Raising of the bodies of the prophets and messengers to the heavens or their annihilation

Question: It is well known that all the prophets have died. However, during the journey of Israa’ (Night Journey) and Mi`raaj (Ascension to Heaven), the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) saw a prophet in each heaven and led them in Salaah (Prayer). Does this imply that Awliyaa’ (pious people) are also raised to heaven? A few days ago, I read in a book, the title of which I forget, that the bodies of messengers are still intact and do not decay after death. I mean that these bodies are not eaten by worms as is the case with other bodies. What is your opinion?

Answer:  Regardless of being a Walee or not, if a person dies, the body does not ascend to heaven, but is kept on Earth. However, the soul is raised to heaven if it was that of a believer. Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.

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