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Prepare for the grave

Question

What is the reference of this Hadith?

عن البراء قال كنا مع رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم في جنازة فجلس على شفير القبر فبكى حتى بل الثرى ثم قال يا إخواني لمثل هذا فأعدوا

 

Answer

Imam Ibn Majah (rahimahullah) and other Muhaddithun have recorded this Hadith on the authority of Sayyiduna Al Bara ibn ‘Azib (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

(Sunan ibn Majah, Hadith: 4195)

 

‘Allamah Mundhiri (rahimahullah) has declared the Hadith chain sound (hasan).

(Targhib, vol. 4 pg. 240, Zawaid Ibn Majah, Hadith: 1419. Also see: Footnotes of Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah on Musannaf, Hadith: 35472)

 

Translation

Sayyiduna Al Bara ibn ‘Azib (radiyallahu ‘anhu) says, “We were once attending a janazah with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) when he sat on the edge of the grave and cried so profusely that the sand became wet. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) then said, ‘O my brothers, Prepare for this![by carrying out good deeds]’

 

And Allah Ta’ala knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar