Burying the Prophet -p 19 June 2006Posted by MOZAFFAR in History, MOZAFFAR, Spirituality.
First question: who should dig the grave for the Prophet -p?
In Makkah, Abu ‘Ubayda b. al-Jarrah used to dig the graves for the deceased. In Madinah, Abu Talha Zayd b. Sahl used to dig the graves.
Al-Abbas sent men to find each of these individuals, making a prayer for God to choose. It appears that God chose Abu Talha, for the man sent to Abu Talha found him.
Second question: where should we bury him –p?
Abu Bakr recalled a statement from the Prophet -p- that no prophet is to be buried except in the spot where he died.
It is God who controls our lives, and it is God who wills the moment and location that we are to die. Our death is no accident. Thus, when a prophet is to die, his moment and location of death is selected as part of this Divinely-ordained design.
It was Wednesday night, and A’isha heard the pickaxes. Because the Prophet -p- had died on his bed, the Muslims removed the bed and dug his grave at that spot.
It was time to bury the Prophet -p. Ali and two others descended into the grave to bury him -p. After the earth was spread over the body, Shuqran set one of the Prophet’s -p- old garments in the grave, swearing by God, “nobody shall ever wear it after you.”
Then, the flocks came to pray, first men, then women, then children.