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19 June 2019 CE | 16 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Sweeper’s Importance

“It was narrated from Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu anhu) that a black man used to sweep the Masjid, and the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) noticed that he was missing so he asked about him. It was said that he had died. He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: ‘Why did you not tell me about him?’ He further inquired: ‘Show me where his grave is.’ So they showed him, and he performed the funeral prayer for him.” [Sunan Abu Dawud]

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) loved his Ummah. The Sahabah might have buried the sweeper thinking that they should not bother the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) to personally perform the funeral prayers for him. But the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) thought otherwise. He noticed that the sweeper was missing, asked about him, wished that he had been informed in time, and then went to pray at his grave.

Do we give this importance to the sweepers of our homes or Masajid?

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