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Moving the grave of a foetus buried in land that is to be sold

Question: 2434

Four years ago, one of the sisters had a
miscarriage, losing the baby after the time when the soul had entered the foetus. It was
buried in the back yard of a house belonging to a Muslim friend of her husband. She has
now found out that the house has been put up for sale, and the people who buy it will most
likely be non-Muslims, so she cannot be sure that they will not step on the grave-site. Is
it necessary to move the grave?

Praise be to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah and his family.

According to Islamic sharee’ah, the grave has a certain sanctity,
and the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade us to walk or sit
on graves. If the foetus has disintegrated completely and there is nothing left, then
there is no need to do anything, but if any part is left, it should be moved and buried in
a place where the grave will not be treated with disrespect. And Allaah knows best.


Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

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