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21 September 2017 CE | 29 Dhul-Hijjah 1438 AH
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Hadith Explanation


The Grave


It is related from Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu anhu) that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The grave is more horrifying than any horrible scene I ever saw.” [Tirmidhi, Baihaqi, Hakim – Hasan]

Once you are carried to the graveyard you are brought close to the ground so that you dwell in a small, dark lonely hole. The nearest of kin and the most beloved to you have lowered you into your grave, where you will rest placed on your right side, with the top of the shroud on your face untied and a stone placed on the hole (Lahd) inside the grave you were placed in. They then threw soil in your grave and when they finished, one of them said, “Invoke Allah for forgiveness for your brother and for making him firm (so that he affirms to the angels Munkir and Nakir that Allah is his Lord, Islam is his religion and Muhammad is the Messenger he followed), for he is now being asked.” [Silent Moments: The Description of Before and After Death Aspects by Abdul-Malik Al-Qasim]

Whenever Uthman (radi Allahu anhu) stood next to a grave, he used to weep until his beard became wet. He was asked, “You mention Paradise and do not weep, but you weep from this scene?” He said, “The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The grave is the first in the stages of the Hereafter. If one is saved from it, what is afterwards is even easier. If one is not saved from it, what comes after that is even harder.” [Az-Zuhd p.189. Hasan hadith collected by Tirmidhi, Baihaqi, Hakim.]

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