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Can the dead hear the living

Sheikh `Abd al-Rahmān al-Barrāk:

The Prophet (peace be upon him) is alive in his grave but not in the manner that some ignorant people believe.

It is a special type of life, which scholars call the barzakh. He is experiencing the best possible life in the barzakh, but that does not mean that his life is similar to the one that he had experienced before death.

He had already died and he does not experience anything of our world except what Allah wants him to know of it, such as the greetings and salutations of his followers.

Generally, people who have died do not hear those who talk to them.

However, our Prophet (peace be upon him) informed us that it is possible. He said ’Whoever passes by the grave of his brother, or friend, whom he met him before in life and greeted him, then Allah will return the soul to the deceased person to answer back the greeting“. So, we say it is possible in the limited number of cases cited by the Prophet (peace be upon him).

And Allah knows best.