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19 June 2019 CE | 16 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

You Don’t Hear Better Than They

“The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) ordered that the bodies of the idolators slain on the day of Badr be thrown into a well whose interior was uncased with stones, then he approached the well and began calling the unbelievers by their names and fathers’ names, saying: ‘O So-and-so son of So-and-so, and So-and-so son of So-and-so: it would have been easier had you obeyed Allah and His Messenger. We have found what our Lord promised to be true; have you found what your Lord promised to be true?’ To which Umar (radi Allahu anhu) said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, why speak to lifeless bodies?’ And he replied, ‘By Him in whose hand is the soul of Muhammad, you do not hear my words better than they do.’” [Sahih Bukhari]

This hadith informs us that the dead, while unable to communicate with words back to us, are indeed able to hear and understand our words.

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) promised a painful chastisement to the unbelievers who fought against Him, His religion, His Messenger and His followers. Now that they were dead, the punishment promised to them was upon them. The promise of Allah had come true.

On the other hand, Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) made an everlasting promise of help and support to believers. This they also found to be true when 313 of them very lightly armed stood in confrontation against a proper army of 1000 Kuffar. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) sent a thousand angels to help the Muslims and the glorious details of this historic battle between good and evil are well known. The events of the above mentioned hadith took place after this battle.

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