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Hadith for funeral Prayer.

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is there any authentic hadith prophet Mohamed did prayer for the buried one? 


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Hadith for funeral Prayer

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There are several and umpteen hadiths in the authentic and established records of Sunnah that the Messenger of Allah (saws) led and prayed the funeral prayers in congregation of the believing deceased in preparation for their burial; and the Messenger of Allah (saws) himself used to and he (saws) time and again exhorted the believers to make sincere supplications unto their Lord to have mercy on their deceased. There are just so many hadiths regarding the incidents where the Messenger of Allah (saws) offered the funeral prayers and made supplications for the believers amongst the deceased, that it would be almost impossible to list or quote all of them!


Your Question: is there any authentic hadith prophet Mohamed did prayer for the buried one? 

Perhaps you wish to ask regarding the availability of any hadith whereby the Messenger of Allah (saws) offered the funeral prayer of someone in ‘absentia’. To the best of our knowledge there is only instance and record in the authentic and established Sunnah whereby the Messenger of Allah (saws) led the believers in offering the funeral prayers of one who had died and was buried in a distant land….and that funeral prayer was for Negus (or Najjashi), the pious King of Ethiopia.


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 5.220 Narrated by Abu Huraira

Allah's Messenger (saws) informed them (i.e. his companions) of the death of Negus, the king of Ethiopia, on the very day on which he had died, and said, "Ask Allah's forgiveness for your brother." Abu Huraira further said, "Allah's Messenger (saws) made them (i.e. the Muslims) stand in rows at the Musalla (i.e. praying place) and led the funeral prayer for the Negus.”


Beloved brother, if clarification of the ‘funeral prayer in abstentia’ is not your question, or if you require the authentic hadiths or evidence for the general funeral prayers and the supplications which the Prophet (saws) made for the deceased believers, we would be more than willing to send you a list of such quotations. Alternatively you could rephrase or clarify what exactly you wish to inquire about regarding the funeral prayers, and we would strive to the best of our ability to address your query in light of the guidance of the Quran and the Sunnah, Insha Allah.


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