163 – IARLG – A MISCONCEPTION ABOUT GRAVES; Date 7th April 2017; 10th or 11th Rajab 1438

Date: 7th March 2017; 10th or 11th Rajab 1438; Bismillahi Rahmanir Rahim

ISLAMIC AL-JUMUAA REMINDER AND LEGACY GROUP, (http://aljumaareminder.com/), the wonder of those who die and are not IN the earth:


The following are eight Ayats are from the Qur’an which contain the root word Qaf-Ba-Ra which means grave: (Qur’an 9:84:11), (Qur’an 22:7:12),(Qur’an 35:22:16), (Qur’an 60:13:19), (Qur’an 80:21:3), (Qur’an 82:4:2), (Qur’an 100:9:7), (Qur’an 102:2:3).

The following three Ayats are from the Qur’an which contain the root word Ja-Da-Tha which also means grave: (Qur’an 36:51:7), (Qur’an 54:7:5), (Qur’an 70:43:4)

THE MISCONCEPTION: It is best that all people who die must and should be buried underground in graves. Have you ever wondered what would happen to a person who died floating in space above out earth? What about those who died and were given an unusual burying such as burning the body? Will they be resurrected? The correct answer is yes; of course they will be resurrected just as those in the buried in the ground.

Is there any proof of this? Yes, let us analyze the following Ayat:

And, verily, Yunus (Jonah) was one of the Messengers. When he ran to the laden ship, he (agreed to) cast lots, and he was among the losers, then a fish swallowed him and he had done an act worthy of blame. Had he not been of them who glorify Allah, he would have indeed remained inside its belly till the Day of Resurrection. But We cast him forth on the naked shore while he was sick, and We caused a plant of gourd to grow over him. And We sent him to a hundred thousand (people) or even more. And they believed; so We gave them enjoyment for a while. (Qur’an 37:139-148)

If we look at (Qur’an 37:139-148) we see that if Allah had willed He could have left the body of Yunus in the belly of the fish till the Day of Resurrection. Notice that this would mean that Yunus would not have been buried underground because he would have to be in the belly of the fish till the Day of Resurrection and not anywhere else. Also notice that the belly of the fish would be preserved as a belly of the fish till the Day of Resurrection so that Yunus would have to be resurrected from inside the fish’s belly on the that Day.


If the example of Yunus above is not enough as proof; then let us look at these Ayat too:

And We took the Children of Israel across the sea, and Fir’aun with his hosts followed them in oppression and enmity, till when drowning overtook him, he said: “I believe that none has the right to be worshipped but He,” in Whom the Children of Israel believe, and I am one of the Muslims.” Now (you believe) while you refused to believe before and you were one of the Mufsidun (corrupters). So this day We shall deliver your (dead) body (out from the sea) that you may be a sign to those who come after you! And verily, many among mankind are heedless of Our Ayat. (Qur’an 10:92)

Until, when death comes to one of them, he says: “My Lord! Send me back, “So that I may do good in that which I have left behind!” No! It is but a word that he speaks, and behind them is Barzakh (a barrier) until the Day when they will be resurrected. Then, when the Trumpet is blown, there will be no kinship among them that Day, nor will they ask of one another. (Qur’an 23:99-101)

And they say: “When will this promise (i.e. Resurrection) be fulfilled, if you are truthful?” They await only but a single Saihah (shout, etc.), which will seize them while they are disputing! Then they will not be able to make bequest, nor they will return to their family. (Qur’an 36:48-50)

So Allah saved him from the evils that they plotted, while an evil torment encompassed Fir’aun’s (Pharaoh) people. The Fire; they are exposed to it, morning and afternoon, and on the Day when the Hour will be established (it will be said): “Cause Fir’aun’s people to enter the severest torment!” (Qur’an 40:45-46)

Now we see that the body of Fir’aun will be a sign to those who come after him; meaning it will most likely be that way till the Day of Resurrection and will most likely never be buried. Though his body still exists in the earth, Allah shows us via (Qur’an 40:45-46) that he is not in this world because Allah only says his body will remain but the soul can’t come back as seen in (Qur’an 23:99-101) and (Qur’an 36:48-50). This is yet another proof from the Qur’an that not all people will be buried in the earth but they can either be on the earth or even in the heaven {eg  Idris (Enoch) died in the fourth heaven}.


Tafsir Ibn Kathir; commentary on the Quranic Ayat 19:56-57: “During the Night Journey, the Prophet passed by him in fourth heaven. In a hadith, Ibn Abbas asked Ka’b what was meant by the part of the verse which says, ”And We raised him to a high station.” Ka’b explained: Allah revealed to Idris: ‘I would raise for you every day the same amount of the deeds of all Adam’s children’ – perhaps meaning of his time only. So Idris wanted to increase his deeds and devotion. A friend of his from the angels visited and Idris said to him: ‘Allah has revealed to me such and such, so could you please speak to the angel of death, so I could increase my deeds.’ The angel carried him on his wings and went up into the heavens. When they reached the fourth heaven, they met the angel of death, who was descending down towards earth. The angel spoke to him, about what Idris had spoken to him before. The angel of death said: ‘But where is Idris?’ He replied, ‘He is upon my back.’ The angel of death said: ‘How astonishing! I was sent and told to seize his soul in the fourth heaven. I kept thinking how I could seize it in the fourth heaven when he was on the earth?’ Then he took his soul out of his body, and that is what is meant by the verse: ‘And We raised him to a high station.’



Furthermore there are many ahadith which proves that Allah is able to resurrect someone even if that being is not buried underground. One of the hadith is as follows: Narrated Abu Sa`id: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Amongst the people preceding your age, there was a man whom Allah had given a lot of money. While he was in his death-bed, he called his sons and said, ‘What type of father have I been to you? They replied, ‘You have been a good father.’ He said, ‘I have never done a single good deed; so when I die, burn me, crush my body, and scatter the resulting ashes on a windy day.’ His sons did accordingly, but Allah gathered his particles and asked (him), ‘What made you do so?’ He replied, “Fear of you.’ So Allah bestowed His Mercy upon him. (forgave him). [Sahih al-Bukhari 3478]

You might think that this is not normal and weird but you have to understand that exceptions do occur by Allah’s Permission. Allah in His Wisdom allows such exceptions to occur for a reason. Just because a person is not given an Islamic burial does not make him a disbeliever as we have seen when Prophet Muhammad (SAW) prayed for An-Najashi .

Do you know of a companion of Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) who attained Jannah (Paradise) without praying while praying was already ordained?  Source: http://www.islamweb.net/emainpage/index.php?page=showfatwa&Option=FatwaId&Id=15461; He embraced Islam on the day of Uhud and immediately participated in the battle. He was killed without having had the chance to perform any prayer. The Prophet, said that he was one of the people of Paradise. In this regard, it was reported on the authority of Abu Hurayrah  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  him that he spoke about one of the people of Paradise who never prayed and mentioned that it was Al-Usayrim ibn ‘Abd Al-Ash’hal ibn ‘Amr ibn Thaabit ibn Waqeesh  may  Allah  be pleased  with  him. Mahmood ibn Labeed  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him who was one of the narrators of Hadeeth, said that when the Prophet , set out to the battle of Uhud, Allah The Almighty guided Al-Usayrim to Islam at that very time and so he embraced Islam. Immediately after that, he picked up his sword and entered the battlefield. He fought until he could fight no more because of his wounds. The Companions may Allah be pleased with them wondered what had brought him there when they had left him as a disbeliever. He told them that it was his desire for Islam that had brought him and that he believed in Allah The Almighty and His Prophet. He fought alongside the Prophet, until his wounds stopped him; then, he died. When the Companions  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  them mentioned that to the Prophet , he told them that Al-Usayrim  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  him was one of the people of Paradise. [Ahmad, Ibn Hajar: Hasan (Sound)] This Hadeeth cannot be taken as proof that faith does not include performing prayers, nor does it indicate that giving up prayer is not considered as disbelief. This is because Al-Usayrim  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  him did not have the chance to perform prayer in the first place. Allah Knows best.

The Qur’an addresses the majority and not the exceptions; for example the Ayat (Qur’an 19:59)(Qur’an 74:42-43) & (Qur’an 77:48-49) does not apply to Al-Usayrim ibn ‘Abd Al-Ash’hal ibn ‘Amr ibn Thaabit may Allah be pleased with him. If he would have survived the battle, he would most likely pray as did the other companions. Remember (Qur’an 17:25).

Also (Qur’an 77:25-26) may not necessarily apply to all of the children of Adam since as we have seen as an example how Idris (Enoch) died in the fourth heaven. These exceptions occur for a reason the All-Wise, All-Knowing saw fit to occur and allowed to occur. Remember (Qur’an 12:21), (Qur’an 66:12).

It is when such exceptions occur that mankind is truly tested. Such tests are quite difficult but the believers can overcome them by Allah’s Permission:

  • ‘Iesa was born without a father and now many amongst mankind believe ‘Iesa is the son of Allah which is wrong because of this exception.
  • A Muslim may be born without being able to see but is still grateful to Allah even though it is not normal for one to be born without sight in comparison to the whole of mankind.

…And Allah has full power and control over His Affairs, but most of men know not. (Qur’an 12:21)

For each [religious following] is a direction toward which it faces. So race to [all that is] good. Wherever you may be, Allah will bring you forth [for judgement] all together. Indeed, Allah is over all things competent. (Qur’an 2:148)

163 - IARLG - A MISCONCEPTION ABOUT GRAVES; Date 7th April 2017; 10th or 11th Rajab 1438 (59 downloads)





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