Do the Bodies of the Prophets Decompose After Burial?

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat 


Assalamu ‘alaykum.

Do the bodies of the Prophets decompose after burial?


Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

No, the bodies of the Prophets (peace and blessings be on them all) do not decompose. It is forbidden for the ground to consume them.

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Indeed, the best of your days is the day of Friday. On it, Adam was created, his soul was taken, the resurrecting blast will be, and the destroying blast will be. So, send many blessings on me on [Fridays] because, truly, your blessings will be presented to me.“

The Companions asked, “O Messenger of Allah, how will our blessings on you be presented to you when you have decomposed?“ He replied, “Indeed, Allah – Mighty and Majestic – has made the bodies of the Prophets forbidden for the ground.“ (Abu Dawud)

May Allah resurrect us with the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) and grant us his company in Paradise. Amin.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History, he moved to Damascus in 2007, where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital. He was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.