What do the scholars of the Dīn and muftīs of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue: Is it correct to place artificial flowers on the grave because here in the U.K. it has become common practice that whenever a Muslim passes away, the family place artificial flowers on their grave. How is it to do this?
Questioner: Muneer from UK
بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب
It is permissible to place real flowers on the grave because they perform tasbīh for the deceased for as long as they remain fresh, and they also benefit the person in the grave, but there is no actual purpose in terms of Islām of placing artificial flowers, because there is no benefit to the person in the grave. Doing this is merely the wasting of wealth, which is prohibited in itself, thus one should avoid doing this. It is better if one was to donate the money to the poor instead of being spent on flowers, and send the reward of this to the deceased.
واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری
Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadri
Translated by Haider Ali
Read the original Urdu answer here: [Q-ID0647] Is it permissible to place artificial flowers on a grave?