Whenever Amir b. ‘Abdullah b. al-Zubayr b. aI-Awwam witnessed a funeral he would stand next to the grave and say [to the grave]: ‘I see you are very narrow! And I see you are made of dust! And I see you are so dark! Truly, I shall prepare well until the day I am placed in you.’
Whenever he left a grave he left a grave he would donate the first thing he saw from his wealth, seeking nearness of his Lord. For this reason, whenever he left a funeral, his slaves used to race to make themselves the first thing seen him, so that he would free them.
Related by Ayyash b. al-Mughirah
Sifat al-Safwah (2/131)
(Read on pg 38, Ibn al-Jawzi, Disturber of the Hearts. Dar As-Sunnah Publishers. Birmingham:2012.)