The Hayati subsect of Deobandis believe that the Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) is literally alive in his grave with a physical, bodily life. They claim that if a person were to approach the grave of the Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) and address him with any words, such as invoking Salaat (Durood sharif) and Salaam upon him that the Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) can directly hear him or her. The rivals of the Hayatis, the Mamatis who have some sanity as compared to the former, correctly believe that the Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) died and no longer has any connection to this world. Rather, his life is a spiritual life in Jannah.
However, both of these two subsects of Deoband, along with most other sects of Islam, hold that the bodies of the Prophets are preserved in their graves, because Allah has forbidden the Earth to decompose their bodies. We have already refuted this belief extensively here.
While the Hayatis obviously think that the preservation of the bodies of the Prophets in the grave is evidence that they are physically and bodily alive, the Mamatis contend that the preservation of their bodies is only a distinction and honor of them, and cannot be used as a proof to substantiate the idea that they are bodily or physically alive in the grave.
A leading, contemporary Mamati scholar, Mawlana Ata Ullah Bandiyalawi, wrote a book Aqidah Hayat an-Nabi to explain his sect’s belief regarding the life of the Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam). In response to this small booklet, a Hayati mullah, Mawlana Abdul Haq Khan Bashir Naqshbandi, wrote his own book Ulama-i-Deoband ka Aqidah Hayat an-Nabi aur Mawlana Ata Ullah Bandiyalawi. In the pages of this useless book, the Hayati mullah, in a rare occasion of honesty, confesses the fact that nothing in the Holy Qur’an exists which proves that the bodies of the Prophets are permanently preserved:
قرآن پاک اجساد الانبیائ علیہم السلام کے مستقل محفوظ رہنے کا کوئی ضابطہ نہیں دیتا
Translation: “The Holy Qur’an does not give any substance to the notion that the bodies of the Prophets peace be upon them are permanently preserved.”
Reference: Ulama-i-Deoband Ka Aqida Hayat-un-Nabi aur Mawlana Ata Ullah Bandiyalawi; p.47
In a previous entry we discussed the verse Surah 34:14, which is often cited as a proof that the bodies of the Prophets do not decompose after death. Apart from the arguments I presented to refute the opposing side’s utilization of that verse, we now have the Deobandi mulla Abdul Haq Bashir Khan Naqshbandi to thank for confirming the fact that not a single verse of the Holy Qur’an, including 34:14, can be cited as evidence that the bodies of the Prophets do not decompose (peace be upon them all).