18 October 2017 CE | 27 Muharram 1439 AH

Hadith Explanation

Following the Funeral Procession

Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu anhu) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, "Whoever follows the funeral procession and offers the funeral prayer for it, will get a reward equal to one Qirat, and whoever attends it till burial, will get a reward equal to two Qirat.'' It was asked, "What are two Qirat?'' He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) replied, "Equal to two huge mountains.'' [Sahih Bukhari]

Participation in a Muslim's funeral procession and prayer for him brings a Muslim a great reward - like the massiveness of a big mountain. And if he stays beside the grave till the burial takes place, the reward will become two-fold, that is, equaling the massiveness of two huge mountains. Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) in His mercy has attached reward to all those things which bring us closer to Jannah. When a person attends another's funeral, especially when he is witness to his/her being lowered into the grave, alone and wrapped in simple white, this is a reminder to them regarding their own fate and the need to get back on track with pursuit of the akhirah.

Oh Allah, make me only as concerned about my worldly life as the time that I will spend in it.

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