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How to Pray Upon the Dead

How to Pray Upon the Dead (155)
Abu Hurayrata said that the Messenger of Allah said: "Whoever attends the funeral procession till he offers the funeral prayer, for him there is [a reward equal to] one Qirat, and whoever accompanies it till burial, there is [a reward equal to] two Qirats." It was asked, "What are two Qirats?" He replied, "Like two huge mountains."
Reporters

Reported in Saheeh Al-Bukhari #410 in the book of funerals in Volume 2 of Muhammad Muhsin Khăn's translation.

 
How to Pray Upon the Dead (156)
Jabir said: the Prophet offered the fineral prayer of 'Ashamata 'An-Najăshi and said four takbeers. (173)
Footnotes

(173) It has been established through authentic ahădeeth that the Prophet prayed the funeral prayer with 4 (according to most reports), 5, and up to nine takbeeras. Whichever a person does is acceptable; however, it is better to alternate between them. Just as it is better to alternate between the various opening suplications in the prayer, the various forms of tashahhud, and the various forms of 'As-salăt 'Al-'Ibrăheemiyya

Reporters

Reported in Saheeh Al-Bukhari #418 in the book of funerals in Volume 2 of Muhammad Muhsin Khăn's translation.

 
How to Pray Upon the Dead (157)
Talha bin `Abdullăh bin `Awf said: I offered the funeral prayer behind 'Ibn `Abbas , and he recited 'Al-Fătihah and said, "Such that you may know that it is a sunnah."
Reporters

Reported in Saheeh Al-Bukhari #419 in the book of funerals in Volume 2 of Muhammad Muhsin Khăn's translation.

 
How to Pray Upon the Dead (158)
'Abi 'Umămatah said that a companion of the Prophet told him: The sunnah with respect to the funeral prayer is that the Imăm pronounce the takbeerah (174), then, that he silently read the opening surah of the Qur'ăn after the first pronunciation of the takbeerah. Then, that he petition salăt (175) upon the Prophet , and that he make sincere supplication for the corpse over the following (three) takbeeras, not reciting [Qur'ăn] in any of them. Then he should make tasleem silently in himself (when he steps out of the prayer ([turning] to his right), and the sunnah is that those behind him do as their Imăm did) (176)
Footnotes

(174) This is to say 'Allahu 'akbaru

 

(175) Ask Allah to bestow honor, and grace upon the Prophet . Al-'Albăni said that he had not come across any specific funeral-related wording for petitioning salăt upon the Prophet , saying that any of the authentic wordings used in tashahhud would be correct.

(176) Al-'Albăni said that the wording: "Then, that he petition salăt upon the Prophet , and that he make sincere supplication for the corpse over the following (three) takbeeras" indicates that the petitioning of salăt upon the Prophet is done after the second takbeerah, not before that, because if it were before it would not fall into the (three) takbeeras, it would fall before that. The parentheses are related to the references for this hadeeth in the hadeeth reporters section.

Reporters

Al-'Albăni said, in his 'Ahkăm 'Al-Jană'iz wa Bida`ihă that it was reported by Al-Shafi`iy in his Al-'Um, 239-240/1. He said that the squiggly brackets were reported by Al-Hăkim, 360/1; and that Al-Hăkim said it was sound according to the conditions of Al-Bukhări, and Muslim; that Ath-thahabi agreed; and that so did he.

 
How to Pray Upon the Dead (159)
It is reported by way of 'Abi Hurayrata that the Messenger of Allah "Used to, if he would pray upon a corpse, say: Allăhumma 'ighfir li hayyină wa mayyitină, wa shăhidină, wa ghă'ibină, wa sagheerina wa kabeerină, wa thakarină wa 'unthănă, allăhumma men 'ahyaytahu minnă fa'ahyihi `ală 'al-'islămi, wa men tawaffaytahu minnă fatawaffahu `ală 'al-'eemăni, allăhumma lă tahrimnă 'ajrahu, wală tudhillană ba`dahu.(177)
 
Footnotes

(177) O' my ilăh forgive our living, and our dead; our present and our absent; our young and our old, our males, and our females. O' my ilăh whomever of us you liven then liven him upon Islam, and whomever of us you exact then exact him upon faith. O' my ilăh do not forbid us his reward, and do not push us astray afer him.

Reporters

Al-Albăni said, in his 'Ahkăm 'Al-Janăiz wa Bida`ihă, that it was reported by Ibn Măja, 456/1; Al-Bayhaqi, 41/4; 'Abu Dawood, 68/2; At-Tirmithi, 141/2, and Ibn Hibbăn in his saheeh (757 - Mawărid). Al-Albăni said that Al-Hăkim said dthat it was sound according to the conditions of al-Bukhări, and Muslim, that 'Ath-thahabi agreed; and that so did he.

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