Question: I would like to tell Your Eminence that I have read the book entitled Al-Qawl Al-Jalyee fee Hukm Al-Tawassul bil-Nabee wa Al-Walee by the Salafee Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn `Abdul-Salaam Khadir. This book was corrected, and some comments were added to it by Shaykh Ismaa`eel Al-Ansaree, and it was printed by the press of Presidency of the Departments of Scholarly Research, Ifta’, Da`wah and Guidance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
On the twelfth page I found the following narration: What is reported by Ibn Abul-Dunya with his Sanad on the authority of Thaabit on the authority of Anas who said: We visited a man from Al-Ansaar, and he was sick and unable to move, so we did not leave till he died, we covered his body with some of his clothes. He then said: I unveiled his face, and we did not leave until we ate with him.
Kindly, what is your opinion regarding this? Is it possible to return the soul by seeking the help of one of the `Awliyaa’? I hope you explain this issue in the light of texts of the Qur’aan and Sunnah, may Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) guide and bless you and us with good, and make the Hereafter better for you than this worldly life.
Answer: Firstly, this story is utterly baseless, for which we know not any evidence. Supposing that it is valid, it could be said that the act of death that happened was not real as far as these people… read more here.