Visiting The Dead Sea


Can a person visit the dead sea? 

If one is on a tour group can one come out of the bus or must one remain inside?


Since the Dead Sea surroundings are linked to the Nation of Hadhrat Loot Owho were its inhabitants and who were destroyed on this very land, we would like to first briefly enlighten you with regards to their destruction on this land to further understand what this land entails.

Allah E emphatically states in the Quraan: 

۞و لوطا ﺇذ قال لقومه ﺇنكم لتأتون الفاحشة ما سبقكم بها من أحد من العالمين۞ ﺇنكم لتأتون الرجال وتقطعون السبيل وتأتون في ناديكم المنكر ط  فما كان جوب قومه ﺇلا أن قالوا ائتنا بعذاب الله ﺇن كنت من الصدقين۞

And we sent Loot, when he said to his people, “Indeed you engage in obscenity, which none in the universe has indulged in before you. Do you approach men, waylay the highways and perpetrate evil in your gatherings?”  The only reply that his people could give was to say, “Bring Allah’s punishment to us, if you are from among the truthful.” (Surah Al-Ankabut, ayah 28 and 29)

 In these Aayaat, mention is made with regards to when Hazrat Loot Owas sent to preach to his people in a town called Sodom, which was next to the Dead Sea and was the largest of several towns on the bank of the Jordan River. His people were involved in a most evil and immodest act of sin which was sodomy apart from the other sins that they also perpetrated. But since they did not take heed to his warning and continued doing this lewd act and other evils, a severe punishment afflicted them wherein they were all destroyed as is stated in the Quraan: 

۞ فلما جاء أمرنا جعلنا عاليها سافلها وأمطرنا عليها حجارة من سجيل منضود مسومة عند ربك ط وما هي من الظلمين ببعيد۞

“So, when our command came, we turned its highest into the lowest and we rained on it stones of hard clay, one over another marked by your Lord. And it is not far from the transgressors.” (Surah Hud, ayah 82 and 83)

 Thereafter Allah E concludes the incident in Ayah 35 of Surah Al-Ankabut, wherein Allah Ementions: 

۞ ولقد تركنا منها آية بينة لقوم يعقلون ۞

“Indeed, we left behind in those towns a sign which is clear to those who have understanding”.

 This Ayah demands that those who have understanding and intellect should take lesson from those towns whose inhabitants were destroyed due to their evil doings. 

Similarly there are many such incidents mentioned in the Ahaadith wherein Nabi H and the Sahaabah passed through such lands while they were on a journey for battle or trade etc. wherein certain nations were destroyed. Nabi H commanded the Sahaabah Radhiallahu anhum to pass quickly and take lesson from their wrong doings in such a place where Allah Es punishment struck them, lest Allah E‘s punishment should befall them too. 

Hereunder is a Hadith cited from Bukhari educating us on Nabi H’s action in the said situation:

عن ابن عمر رضي الله عنه قال لما مر النبي صلي الله عليه وسلم بالحجر قال: لا تدخلوا مساكن الذين ظلموا أنفسهم أن يصيبكم ما أصابهم ﺇلا أن تكونوا باكين ثم قنع رأسه وأسرع بالسير حتى جاز الوادي.”


Hazrat Ibn Umar Radhiallahu Anhu narrates that when Nabi H passed (a valley called) Hijr, He said to the Sahaabah radhiallahu anhum, “do not enter the dwellings of those who oppressed themselves (i.e. those nations who were destroyed due to their evil doings and disobeying their Prophet) lest what afflicted them afflicts you; except (that you pass by in a condition) that you weep, then Nabi H covered his head and passed hastily until he traversed that valley.

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عُمَرَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمَا: أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ: لاَ تَدْخُلُوا عَلَى هَؤُلاَءِ المُعَذَّبِينَ إِلَّا أَنْتَكُونُوا بَاكِينَ، فَإِنْ لَمْ تَكُونُوا بَاكِينَ فَلاَ تَدْخُلُوا عَلَيْهِمْ، لاَ يُصِيبُكُمْ مَا أَصَابَهُمْ

)صحيح البخاري٤٣٣)

Do not enter (the places) of these people where Allah’s punishment had fallen unless you do so weeping. If you do not weep, do not enter (the places of these people) because Allah’s curse and punishment which fell upon them may fall upon you.

 It is also narrated on the authority of `Abdullāh ibn `Umar radhiallahu anhu:

أَنَّ النَّاسَ نَزَلُوا مَعَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَرْضَ ثَمُودَ، الحِجْرَ، فَاسْتَقَوْا مِنْ بِئْرِهَا، وَاعْتَجَنُوا بِهِ، فَأَمَرَهُمْ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَنْ يُهَرِيقُوا مَا اسْتَقَوْا مِنْ بِئْرِهَا، وَأَنْ يَعْلِفُوا الإِبِلَ العَجِينَ، وَأَمَرَهُمْ أَنْ يَسْتَقُوا مِنَ البِئْرِ الَّتِي كَانَتْ تَرِدُهَا النَّاقَةُ(صحيح البخاري٣٣٧٩)

The people encamped at the land of Thamūd called Al-Hijr along with Allah’s Messenger and they took water from its well for drinking and kneading the dough with it as well. (When Allah’s Messenger heard about it) he ordered them to pour out the water they had taken from its wells and feed the camels with the dough, and ordered them to take water from the well whence the she-camel (of Prophet Salih ‘alaihis salaam) used to drink.

 It is apparent from the above verses and narrations that we are warned from going to such places as well as being involved in these sins. Even if we happen to pass such places then we should do so hastily, since we are reminded in the Quraan and Hadith to take heed and lesson, and reflect over these occurrences. 

The Dead Sea now maybe covering or is at least surrounded by the ruins of these towns that were destroyed by Divine Punishment. Therefore, we should refrain from going to such places for spending our leisure time. If you do happen to pass by, it will be better to remain seated in the conveyance, since these places were the manifestations of the anger and curse of Allah E, because the people of these lands were destroyed in these very places due to the immoral and illicit activities they perpetrated, thereby earning the anger and wrath of Allah E. May Allah save us! Ameen 

Furthermore, it is unfortunate and a sad state of affairs that people regard their visit to such places as a tourist attraction and sightseeing; notwithstanding the fact that it holds the anger, curse and wrath of Allah, instead of it being an eye-opener. For it to serve as an eye-opener, a person merely needs to know about it and if you happen to be passing by for some other work then by passing by as NabiH would. How daring to go and relax there! How foolish it is that people spend their wealth and leisure and gain pleasure in such places which are void of Allah’s mercies and were cursed by Him, thereby earning His anger and displeasure. Is there a shortage of places on the Earth. More so, if people of such high caliber and status like Nabi H and Sahaabah Radhiallahu Anhum took lesson and were so cautious of such places then what makes ordinary people like us so bold as to gain pleasure therein. 

We trust and hope that you have understood the severity of the matter and will refrain from going to such places.

May AllahE guide us on the straight path and make us please Him in all our actions so that we ultimately earn His pleasure in both the worlds. Aameen.

Checked and Approved By:

Mufti Muhammed Saeed Motara Saheb D.B.


وَفِي الْحَدِيثِ الْحَثُّ عَلَى الْمُرَاقَبَةِ وَالزَّجْرُ عَنِ السُّكْنَى فِي دِيَارِ الْمُعَذَّبِينَ وَالْإِسْرَاعُ عِنْدَ الْمُرُورِ بِهَا وَقَدْ أُشِيرَ إِلَى ذَلِكَ فِي قَوْلِهِ تَعَالَى وَسَكَنْتُمْ فِي مَسَاكِنِ الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا أَنْفُسَهُمْ وَتَبَيَّنَ لَكُمْ كَيْفَ فَعَلْنَا بهم (فتح الباري، رقم ٤٣٣، كتاب الصلاة)

* وَكَانُوا أَرْبَعَةَ آلَافِ ثُمَّ قَلَبَهَا فَأَرْسَلَهَا إِلَى الْأَرْضِ مَنْكُوسَةً وَدَمْدَمَ بَعْضَهَا عَلَى بَعْضٍ فَجَعَلَ عَالِيَهَا سَافِلَهَا ثُمَّ أَتْبَعَهَا حِجَارَةً مِنْ سِجِّيلٍ  وَقَالَ مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ كَعْبٍ الْقُرَظِيُّ: كَانَتْ قُرَى قَوْمِ لُوطِ خَمْسَ قريات سدوم وهي العظمى وصعبة وصعود وغمة ودوما احْتَمَلَهَا جِبْرِيلُ بِجَنَاحِهِ ثُمَّ صَعِدَ بِهَا حَتَّى إِنَّ أَهْلَ السَّمَاءِ الدُّنْيَا لَيَسْمَعُونَ نَابِحَةَ كِلَابِهَا وَأَصْوَاتَ دَجَاجِهَا ثُمَّ كَفَأَهَا عَلَى وَجْهِهَا ثُمَّ أَتْبَعَهَا اللَّهُ بِالْحِجَارَةِ (تفسير ابن كثير، سورة هود، آية ٨٣)

* وَقَوْلُهُ: وَإِنَّها لَبِسَبِيلٍ مُقِيمٍ أَيْ وَإِنَّ قَرْيَةَ سَدُومَ الَّتِي أَصَابَهَا مَا أَصَابَهَا مِنَ الْقَلْبِ الصُّورِيِّ وَالْمَعْنَوِيِّ وَالْقَذْفِ بِالْحِجَارَةِ، حَتَّى صَارَتْ بُحَيْرَةً مُنْتِنَةً خبيثة بطريق مهيع مسالكه مستمرة إلى اليوم (تفسير ابن كيير، سورة الحجر، آية ٧٣-٧٧)

* يَنْبَغِي كَرَاهَةُ التَّطْهِيرِ أَيْضًا أَخْذًا مِمَّا ذَكَرْنَا وَإِنْ لَمْ أَرَهُ لِأَحَدٍ مِنْ أَئِمَّتِنَا بِمَاءٍ أَوْ تُرَابٍ مِنْ كُلِّ أَرْضٍ غُضِبَ عَلَيْهَا إلَّا بِئْرَ النَّاقَةِ بِأَرْضِ ثَمُودَ ، فَقَدْ صَرَّحَ الشَّافِعِيَّةُ بِكَرَاهَتِهِ وَلَا يُبَاحُ عِنْدَ أَحْمَدَ .قَالَ فِي شَرْحِ الْمُنْتَهَى الْحَنْبَلِيِّ : لِحَدِيثِ ابْنِ عُمَرَ { إنَّ النَّاسَ نَزَلُوا مَعَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ عَلَى الْحِجْرِ أَرْضِ ثَمُودَ فَاسْتَقَوْا مِنْ آبَارِهَا وَعَجَنُوا بِهِ الْعَجِينَ ، فَأَمَرَهُمْ الرَّسُولُ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَنْ يُهْرِيقُوا مَا اسْتَقَوْا مِنْ آبَارِهَا وَيَعْلِفُوا الْإِبِلَ الْعَجِينَ ، وَأَمَرَهُمْ أَنْ يَسْتَقُوا مِنْ الْبِئْرِ الَّتِي كَانَتْ تَرِدُهَا النَّاقَةُ } حَدِيثٌ مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ .قَالَ : وَظَاهِرُهُ مَنْعُ الطَّهَارَةِ بِهِ وَبِئْرُ النَّاقَةِ هِيَ الْبِئْرُ الْكَبِيرَةُ الَّتِي يَرِدُهَا الْحُجَّاجُ فِي هَذِهِ الْأَزْمِنَةِ ا هـ ( قَوْلُهُ : وَالِامْتِخَاطُ ) مَعْطُوفٌ عَلَى إلْقَاءٍ ، وَقَوْلُهُ : فِي الْمَاءِ مُتَعَلِّقٌ بِأَحَدِهِمَا عَلَى التَّنَازُعِ.(رد المحتار ج 1 ص 260 دار الكتب العلمية)

* وَرَوَى الْحَاكِم فِي ” الْإِكْلِيل ” عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيد الْخُدْرِيِّ قَالَ ” رَأَيْت رَجُلًا جَاءَ بِخَاتَمٍ وَجَدَهُ بِالْحِجْرِ فِي بُيُوت الْمُعَذَّبِينَ فَأَعْرَضَ عَنْهُ النَّبِيّ صَلَّى اللَّه عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وَاسْتَتَرَ بِيَدِهِ أَنْ يَنْظُر إِلَيْهِ وَقَالَ: أَلْقِهِ. فَأَلْقَاهُ ” لَكِنَّ إِسْنَاده ضَعِيف ، وَسَيَأْتِي نَهْيه صَلَّى اللَّه عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَنْ يُسْتَقَى مِنْ مِيَاههمْ فِي كِتَاب أَحَادِيث الْأَنْبِيَاء إِنْ شَاءَ اللَّه تَعَالَى .(فتح الباري ج 1 ص 622 دار الحديث)


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