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A follow up query regarding the narration ‘The earth and heaven weep when a Believer passes away’

Question

Regarding your answer on ‘The earth and heaven weep when a Believer passes away‘, some narrations mention that the earth weeps for forty days.

Please mention this narration and the authenticity.

 

Answer

Hereunder are narrations which specifically mention forty days:

1) Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) said, “It used to be said, ‘The earth weeps for a Believer for forty days.'”

2) Mujahid (rahimahullah) said, “When a Believer passes away, the earth and heaven weep for him for forty days…”

A similar narration has also been reported as the statement of Sa’id ibn Jubayr (rahimahullah).

 

References: Az Zuhd War Raqaiq of Imam ‘Abdullah ibn Al Mubarak: 338, As Sunanul Kubra of Imam Nasai: 11840, Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah: 35930, Tafsir Tabari, Tafsir Ibn Kathir and Ad Durrul Manthur, Surah: Dukhan, Verse: 29.

 

These narrations are corroborated and suitable to quote as reported.

(Refer: Footnotes of Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah on Musannaf: 35930)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar