Death of the disobedient amongst the inmates of Hellfire

Question: Will Allaah cause the disobedient people of this Ummah (Nation) to suffer real death, if they enter Hellfire? What is the meaning of “They will never taste death therein”? Has this been mentioned in a Hadeeth?

Answer: (a) Neither Kuffaar (disbelievers) nor Mu’mineen (believers) or the disobedient among believers will die after their first death when their time comes in the Worldly life, whether it is real death or unreal death like sleeping… read more here.

People in Barzakh

Question: Is the Hadeeth stating that the People of Barzakh (period between death and the Resurrection) see and speak to each other authentic?

Answer: We know of no reliable report from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) concerning this issue… read more here.

The return of the soul in the Worldly life

Question: I would like to tell Your Eminence that I have read the book entitled Al-Qawl Al-Jalee fee Hukm Al-Tawassul bil-Nabee wa Al-Waliy 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 `Awliya’? 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 are concerned, and that his soul was not really captured, such as in the case of those suffering heart failure. In this case the soul of the patient is not captured, rather he enters a state of stillness followed by movement of the body once more, and here people think that his soul returned to him contrary to the reality that it was not really captured… read more here.

Validity of the theory of evolution

Question: Some people claim that long ago humans were apes, and then later evolved into the current form. Is this true? Is there evidence for this?

Answer: This claim is not true. The evidence is found in the Quraan’ where Allaah describes the stages of Aadam’s creation, as He states, Verily, the likeness of ‘Eesaa (Jesus) before Allaah is the likeness of Aadam. He created him from dust (Soorah Aal-‘Imraan, 3: 59)… read more here.

Movement of a soul (Rooh) from one person to another

Question: Our philosophy teacher told us that the soul moves from one person to another. Is this correct? If this is correct, then how can the soul of one person be called to account and punished then moved to another person who will also be brought to account because of the deeds of the same soul?

Answer: It is not true that the soul moves from one person to another as is claimed by this philosophy teacher. This is based on the following Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) in which Allaah (Exalted be He) says: And (remember) when your Lord brought forth from the Children of Aadam, from their loins, their seed (or from Adam’s loin his offspring) and made them testify as to themselves (saying): “Am I not your Lord?” They said: “Yes! We testify,” lest you should say on the Day of Resurrection: “Verily, we have been unaware of this.”

Regarding the interpretation of this Aayah, Maalik related in his Muwatta’ that `Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) was asked about the interpretation of this Aayah… read more here.