“He was Buried in the Clay from Which he was Created.”
by The Albaani Blog
From ’Abdullah ibn Eesaa [who said]: Yahyaa al-Bukaa narrated to us from Ibn Umar that an Ethiopian was buried in Madeenah. So the Prophet of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
دُفِنَ فِيْ الطِّيْنَةِ الَّتِي خُلِقَ مِنْهَا
“He was buried in the clay from which he was created.”
Reported by Abu Nu’aim in Akhbaar Asbahaan (2/304) and al-Khateeb in Al-Muwaddah (2/104).
I [Al-Albaani] say: and this chain of narration is weak. Yahyaa al-Bukaa, who is Ibn Muslim al-Basree is weak. Like him is ’Abdullah ibn Eesaa, who is al-Khazzaaz al-Basree. And due to him alone al-Haithamee declared it to be defective (3/42) after he attributed it to al-Tabaraani in Al-Kabir.
And it has a supporting narration in the hadith of ’Abdullah ibn Ja’far Najeeh [who said] my father narrated to me [saying that]: Unais ibn Abu Yahyaa narrated to me from his father from Abu Sa’eed [who said]:
‘That the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم passed by Al-Medinah and saw a group of people digging a grave. So he asked about it.
So they said, ‘An Ethiopian who came [here] and then died.’
So the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, ‘None has the right to be worshipped except Allaah. He was led from his land and his sky to the soil that he was created from.’
Reported by al-Bazzaar [no. 842, Kashful-Astaar], and [p. 91, Zawaa’id Ibn Hajar] and he said, ‘We do not know it from Abu Sa’eed except through this chain of narration. And Unais and his father were both righteous.’
I say: [one of the narrators] ’Abdullah ibn Ja’far is weak and I do not know his father. And it has another supporting narration from the hadith of Abud-Dardaa and his likes. Al-Haithami said, ‘At-Tabaraani reported it in Al-Awsat and Al-Ahwas ibn Hakeem is in it. Al-Ijlee declared him to be trustworthy and the majority declared it to be weak.’
So in my opinion, through all of its chains of narrations, the hadith is hasan. And Allaah knows best.’