The full text of the Hadith about informing Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) to perform Salatul Janazah

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Can you please provide the full Hadith you have answered here from Sahih Muslim regarding delaying a janazah.


The text of the Hadith is as follows:

Sayyiduna Jabir ibn ‘Abdillah (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) reported: “Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) once delivered a sermon and mentioned a Sahabi who passed away. His shroud was not [large enough] to cover his body and he was buried at night.  Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) reprimanded them that a person be buried at night, until he (Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) performs the Janazah except if there is a dire necessity. And Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “When one of you shrouds his brother, he should shroud him well.’”

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 943)

See an explanation of this Hadith here

Kindly refer to a Mufti/Darul Ifta regarding a fatwa on burying at night.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad 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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