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Can You Buy a Grave while You Are still Alive?

01 March, 2023
Q Is it permissible in Islam to buy a grave while you are still alive?


In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Answering your question, Sheikh Mustafa Umar, President of California Islamic University, states:

Yes, you may buy a grave while you are still alive as long as the purpose is either because land is increasing in value in that area or to remind yourself of death.

If you do not die in that area, the grave may be given or sold to another person.

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You should clarify in your bequest (wasiyyah) what should be done with the grave if you are not buried in it.

Almighty Allah knows best.


About Sheikh Mustafa Umar
Sheikh Mustafa Umar is the President of California Islamic University.