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Authenticity of the Hadith regarding the call of the grave


What is the authenticity and the Arabic text version of this Hadith you have answered here:

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) says: “Once we walked with a janazah in the company of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). Upon reaching the grave yard, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) 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 Ta’ala causes me to expand.”

Thereafter Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “The grave is either a garden from amongst the gardens of Jannah or a pit from amongst the pits of Jahannam.”



Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration. ‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) has declared a narrator weak.

(Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 8608. Refer: Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 3 pg. 46 and Targhib, vol. 4 pg. 238)


However, the Hadith is corroborated and suitable to quote. See the corroborating narration here.


Arabic text:

عن أبي هريرة قال: خرجنا مع رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم في جنازة، فجلس إلى قبر منها، فقال: ما يأتي على هذا القبر من يوم إلا وهو ينادي بصوت طلق ذلق: يا ابن آدم، كيف نسيتني؟ ألم تعلم أني بيت الوحدة، وبيت الغربة، وبيت الوحشة، وبيت الدود، وبيت الضيق، إلا من وسعني الله عليه


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar