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Is Al-Khidr Alive or Dead, Prophet or Not?

Title Is Al-Khidr Alive or Dead, Prophet or Not?
Question Dear scholar Assalamu alaikum, I’ve heard stories about khidr(a.s) such as he lives till the day of judgement and if he sits on a barren land the ground would turn green and so on. Is he a prophet? What does the quran and the sunnah says about khidr(a.s) ?
Date 6/29/2004
Mufti A Group of Islamic Researchers

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear questioner, we would like to thank you for the great confidence you place in us, and we implore Allah Almighty to help us serve His cause and render our work for His Sake.

In an attempt to furnish you with a comprehensive answer to your question, we would like to cite for you the following:

“The stories of al-Khidr told by the righteous are innumerable. They claim that he and Ilyaas perform Hajj each year and they narrated du’aa’s from them, and these stories are well known and widespread, but the basis of what they say is very weak, because most of them are stories narrated from some of those whom they think are righteous, or dreams and ahaadeeth that are attributed to Anas or others, but all of them are da’eef (weak) and cannot be used to prove anything.

What seems to me to be more likely, based on the evidence concerning this matter, is that al-Khidr is not alive, rather he died. This is for a number of reasons:

1 – The apparent meaning of the verse “And We granted not to any human being immortality before you (O Muhammad); then if you die, would they live forever?” (Al-Anbiya’: 34)

2 – The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have said: “O Allah , if you allow this group of Muslims to be destroyed, You will not be worshipped on earth.” (Narrated by Muslim)

3- The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said that one hundred years after the night on which he was speaking, none of the people who were on the face of the earth then would still be alive. If al-Khidr had been alive at that point he would not have remained after the hundred years mentioned. Muslim ibn al-Hajjaaj said that ‘Abd-Allah ibn ‘Abd-Allah ibn ‘Umar said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) led us in praying ‘Isha’ one night towards the end of his life, then he stood up and said: ‘Do you see this night of yours? One hundred years from now not one of those who are on the face of the earth now will remain.” Ibn ‘Umar said: “The people did not understand these words of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him), and they said that this meant that the Day of Resurrection would come after one hundred years. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, ‘not one of those who are on the face of the earth now will remain’ meaning that that generation would pass away.”

4 – If al-Khidr had lived until the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), he would have followed him, supported him and fought alongside him, because he was sent to the two races of jinn and mankind.”

Clarifying whether al-Khidr was a Prophet or not, we would like to cite for you the following:

“The from the general meaning of the Qur’anic verses it appears that he was a Prophet.

Shaykh al-Shanqeeti (may Allah have mercy on him) said in his commentary on the verse “Then they found one of Our slaves, on whom We had bestowed mercy from Us, and whom We had taught knowledge from Us” (Al-Kahf: 65)

“But it may be understood from some verses that the mercy mentioned here was the mercy of Prophethood, and that this knowledge which came from Allah was the knowledge of revelation (wahy). It is known that mercy and the bestowal of knowledge from Allah is more general and comes in more ways than via Prophethood. The fact that something general exists does not necessarily imply that something more specific exists, as is well known. One of the indications that the mercy and knowledge with which Allah blessed His slave al-Khidr came by way of Prophethood and revelation is the verse “And I did them not of my own accord” (Al-Kahf: 82) i.e., rather I did them by the command of Allah, and the command of Allah is only conveyed via wahy (revelation), because there is no way for the commands and prohibitions of Allah to be known except through revelation from Allah, especially with regard to the killing of an apparently innocent soul and damaging a ship by making a hole in it, because committing acts of aggression against people’s lives and wealth can only be validated via revelation from Allah.”

The above quotations are taken with modifications from http://www.islam-qa.com

Based on the above, we can conclude that according to the view which is deemed to be the most correct, al-khidr is no longer alive. In addition, he was a Prophet according to the preponderant view. As to the issue of stories about him and the freak actions, we are to stick to that which is mentioned in the Qur’an and the authentic Sunnah keeping in mind that there are people who are fond of fabricating stories so as to attract people’s attention and dissuade them from the right path and derailing them from observing their daily obligatory acts. In stead of pondering over the Qur’anic story of al-Khidr, people-if they follow this barren way of thinking- will end up in a total miss.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to write back!

May Allah guide you to the straight path, and guide you to that which pleases Him, Amen.

Allah Almighty knows best.


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