Graves: Not a matter of grave importance

Q240 :Where are the graves of the Prophet Adam and Caliph Ali? I heard that Ali's grave which is said to be in Iraq is not the true one. What happened to Ali's body after he was murdered? Is the grave of Mother Eve in Jeddah real or fictitious? Is there any religious significance in keeping a fictitious grave?

A240 : I do not think any human being could say with even the faintest chance of accuracy where the grave of Prophet Adam is. We should not forget that the Prophet Adam was the first human being on earth. It was unlikely that his immediate children and grandchildren could keep a record of his burial place and that record should remain intact until the present time. Since Ali was the fourth caliph, it was to be expected that his burial place should be noted. Ali was assassinated in Iraq and, in conformity with Islamic teachings, he must have been buried in the closest graveyard to where he was murdered. That was in the town of Kufa in Iraq. Whether we know the exact spot of his burial or not is probably debatable. But what would it signify if we knew it or not? We know, for example, that Caliph Usman was buried in Al-Bak'ie, but the exact spot of his burial place, and those of many of the Prophet's companions, cannot be identified with any degree of accuracy. Why should we bother about identifying these graves? Those were people who served Islam to the best of their ability. Their reward is with the Lord, and they are sure to have it on the day of judgment. That reward does not include people paying homage to them by visiting their graves. As for the grave of Mother Eve, what we have said about Adam's grave applies to her grave too. There is certainly no significance whatsoever in keeping a fictitious grave, or a real one for that matter.

Our Dialogue ( Source : Arab News - Jeddah )