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The call of the grave


Can you please provide the reference for the following hadith?

“Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (Radiyallahu Anhu) says: “Once we walked with a janazah in the Company of Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Upon reaching the grave yard, Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) sat at the side of one grave and said: “No day passes over the grave wherein it does not announce in a very eloquent and clear voice:

“O Son of Adam! You have forgotten me. I am a house of solitude, I am a house of strangers, I am a house of horror, I am a house of insects, I am a very narrow house except for that person whom Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’aala causes me to expand.”

Thereafter Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “The grave is either a garden from amongst the Gardens of Jannah or a pit from amongst the Pits of Jahannam.”

Jazakumullah Khayran



The above Hadith has been recorded by Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) in his Al-Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: , Majma’uz Zawaid, vol.3 pg.46 & Targhib, vol.4 pg.238)

This Hadith is also reported by Sayyiduna Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri (radiyallahu’anhu) in Tirmidhi, (Hadith: 2460) with similar wording.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,


Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar


Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar