The Funeral


It was the evening of Saturday. Maghrib time. The Imam announced that there would be a funeral prayer after isha. A sister of age had passed away.

Competition in [worldly] increase diverts you

Until you visit the graves (i.e. till you die).

No! You are going to know.

Again, Nay! You shall come to know!

No! If you only knew with knowledge of certainty…

{Surat At-Takāthur 102 : 1 – 5 }

Quarter to ten. These verses were recited during the isha prayer. The imam then sat down facing us. He mentioned to us a hadith.

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“Whoever attends the funeral until the prayer has been offered will have one qiraat (of reward) and whoever attends until the deceased has been buried will have two qiraats.” It was said, “What are the two qiraats?” He said: “Like two great mountains.”
[Bukhari and Muslim]

“ … each of which is like (Mount) Uhud. ”

He advised us to wait, to earn the reward. The wait was long. People began arriving at the mosque. Relatives and friends and strangers. The lights went out at 10. Continue reading