Reward For Dying Somewhere Other Than one's Birthplace
Fatwa No: 414100

Question

Assalam aalekum sheikh there is Hadith in sunan nasai 1833( the book of funerals) and ibne majah 1614( the chapters regarding funerals) if a man dies other than his birth place a space will be measured for him in paradise from the place he was born to the place where he died . What is the meaning of above Hadith does this mean such big will be the size of his kingdom in paradise but sheikh there is Hadith in sahi bukhari (6571), sahih Muslim(308/186 ) and ibne majah(4339) the last person who will enter jannah Allah will say go and enter paradise for you will have the equivalent of whole world and ten times more .so what is the correct thing. What is the size of paradise a person who will enter jannah will get

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

It was narrated on the authority of ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him that a man who was born in Madeenah died there, and the Messenger of Allah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) offered the funeral prayer for him, and then said: “Would that he had died somewhere other than his birthplace.” People asked: “Why is that, O Messenger of Allah?” He  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “If a man dies somewhere other than the place where he was born, a space will be measured for him in Paradise (as big as the distance) from the place where he was born to the place where he died.” [Ahmad, An-Nasaa’i, Ibn Maajah, and Ibn Hibbaan; Al-Albaani: Hasan (sound), Ahmad Shaakir: Saheeh (authentic)]

As for the meaning of his statement, “a space will be measured for him in Paradise (as big as the distance) from the place where he was born to the place where he died,” As-Suyooti  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said: “At-Tayyibi said: ‘It means that His grave will be made wider with a space as large as the distance between his grave and birthplace, and a gate to Paradise will be open for him.’” [End of Quote]

Based on this interpretation, there is no contradiction between this Hadeeth and what was reported about the dominion given to an inhabitant of Paradise. The Hadeeth at hand is about widening his grave, and the other is about the ‘dominion’ given to him in Paradise.

Allah Knows best.

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