Was the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) buried on the day he died?

Question 327: I heard a shaykh saying that when the Messenger (peace be upon him) died, the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet) hastened to bury him on the same day and offered the Funeral Prayer in groups over his body. They, then, continued to visit his grave and recite some Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses) asking Allaah to have mercy on him. I would like Your Eminence to fully explain two points stated by this shaykh, which are:

Firstly: Was the Messenger (peace be upon him) buried on the same day, or was he shrouded and left until the selection of Aboo Bakr (may Allaah be pleased with him) to lead the Muslim state and assume the caliphate? How long did this take? When was the Prophet (peace be upon him) buried?

Secondly: Did the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet) really recite the Qur’aan and visit the grave of the Messenger (peace be upon him) to ask Allaah to be merciful to him after offering the Funeral Prayer over his body – as claimed by the shaykh?

Answer: The Messenger (peace be upon him) was not buried on the same day in which he died. It is not true that the Sahaabah came successively to visit his grave and recite the Qur’aan there... read more here.

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