However pious a person is, can he help his family after his death in any way?
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Sir, My friend claims that his great grand father was so so pious that now even after many many years of his death, he helps my friends family by coming in his house and writing stuff on his walls, as guidance like stop smoking, do offer all your prayers etc etc. He says that some of those who come in and help are jinns and some are his forefathers.
My question is, however pious a person is, can he help his family after his death in any way? can prophets help us? Also if a person is martyed, I heard he never dies, he lives in this world.. Eats with us.. and also helps us. Kindly help me with this, thank you :)
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Can deceased help living
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
One cannot of himself say I think, I suppose, I assume., or it is claimed etc. when it comes to knowledge of the unseen! The Only One Who has the Absolute Knowledge of the Seen and the Unseen is none other than the One Who Created everything in existence; and He Alone has the Right to declare in Truth what exactly transpires in the events of the unseen. Thus for any information of the unseen the believers must rely only on what is declared by the All-Knowing Lord in His Glorious Quran, or what He Willed to make known to the Last Messenger (saws) through inspiration, and he (saws) narrated it to the believers.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 8 Surah Anfaal verses 50-51:
50 If thou couldst see when the Angels take the souls of the unbelievers (at death) (how) they smite their faces and their backs (saying): "Taste the penalty of the blazing fire
51 Because of (the deeds) which your (own) hands sent forth: for Allah is never unjust to His servants.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 47 Surah Muhammad verses 27-28
27 But how (will it be) when the Angels take their souls at death and smite their faces and their backs?
28 This because they followed that which called forth the Wrath of Allah and they hated Allah's good pleasure; so He made their deeds of no effect.
In light of the above guidance of the Glorious Quran, it is evident that the Angels of Allah Subhanah take control of the soul of the deceased. Neither the soul has the power to flee from the Angels, nor do the Angels of Allah set these souls free so that they may go where they please; and the Quran guides that the souls are placed in a place called the Barzakh.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 23 Muminoon verses 99-103:
99 (In Falsehood will they be) until when death comes to one of them he says: "O my Lord! send me back (to life)
100 In order that I may work righteousness in the things I neglected." By no means! It is but a word he says; before them is a Barzakh (Veil or Partition) till the Day they are raised up.
101 Then when the Trumpet is blown, there will be no more relationships between them that day nor will one ask after another!
102 Then those whose balance (of good deeds) is heavy they will attain salvation:
103 But those whose balance is light will be those who have lost their souls; in Hell will they abide.
The literal meaning of the term barzakh is something of a barrier or a veil, or something which is kept hidden. In Quranic terminology, the period between ones death on earth and when one will be granted life again by Allah on the Day of Judgement, is known as Barzakh.
What happens immediately to the soul of the deceased is narrated in truth by the Messenger of Allah (saws):
Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4735 Narrated byAl-Bara' ibn Azib
The Prophet (saws) said: When a believer is buried in the grave two
angels will come to him (Munkar and Nakir,
both have dark faces and blue eyes),
make him sit up, and ask : Who is your Lord? He will reply: My Lord is Allah. They will ask him: What is your religion? He will reply: My religion is Islam. They will ask him: What is your opinion about the man who was
sent on a mission among you? He will
reply: He is the Messenger of Allah
(peace be upon him). They will ask:
Who made you aware of this? He will
reply: I read Allah's Book, believed in
it, and considered it true. Then a crier
will call from Heaven: My servant has
spoken the truth. So spread a bed for
him from Paradise, clothe him from
Paradise, and open a door for him into
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 5352 Narrated by Abu Sa'id
The Prophet (saws) said: "The grave (or the life of the soul between ones death and ones resurrection on the Day of Judgment) is one of the Gardens of Paradise, or one of the pits of Hell!"
In light of the above absolutely clear guidance of the Quran and the Sunnah it is absolutely and categorically impossible for a deceased soul to communicate its will to the living, just as it is absolutely and categorically impossible for a living soul to communicate with the dead! Anyone who claims or believes otherwise has obviously claimed or believed something which is directly against the guidance of the Quran and the Sunnah; and whatever is against the guidance of the Quran and the Sunnah cannot be the Truth!
Your Question: My question is, however pious a person is, can he help his family after his death in any way? can prophets help us?
None in creation who have tasted the element of death can help or communicate with the living in the absolute least; not even the Noble Prophets of Allah Subhanah!
Your Question: Also if a person is martyed, I heard he never dies, he lives in this world.. Eats with us.. and also helps us. Kindly help me with this, thank you :)
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale Imraan verses 169-171:
169 Think not of those who are slain in Allah's way as dead. Nay, they live finding their sustenance in the Presence of their Lord.
170 They rejoice in the bounty provided by Allah: and with regard to those left behind, who have not yet joined them (in their bliss), the (martyrs) glory in the fact that on them is no fear, nor have they (cause to) grieve.
171 They glory in the Grace and the Bounty from Allah, and in the fact that Allah suffereth not the reward of the faithful to be lost (in the least).
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 154:
And say not of those who are slain in the way of Allah: "They are dead." Nay they are living though ye perceive (it) not.
Allah Subhanah Declares in Truth in His Glorious Quran that the martyrs are alive with Him and are provided with sustenance in The Lords Majestic Presence.there is absolutely nothing in either the Quran nor in the authentic and established Sunnah which even remotely gives rise to the false claim and belief that the martyrs live in this world, or eats amongst the living, or helps or even dare communicate with any amongst the living!
The blissful lives which the martyrs live in the Presence of Allah Subhanah is just not perceivable to those who are the living!
If one trusts, obeys, and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of never ever being misled; but if one believes, obeys and follows any other guidance, other than that of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of being led astray.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,