He (Ibn Sad) said: Muhammad IbnUmar al-Aslami related to us; he
said: Fulayh Ibn Sulayman related to me on the authority of Sa’id Ibn
Ubayd Ibn al-Sabbàq, he on the authority of Abu Sa'id al-Khudri; he said: After the arrival of the Prophet, may Allah bless him, in al-Madinah, when a person was on the verge of death, we went to him (Prophet) and informed him. He came and prayed for his salvation. When the man expired, he (Prophet) returned with those who were with him; some times he stayed till the corpse was interred. Some times the Prophet, may Allah bless him, was thus detained for long. When we feared that it would be troublesome for him, some people said to others: By Allah ! we should not inform him before a person's death . (After this) we informed him only after the death (of a person) so that he was spared this trouble of being detained. He (al-Khudri) said: We did accordingly, and informed him only after a person had died. Then he would come, say funeral prayers, and pray for his salvation. Some times he left and at other times he stayed till the corpse was interred. For a time it was our practice. Then the people said: By Allah ! it would have been better if we had not informed the Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him, and had taken the bier to his house and sent him a message and he would have said the funeral prayers near his house. It would have been more convenient and easier for him. He (al-Khudri) said: We did accordingly. Muhammad IbnUmar said: This place came to be known as the
place of biers because the dead bodies were taken there. Then it became a
custom among the people to carry the biers there and to say the funeral
prayers at that place. This is the practice till today.

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