Hadith on Funerals: It is better to stand, but permissible to sit

Ali reported: We saw the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, stand for funerals and so we stood, and he would sit and so we sat.

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 962

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Muslim

Al-Nawawi said, “The preferred opinion of Al-Mutawalli among our scholars is that standing for a funeral is recommended. This preference is command by way of encouragement, yet seating is clearly permissible.”

Source: Sharḥ al-Nawawī ‘alá Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 958

عَنْ عَلِيٍّ قَالَ رَأَيْنَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَامَ فَقُمْنَا وَقَعَدَ فَقَعَدْنَا يَعْنِي فِي الْجَنَازَةِ

962 صحيح مسلم كتاب الجنائز باب نسخ القيام للجنازة

قال النووي وَاخْتَارَ الْمُتَوَلِّي مِنْ أَصْحَابِنَا أَنَّهُ مُسْتَحَبٌّ وَهَذَا هُوَ الْمُخْتَارُ فَيَكُونُ الْأَمْرُ بِهِ لِلنَّدْبِ وَالْقُعُودُ بَيَانًا لِلْجَوَازِ

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