Hadith on Graves: Permission to set up a humble tombstone

Al-Mutallib reported: When Uthman ibn Madh’un died, he was brought out for his funeral and he was buried. The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, ordered a man to bring a rock but he was unable to carry it. The Prophet went to it and rolled up his sleeves, then he carried it and placed it at the head of the grave. The Prophet said, “I am making the grave of my brother known and I will bury my family members who die next to him.

Source: Sunan Abī Dāwūd 3206

Grade: Hasan (fair) according to Al-Arna’ut

Ibn Qudaham said, “There is nothing wrong with marking a grave with a stone or piece of wood. Ahmad said: There is nothing wrong for a man to make a grave known with a sign so that it is recognized.”

Source: al-Mughnī 3/436

عَنِ الْمُطَّلِبِ قَالَ لَمَّا مَاتَ عُثْمَانُ بْنُ مَظْعُونٍ أُخْرِجَ بِجَنَازَتِهِ فَدُفِنَ فَأَمَرَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ رَجُلًا أَنْ يَأْتِيَهُ بِحَجَرٍ فَلَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ حَمْلَهُ فَقَامَ إِلَيْهَا رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وَحَسَرَ عَنْ ذِرَاعَيْهِ ثُمَّ حَمَلَهَا فَوَضَعَهَا عِنْدَ رَأْسِهِ وَقَالَ أَتَعَلَّمُ بِهَا قَبْرَ أَخِي وَأَدْفِنُ إِلَيْهِ مَنْ مَاتَ مِنْ أَهْلِي

3206 سنن أبي داود كتاب الجنائز باب في جمع الموتى في قبر والقبر يعلم

3206 المحدث شعيب الأرناؤوط خلاصة حكم المحدث إسناده حسن في تخريج سنن أبي داود

قال ابن قدامة ولا بَأْسَ بِتَعْلِيمِ القَبْرِ بِحَجَرٍ أو خَشَبَةٍ قال أحمدُ لا بَأْسَ أن يُعَلِّمَ الرَّجُلُ القَبْرَ عَلَامَةً يَعْرِفُه بها

3/436 المغني لابن قدامة