I am a bit confused by the Ask-Imam website. I've noticed a lot of conflicting answers (or maybe I'm just incapable of seeing the scholarly nuances in them). I will post some of these possible contradictions here, so hopefully maybe Mufti Husain can clarify and/or the corrections can be made to the site itself.
On the issue of the Prophet [s] being alive in his grave, Mufti Ebrahim Desai had formerly said:
http://www.islam.tc/ask-imam/view.php?q=9704Ambiyaa and other chosen servants of Allah are alive in their graves. However, this life is life of the Barzakh and not of this world. The level of life in the Barzakh differs with each individual, however, the level of life in the prophets (alayhis salaam) is more than that in others.’ (Imdaadul Ahkaam vol.1 pg.342)
But then he also said this here:
http://islam.tc/ask-imam/view.php?q=11749The view of the wahabi/Salafis is that Nabi sallalahu Alaihi wasallam and all the other ambiyaa as well are not alive in their grave. This view has been incorrectly attributed to the Ulama of Depband. The correct view on the topic is that the Ambiyaa and Shuhadaa are alive in their graves, in a manner like that of their lives in this world, without having to do any Ibadat etc. (Hayaatun Dunyaweeyah bilaa Takleefin). This is the unanimous belief of the Ulama of Deoband and has been mentioned in the book "AL-Muhannad alal Mufannad" (Pg. 3icon_cool.gif which clearly states the beliefs of the Ulama of deoband and which as been attested to by all the senior Ulama of deoband.
Am I misunderstanding something?
By the way, both links are currently not working for some odd reason...
Fi Aman Allah