a Hadith Sahih Muslim - Prophet Muhammad Sayings - Part 799

MERIT OF THE FUNERAL PRAYER AND FOLLOWING THE BIER(SAHIH HADITH MUSLIM)

March 17th, 2008

Chapter# 187, Book 4, Number 2062:

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: He who attends the funeral till the prayer is offered for (the dead), for him is the reward of one qirat, and he who attends (and stays) till he is buried, for him is the reward of two qirats. It was said: What are the qirats? He said: They are equivalent to two huge mountains. Two other narrators added: Ibn ‘Umar used to pray and then depart (without waiting for the burial of the dead). When the tradition of Abu Huraira reached him, he said:” We have lost many qirats.”

Book 4, Number 2063:

This hadith has been narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira through another chain of narrators up to these words:” two great mountains.” No mention is made of what followed (these words) ; and in the hadith transmitted by ‘Abd al- A’la (the words are):” till (the burial) is complete.” In the hadith transmitted by ‘Abd ar-Razzaq (the words are):” till he is placed in the grave.”

Book 4, Number 2064:

This hadith is narrated on thp authority of Abu Huraira through another chain of transmitters (with these words):” He who followed it (the bier) till he (the dead) is buried.”

Book 4, Number 2065:

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) as saying: He who offered prayer over the dead, but did not follow the bier, for him is the reward of one qirat, and he who followed it, for him is the reward of two qirats. It was asked what the qirats were. He said: The smaller amongst the two is equivalent to Uhud.

Book 4, Number 2066:

Nafi’ narrated that it was said to Ibn ‘Umar that Abu Huraira reported to have heard Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: He who follows the bier, for him is the reward of one qirat. Ibn ‘Umar said: Abu Huraira narrated it too often. So he sent (a messenger to) ‘A’isha to ascertain (the fact). She (‘A’isha) testified Abu Huraira. Ibn ‘Umar said: We missed so many qirats.

Book 4, Number 2067:

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: He who offers prayer for the dead, for him is (the reward of) one qirat; and he who follows the bier till it is placed in the grave, for him (is the reward of) two qirats. I (Abu Hazim, one of the narrators) raid: Abu Huraira, what is this qirat? He said: It is like the hill of Uhud.

Book 4, Number 2068:

Dawud b. ‘Amir b. Sa’d b. Abu Waqqas reported on the authority of his father that while he was sitting along with ‘Abdullah b. ‘Umar, Khabbab, the owner of Maqsura, said: Ibn ‘Umar, do you hear what Abu Huraira says that he heard the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) say:” He who goes out with the bier when taken out from its residence and offers prayer for it and he then follows it till it is buried, he would have two qirats of reward, each qirat being equivalent to Uhud; and he who, after having offered prayer, (directly) came back would have his reward (as great) as Uhud”? Ibn ‘Umar sent Khabbab to ‘A’isha in order to ask her about the words of Abu Huraira (and also told him) to come back to him (Ibn ‘Umar) and inform him what ‘A’isha said. (In the meanwhile) Ibn ‘Umar took up a handful of pebbles and turned them over in his hand till the messenger (Khabbab) came back to him and told (him) that ‘A’isha testified (the statement of) Abu Huraira. Ibn ‘Umar threw the pebbles he had in his hand on the ground and then said: We missed a large number of qirats.

Book 4, Number 2069:

Thauban, the freed slave of the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: He who offered prayer for the dead, for him is the reward of one qirat, and he who attended its burial, he would have two qirats as his reward. And qirat is equivalent to Uhud.

Book 4, Number 2070:

This hadith has been narrated by Qatada with the same chain of transmitters. And in the hadith transmitted by Sa’id and Hisham, (the words are):” The Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) was asked about qirat, and he said: It is equivalent to Uhud.”