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Can dead hear the living.

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What is the understanding of Quran and Sunnah "about hearing of dead to our calls? Really, do they hear or just it is a myth?

 

Please reply. Also make analysis of hadees pertaining to addressing of Prophet Muhammad (saw) to the dead non believers of Badr and hearing of foot steps of people to the buried person after burial.

 

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Can dead hear the 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.

 

Your Question: .What is the understanding of Quran and Sunnah "about hearing of dead to our calls?  Really, do they hear or just it is a myth?

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 35 Surah Fatir verse 22:

22 Nor are alike those that are living and those that are dead. Allah can make any that He wills to hear; but thou canst not make those to hear who are (buried) in graves.




 

In light of the above absolutely clear Guidance and Declaration of the Glorious Quran, it is evident that neither the living have the power or the ability to make the dead hear them, nor do the dead by themselves have the power or ability to hear those who are living!

 

Allah Subhanah Alone has the Power and the Ability to make the dead hear whatever He Wills and Pleases for them to hear.

 

Your Question: ..Also make analysis of hadees pertaining to addressing of Prophet Muhammad (saw) to the dead non believers of Badr and hearing of foot steps of people to the buried person after burial.

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 5.314 Narrated by Abu Talha

On the day of Badr, the Prophet (saws) ordered that the corpses of twenty four of the disbelievers amongst the Quraish leaders should be thrown into one of the dirty dry wells of Badr. It was a practice of the Prophet (saws) that whenever he conquered some people, he used to stay at the battle-field for three nights. So, on the third day of the battle of Badr, he (saws) ordered that his she-camel be saddled, then he (saws) set out, and his companions followed him saying among themselves." "Definitely he (i.e. the Prophet (saws)) is proceeding for some great purpose." When he halted at the edge of the well, he addressed the corpses of the Quraish infidels by their names and their fathers' names, "O so-and-so, son of so-and-so and O so-and-so, son of so-and-so! Would it have pleased you if you had obeyed Allah and His Messenger? We have found true what our Lord promised us. Have you too found true what your Lord promised you Hadrat 'Umar (r.a.) asked "O Allah's Messenger (saws)! You are speaking to bodies that have no souls!" Allah's Messenger (saws) replied "By Him in Whose Hand Muhammad's (saws) soul is, you do not hear, what I say better than they do!" (Qatada (r.a.) the noble companion of the Prophet (saws) (later) said, "Allah brought them to life (again) to let them hear him, to reprimand them, and slight them, and take revenge over them, and caused them to feel remorseful and regretful.")

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 2.422 Narrated by Anas ibn Malik

The Prophet (saws) said, "When a human being is laid in his grave and his companions return and he even hears their foot steps, two Angels come to him and make him sit and ask him: 'What did you use to say about this man, Muhammad (saws)?' He will say: 'I testify that he is Allah's slave and His Messenger.' Then it will be said to him, 'Look at your place in the Hell-Fire. Allah has given you a place in Paradise instead of it.'" The Prophet (saws) then added, "The dead person will see both his places. But a disbeliever or a hypocrite will say to the Angels, 'I do not know, but I used to say what the people used to say! It will be said to him, 'Neither did you know nor did you take the guidance (by reciting the Quran).' Then he will be hit with an iron hammer between his two ears, and he will cry and that cry will be heard by whatever approaches him except human beings and jinns."

 

In light of the above quoted authentic narrations related from the Messenger of Allah (saws), it is indeed true that the Messenger of Allah (saws) addressed the deceased disbelievers after the battle of Badr.and as the Lord Most Majestic would have Pleased and Wills, He made those deceased disbelievers in their graves hear and feel remorse and regret at the discourse of the Prophet (saws).

 

Similarly, when one is buried in their graves, it is Allah Subhanah Who makes them hear the foot steps of their departing loved ones.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 35 Surah Fatir verse 22:

22 Nor are alike those that are living and those that are dead. Allah can make any that He wills to hear; but thou canst not make those to hear who are (buried) in graves.

 

Neither those who are alive have the power or the ability to make the deceased hear what they wish for them to hear; nor those who are dead and buried in their graves have any power or ability to chose what they wish to hearAllah Subhanah, the Majestic and Supreme Lord of the Worlds Alone has the Power to make the deceased hear whatever He Alone Wills and Pleases for them to hear.

 

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,

 

 

Burhan

 

 


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