Prophet SAW’s burial

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When the prophet peace and blessing upon him departed from this world how did the sahabah wash him and how did they give him a burial? Because the sahabah never witnessed a death of a prophet so may be it was dificult for them?


In the name of Allah, the most beneficent, the most merciful.




On Monday morning, the twelfth of Rabi-ul-Awwal, in the eleventh year of hijrah the prophet (sallal laho alaihi wa sallam) passed away. On Tuesday he was washed with his clothes on by Abbas, Ali, Fadl, Qathm (the two sons of Abbas), Shaqran (the prophets freed slave), Osamah bin Zaid and Aws bin Khauli. They then shrouded the Prophet of Allah  (SAW) in three white cotton cloth, which has been recorded by Imam Bukhari on the authority of Aisha (RA) that Allah’s Apostle was shrouded in three Yemenite white Suhuliya (pieces of cloth) of cotton, and in them there was neither a shirt nor a turban. (2.354)

After the Companions had finished bathing and shrouding the Prophet of Allah (SAW), they placed his body on his bed in his house. At that point the Muslims had a difference of opinion as to where he the Prophet of Allah (SAW) should be buried. At that moment Abu Bakr (RA) said: “I heard the Prophet of Allah (SAW) say: “A Prophet does not pass away except that he is laid to rest where he passes away. On this, the bedding of Prophet of Allah (SAW) was raised and the grave was dug on that spot. Thereafter, people began to enter into the room and offer prayers in groups. First the men entered, and when they had finished praying, women entered, and upon them completing their prayers, children entered. Everyone prayed individually and no one individual led the prayer.” (Siratun Nabi Vol 2, P114)

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Sayeedur Rahman


Darul Ifta, Birmingham

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