Contents > Chapter 4: Life of the Barzakh > Refutation of the Deobandi View of Life in Barzakh (1: The Righteous do not Die)



Death overtakes everyone, even the Messengers

Death is no strange concept even for the Messengers. All the Messengers have died with the exception of Eesa (alaihi as-salaam). Allah said concerning Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam): “And We did not grant to any human immortality before you (O Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam)) then if you die, would they live for ever.”[1]


Allah’s Messenger, Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam), passed away in the house of Aa’ishah (radhi allahu anha). Abu Bakr (radhi allahu anhu) uncovered the blessed face of Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam), tended down, kissed him and cried. He then said: “May my father and mother be sacrificed for your sake! Verily, Allah will not cause you to die twice. You have just experienced the death that Allah had ordained.” Then he went out and said: “Now, he who worshiped Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam), Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) is dead now! But he who worships Allah, He is Ever-Living and He never dies. As Allah says: “Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) is no more than a Messenger and Indeed, (many) Messengers have passed away before him. If he dies or is killed, will you then turn back on your heels (as disbelievers)? And he who turns back on his heels, not the least harm will he do to Allah, and Allah will give reward to those who are grateful.”[2] Ibn Abbas (radhi allahu anhu) said: “By Allah, it sounded as if people had never heard such a Qur’aanic verse till Abu Bakr (radhi allahu anhu) recited it as a reminder. So, people started reciting it till there was no man who did not recite it.” Umar (radhi allahu anhu) said: “By Allah! As soon as I heard Abu Bakr (radhi allahu anhu) say it, I fell down to the ground. I felt as if my legs had been unable to carry me, so I collapsed when I heard him say it. Only then did I realize that Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) had really died.”[3]


Therefore, the Messengers die and so do the righteous. Allah says in the Qur’aan: “Everyone shall taste death.”[4] Believing that the Sufi saints do not die is giving them a position higher than that of the Messengers. Besides, burying somebody alive is a major sin. Allah says in the Qur’aan: “And when the female (infant) is buried alive shall be questioned. For what sin was she killed?”[5]


[1] Soorah al-Ambiya (21): 34.

[2] Soorah aali-Imran (3) : 144.

[3] Saheeh al-Bukharee (Eng. Trans.) vol.5, no.733. Also see Ar-Raheeq al-Makhtum (Eng. Trans.) p.480 - 481.

[4] Sooral aali-Imran (3) : 185.

[5] Soorah Takwir (81): 9.