Is the practice of reciting Surah Al Qadr upon the soil of the grave authentic?

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There is a practice mentioned by the scholars which says recite Surah Al Qadr seven times on the grave soil. The soil is then buried with the janazah and the janazah will be released from the punishment of the grave . There are three narrations of this practice, is this suitable to practice? What is the authenticity of these narration?

First Hadith:

مَنْ أَخَذَ مِنْ تُرَابِ الْقَبْرِ حَالَ الدَّفْنِ بِيَدِهِ أَيْ حَالَ إرَادَتِهِ وَقَرَأَ {إِنَّا أَنْزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةِ الْقَدْرِ} [القدر: 1] سَبْعَ مَرَّاتٍ وَجَعَلَهُ مَعَ الْمَيِّتِ فِي كَفَنِهِ أَوْ قَبْرِهِ لَمْ يُعَذَّبْ ذَلِكَ الْمَيِّتُ فِي الْقَبْرِ


Second Hadith:

أَنَّ مَنْ أَخَذَ مِنْ تُرَابِ الْقَبْرِ حَالَ الدَّفْنِ فِي كَفِّهِ شَيْئًا مِنْهُ وَقَرَأَ: {إِنَّا أَنْزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةِ الْقَدْرِ} [القدر: 1] سَبْعَ مَرَّاتٍ ثُمَّ وَضَعَهُ فِي كَفَنِهِ لَمْ يُعَذَّبْ ذَلِكَ الْمَيِّتُ وَهِيَ فَائِدَةٌ جَلِيلَةٌ

Third Hadith:

وَفِي كِتَابِ النُّورَينِ مَن أخَذَ مِن تُرَابِ القَبْرِ بِيَدِهِ وَقَرَأ عَلَيهِ سُورَةَ القَدْرِ سَبْعًا وَتَرَكهُ فِي القَبْرِ لَمْ يُعَذَّبْ صَاحِب القَبْر



The three quotes that you have provided actually seem to be variants of the same quote, and not separate narrations.

I haven’t seen any such narration in the popular Hadith sources.

The full chain for this needs to be located first and then verified before one may consider this a sunnah.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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