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Reciting the beginning and end of Surah Baqarah after burial

Question

What is the status of the narration wherein Sayyiduna Ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) is reported to have recited the opening and concluding verses of Suratul Baqarah after the burial of a deceased?

Answer

1. Sayyiduna Al Lajlaj (radiyallahu ’anhu), a companion of Rasulullah (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam), had bequeathed his son that after he leaves this world, he should recite the beginning and end of Surah Al-Baqarah at the head side of his grave. Sayyiduna Al Lajlaj (radiyallahu ’anhu) then mentioned that he heard this from Rasulullah (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam).

(Al-Mu’jamul Kabir of Imam Tabarani; Hafiz Haythami has regarded the narrators of this tradition as reliable – refer Majmu’uz Zawa’id vol. 3 pg. 44)

2. This has also been recorded to be the practice of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘‘Umar (radiyallahu’anhuma) in Sunanul Kubra of Imam Bayhaqi (vol. 4 pg. 56).

This narration has been classified as sound (hasan) by Imam Nawawi and Hafiz ibn Hajar (rahimahumallah).

(Al Adhkar pg. 212, Hadith: 493 and Al Futuhatur Rabbaniyyah vol. 3 pg. 194)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar