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Is the Prophet (sm) alive or deceased?

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Is our beloved prophet(sm) dead or still in a functional state?


Al-jawab billahi at-taufeeq (the answer with Allah’s guidance)

Ahl us-Sunnah Wal Jama’ah holds that the life of prophets in their graves is firmly established through authentic and explicit proofs.

Allah Ta’ala says:

“You will die (O Muhammad) and they (too) will die.”
(Surah Az Zumar v;30)

Then Allah almighty gave aliveness in his grave of a worldly aliveness.

Al-Bayhaqi compiled a brilliant book regarding the life of prophets in their graves in which he mentions the Hadith of Anas, “The prophets are alive in their graves praying.”

On the authority of Aws Ibn Aws, regarding the virtue of Friday, “‘Increase in your prayers for me in it, for truly, your prayers are presented before me.’ They said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, how will our prayers be presented before you when you have decomposed?’ He said, ‘Allah has forbidden the earth to consume the bodies of prophets.'”

Molana Khalil Ahmad Saharan Poori (Deobandi) wrote of unanimity of Deobandi Ulaamas on this issue:

According to us and our Mashaikh (of deoband) the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is alive in his grave of a wordly life without putting any sort of formality. This aliveness is exclusive.

The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and all the Prophets (Alaihis Salam) as well as the martyrs, are not in a Barzaki life which is acquired by all Muslims in fact by all human beings.

Therefore , Imaam Suyuti (RA) wrote in his essay ‘Anbahul-Azkiya Bi-Hayatil-Anbiya.’ He says Allamah Taqiud-Deen As-Subuki (RA) said: the aliveness of the prophets and martyrs in the grave is like their aliveness when they were alive in this world. (Al- Muhannad Alal-Mufannad. Page 221)

And Only Allah Ta’ala Knows Best.

Answered by Moulana Habibul Islam.

Moulana Qamruz Zaman
London, UK

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