In Islam, human dignity is a right given by Allaah to all humans—who are referred to in the Quran as Allaah’s vicegerents on earth.
Islam grants certain rights to humans before they are even born and others after their death. Whether dead or alive, the human body created by Allah in the perfect shape must be given dignity and respect.
This importance of the human body is illustrated, for instance, in the Qur’an 5:31. There, it is narrated that when Cain was unsure of how to deal with the body of his brother Abel—whom he had murdered—Allah sent a message in the form of a raven. Allah used the raven to dig into the ground to bury another raven, thus indirectly showing Cain how to bury his brother’s body.
There are Prophetic narrations reported by Imaam Muslim, Abu Daawood, An-Nasaa’i and others, with clear meaning that if a person were to sit on a live coal which will burn him, then this is better, and less harmful for him than sitting on a grave. This narration is evidence that it is not permissible to sit on graves, let alone performing magic or sorcery on them. Base on that, majority of scholars are of the view that it is forbidden to sit on graves. Similarly, doing this on graves are prohibited.
Filed by: Ustazdh Jimba Faqeehi