Quora Answer: Is The Prophet (s.a.w.) Alive?

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The following was my answer on Quora: Is the Prophet (s.a.w.) Alive?

Question: What is the Islamic definition of death?  Some Muslims say that the Prophet (s.a.w.) is dead, but others say he is alive.  Who is correct?

Answer: In Islam, death is when the soul has left the body. The attribute of living, al-hayy, belongs to the soul, not the body.  When Allah (s.w.t.) Blew His Ruh into Adam (a.s.), Adam (a.s.), and by extension, all humanity, was Given a reflection of all Divine Attributes, and that includes life.

Because the body is dead, it is sustained by that which is dead.  Nothing we eat is alive.  Our meat is slaughtered and our vegetables are harvested.  The soul is alive and it is sustained by that which alive - our worship and cognisance of the Divine.

The Prophet (s.a.w.) is “dead” in the sense that his soul does not reside in his body, although it is not precluded from it.  And the Prophet (s.a.w.) is alive in that his soul lives.  Our body is merely a vessel.  We are souls.  Thus, the reality of the Prophet (s.a.w.) is that he is alive:

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. (Surah al-Baqarah:154)


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