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Question: Is visiting the graveyard on Eid-ul-Fitr considered Bid'ah or Sunnah?

Visiting graves is a great sunnah of the Prophet, peace be upon him; there is no fixed time limit for it, one is free to do so any time as long as it is done in good spirit while observing the requisite manners and etiquettes.

There is nothing in the authentic sources to state that it is a reprehensible innovation to visit the graveyard on Eidul fitr. It is natural for people to think of their beloved ones who have passed away on the days of celebration.

However, some scholars consider it undesirable for the simple reason that it might interfere with the celebration of Eid, lest it bring back memories of their loved ones in such a way that it interferes with the celebrations of Eid. There is no doubt that renewal of grief and mourning in such a way as to interfere with the spirit of celebration is undoubtedly undesirable, and must be avoided. If, however, that is not the case, then there is no harm in paying visit to the graves in order to renew one’s memory of them, and in order to offer prayers for them.

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