Performing fatihah at an unmarked grave


Is it permissible to perform Fatihah or to give offerings at an unmarked grave when it is not known whether anyone is even buried there or if the grave is that of a Muslim or non-Muslim?


It is impermissible to perform Fatihah or to take offerings at such a grave whose state is unknown to such an extent that no one knows whether it is a grave of a Muslim or a non-Muslim. Visiting the graves of the Muslims is a sunnah and performing fatihah is mustahab. However, visiting the grave of a non-Muslim is haram and even intending to send reward to a kafir is kufr.

Thus, any action that is undefined as being classed as a sunnah or haram or mustahab or kufr is indeed haram and unlawful.

And Allah  ﷻ knows the best

Imam Ahmad Rida Khan رحمة الله تعالى عليه

Translation by Dr Musharraf Hussain Al-Azhari Translator of Majestic Quran,

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