PRAYERS FOR THE DEAD Sufian Thauri heard that a funeral was to take place, and he followed the coffin. He prayed at the graveside. After the service, people began to say what a good man the deceased had been. 'I should not have prayed for that man,' said Sufian, 'for when you hear people speak well of a man, it is generally because he is a hypocrite, whether he knew it or not. If a man is not a hypocrite, there are always many who do not speak well of him.'