Can We Prostrate To The Grave Of Imam Husayn (A)?

Assalamu alaykum, wa Rahmatu Allah. Can we do Sujud to the grave of Imam al-Husayn, alayhi as-salam? Without a doubt, one of the greatest honours we have in our lives is to be able to perform the Ziyarah of Imam al-Husayn, alayhi as-salam, and upon, performing that Ziyarah, you will find that certain people prostrate towards the grave of Imam al-Husayn, alayhi as-salam. Now some people may look at that and say: well, this is shirk, this is polytheism. How dare you prostrate to the grave of a human being?

When we look at the words of our scholars, we find the answer is very clear. If one is prostrating, thanking Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, for giving them the honour of Ziyarat al-Husayn, of visiting the grave and the shrine of Imam al-Husayn, alayhi as-salam, then there is no problem here. However, if one is prostrating with the intention that I'm doing Sujud to the grave of Imam al-Husayn, alayhi as-salam, towards Imam al-Husayn, alayhi as-salam, then this is something which is not allowed.

Therefore, when you do see someone at Karbala', and they are doing Sujud towards the grave of Imam al-Husayn, alayhi as-salam, do not look at their intentions in a negative way. They may be thanking Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, that: Thank you, O Lord, for blessing me to be able to come to Karbala', and perform the visitation of the grandson of the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him and his family.

Wa as-salamu alaykum, wa Rahmatu Allah.
 

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