Is it Sunnah (action following the teachings of the Prophet) to
hurry when carrying the deceased to their graves?
Is there a Hadith indicating the virtue of being a pallbearer?
Yes, it is of the Sunnah to hasten when carrying the deceased and to walk at a speedier pace than the normal walk (Part No. 7; Page No. 336) and slower than a jogging pace. It was reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) stated:
Hasten to bury the deceased, for if they were righteous, you will be forwarding them toward goodness; and if otherwise, then you will throwing off an evil from your necks."
(Agreed upon by Al-Bukhari and Muslim). Moreover,
Abu Dawud narrated in his Sunan (Hadith compilations classified by jurisprudential themes) on the authority of
Abu Bakrah that he said:
I witnessed it myself when we walked at a quick pace with the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) and we were pallbearers (carrying a dead person).
Being a pallbearer at a funeral is of the Sunnah; it is following the example of the Prophet (peace be upon him). It was authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) was a pallbearer at the funeral of
Sa`d ibn Mu`adh and the Companions also would do so. Thus, we should follow their example.
Ibn Abu Shaybah narrated with a sound Sanad (chain of narrators) on the authority of
To realize the full reward of attending a Janazah (funeral), it should be accompanied by the relatives of the deceased who carry it by its four corners, and dust is put over the grave.
This is not a personal opinion; it is the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him).