The prophet (saws) spoke to dead after badr.

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My question is I am reading a book called "when the moon split into two" by darussalam, in which it is written that after "badr" when non believers bodies were thrown in the well, mohammad saw called them by their names then sahaba ask him ( saw ) about this, mohammad saw said that dead person can listen but cant reply, when their soul rest in "barzakh" and they cannot interact with anything then how can they listen. pls explain.  


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The prophet (saws) spoke to dead after badr

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


In light of the Guidance of the Quran and the Sunnah, it is indeed true that once a person dies and his soul is captured by the Angel of death and deposited in the ‘barzakh’, neither the deceased soul can interact with the human beings on earth, nor can the human beings on earth interact with the deceased soul in any way whatsoever.


It is also indeed true that the Messenger of Allah (saws) addressed some of the deceased pagans by name after the Battle of Badr…..


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 5.317         Narrated by Ibn Umar

The Prophet (saws) stood at the well of Badr (which contained the corpses of the pagans) and said, "Have you found true what your Lord promised you?" Then he (saws) further said, "They now hear what I say." This was mentioned before Hadrat Aisha (r.a.) and she said, "But the Prophet (saws) said, 'Now they know very well that what I used to tell them was the Truth.' -  Then she recited: "You cannot make the dead hear...(till the end of Verse)."  (30.52)


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 2.452         Narrated by Ibn Umar

The Prophet (saws) looked at the people of the well (the well in which the bodies of the pagans killed in the Battle of Badr were thrown) and said, "Have you found true what your Lord promised you?" Somebody said to him, "You are addressing dead people." He (saws) replied, "You do not hear better than they but they cannot reply."


That the Prophet (saws) addressed the deceased pagans by name after every battle was not the norm, but this specific incident was out of the ordinary and a miracle whereby Allah Subhanah allowed the Messenger of Allah (saws) to address the deceased pagans killed in the battle of Badr….as this being the first battle of Islam, its results had far-reaching consequences not only for the pagans of Arabia but also for the believers.  


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 35 Surah Fatir Verse 22:

22      Nor are alike those that are living and those that are dead. Allah can make any that He wills to hear; but thou cannot make those to hear who are (buried) in their graves!


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


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