Death & Preserved Bodies of Ulama

Urdu Lecture on Preserved bodies of Ulama | Lecture 2

source Books -Majalis Momineen | Qasas Ul Ulama


1.After 17 years of death … Ayatollah Qazwini dead body remained fresh 

On Thursday May 12, 2011, deceased Ayatollah Sayyed Mohammad Kadhim Al-Qazwini, son-in-law of late Ayatollah Sayyed Meerza Mehdi Al-Husseini Ash-Shirazi, was laid to rest in the Shiraziah tomb in the holy Husseini shrine compound in the holy city of Karbala.

( Large number of clerics, scholars, Husseini speakers, religious scholars and mo’minin attended the funeral.

 The funeral began from the tomb of Al-Allamah Ahmed bin Fahd Al-Hilli marched towards the holy shrine of Abi’l Fadhl Al-Abbas (a.s.) where holy ziyarah was recited then the funeral culminated at the holy hrine of Al-Imam Al-Hussein (a.s.) where he was buried.

 Sayyed Al-Qazwini was born in the holy city of Karbala, completed his religious education in Karbala hauzah. He wrote many books; a series of unique books titled ‘minn al-mahd eelal lahd’ about the life of Ahlil Bayt (a.s.), and similarly a writing ‘Al-Imam As-Sadeq (a.s.) consisting of 50 volumes.

 Then after 17 years have been passed, on Jamadi Al-Aakherah 5, his dead body was taken out from the grave to transfer to holy Karbala.

 Surprisingly, during the taking out process his dead body was safe and fresh as if he was died right now; even his coffin cloth was undamaged. Similarly the book ‘Fatimah al Zahra minn al mahd eelal lahd’ which was put on his chest according to his will while he was buried in the grave, was safe and secure.

 When Ayatollah Sayyed Muhammad Sadeq Ash-Shirazi attended his funeral he said: the reason that the body of Sayyed Al-Qazwini remained safe and secure even after 17 years is that he was mottaqi (one who preserves his self), he spent his life in the way of Allah and fourteen infallibles from the progeny of Prophet Mohammad (s).

Sayyid Muḥammad Kāẓim al-Qazwīnī had always wanted to be buried in Karbalāʾ, close to the shrine of the Master of Martyrs, Abā ʿAbdillāh al-Ḥusayn (ʿa). He had expressed this wish many times in his life, but due to the circumstances that prevailed when he passed away, it was not possible to take his body to Iraq. Hence, he had to be buried in Qum and his gravesite was located in a place not too far from the shrine of al-Sayyidah Fāṭimah al-Maʿsūmah (ʿa).
In 2011/1432 A.H., exactly seventeen years after his death, his family received a message from government officials in Qum. They told his family that due to the ongoing expansion of the Haram of al-Sayyidah Maʿsūmah, they would have to exhume his body and relocate it to another graveyard. A date and time was set and his sons and some close relatives were present as the officials began disentombing his body. His son, Sayyid Muḥammad ʿAlī, describes how they had taken with them some bags to carry what they thought would be his bones, since nobody expected what was to come next.
When the grave was dug up, all those who were present were shocked to see the body of Sayyid Muḥammad Kāẓim, as fresh as it was the day they buried him seventeen years earlier. Many of those who were present were overwhelmed at the sight. The Haram officials told his son that they would be willing to bury the Sayyid inside the Haram of al-Sayyidah Maʿsūmah - an honour reserved for only the greatest scholars. However, his sons remembered how their father had always wished to be buried in Karbalāʾ so they decided to make the necessary arrangements to take his body to Iraq.
They brought his body home and it remained there for six days while they made all the required preparations. First hand witness accounts confirm that the Sayyid’s body had not decomposed in the least. His body was placed in one of the rooms of his old house and many relatives and close friends came to visit the family and see this miracle for themselves. The family members were warned to be cautious, as they knew if the news became public knowledge, they might not be allowed to take his body out of Qum. For this reason, they allowed only a limited number of visitors.
Finally, on 12th May/8th of Jumādā al-Thāniyah, they took his body to Iraq and after a six-hour wait at the border, they were finally allowed through. They first went to Najaf and then to Karbalāʾ, where the Sayyid was buried close to the shrine of his beloved master, Imām al-Ḥusayn (ʿa). He was buried with the same book that he had been buried with the first time, the book: Fāṭimah al-Zahrāʾ from Cradle to Grave.

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Sheik Sadooq spent his entire life propagating the word of the Ahl al Bayt and he breathed his last in 381 H. and he was interred near the mausoleum of Shah Abdul Azeem in Rai. His grave is visited by people even today. Fath Ali got a tomb and sarcophagus constructed on the grave of Sheik Sadooq. About two hundred years ago, in 1238 H, it rained very hard in that area and the graves were sundered open, The Sheik’s grave was in a cellar. When it rained very hard his grave too was badly damaged. The author of Rauzat al Janna, Aghai Ibrahim Nawasani, writes that when the water entered the grave with force, he visited the place. When he entered the cellar he noticed that the grave was totally open and he found that Sheik Sadooq was lying there as if he was peacefully asleep. After such a long time of his expiry the marks of dye on his nails were visible as if it was applied on the same day. Even the cloth in which the Sheik’s body was wrapped hadn’t deteriorated. A spider had made a web around the Sheiik’s body as if it was protecting it. Seeing this, Aghai Nawasani came away. When this news spread in the town, it also reached the ears of Fath Ali. He himself visited the site but didn’t enter the cellar finding a big crowd there. He got the Sheik wrapped in a fresh coffin, got the mausoleum constructed and sealed the cellar. This incident proves the greatness of Sheik Sadooq. Before his birth the Imam (a.s) prayed for him and after his death the spider knit a web around his body that reminds us what happened to the Prophet (s.a) in the cave at Thoor!


Date of death  ..: Date of body being seen

The morning of 27 Ramadan, 1111 H the city of Isfahan was under a pall of gloom as if it was getting ready to get some sad tiding and the people come out in their sack-cloth.. People were having their rest and sleep after having their pre-fasting meals. One person experiences a dream in his sleep, goes to a friend on waking up and relates his dream to him. He says that he dreamed that Allama Majlisi had passed away and rushed to the house of the Allama. There he found that he was alive and sleeping. At that moment the Prophet (s.a) and Hazrat Ameer (a.s) entered the room. The Prophet (s.a) took hold of his right hand and Hazrat Ameer (a.s) held the left and said, “Come! Let us go!” The friend of the person was awe struck hearing this. He said that he had seen the same dream last night. Both the friends rushed to the house of the Allama. They had a prayer on their lips that they wanted to see him alive. .They reached the threshold of the great Allama’s house. They were thinking whether to seek permission to enter or not! They were still thinking about it when sounds of wailings and cries emanated from the house!   


 Ayatullah Sahaykh Hasanali Isfahani (Nakhudaki) 1279/1862-1361/1942 knew his time of death

Date of death  ..: Date of body being seen

A little bit about Ayatullah Sahaykh Hasanali Isfahani (Nakhudaki) 1279/1862-1361/1942 From the age of 15 till the end of his life, he always fasted the three months of Rajab, Sha’ban and Ramadan. His son reports: My father was ever ready to help people with their difficulties and questions, night or day. I said to him, “O Father, assign a specific time of the day for the people to approach you with their needs.”  He replied, “In the eyes of God there is no morning or evening. (Laysa ‘inda rabbina sabaahun walaa masa’a). It does not befit a person who has dedicated himself to serve God’s creatures to only attend to their needs at appointed times.”

His advice to his son..... I advise you my son as follows: • Always pray your daily prayers exactly on time • Work as hard as you can to help and meet the needs of the people. Do not be hesitant to take on what appears to be a difficult task, because when a man takes one step on the path of God, then God’s help always follows.  • [His son asked, “But father, sometimes when you try to help others it results in blame and disgrace.” He replied, “What could be better than suffering humiliation while serving God.”] • Never ignore the plight of the poor and destitute. In this manner, even if you have less, at least you are not accountable. • Do not be neglect Salatut Tahajjud and night prayers........ • Study the religion to a level that you become free of the need to follow another scholar (taqleed).

[His son states, “It occurred to me that in that case, I would have to distance myself from social activity in order to have some spare time for self improvement, purification and study.”

However, as this thought passed my mind, my father stared at me and said, “Do not fall prey to useless thoughts – your progress and responsibility will only be realised by helping and serving God’s creatures.”

After saying all this, he said, “When Sunday morning comes, my affair will come to an end. If possible, give me the funeral bath (ghusl) and shroud (kafan) yourself, and then arrange for my burial.”  He also asked his friend Marhum Sayyid Murtaza Ru’ayn to keep some time free on the coming Sunday so that “after I have passed away, you can sit next to my head and recite the Qur’an for an hour.” Just as he had predicted, he left the world on Sunday, 17 Sha’ban 1361 AH. He is buried in the old courtyard of the shrine of Imam Ridha (pbuh), at the same spot which he had indicated in his lifetime.  source


Shaikh Mohammed bin Yaqoob bin Ishaq Kulaini. 

Death: Kulaini died in  Baghdad in 329 A.H. The year he died is called ‘tanasirul nujoom’ or the year of the breaking of the stars, because during this year it was observed that a lot of stars appeared to break and fall. Also, it was a year that saw the death of prominent Ulema – Kulayni, followed by the death of the father of Sheikh Sadooq, Ali bin Babwayh Qummi. The 12th Imam’s special naeb(representative), Ali bin mohammed, too, died in this year. This year also marked the beginning of ghaibat e kubra( major occultation) of the Imam. Hence this year is called the year of the breaking of the stars, as it appeared as if the stars of the sky were breaking and falling towards the earth, and stars of the sky of knowledge, too, broke and fell.

His age, when he died is calculated to be about 80 years. According to the Christian calendar it was the year 941 AD. His salatul mayyit (prayer over the dead body) was recited by Mohammed bin Ja’far Husseini abu Qaraat. He is buried in Baghdad ,in Bab e Koofa. This is the same district where he used to live. It is located in eastern  Baghdad . He grave exists there even today.  

Baghdad has always been a centre of the opponents of the Shia faith. After a long time had passed after Kulaini’s death, a king happened to pass by his grave. He saw a lot of people coming to the grave. On enquiring he found out that it was the grave of a Shia alim. He was enraged and ordered the destruction of the grave. On his orders when the grave was opened, his body was found to be very fresh, with not the slightest hint of decay. A child was also found buried in the same grave. Even the body of the child had not decayed. The king was impressed and ordered the closure of the grave.

However Sayyed Ne’matullah Jazaeri had related another event. According to him, a great opponent of Shias established his rule in Baghdad He wanted to stop the people from visiting the graves of the Masoomeen(a), and decided to destroy them. He decided to begin with the grave of The 7th Imam, it being closest to Baghdad. Preparations got underway, when someone informed him that the Shias believe that the bodies of their Imams do not decay in the graves. The king replied,” let the grave be opened. If what they say turns out to be true, I will close the grave with great honor. If I find the body decayed, I will consider my actions justified”. But someone else told him,” you do not need to go far to check their claim, because they claim the same thing for their Ulema as well. One of their Ulema is buried in Baghdad itself. Open that grave. If the body is still fresh, it can be concluded that their faith is the correct one. Thus Kulaini’s grave was opened, the body was found to be so fresh that he appeared to be asleep. Even the color of henna on his nails had not faded. The king was impressed. He ordered the grave to be closed and a dome erected over it


Allamal Huda -Syed Murtadha - body fresh after 506 years , near Kazmain shrine

Date of death  ..: Date of body being seen

Shaikh Toosi - Shaikut Taifa Najaf howza founder

Date of death  ..: Date of body being seen

Entered Najaf without slippers & Turban after his library was burned in Baghdad during Ayatullah Mohsin Al Hakim era a directive was given to repair his grave

While repairing a slab accidentally fell off & found the body to be intact

 & Ayatullah Mohsin Hakim & Ayt Sharoudhi & Ayt Khoie went together to see the grave & they were surprised that even the kafan was intact & even the Mehndi on the beard was intact

All of them saw & evidenced it

Shaikh Tabrasi  buried at Mashad shrine

Date of death    Date body seen

writer of  Tafsir Majmulbayan

Amin al-Islam Abu Ali Fazl ibn Hasan al-Tabarsi, the great Shi'ite commentator of the Holy Qur'an expired in the year 548 A.H./1153 A.D., in Sabzewar and was buried in Bagh-i Rezwan, the cemetery situated between the Bast Shaykh Toosi and Bast Shaykh Tabarsi, at the entrance of the holy shrine of Imam Reza (A.S.). The avenue and the sanctuary (Bast) next to his grave have been named after him. He is the author of "Majma al-Bayan" and "Jawameh al-Jameh", the two famous Shi'ite commentaries on the Holy Qur'an.haikh Tusi’s death, other Islamic sciences continued to flourish. Arguably the greatest work of Shia Tafseer (Quranic exegesis) was  produced during this period by Shaikh Tabarsi.He was born Abu Ali Fadal ibn Hassan ibn al-Fadl al-Tabarsi in the year 468 AH. Although opinions vary, scholars tend to think that he was born in the province Tabaristan in present-day Iran. Little is known about his life.

However, historians mention a fascinating incident that led him to write his famous exegesis of the Qur’an.One day, Shaikh Tabarsi became unconscious. Doctors were consulted, who pronounced him dead. A funeral was quickly arranged, and the Shaikh was buried. In the grave, he became conscious and realized what had happened.He didn’t lose hope and made an oath to Allah: if he were to be rescued from the grave, he would write a monumental commentary on the Qur’an. As soon as the Shaikh made this vow, he heard digging noises. A “shroud thief” had found out that a person had recently been buried in this grave, and he had gotten there to steal the shroud. As the thief opened the grave, he was shocked to find a living person inside! The Shaikh promised that he would greatly reward him and wouldn’t reveal his identity to anyone if he helped him out of the grave. The thief agreed, and the Shaikh’s life was miraculously saved.Returning home, he remembered his oath to Allah, and very soon he began working on his commentary of the Qur’an. Today, his Majma’ul Bayan Fi Tafseerul Qur’an (“Compendium of Elucidations on the Exegesis of the Qur’an”) is considered the greatest work of Shia Tafseer ever written. Shia scholars have written commentaries of the Qur’an in nearly every century, but none has been able to match the eloquence and magnitude of Majma’ul Bayan. Although no English translations have been done as of yet, the 10-volume Arabic version can be purchased  online at

In 548 AH, Shaikh Tabarsi departed from this world. He was interred in the shrine of Imam Ridha (peace be upon him) in Mash’had.

When the shrine was being expanded in year ... ? his grave was opened & observed intact


Saeed bin Hbtallah- 'Qutbuddin Rawandi' in Qom shrine courtyard

Date of death     date of Body seen

Mohaddis Many books collected all riwayat

Researched Nahjulbalagha & Ibn abl Hadid mentions his name in preface of shahr nahjulbalagha

Ayt Marashi Najafi ordered for his grave to be raised earlier it was low

When the shrine was being repaired his grave opened up & many people saw the body intact


Abdullah bin Mohammed - Isfahan 17 Zilhajj 716 AH death

Grave Isfahan between Minare Jumban ( 2 moving pillars )  Shaikh Zahid Danishmand

Civil engineers from europe came to investigate how the pillars move & could not find how it was done

Took permission to open grave from ruler & found the grave to be intact

Allama Shaikh Taqiuddin Ibrahim bin Ali e Amili

Shaikh kafami from Jabel Amil born 828 AH kafam village lebanon

Misbah ul Kafami famous dua book & Balad ul Amin

Death 905 AH buried in a valley , Due to rain & snow the grave was washed away

11 Karm Syed Hassan Sadr narrates that in 11 Karn begininng , Farming was being done by farmer & the stone was stuck & a grave was exposed

He lost conciousness & later other people came & the takti was found with his name


Shaikh Abdullah Shustari

 Student of Muqaddas Ardbelli  Went to Isfahan ( where Allama Majlisi is buried )

Najaf studied & went to Isfahan was student of father of Allama Majlisi and very learned

when he died 100,000 people attended his funeral. buried near zaid son of imam

when repair was being done to shrine his grave opened up & allsaw it


Aga Naraqi

Ayt Marashi najafi narrates that going to najaf shrine in courtyard with his father he was

they told him of a grave opened & visible body & Aga Naraqi body was visible

His father kissed his hand also & said as if he was just buried


Ayatullah Syed Mahdi Khonsari

Mohammed Araki narrates he was judge & gave decsion & implemented it ,hence ruler was againast

he was martyred by poison & in wasiyat he asked to be buried at khonsar & when possible take it to Najaf

After few years grave was opeed to shift to Najaf the body was observed in good state & a perfume  was emanating


Ayatllah Kashani Tehrani

student of habibullah narrated that he had willed to bury him with his father

When his father grave was opened his father body was foud intact


Jamal e Khonsari

died 26 Ramadan 1125 ah isfahan

Rains came to the grave & it got opened & people saw the body was intact

Aga Ali Akber Mahadavipur has confirmed.


Ayatullah Karppoz Abadi Mulla Ali Karpoo

1109 birth  student of ..12 yrs

8 muh 1290 died  zanjan imam zada ibrahim buried . garden was being made ,his gave was exposed


Ayt Hajj Hussain Qamari

20 years later after burial ,his grave as exposed too & people saw intact body najaf

Akhound Mulla Darbandi

 Fazil Tehran

famous work on kerbala used to weep a lot on ashura


Ayatullah Shaikh Haeri 

after 32 years Karbala haram being repaired & grave was exposed

Hajj Mulla Mohamed Taqi 4th Martyr also said

Bhai group martyred him & his body was being taken to karbala & buredd in qazwin & body found intact

Kampani is student


Mir Syed Hassan Mujtahadi

after 80 years his grave was seen & ody was intact

Ayatullah Noori - Tehran

Ayatullah Amili Lebanon Shaikh Mahfooz

Narated by Tehrani that when grave was seen Face was illuminated


Ayatullah Syed Hussain Gulpaygani in city Gulpaygan

1304 died after 110 years his grave was being repaired & body was seen intact


Ayatullah Masumi Ishkawari - place ishkawri

died 44 yrs 1316 ah  said to bury in mashad , when grave opened


Ayatullah Bahrululoom Syed Mohammad Mahdi

he has made dome of mukhtar thaqafi & identified place of Imam Mahdi

after 250 years  buried in kerbala due to repair stone was moved & body in tact

did not accept Marjayit but asked others .disbursed 800 toman in 1 hour


Zarabadi Qazwin

after 62 years

Ayatullah Sabzwari Syed Mohammed

1120 sabzwar birth 1233 death

buried in Mashad shrine after 35 years due to repairs his grave was opened & body was intact


Bedgiri near kashan Mohammed Hadi

buried in graveyard which was old ,284 yrs later shopping plaza was being extended & the excavation his grave was opened up & his body was intact

Allama Ali Akber Mahdavi pour seeen it

Mohammed reza majlisi ( son)

3 graves in isfahan -Allama Mohd Taqi Majlisi .Mohammed baqir majlisi( bihar) ,

when the zari was being put in the excavation Mohammed Reza Majlisi grave opened up & his body was in tact


Ayatullah Mamkani  Shaikh Mulla Abdullah

student of Shk Ansari famous in rijal

Najaf in the repair work ,his grave was opened & body was in tact 22 Shaban 1238 AH


Ayatullah Mohaddis Noori

Teacher of Shk Abbas Qummi Najaf  after 40 years .Wifes body was being buried grave was found intact


Ayatullah Akhund Khorasani

writer of Kifaya no one can become alim unless kifaya is read on usoll e fiqh ( 2 yrs it takes to learn)

1356 tehran died body sent to najaf neaer father n relatives

after 46 years his grave was opened ,his body was taken out of grave & all ordinary people saw

Hadi narrates when i got him out i touched him & his body was soft & his hand was also moving same way when picked up


Ayatullah Qazwini

1332 after 14 years body shifted


Ayatullah Mulla

1232 died after 42 years when body was shifted to kerbala


Shaikh Fatahullah Isfahani

1339 after 25 years body was trabnfered to kerbala body was intact