Question: Did the Prophet’s two hands emerge from the grave during the burial of Fatima al-Zahra?
The only narration I have seen about the story is what Ibn Shahr Aashoob (one of our eminent scholars in the 6th century) in his book al-Manaqeb (vol.3 p.365) has narrated. The author says:
“and it is narrated that when he (i.e. Imam Ali) took her to her blessed grave a hand came out, collected her and then disappeared.”
وَ رُوِيَ أَنَّهُ لَمَّا صَارَ بِهَا إِلَى الْقَبْرِ الْمُبَارَكِ خَرَجَتْ يَدٌ فَتَنَاوَلَتْهَا وَ انْصَرَف.
Again there is no authentication for this narration: the narrators are not mentioned nor is it related to any Ma’soom! The author only says: “It is narrated” without mentioning the narrator or the one from whom it is narrated.
Therefore, while it is possible to justify the story as a kind of vision experienced by Imam Ali (a.s), it is unnecessary to narrate it for the general public without any proper explanation.
And God knows best.
Answered by: Sheikh Mansour Leghaei