Proof for distributing food in memory of those who passed away

In the Sahih of Imam al-Bukhari (ra),  the following narration is reported under the chapter “The marriage of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) to Khadija (رضي الله عنها), and her excellence“:

It is related that ‘A’isha (رضي الله عنها) said, “I was never jealous towards any of the other wives of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) as I was jealous towards Khadija (رضي الله عنها) even though I never saw her. However, he used to mention her often. Often when he sacrificed a sheep, he would cut it into pieces and send them to Khadija’s friends. I would often say to him, ‘It is as if there was only Khadija (رضي الله عنها) in the world!’ He would say, ‘She was this and she was that and I had children from her.'”

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4 comments

  1. Does it mean that on the death of all our beloved ones we should celebrate and distribute food to the ones coming

    How did the above Hadith resemble to this?

    1. Did i mention it completely resembles that or is a “celebration” ? It is instead proof for distributing food in memory of those who passed away. It is one major aspect of religious gatherings held in memory of those who passed away.

  2. This is a religious concept by Wahabi scholars meaning “keeping ties with womb relations” not distributing food in the memory of passed away if that would be the case why food was not distributed by other Ashaab (RA)of the prophet. When some one die they offer food to his relatives for three days instead. Read Hadith books Bukhari, Muslim for more information

    1. The wives of the Prophetﷺ peace be upon him are a “womb relationship” ?

      The Prophet ﷺ is distributing food in memory of his wife and you say its not ? The whole narration and context is about the love and praise Prophet ﷺ had for his wife and it is for this reason that food was distributed. This was exclusive to Khadijah (radiallahu anha) and not some general practice that equally applied to all his wives or others that you claim it was a “womb relationship”.

      Sure food is offered for three days after passing away, and this narration i quoted has nothing to do with it. This was a separate and an “often” practice, which only proves further the point made.

      The action of the Prophet ﷺ is sufficient proof and there is no rule that one has to additionally derive the same action from every sahabah. This ofcourse does not imply accepting your assumption that sahabah did not do so which you have no proof to claim in the first place. Instead the fact that Aisha (ra) narrated this and that it was transmitted through salaf shows how much importance they gave in remembering and passing down the practice of the Prophet peace be upon him.

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