People whose blessed bodies are not eaten by the earth

In the era of Sayyiduna Sulayman عَـلَيْـهِ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام, people held the opinion that the jinns knew Ghayb [unseen]. Sayyiduna Sulayman عَـلَيْـهِ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام made the jinns carry out the construction work of Bayt-ul-Muqaddas and [after they had started,] he then made Du’a in the court of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ: ‘May my death state not be visible to the jinns so that the people become aware that the jinns do not know Ghayb.’ Then, Sayyiduna Sulayman عَـلَيْـهِ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام entered the Mihrab of the Masjid and stood for Salah as usual with his staff’s support. He passed away in the same state. The jinns remained busy doing their work, thinking that Sayyiduna Sulayman عَـلَيْـهِ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام was alive, and a whole year passed after his demise in the same state. Then the termite ate the staff by the commandment of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and the blessed body of Sayyiduna Sulayman عَـلَيْـهِ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام came to the ground. At that time, the jinns came to know about his demise. (Khaazin, vol. 3, pp. 519, Surah Saba, Taht-al-Ayah: 14; summarized)

It is stated in the Holy Quran:

فَلَمَّا قَضَیْنَا عَلَیْهِ الْمَوْتَ مَا دَلَّهُمْ عَلٰى مَوْتِهٖۤ اِلَّا دَآبَّةُ الْاَرْضِ تَاْكُلُ مِنْسَاَتَهٗۚ-فَلَمَّا خَرَّ تَبَیَّنَتِ الْجِنُّ اَنْ لَّوْ كَانُوْا یَعْلَمُوْنَ الْغَیْبَ مَا لَبِثُوْا فِی الْعَذَابِ الْمُهِیْنِؕ(۱۴)

Translation from Kanz-ul-Iman: So when We sent the command of death towards him, jinns were not informed about his death except the termite of the earth which was eating his staff; and when he came down on the ground, the truth about the jinns was exposed – if they had known the unseen, they would not have remained in the disgraceful punishment (labour).

(Part 22, Surah Saba, Ayah 14)

 

We came to know from this Quranic parable that the sacred bodies of the blessed Ambiya عَـلَـيْهِمُ السَّلَام remain intact after the demise, as Sayyiduna Sulayman عَـلَيْـهِ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام remained standing with his staff’s support till one year after the demise and there wasn’t any change in his blessed body. The same is true for all the blessed Ambiya عَـلَـيْهِمُ السَّلَام that earth cannot eat their blessed bodies as the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has said: ‘اِنَّ اللہَ حَرَّمَ عَلَی الْاَرْضِ اَنْ تَاْکُلَ اَجْسَادَ الْاَنْبِیَاء فَنَبِیُّ اللہِ حَیٌّ یُرْزَقُ’ i.e. Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ has indeed made it Haraam [prohibited] for the earth to eat the bodies of Ambiya. The Nabi of Allah are alive and they are provided with sustenance. (Sunan Ibn Majah, vol. 2, pp. 291, Hadees 1637)

The blessed Ambiya are alive

It is stated in a blessed Hadees: ‘اَلْاَنْبِیَاءُ اَحْیَاءٌ فِی قُبُوْرِھِمْ یُصَلُّوْنَ’ i.e. the blessed Ambiya are alive. They offer Salahs in their graves. (Musnad Abi Ya’la, vol. 3, pp. 216, Hadees 3412)

It is stated in Malfuzaat A’la Hadrat: (Demise) for all the blessed Ambiya عَـلَـيْهِمُ السَّلَام is just momentary; they experience death [just] for a moment. It is an absolute and implicit belief, one of the basic beliefs of Mazhab-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat. Only a heretic and a person having erroneous beliefs will deny this fact. (Malfuzaat A’la Hadrat, pp. 504)

There isn’t any difference of opinion in this matter

Imam Muhammad Bin ‘Abdur Rahman Sakhawi and Imam Ahmad Bin Muhammad Bin Hajar Makki رَحِمَهُمَا الـلّٰـهُ تَـعَالٰی have stated: We have Iman [faith] and we affirm that the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is alive in his grave. He صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is provided with sustenance and the earth does not eat the blessed body of Rasoolullah صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم; there is Ijma’ [consensus of ‘Ulama] on this belief. (Al-Qaul-ul-Badi’, pp. 335; Addur-rul-Mandood, pp. 158)

Shaykh-e-Muhaqqiq ‘Allamah ‘Abdul Haq Muhaddis Dihlvi رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه has stated: Despite many Mazahib [groups in Islam] and the differences of opinion amongst the ‘Ulama of Ummah, any single person does not differ over this belief that the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is alive with a real life, and there isn’t any possibility of metaphorical sense and Ta’weel [figurative interpretation] in it. He صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is Haazir-Naazir [aware] of the condition of the Ummah. He صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم bestows favour on the seekers of Haqeeqat [true knowledge] and on those who turn towards him, and he صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم [also] gives them Tarbiyyat [guidance]. (Sulook Aqrab-us-Subul ma’ Akbhar-ul-Akhyar, pp. 155)

Sadr-ush-Shari’ah, Mufti Amjad ‘Ali A’zami رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه has stated: That person is a heretic and evil person having erroneous beliefs and [also] a committer of blasphemy who utters this evil and false statement for the blessed Ambiya عَـلَـيْهِمُ السَّلَام, ‘[They] are dead and have turned into dust.’ (Bahar-e-Shari’at, vol. 1, pp. 115)

Their bodies also remain intact

Earth cannot eat the bodies of the blessed Awliya and the people who spend their time reciting Salat-‘Alan-Nabi صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم and [also a person’s] body which has never committed disobedience to Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ. (Bahar-e-Shari’at, vol. 1, pp. 114; summarized)

Moreover, [earth cannot eat the bodies of] the Muazzin who calls out Azan for earning Sawab [reward], the practising ‘Ulama, martyr and Huffaz-e-Quran who recite and act upon [the teachings of] the Holy Quran. (Tohfa-tul-Mureed, pp. 410)

The graves of the two martyrs of Battle of Uhud, Sayyiduna ‘Amr Bin Jamooh Ansari and Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Bin ‘Amr Ansari رَضِیَ الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُمَا got opened because of flood. When the graves were dug for transferring them to a different place, the bodies of both of them were in such state as if they had passed away a day before. One of them had placed his hand on the wound. When the hand was removed from the wound and then released, it again came over the wound. At that time, 46 years had passed after the Battle of Uhud. (Muwatta Imam Maalik, vol. 2, pp. 27, Hadees 1044; summarized)

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