Hadith on Najashi: The Prophet’s Funeral Prayer for the Negus

📖Sahih Muslim 951 a
Abu Huraira reported that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) gave the people news of the death of Negus on the day he died, and he took them out to the place of prayer and observed four takbirs.

  • The meaning of this hadith is multifaceted. Firstly, it is an example of the Prophet’s care and concern for the Muslim community and his desire to keep them informed about important events, even those that occurred outside of Arabia. It also highlights the Prophet’s respect for the Negus, who was known for his just and fair rule, and his recognition of the importance of maintaining good relations with other faith communities. The funeral prayer (salat al-janazah) is an important ritual in Islam that is performed upon the death of a Muslim. By performing the funeral prayer for the Negus, the Prophet was showing his respect for him and acknowledging his position as a leader of his people. This gesture also served to strengthen the bonds between the early Muslim community and the people of Abyssinia.