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Burial of the Martyrs of Uhud (Ahadith 1126 – 1130)



Hadith no. 1125 is a repeat. Read it here.

Volume 2, Book 23, Number 427:

Narrated Jabir bin Abdullah:

The Prophet collected every two martyrs of Uhud in one piece of cloth, then he would ask, “Which of them had (knew) more of the Quran?” When one of them was pointed out for him, he would put that one first in the grave and say, “I will be a witness on these on the Day of Resurrection.” He ordered them to be buried with their blood on their bodies and they were neither washed nor was a funeral prayer offered for them.

Volume 2, Book 23, Number 428:

Narrated ‘Uqba bin ‘Amir:

One day the Prophet went out and offered the funeral prayers of the martyrs of Uhud and then went up the pulpit and said, “I will pave the way for you as your predecessor and will be a witness on you. By Allah! I see my Fount (Kauthar) just now and I have been given the keys of all the treasures of the earth (or the keys of the earth). By Allah! I am not afraid that you will worship others along with Allah after my death, but I am afraid that you will fight with one another for the worldly things.”

Volume 2, Book 23, Number 429:

Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah :

The Prophet buried every two martyrs in of Uhud in one grave.

Volume 2, Book 23, Number 430:

Narrated Jabir:

The Prophet said, “Bury them (i.e. martyrs) with their blood.” (that was) On the day of the Battle of Uhud. He did not get them washed.

Volume 2, Book 23, Number 431:

Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah :

Allah’s Apostle shrouded every two martyrs of Uhud in one piece of cloth and then he would ask, “Which of them knew more Quran?” When one of them was pointed out he would put him first in the grave. He said, “I am a witness on these.” Then he ordered them to be buried with blood on their bodies. Neither did he offer their funeral prayer nor did he get them washed. (Jabir bin Abdullah added): Allah’s Apostle used to ask about the martyrs of Uhud as to which of them knew more of the Quran.” And when one of them was pointed out as having more of it he would put him first in the grave and then his companions. (Jabir added): My father and my uncle were shrouded in one sheet.

Sunnah is to bury the martyr in the clothes in which he was killed. More on shrouding the martyrs here.

Took this picture back in 2011 when we visited the graves of Uhud’s martyrs. <3

It is also a Sunnah to visit the graves of the martyrs of Uhud in Madinah. [Ibn Uthaymeen’s view]



Height of Generosity (Hadith No. 1066)


Volume 2, Book 23, Number 367:

Narrated Sahl:

A woman brought a woven Burda (sheet) having edging (border) to the Prophet, Then Sahl asked them whether they knew what is Burda, they said that Burda is a cloak and Sahl confirmed their reply. Then the woman said, “I have woven it with my own hands and I have brought it so that you may wear it.” The Prophet accepted it, and at that time he was in need of it. So he came out wearing it as his waist-sheet. A man praised it and said, “Will you give it to me? How nice it is!” The other people said, “You have not done the right thing as the Prophet is in need of it and you have asked for it when you know that he never turns down anybody’s request.” The man replied, “By Allah, I have not asked for it to wear it but to make it my shroud.” Later it was his shroud.

Imagine it. A cloak that was just gifted to him, something that he actually needed.. he just gave it away on someone’s request. Just like that. How can someone do that? It’s just too amazing for me. I think generosity is a small word for Prophet (SAW). He was just too good. May Allah unite us with him in Paradise soon! <3


Mus`ab ibn `Umair (Ahadith 1063 – 1065)


Read up on Mus`ab ibn `Umair before we move on to today’s Hadith.

Mus‘ab was a child of a very rich family. From his childhood, he lived in luxuries of life. Especially as a handsome young man, he was lavished with special love and attention. In fact, he was unique in his luxurious tastes. He wore the most costly clothes and changed them twice a day. His shoes used to be the costliest available at that time. He was also fond of wearing fragrance. A whiff of his fragrance was enough for the people to know that Mus‘ab is passing by. With all that luxurious lifestyle, he was very intelligent and had an elegant personality with keen mind and mastery in eloquent speech. Because of these qualities, he was moving about among the influential circles of chiefs of Quraish at a young age.

All of this changed when he accepted Islam..

Mus‘ab had to sacrifice his life of luxury for the sake of the truth of Islam. For his love for Islam, he was deprived of all his wealth, every penny of it. After losing everything he had, he himself devoted all his time and energies in acquiring Islamic knowledge and in the service of Allaah. Neither he had time or energy to venture any viable economic activity nor did Makkan hostility and persecution afford any chance for Muslims to do so.  This resulted in abject poverty. So much so that the young man who was famous for elegant dresses, costly shoes and the best fragrance was seen in the same streets of Makkah in tattered coarse clothes.  But he did not even complain. He had found the greatest wealth of all, the love of Allaah and the truth of Islam. He knew that the temporary life of the world would quickly pass, then, he would have all the wealth, better luxuries and everything he would desire forever in the eternal life of the Hereafter. His keen, intelligent mind had spotted and sealed a real deal by trading in the temporary pleasures of this world for the permanent luxuries of the Hereafter. And the greatest luxury of all, he will enjoy the Pleasure of Allaah, His Lord and Master.

Read more on it here.

Volume 2, Book 23, Number 364:

Narrated Sad from his father:

Once the meal of ‘Abdur-Rahman bin ‘Auf was brought in front of him, and he said, “Mustab bin ‘Umair was martyred and he was better than I, and he had nothing except his Burd (a black square narrow dress) to be shrouded in. Hamza or another person was martyred and he was also better than I and he had nothing to be shrouded in except his Burd. No doubt, I fear that the rewards of my deeds might have been given early in this world.” Then he started weeping.

Volume 2, Book 23, Number 365:

Narrated Ibrahim:

Once a meal was brought to ‘Abdur-Rahman bin ‘Auf and he was fasting. He said, “Mustab bin ‘Umair was martyred and he was better than I and was shrouded in his Burd and when his head was covered with it, his legs became bare, and when his legs were covered his head got uncovered. Hamza was martyred and was better than I. Now the worldly wealth have been bestowed upon us (or said a similar thing). No doubt, I fear that the rewards of my deeds might have been given earlier in this world.” Then he started weeping and left his food.

Volume 2, Book 23, Number 366:

Narrated Khabbab:

We emigrated with the Prophet (p.b.u.h) in Allah’s cause, and so our reward was then surely incumbent on Allah. Some of us died and they did not take anything from their rewards in this world, and amongst them was Mustab bin ‘Umar; and the others were those who got their rewards. Mustab bin ‘Umair was martyred on the day of the Battle of Uhud and we could get nothing except his Burd to shroud him in. And when we covered his head his feet became bare and vice versa. So the Prophet ordered us to cover his head only and to put idhkhir (a kind of shrub) over his feet.

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) addressed the dead body of Mus`ab ibn `Umair thus:

When I saw you for the first time in Mecca there was nobody more handsome and well-dressed than you. But, I see that today your hair is uncombed and only a sheet of cloth covers your body!

The dead of Uhud could not get proper shrouds because in those days Muslims were poor and lacked money. Mus‘ab bin ‘Umair had only a sheet of cloth over his body; if the head was covered, the feet were bare and when the feet were covered the head was left bare. In the end, his head was covered and his feet were covered with grass. Such was the shroud of Mus ‘ab bin ‘Umair (Allah be pleased with him) – the great martyr of the Muslim nation.

Read more on his life here.

Here’s a video series on this awesome companion: click this link.


Prophet (SAW)’s Shroud (Ahadith 1060 – 1062)


Note: Shroud is kafan.

Burial of the Prophet (SAW):

Dispute about who would succeed him broke out even before having the Messenger of Allah’s body prepared for burial. Lots of arguments, discussions, dialogues took place between the Helpers and Emigrants in the roofed passage (portico) of Banu Sa’ida. Finally they acknowledged Abu Bakr as a Caliph. They spent the whole Monday there till it was night. People were so busy with their arguments that it was late night — just about dawn of Tuesday — yet his blessed body was still lying on his bed covered with an inked-garment. He was locked in the room.

On Tuesday, his body was washed with his clothes on. He was washed by al-‘Abbas, ‘Ali, al-Fadl and Qathm — the two sons of al-‘Abbas, as well as Shaqran — the Messenger’s freed slave, ‘Usamah ibn Zayd and Aws ibn Khawli. Al-‘Abbas, al-Fadl and Qathm turned his body round, whereas ‘Usamah and Shaqran poured out water. ‘Ali washed him and Aws leant him against his chest.

They shrouded him in three white Sahuli cotton cloth which had neither a headcloth [Sahih al-Bukhari, 1/169, Sahih Muslim, 1/306] nor a casing and inserted him in.

A sort of disagreement arose with regard to a burial place. Abu Bakr said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah say: ‘A dead Prophet is buried where he dies.’ ” So Abu Talhah lifted the bed on which he died, dug underneath and cut the ground to make the tomb.

People entered the room ten by ten. They prayed for the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. The first to pray for him were people of his clan. Then the Emigrants, then the Helpers. Women prayed for him after men. The young were the last to pray.

This process took Tuesday long and Wednesday night (i.e. the night which precedes Wednesday morning). ‘A’ishah said: “We did not know that the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was being buried till we heard the sound of tools digging the ground at the depth of Wednesday night.” [Mukhtasar Sirat ar-Rasul, p.471; Ibn Hisham, 2/649-665; Talqih Fuhum Ahlul-Athar, p. 38, 39; Rahmatul li’l-Alamin 1/277-286]

(s) Excerpt from Ar-Rahiq al-Makhtum

Volume 2, Book 23, Number 361:

Narrated ‘Aisha:

The Prophet was shrouded in three pieces of cloth which were made of Suhul (a type of cotton), and neither a shirt nor a turban were used.

Volume 2, Book 23, Number 362:

Narrated ‘Aisha:

Allah’s Apostle was shrouded in three pieces of cloth and neither a shirt nor a turban were used.

Volume 2, Book 23, Number 363:

Narrated Aisha:

Allah’s Apostle was shrouded in three pieces of cloth which were made of white Suhul and neither a shirt nor a turban were used.

So that’s how we’ll look like in our last pair of clothes. Click this link to see.


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