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Chapter 158
ةزﺎﻨﺠﻟﺎﺑ عاﺮﺳِﻹا بﺎﺑ
Haste in Burial
لﺎﻗ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﱢﻲﺒﱠﻨﻟا ﻦَﻋ ﻪﻨﻋ ُﻪﱠﻠﻟا َﻲِﺿر َةَﺮْﻳَﺮُه ﻲﺑأ ﻦﻋ
ُﻚَﺗ ْنﺈَﻓ ، ِةَزﺎَﻨَﺠﻟﺎِﺑ اﻮُﻋِﺮْﺳَأ
ُﻪَﻧﻮُﻌَﻀَﺗ ﱞﺮَﺸَﻓ ، َﻚِﻟذ ىَﻮِﺳ ﻚَﺗ ْنإَو ، ِﻪْﻴَﻟإ ﺎﻬﻧﻮُﻣﱢﺪَﻘُﺗ ٌﺮْﻴَﺨَﻓ ، ًﺔَﺤِﻟﺎَﺻ
ْﻢُﻜِﺑﺎَﻗِر ْﻦَﻋ
ﻪﻴﻠﻋ ٌﻖﻔﺘﻣ
ٍﻢِﻠْﺴُﻤﻟ ٍﺔﻳاور ﻲﻓو
ﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ﺎَﻬَﻧﻮُﻣﱢﺪَﻘُﺗ ٌﺮْﻴَﺨَﻓ
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I heard the Prophet (PBUH) saying,
"Hurry up with
the dead body (for its burial), for if it is pious, you are speeding it to goodness and if it is otherwise, you are laying
an evil off your necks.''
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
This Hadith underlines the Prophet's command of an undelayed shrouding and burial of a dead body
as well as the rationale behind it. Hence, there should be no unnecessary delay in the funeral, rather the burial
procession should reach the grave with utmost haste without of course causing inconvenience to those following it,
nor shaking the dead body.
َلﺎَﻗ ﻪﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲﺿر ﱢيِرْﺪُﺨﻟا ٍﺪﻴﻌﺳ ﻲﺑأ ﻦﻋو
ُلﻮُﻘَﻳ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﱡﻲﺒﱠﻨﻟا َنﺎَآ
ِﺖَﻌِﺿُو اذإ
ْﺖﻟﺎﻗ ، ًﺔﺤﻟﺎَﺻ ْﺖﻧﺎَآ ْنﺈَﻓ ، ْﻢِﻬِﻗﺎَﻨﻋَأ ﻰﻠَﻋ ُلﺎَﺟﱢﺮﻟا ﺎَﻬَﻠﻤَﺘْﺣﺎَﻓ ، ُةَزﺎَﻨِﺠﻟا
، ٍﺔَﺤِﻟﺎَﺻ َﺮْﻴَﻏ ْﺖَﻧﺎَآ ْنإَو ،ﻲﻧﻮُﻣﱢﺪَﻗ
ﺎَﻬِﻠْهﻷ ْﺖَﻟﺎَﻗ
َﻖِﻌَﺼَﻟ ، ُنﺎَﺴْﻧﻹا َﻊِﻤَﺳ ْﻮَﻟَو ، َنﺎﺴﻧﻹا ﱠﻻإ ٍءْﻲَﺷ ﱡﻞُآ ﺎَﻬَﺗْﻮَﺻ ُﻊَﻤْﺴَﻳ ، ﺎَﻬِﺑ َنﻮُﺒَهْﺬَﺗ َﻦْﻳَأ ﺎَﻬَﻠْﻳَوﺎَﻳ
يرﺎﺨﺒﻟا ﻩاور
Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said,
"When a dead
body is placed on a bier and men carry it on their shoulders, if he was a pious man, it (corpse) says: `Take me in
haste.' But if he was not righteous, it says to its bearers: `Woe to it. Where are you taking it?' Everything except man
hears its voice. Had a human being heard its voice, he would have surely fallen into swoon.''
Only Allah knows the reality as to how a dead body speaks. However, no improbability is involved
in this matter. Allah is empowered to let any dead body speak if He so likes. We are supposed to believe it on the
authority of authentic Ahadith.