‘alaihi wassallam) as a proof to show that a gave can be placed in the Mosque, for the following reason:

1. The Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wassallam) died in the apartment of A’isha (radiy Allaahu ‘anhaa) and was buried there as proven by hadeeth and consensus of the Scholars of earlier and later times. Later when Abu Bakr and Umar (radiyallaahu ‘anhumaa) died, they too were buried there.

2. The apartment of A’ishaa was not, and is still not considered to be a part of the Prophet’s Masjid in Madeenah. Those who claim the apartments of the wives of the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alaihi wassallam) were a part of the masjid are deluded and ignorant. The Prophet slept with his wives in those dwellings and did what married couples do, and this is not permitted in the Masjid.

3. The Prophet’s Masjid was later expanded, and encircled the apartment of A’isha (radi Allaahu ‘anhaa) but it was not considered to be inside the Masjid, as Ibnul-Qayyim (d. 752H) mentioned in his “Nooniyah” and further elaborated by Shaikh al-Fawzaan. The scholars stated that the walls around her apartment remained as a demarcation between his grave and the Masjid.

Question:I travelled to India and Pakistan with the Jama’atul-Tableegh, and we used to gather and pray in mosques that had graves within them. And I heard that the prayer within a masjid that contains a grave is invalidated; so what is your opinion regarding my prayers and do I have to repeat them? And what is the ruling upon going out with them (Jama’atul-Tableegh) to these places?
Answer:In the Name of Allaah, and all praise is due to Allaah, to proceed;Jama’atul-Tableegh do not have with them sure-sighted knowledge in issues of ‘Aqeedah, so it is not permissible to go out with them, except for the one who has with him knowledge and insight of the correct sound ‘Aqeedah, that which the Ahlus sunnah wal-Jama’ah are upon, so that he guides them and advises them and cooperates with them upon good, because they are very active in their work, however they are in need of more knowledge, and (in need of) those who will give them clear-sightedness from the scholars of Tawheed and Sunnah.May Allaah grant all people understanding in the religion and firmness upon it.As for the Prayer in Masjids that contain a grave within them, then it is not correct, and it is obligatory to repeat that which you prayed within them; due to the saying of the ProphetsallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam:لعن الله اليهود والنصارى اتخذوا قبور أنبيائهم مساجد

“May the curse of Allaah be upon the Jews and the Christians, they took the graves of their Prophets as places of worship.” Its authenticity is agreed upon.

And his sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam saying:

ألا و إن من كان قبلكم كانوا يتخذون قبور أنبياهم وصالحيهم مساجد، ألا فلا تتخذوا القبور مساجد فإِني أنهاكم عن ذلك

“Truly those that came before you use to take the graves of their Prophets and righteous ones as places of worship, so do not take the graves as places of worship because, indeed I forbid you from that.”[1]

And the narrations in this subject are many.

And success is with Allaah, and may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and upon his family and Companions.


[1] Reported by Muslim in his Saheeh.

Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez Bin Baz
مجموع فتاوى و مقالات متنوّعة, Volume.8, Page,331
This fatwa was translated by Abu Maryam Taariq bin ‘Ali for