Prepare for a day like this

Reference: al-Bukhaaree in at-Taareekh, Ibn Maajah, Ahmad and others. It is a hasan hadeeth as indicated by Shaykh al-Albaanee in Silsilah al-Ahaadeeth as-Saheehah.

On the authority of al-Baraa ibn ‘Aazib (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhu) who said: While we were with the Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), he suddenly looked towards a group (of people) and said:

For what reason have they gathered here?

It was said: In order to dig a grave.

So the Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) became alarmed and startled and he quickly went ahead of his Companions until he reached the grave, then he knelt upon it, and I turned my face towards him (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), in order to see what he was doing. He (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) cried until the earth became wet with his tears, then he turned to us and said:

O my brothers! Prepare for a day like this.

Abu 'Abdullaah

About Abu 'Abdullaah

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.