Write on the grave

Q 4: Some people celebrate the fifteenth, the fortieth day, and the anniversary of the death of their relatives. By reciting the Qur'an and dedicating it to the soul of the deceased. Is this a Sunnah (supererogatory act of worship following the example of the Prophet)?

A: This is a Bid`ah (innovation in religion) which has no basis in Shari`ah (Islamic Law). It should be abandoned, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) stated, Anyone who does an action which is not stated in this matter of ours (Islam) will have it rejected. Related by Imam Muslim in his Sahih (authentic) Book of Hadith. This was never done by the Prophet (peace be upon him) or his Sahabah (Companions, may Allah be pleased with them). Thus, it is a Bid`ah that should not be done.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.