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It is recorded that Nabi ‘Isa – peace be upon him – brought the following people back from the dead. They were:

  1. Aazar – a close companion. He was brought back from the dead after three days. He lived for many years and also had children.
  2. The daughter of Aashir who was taken care of by her children.
  3. Saam bin Nuh.
  4. The daughter of an old lady.
  5. The son of another old person who came alive during his burial service. He lived many years after this and also had children.

 

  1. Aazar – a close companion. He was brought back from the dead after three days. He lived for many years and also had children.

 

Aazar was a close aide and companion of Nabi ‘Isa – peace be upon him. When he was about to pass away, his sister informed Nabi ‘Isa – peace be upon him – about his impending death. Nabi ‘Isa – peace be upon him – then travelled to meet his friend. The house of Aazar was three days away. When Nabi ‘Isa – peace be upon him – reached there, Aazar had already died three days earlier. He asked Aazar’s sister to show him his grave. He went there and found that a large rock had been placed on the grave. Nabi ‘Isa – peace be upon him – then made Du’a, “O the Creator of the seven heavens and the earth. You instructed me to deliver the message of truth to the Bani Isra’eel. You also informed me that I should tell them that I can bring the dead back to life. I have conveyed Your message to them and have also brought the dead back to life. Please allow Aazar to come back from the dead.”

 

When Nabi ‘Isa – peace be upon him – completed this Du’a, Aazar arose from his grave and there were still signs of water on his body. He lived for a long time and also had children.  (Tafseer Ruhul Bayaan)

 

  1. The daughter of Aashir who was taken care of by her children.

 

Aashir was a major sinner and a major criminal. His daughter had died. He then approached Nabi ‘Isa – peace be upon him – and made a promise that if his daughter came back from the dead, he would make sincere Taubah and refrain from all evil deeds. Nabi ‘Isa – peace be upon him – also made Du’a for him and his daughter lived a long life and also had children. (Tafseer Ruhul Bayan)

 

  1. Saam bin Nuh.

 

Hadrat Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Abbas – may Allah be pleased with him – narrates that once the companions of Nabi ‘Isa – peace be upon him – asked him to bring that person back from the dead, with the Divine Permission of Allah Almighty, who had actually seen the ship of Nabi Nuh – peace be upon him. Their purpose was to learn more about this ship. Nabi ‘Isa – peace be upon him – then took them to a certain place where there was a heap of sand. He then picked up a little sand and said, “Do you know who this is?” They mentioned that Allah Almighty and His Prophet knew better.

 

Nabi ‘Isa – peace be upon him – replied, “This sand is the remains of one knee of Saam bin Nuh.” He then struck his stick on this sand and commanded it to come back from the dead with the Divine Permission of Allah Almighty. Suddenly a very old person appeared from this sand who was dusting away the dust from his head. Nabi ‘Isa – peace be upon him – then asked him, “Did you pass away when you were very old?” The person replied, “No, I passed away when I was young. However, the terror of the Day of Judgement has sunk into my heart and I am under the impression that at this moment, the Day of Judgement would occur and through this fear, I have become old.”

 

He was then asked to inform them about the ship Nabi Nuh – peace be upon him. He explained that it had three decks.

 

In the first deck were the people who travelled with him. In the second deck, there were animals and in the third deck were the birds. When he realised that the rats were biting the ropes that had fastened the ship, he was told to place his finger on the forehead of the lion and through this, the cats were created who kept the rats under control. Nabi ‘Isa – peace be upon him – then asked him, “How did he come to know that the cities were all destroyed?”

 

Saam bin Nuh replied, “Nabi Nuh – peace be upon him – sent a crow to go and get news, however, instead of returning, it decided to sit on a corpse and eat the meat. He then cursed this bird and this is the reason that it is never entertained in the homes of anyone.

 

“He then sent a pigeon and it brought back a leaf from an olive plant and it also carried dry sand in its feet. In this manner, he came to know about the state of the various cities. He then placed a green garland around its neck and also made Du’a for it and this is the reason that it continues to live in the homes of people without any fear.”

 

The companions of Nabi ‘Isa – peace be upon him – then asked him to bring Saam bin Nuh to their homes so that they could hear more. However, Nabi ‘Isa – peace be upon him – mentioned that the period for this person to receive his sustenance had become complete and therefore he could not accompany them. Nabi ‘Isa – peace be upon him – then instructed Saam bin Nuh to return to his old state and he immediately turned into sand. (Mentioned in numerous books of Tafseer.)

 

  1. The daughter of an old lady.

 

Once Nabi ‘Isa – peace be upon him – was walking past when he noticed a lady sitting next to a grave and crying. Nabi ‘Isa – peace be upon him – asked her the reason for her crying and she replied, “I only had one daughter and besides her, I did not have any other children and this child has passed away.”

 

Nabi ‘Isa – peace be upon him – then performed two rak’ah of Salaah and addressed the grave by saying, “Rise with the Divine Command of Allah.” On the first occasion, the grave began to tremble. On the second occasion the grave opened. On the third occasion, a girl appeared from her grave. She also dusted the dust from her hair as she appeared in front of her mother. She then asked her mother, “Why did you request that I come alive when you know I have to again face the trauma of death. Please have patience and do good because I have no need for the world.”

 

She then said to Nabi ‘Isa – peace be upon him –, “O Ruhullah! Please make Du’a to the Allah Almighty that I once again return to the Hereafter and also make Du’a that the pangs of death become easy.”

 

Nabi ‘Isa – peace be upon him – then made Du’a and once again her soul was taken away. (Taarike Dimishq and Madina. Taseer Durre Mansur, etc)

 

  1. The son of another old person who came alive during his burial service. He lived many years after this and also had children.

 

Once the son of an old lady passed away. They carried the body of this young man on a bed towards the cemetery. Nabi ‘Isa – peace be upon him – then made Du’a for this young man and he sat up on the same bed. He jumped out of the bed while standing on the shoulders of people. He then returned to his house carrying his own bed. He also married and had children. (Tafseer Ruhul Bayan)

 

Once, Nabi ‘Isa – peace be upon him – walked past a cemetery and he saw a lady sitting next to a grave crying.

 

She was also saying to the grave, “O that person who now lives in the sand. What did the grave do to your young life? You live in a grave in which you have no friends and also in a place in which there is no doors. What is the reason that you are unable to answer my questions?”

 

Nabi ‘Isa – peace be upon him – then asked her, “Who is this person to you?”

 

She replied that this was her son. He then asked her whether she wanted him to make Du’a to Allah Almighty so that her son returns from the dead.

 

She replied that she would be very happy if this did happen.

 

Nabi ‘Isa – peace be upon him – then made Du’a and suddenly this same young man appeared from the grave. His face was pale, he appeared very weak and his hair was also white. When the lady saw this person she refused to believe that this was her son. She then asked him what had happened to him and he replied that this was due to his fear of the Munkir and Nakeer and his fear for the other Angels. (Sharah Hizbul Wasilah; As Safeenah Qadriyah, 194)

 

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