There are hadiths stating that the dead bodies of the prophets will not decay. Can you clarify this issue for us?
Submitted by on Mon, 21/12/2009 - 11:21
Dear Brother / Sister,
Although there is no rule that the dead body of a person who dies as a believer does not decay, it is known that the dead bodies of prophets, some martyrs and walis (saints) do not decay.
There are hadiths stating that the dead bodies of the prophets will not decay regarding the issue.
According to what Awth b. Awth reported our Prophet (pbuh) said: “Allah made the dead bodies of prophets haram for the ground”(Abu Dawud, Salat, 207, Nasai, Jumua, 5).
Accordingly, it means that the dead bodies of the people except prophets – even if they are martyrs – can decay. However, it does not necessarily mean that they will decay. Allah may protect the dead bodies of some of His slaves –walis or martyrs. There are many documents regarding the issue.
For instance; According to what Bukhari reports, Hazrat Jabir said: When the time for the Battle of Uhud came, my father called me and said the following to me that night: “It seems to me that I will be one of the first to be killed among the companions of the Messenger of Allah (pbuh). I am not leaving a being more valuable than you except the Messenger of Allah. I owe some money; pay them. Treat your sisters well/advise them good things.” In the morning, my father became the first person to be killed/the first martyr when the Battle of Uhud started. He was buried in the same grave with someone else. However, I did not want my father to be in the same grave with someone else; when I took him out six months later, he was the same as I first put him in there six months ago – except for a small mark in his ear.” (see Fathu’l-Bari, 3/214)
According to Ibn Hajar, the reason why the dead body of Abdullah, Jabir’s father, did not decay was a manifestation of his miraculous deed and his martytrdom. (ibid, 3/217)
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