Hadith on Jewish: Respecting the Dignity of the Deceased

📖Sahih al-Bukhari 1312, 1313
Narrated `Abdur Rahman bin Abi Laila: Sahl bin Hunaif and Qais bin Sa`d were sitting in the city of Al-Qadisiya. A funeral procession passed in front of them and they stood up. They were told that funeral procession was of one of the inhabitants of the land i.e. of a non-believer, under the protection of Muslims. They said, “A funeral procession passed in front of the Prophet (ﷺ) and he stood up. When he was told that it was the coffin of a Jew, he said, “Is it not a living being (soul)?”

  • The meaning of this Hadith is that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught his companions to respect the deceased regardless of their religious affiliation. All human beings, regardless of their faith, have a soul that is valued and respected. Therefore, Muslims should show compassion and empathy towards all human beings, and not differentiate in their treatment of people based on their religious beliefs. This Hadith also emphasizes the importance of valuing human life and recognizing the dignity of all people, which is an essential teaching in Islam.