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Hadith #1

حدثنا أبي - رحمه الله - قال: حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله، عن القاسم بن محمد الأصبهاني، عن سليمان بن داود المنقري، عن حماد بن عيسى، عن أبي عبد الله عليه السلام أنه نظر إلى المقابر فقال: يا حماد هذه كفات الأموات ونظر إلى البيوت فقال: هذه كفات الاحياء ثم تلا [هذه الآية] " ألم نجعل الأرض كفاتا * أحياء وأمواتا ". وروي أنه دفن الشعر والظفر.

1. We were told by my father, may Allah grant him mercy, that he said: We were told by Sa’d bin Abdullah, from Qasem bin Muhammed al-Esbahani, from Sulayman bin Dawud al-Manqari, from Hammad bin Isa, from Abu Abdillah, peace be upon him, that he looked at the graves and said: O Hammad, these are the containers of the dead. He then looked at the houses and said: These are the containers of the living. Then he recited this verse: «Have We not made the earth a container? Of the living and the dead?» (77:25-26) It has been narrated that it refers to the burial of hair and nails.