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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Attending a Funeral and its Rewards

Hadrat Ali - 'Sher-e-Khuda' - (Radi Allahu Ta'ala anhu) narrated that the Most Beloved Prophet of Allah, Hadrat Muhammad Mustafa (Salla Allahu Ta'ala 'alayhi wa 'aalihi wa Sallam) said that whosoever buries a dead body, shrouds, perfumes, helps in lifting at the funeral, offers funeral prayers and at the same time refrains from mentioning his shortcomings to anyone, becomes so purified from sins, it was as if he is born presently. (Ibn Majah)

Hadrat Ibn Abbas and Hadrat Jabir (Radi Allahu Ta'ala anhum) have narrated that the first reward given to the believer in his grave is that all who attended his funeral are granted forgiveness and the believer is informed of it. (Baihaqi)

There is more sawaab in attending at one's neighbour's, relative's or friend's funeral than in doing supererogatory prayers.

Hadrat Abu Saeed Khudri (Radi Allahu Ta'ala anhu) narrated that the Most Beloved Prophet of Allah, Hadrat Muhammad Mustafa (Salla Allahu Ta'ala 'alayhi wa 'aalihi wa Sallam) has said - to call on a patient and to accompany the funeral reminds one of the last day and these acts will keep the idea of the Day of Judgement fresh in the mind. (Ibn Haban, Ahmad)

Hadrat Abu Hurayrah (Radi Allahu Ta'ala anhu) narrated that once the Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu Ta'ala 'alayhi wa 'aalihi wa Sallam) asked people if on that day, any of them had called on the sick, fed a poor man, or accompanied a funeral. Hadrat Abu Bakr as-Sideeq (Radi Allahu Ta'ala anhu) said he did all these. The Beloved of Allah, Hadrat Muhammad Mustafa (Salla Allahu Ta'ala 'alayhi wa 'aalihi wa Sallam) said that whosoever did all these acts, would go to Paradise. (Ibn Khozaima)

Hadrat Abu Hurayrah (Radi Allahu Ta'ala anhu) narrates that the Most Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu Ta'ala 'alayhi wa 'aalihi wa Sallam) said that a Muslim has six claims over the Muslims, one of which is to accompany his funeral. (Muslim)

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