|Authentic Supplications of the Prophet
How to Pray Upon the Dead (158)
| 'Abi 'Umãmatah said that a companion of the Prophet
told him: The sunnah with respect to the funeral prayer is that the
Imãm pronounce the takbeerah (174),
then, that he silently read the opening surah of the Qur'ãn
after the first pronunciation of the takbeerah. Then, that he petition
salãt (175) upon the Prophet
, and that
he make sincere supplication for the corpse over the following (three)
takbeeras, not reciting [Qur'ãn] 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 Imãm did) (176)
(174) This is to say 'Allahu
(175) Ask Allah to bestow honor,
and grace upon the Prophet .
Al-'Albãni said that he had not come across any specific
funeral-related wording for petitioning salãt upon the Prophet
that any of the authentic wordings used in tashahhud would be correct.
(176) Al-'Albãni said
that the wording: "Then, that he petition salãt upon the
and that he make sincere supplication for the corpse over the following
(three) takbeeras" indicates that the petitioning of salãt
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.
Al-'Albãni said, in his 'Ahkãm 'Al-Janã'iz
wa Bida`ihã 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-Hãkim, 360/1; and that Al-Hãkim said
it was sound according to the conditions of Al-Bukhãri, and
Muslim; that Ath-thahabi agreed; and that so did he.
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