Is the Prophet alive in his grave?

Question: What is the ruling on someone who believes in the fundamental articles of faith – meaning that his creed is completely conforming with the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Prophet (peace be upon him), yet he thinks that the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) hears his voice when he invokes Allaah’s peace and blessings upon him at his grave? Is he regarded, while holding such a belief, a Muslim who follows the way of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa‘ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream) or is he an innovator in religion from among those people who follow their own whims and fancies?

Answer: First, It is not legislated in Islaam that whenever a Muslim enters Al-Masjid Al-Nabawee (the Prophet’s Mosque) to visit the Prophet’s grave and make Du‘aa’ (supplication to Allaah) near it, nor to make it an often-visited place, to which he comes repeatedly… read more here.

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