What is the status of the narration wherein Sayyiduna Ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) is reported to have recited the opening and concluding verses of Suratul Baqarah after the burial of a deceased?
1. Sayyiduna Al Lajlaj (radiyallahu ’anhu), a companion of Rasulullah (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam), had bequeathed his son that after he leaves this world, he should recite the beginning and end of Surah Al-Baqarah at the head side of his grave. Sayyiduna Al Lajlaj (radiyallahu ’anhu) then mentioned that he heard this from Rasulullah (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam).
(Al-Mu’jamul Kabir of Imam Tabarani; Hafiz Haythami has regarded the narrators of this tradition as reliable – refer Majmu’uz Zawa’id vol. 3 pg. 44)
2. This has also been recorded to be the practice of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘‘Umar (radiyallahu’anhuma) in Sunanul Kubra of Imam Bayhaqi (vol. 4 pg. 56).
This narration has been classified as sound (hasan) by Imam Nawawi and Hafiz ibn Hajar (rahimahumallah).
(Al Adhkar pg. 212, Hadith: 493 and Al Futuhatur Rabbaniyyah vol. 3 pg. 194)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,
Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar
Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar