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Rasulullah is living!

(salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam)

‘By your Life (O Muhammad)’ (15,72)

Allah (swt) in His Glorious Word in which there is no doubt, has taken oath by His beloved Messenger; Sayyidina Muhammad (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam). There are numerous places in the Qur’an where Allah (swt) has taken oath, however in the above ayah, Allah (swt) has taken oath on the life of the blessed Prophet (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam) and this one aayah is in itself evidence that Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam) is living.

Allah (swt) cannot take oath on anything which will perish as His Word is eternal and everything in Al’Qur’an is timeless. There is no aspect of the Noble Word that can become outdated or invalid, even its blessed language is of the richest literature and has a timeless quality of providing guidance. The promises, good tidings, parables, predictions, warning and revelations in Al’Qur’an are final. So how can Allah (swt) make a vow on anything that will perish or diminish? Allah (swt) took oath by the ‘Fig’, by the ‘olive’, by ‘Time’ and these are all existing today and will continue to exist. In the same way Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam) lives today and will continue to exist.

Evidence of Hayaat ul’Nabi

In modern day Islam, the issue of whether Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam) is still living is one that has caused controversy and conflict between the numerous sects in Islam. However this is not an issue regarding school of thought but it is in fact an issue of our aqeedaharticle of faith. If we fail to love, honour and believe in any aspect of Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam) being the most beloved of creation, being the most wise, being the most beautiful, being the most knowledgeable, being the most intelligent, being the most patient, being the most strong, being the best of everything and being created before anything else and being in a continued state of existence, by the Glory and Will of Allah (swt), then we have not accepted Islam and may not even be considered as believers. Many Ulama have given rulings that if you deny any aspect of Hayaat ul’Nabi – life of the Prophet then your faith has become invalid.

There is no doubt on this fact, but deviant sects try to claim that believing in the continuing life of Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) is shirk. Shirk by definition means enjoining the attributes of anyone with that of Allah (swt). These claims are completely baseless and are the means by which the munafiqin - hypocrites try to create break away versions of Islam. Shirk is believing in the will of anyone in association or partnership with that of Allah (swt) and this term cannot even be used to deny Hayaat ul’Nabi. As believers, we have faith that it is Allah (swt) who has raised the rank of His Prophets, Martyrs and friends. Allah (swt) is the one that created the light of his Final Messenger (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam) before anything else and has the name of his beloved written alongside His Own Praise on the Arsh – Throne.  The Arsh has ‘La ilaha illala Muhammad Rasulullah’ inscribed on.

It is through the divine will of Allah (swt) that He brought His beloved Messenger to the heavens and had Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam) lead all the Ambiya (As) in prayer in Masjid Al Aqsa. This event of Miraaj also shows that in fact all the Prophets (As) are living. Allah (swt) is the one who is providing His Messengers with sustenance and just as their worldly lives were not like ours, in the same way their lives in the next stage of existence are different and better than ours.

Allah (swt) declares that the martyrs are living that they continue to receive sustenance from Allah (swt) and in fact no-one denies this. So there is no doubt that the beloved Messenger who is the best of all creation, who is above the martyrs and upon whom the martyrs have to also send blessings and peace, is in a better state then they are.  

'Think not of those who are slain in the way of Allah, as dead. Nay, they are living, with their Lord, and they have provision. (3,169)

There is no authentic text which states that the Prophet (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) is dead. In fact saying this is regarded as kufr – non-belief. Whenever you read this type of statement it is someone’s interpretation or lack of etiquette and knowledge when mentioning Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ahi Wasallam). The very meaning of ‘dead’ is something that has ended and no longer exists. This is clearly not the case with Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) as Allah (swt) and all the creation send blessings upon him and say ‘salaam’ to him. We can only say ‘salaam’ meaning to send salutations on someone who can return that greeting and this can only be if they hear us. Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam) by the will of Allah (swt) is living and his life as everything else he possesses, is better and higher than ours.

Al Qur’an is not just a book, Rasulullah is not just a person!

Al Qur’an is the Perfect Word of Allah (swt) that has no equal and the Qur’an has no answer. The Words contained in Al’Qur’an are the exact Words of Allah (swt) and cannot be substituted by even a letter. Allah (swt) confirms His Noble Lecture as having the weight that if placed on a mountain, the mountain would be reduced to dust. This is the praise, the rank and the reality of Al Qur’an so now imagine the heart of the one on whom the Words of Al’Quran’ were revealed. The Final Messenger (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam) who was chosen to have the Qur’an revealed to him and the one who has been mentioned as the ‘walking, talking Qur’an’. The physical form of the most blessed Word, the one whose weight would reduce a mountain to dust, all the seas in this world if turned into ink cannot do justice to Allah’s Word, is that of a book. A book that can be kept inside a house, it can be carried around with us and we even have pocket-sized Qur’ans that easily fit into our pockets.

So the rank and weight of the Qur’an cannot be captured but the physical form that Allah (swt) has given His Magnificent Kalaam – language is that of a book. A Book that contains 114 Surahs and can be memorised and is now available in different formats. In the same way, we must not get confused with the physical form of Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) with his immense rank. Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) is the Prophet of the entire creation which includes the whole of mankind, Jinn and angels. However Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam) came in the form of a human being. This was so that mankind would know him and accept his example and they would be able to learn from him. Just as we would never regard Al Qur’an as simply a book, then why do people commit grave mistakes by believing that Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) is simply like us. The utterance of such a thing is kufr and cannot be part of our faith.

Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam) came from amongst us, he was not like us as some mis-interpretations of the Qur’an claim. Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) has a rank and has qualities that can never even be understood or measured let alone reached by even the other Prophets (As). The Roza-Mubaraak – blessed resting place of Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) is where he is resting today and where he lives is still Medina Munawwah. This is not a grave but it is the highest place of love, respect and honour and is more beloved to Allah (swt) than the Kaaba.

Allah Taa'la says in the Qur'an:

“Verily Allah and his angels sent salutations to the Prophet . O you who believe, send salutations and greetings to the Prophet .”   (33.56)

It has been reported by Hazrat Abdullah bin Mas'ood
that the Prophet (salla lahu alayhi wa'ale hi wasallam) said:

Allah has created Angels that tour the land and bring to me the greetings of my followers.

The Prophet (SAW)
says in another Hadith reported by Hazrat Ammar bin Yaasir that Allah has appointed an angel to my grave, whosoever sends salutations upon me, until the Day of Judgment his salutation is presented to me along with his name and his father's name.

All the Ulama are unanimous on the fact that all the Prophets Alayhis Salaam are alive in their graves, the salawat recited next to the blessed resting place of the Prophet
, is heard directly by the Prophet (SAW) .
There is a Hadith narrated by Hazrat Anas that all the Prophets are alive in their graves and they are worshipping. (Baihaqi)

There are many more Hadith stating the life of Prophets in their grave.
Hazrat Abu Darda reports that the Prophet (SAW) said: ‘Whosoever sends durood upon me, it is presented before me as soon as he finishes.'
Hazrat Abu Darda
further reports that I asked: ‘Is this also the case after death?' The Prophet (SAW) replied: ‘The Earth has been prohibited by Allah to eat the bodies of the Prophets,' (Ibne Majah)

In another narration, there is an extension, ‘so the Prophets of Allah are alive and are given rizq (food). From the above Hadith, we find that the durood is also presented before the blessed body of the Prophet (SAW) along with his blessed soul. A Hadith in Sahih Muslim supports this belief. In this Hadith, the Prophet (SAW) says: ‘I saw the Prophet Musa Alaihis Salaam worshipping in his grave standing.'

Hazrat Maulana Qasim Natotvi Rahmatullahi Alayhi stated that the Prophet Alaihis Salaam are alive in the grave, and the likeness of this life in the grave is like that of our sleep. This is because when we sleep, both our eyes and our hearts sleep. But when a Prophet sleeps, his heart remains awake.
Sayyidina Sheikh Muhammad al Yaqoubi states that ‘The flesh of Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) is still fresh’. Also that Allah (swt) displays the deeds of each believer to Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam) every day. Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) continues to intercede on our behalf and supplicates for us.

This belief is supported by a Hadith in Sahih al Bukhari in which the Prophet (SAW)
says: ‘My eyes sleep but my heart does not.'
May Allah Taa'la grant us the true understanding of Qur'an and Hadith.