The last moments of the life of Sayyidina Aadam were the last of the ﬁrst man in the universe. These have come to us from the the Holy‘ Prophet (saw). His ﬁnal rites and burial were not performed by man but by heavenly creatures. Man was shown for the ﬁrst time the method of burial which respects humanity and is the most honourable and dignified method for mankind. All other methods of burial of putting the corpse in its place invented by men, later on are disagreeable and dishonounarable to mankind. They vary from burning the dead body into ashes, to burying it in the best of his dresses. The shariah which respects the dead does naturally respect the living to a very great extent.
['Utayy bin Damrah As-Sa'di has said that he Saw a Shaykh in Madinah engaged in conversation with some people. He enquired about him and was Ubayy bin Ka'b. Ubayy was saying: When death approached adam he said to his sons. My sons! I long for the fruit of paradise. Before coming down to earth, he lived in paradise, so he remembered the fruit he ate there at the time of his death. His sons, then, went out in search of those fruit. On the way, they met the angels who were carring his shroud and embalment tools for digging, swords and spears. They asked them, “O sons of Adam! What is it that you a looking for? And where are you going?” They replied, “Our father is ill and craves for the fruit of Paradise.”
The angels said to them, "Go back‘. For, your father is about to die.” And they came there. When sayyidah hawwa saw them she recognised the angels and understood that they had come to take his soul. She clung to Adam and he said, “away, away from me! Ineed, I was born before you. Let me be with the angels of my lord, blessed and exalted!”
They took his soul. Then they gave him a bath, shrouded him in cloth, embalmed him and dug a grave for him and made it like a niche. Then they offered the funeral salat over him Then they entered his grave and put him into it and placed blocks over it and they came out of it. Then they filled it with earth. Thereafter they said, “O children of Adam! This is your tradition for burial of your dead.]