07 September 2014

The Braying Drunkard

The Braying Drunkard

Al-Awam b. Hawshab (148H) - Allah have mercy on him - said: 
I once came to an area in one part of which was a graveyard. After asr, one of the graves split open and a man with the head of a donkey and the body of a human came up from it and brayed three times, after which the grave closed back up on him. I then saw an old woman weaving fleece or wool, and a woman said, "Do you see that old woman?" I said, "What about her?" She replied, "That is the mother of this [dead] man." I asked, "What was his story?" She replied, "He used to drink wine, and whenever he would go out his mother would say, ‘O my son, fear Allah; until when will you keep drinking wine?’ He would reply, ‘You bray like a donkey.’" The woman said, "He then died after asr, so every day after asr the grave opens up and he brays a few times, then the grave closes up on him again."

Al-Hafidh Abul-Qasim Al-Asbahani, Al-Targhib wa Al-Tarhib article 471.
Shaykh Nasir Al-Din Al-Albani graded this narration hasan in his edition of Al-Mundhiri’s Al-Targhib wa Al-Tarhib. See Sahih Al-Targhib wa Al-Tarhib hadith 2517.

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