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Is It Permitted to Bury Multiple People Within the Same Grave?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam’aleykum,

Are we allowed to bury the deceased at 9 ft and the next one at 6 ft within the same grave?

Is there a waiting period between the first burial and the second one?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

The basis is that it is not permitted to bury multiple people within the same grave unless there is a necessity (darura) to do so.

This has been the general sunna from the time of the Prophet Adam (Allah bless him and give him peace), and it is also the way the sanctity and respect for the body of the believer is preserved after his death.

However, permitting reasons for burying multiple people in one grave would include a lack of space in the only available cemetery, or a lack of people and resources in order to be able to make multiple graves, for instance.

It is related from Jabir ibn ‘Abdullah that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, buried together two of those killed in the Battle of Uhud. [Bukhari]

[Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah; Tahtawi, Hashiyat al-Tahtawi `ala Maraqi al-Falah, quoting from Ibn Amir Haj’s Halbat al-Mujalli]

If there is a need to practically apply this ruling, you should consider consulting some local scholars who can guide and assist with some other details and sunnas.

Please also see: Is It Permissible to Reuse Graves?

And Allah alone gives success.

في حاشية الطحطاوي على المراقي: ومن الضرورة المبيحة لجمع ميتين فصاعدا في قبر واحد ابتداء على ما ذكره ابن أمير حاج قلة الدافنين أو ضعفهم أو اشتغالهم بما هو أهم وليس منها دفن الرجل مع الرجل قريبه ولا ضيق محل الدفن في تلك المقبرة مع وجود غيرها وإن كانت تلك المقبرة مما يتبرك بالدفن فيها لمجاورة الصالحين فضلا عن هذه الأمور لما غيه من هتك حرمة الميت الأول وتفريق أجزائه فيمنع من ذلك اهـ.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani