A narration regarding not leaving the deceased alone

Question

Does it come in a narration that we should not leave the body of the deceased alone as Shaytan has the ability to cause mischief by entering the body?

 

Answer

I have not come across this in a Hadith.

Certain Fiqh books have quoted a statement of Ibrahim Nakha’i (rahimahullah) wherein he said: “They [The Sahabah radiyallahu ‘anhum] would not leave the deceased alone in a home and they would say, ‘Shaytan will interfere with the body.'”

(Al Furu’ -Wa Tas-hihul Furu’-, vol. 3 pg. 273, Kashshaful Qina’ ‘An Matnil Iqna’, vol. 2 pg. 85)

 

However, I have not come across this narration in any primary source, nor have I come across its chain.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar