Posted by: Submitter | July 13, 2009

Hearing power of the Deceased

1. Some persons believe that the deceased do not have the power to hear. The Aqeeda of the Ahle Sunnah Wal Jama’at is that the dead have the power of hearing.

2. When the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) passed by a graveyard he used to say: “O Dwellers of the Grave! Peace be upon you! May Allah forgive you and us. You have come before us and we are to come after you.” (Jaame Tirmizi; Shara Sudoor fi Ahwaali Mouta wal Quboor) The words “Ya Ahle Quboor” make it obvious that the dwellers of the grave can hear.

3. Hazrat Anas (radi Allahu anhu) reports that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said: “Verily, when a person is placed in the grave and when his friends return, then he hears the sound of their footsteps (shoes)”. (Mishkaat Shareef; Sahih Bukhari)

4. When the nations of Thamud were destroyed after the punishment of Allah Ta’ala descended upon them, Hazrat Saleh (alaihis salaam) spoke to them. The Holy Quran confirms says: “Hence he turned his face away and said, ‘O my people! Undoubtedly, I did deliver to you the Messages of my Lord, and wished you good, but you do not approve the well wishers’.” (Part 8, Ruku 17) In this verse of the Holy Quran, the Nabi of Allah Ta’ala addresses the dead by using the term “Ya” which is proof enough that the dead can hear.

5. When the Kufaar were defeated in the Battle of Badr and were thrown into a well, the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) stood beside the well and spoke to the dead. He said, “O certain person, son of certain person. O certain person, son of certain person. Does this make you sad that you should have followed Allah and his Rasool (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam)?” He then said, “Verily I have found the promise of my Creator to be true. Did you find the promise of your Creator to be true? “ When Hazrat Umar Farouk (radi Allahu anhu) heard this, he said, “Ya Rasoolallah! (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam). Are you conversing which such bodies in which there are no souls?” (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) said, “A Oath on that Being in Whose control is the life of Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam)! You cannot hear better than them, that which I am saying.” (Mishkaat Shareef; Sahih Bukhari Shareef; Sahih Muslim Shareef)

6. Therefore, when one visits the graveyard, it is permissible to greet the inmates of the Qabar as they can hear and they even respond to our greetings.


  1. i have a doubt. please enlighten me with your knowledge. dead can hear- does this mean that our soul remains inside our body even when we are dead until the day of resurrection??? then what difference remains between dead and alive??? is it that dead are just as good as paralysed and cannot respond to us but can hear whatever we say to them??? please answer me….

  2. ^

    The world which is situated between the mortal and immortal worlds is called “Aalam-e-Barzakh” (a period or state between death and resurrection). All humanbeings and genies have to stay in it after death according to their status. “Aalam-e-Barzakh” is far larger than this world. It has the same attachment with this world as the world has with a mother’s belly (womb). Some enjoy comfort and some face discomfort there.

    The soul remains in association with the body. The soul will necessarily feel what will happen to the body notwithstanding its separation from the body just as it used to feel in the lifetime rather more than that. Man (body) drinks cold water, eats sumptuous food and enjoys fresh air and cozy bed but his soul feels the taste and delicacy of these things. Similarly, their actionsand reactions also reflect on the body but the soul faces affliction. Besides, there are some other specific causes and conditions of comfort and discomfort for the soul which make it exhilarated or dismal. Exactly the same things happen to the soul in “Aalam-e-Barzakh”.

    I hope this helps…

  3. salam..I think, the hearing of the dead in the grave is by Allah’s leave and under a certain situation like in the battle of Bad’r. but it doesn’t mean that all the time those dead bodies in the grave can able to hear. it is only under the condition and situation like those in the battle of Bad’r and which are mentioned in some ahadiths by the Prophet (saws).

  4. “Verily you cannot make the dead hear and you can not make the deaf hear the call when they turn their backs and retreat.” [Surah an-Naml 27:80]

    “The living and the dead are not alike. Allah makes whoever he wishes hear, but you cannot make those in the graves hear.” [Surah Fatir 35:22]

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