Opening the graves of Two Sahabas

Miraculous opening of two graves of Companions of Hz. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

Madain, Iraq

In 1932 A.D. (1351 A.H.) the then ruling King of Iraq Shah Faisal I, dreamt that he was being addressed by Hz. Hudhaifa al-Yamani رضي الله عنه, who said :-“O king ! Remove Jabir ibn Abdullah Ansari and me from the bank of river Tigris and bury us at some safe place because my grave is already water-logged, (full of water) while Jabir’s grave is slowly getting water-logged.”This dream was repeated again the next night but King Faisal I, did not pay attention to it on account of his pre-occupation with state affairs. On the third night Hz. Hudhaifa رضي الله عنه was seen in the dream by the grand Mufti of Iraq. Hz. Hudhaifa رضي الله عنه said to the grand Mufti :- “I have been directing the king since two nights to transfer our Bodies but he has not paid any heed. Tell him emphatically to arrange for the transfer of our graves!”

So after discussing this matter, the King, his Prime Minister and the Grand Mufti decided to carry out this work. It was decided that the Grand Mufti should issue a fatwa(religious ruling) on this matter and the Prime Minister will issue the fatwa to the press, so that the public may know about this great event. It was declared that on 10th Zilhajj after noon prayers the graves shall be opened and the holy bodies shall be transferred to another place.As it was Hajj season, pilgrims had gathered in Mecca. They requested King Faisal to postpone the event for a few days so that they all could attend the event after performing the Hajj. Hence, the King postponed this event to 20th Zilhajj. After noon prayers, on 20th Zilhajj 1351 A.H. a large number of Muslims and non-Muslims gathered in Baghdad, and the city was heavily crowded. First when the grave of Hz. Hudhaifa رضي الله عنه was opened water was found inside. The body was lifted with a crane in such a way that it safely came on a stretcher. Then the stretcher was lifted by the King, the Grand Mufti, the Prime Minister and Prince Farooq of Egypt and brought to a glass coffin box made especially to keep the holy bodies. The body of Hz. Jabir رضي الله عنه was also transferred to the glass box in the same scrupulous manner. The most marvelous spectacle was now seen by the huge crowd that had gathered to witness this great event. Both the holy bodies of these true companions of the Holy Prophet (SAW) were fresh and intact while their open eyes issued forth such divine light that the spectator’s eyes were dazzled. Furthermore, their coffin, clothes, kaffan were also intact and at first glance, it appeared as if these heroes of Islam were alive. The two bodies were then taken away and buried afresh near the grave of another great hero of Islam, Hz. Salman-e-Farsi رضي الله عنه, in Salman Park which is 30 miles from Baghdad. This miracle amazed the scientists, philosophers and doctors. They were all bewildered and spellbound to witness this great miracle.

A German physiologist who had been showing a lot of interest in this was so impressed by the conditions of the bodies, which were buried for more than a thousand years, that he immediately came to the Grand Mufti, held up his hands and said, “What more evidence can there be in support of Islam. I embrace Islam so teach me about it!” Thus before thousands of people this German doctor became a Muslim. His example was followed by many Christians and Jews and for a long time it continued in Baghdad and a large number of people became Muslims as a result of this miracle.


He was one of the most trusted companions of the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم and a near associate of Hz. Imam Ali عليه السلام. He was one of those seven persons who joined the funeral prayers of Bibi Fatemah Radi Allahu Anha. There are several instances in history where Hz. Hudhaifa رضي الله عنه has proved steadfast in his loyalty to our Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم. Hz. Hudhaifa رضي الله عنه had responded to the Prophet’s call in battle of Trench (Khandak) when the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم had promised Paradise to the person who would venture out to the enemy’s camp with the intention of spying their activities. Hz. Hudhaifa رضي الله عنه was known as “the possessor of the Secret”, since the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم had revealed to him the names and specific identity of those hypocrites who intended to kill him on his return journey from Tabuk, but had strictly instructed him not to disclose the secret. Hz. Hudhaifa رضي الله عنه was appointed governor of Madain (which is a place near Baghdad, Iraq) by Caliph Omar رضي الله عنه and held that post for many years. He was holding that post till Hz. Imam Ali عليه السلام assumed the caliphate. Hz. Imam Ali عليه السلام then sent a letter to the people of Madain, informing them of his caliphate and that Hz. Hudhaifa رضي الله عنه would continue to be the governor of Madian. Hz. Hudhaifa al Yamani رضي الله عنه died just before the battle of Jamal in 36 A.H. He was buried in Madain.


Hz. Jabir-e-Ansari رضي الله عنه was also one of the most exalted companions of the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم . He was in the forefront in 18 battles, under the banner of Islam. Hz. Jabir رضي الله عنه was blessed enough to have met all the imams up to Imam Mohamed Baker عليه السلام in his lifetime. Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq عليه السلام has said : “Jabir -e-Ansari was the last survivor amongst the companions of the Holy Prophets صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم. Hazrt Jabir رضي الله عنه , on hearing about the martyrdom of Imam Hussain عليه السلام and his companions and the imprisonment and humiliation of the surviving members of his family, hastened towards Kerbala with his devoted friends and followers and buried the martyrs there. He was the first person to pay homage to the martyrs of Kerbala and carry out their burial rites. The Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم once told Hz. Jabir رضي الله عنه that, he would live long enough to come across a person whose name would be Mohamed Baker (as) and he will resemble the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم in appearance and values. The Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم asked Hz. Jabir رضي الله عنه to convey his salaams to this man. Throughout his life he was waiting eagerly to meet our Imam. Finally, when Hz. Jabir رضي الله عنه did meet the Holy Imam he was very old but very happy and he conveyed the prophet’s salaam to the Imam. Hz. Jabir رضي الله عنه did not live long after that. He was tortured by Hajjaj bin Yusuf and it is reported that molten lead was poured on his hands by the tyrant. Hz. Jabir رضي الله عنه was 94 years old when he left this world for the heavenly abode in 78 A.H. He was also buried in Madain .