In the Qur’an we read `Isa ibn Maryam (as) had the ability to raise the dead by the permission of Allah (swt):

وَرَسُولًا إِلَىٰ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ أَنِّي قَدْ جِئْتُكُم بِآيَةٍ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ ۖ أَنِّي أَخْلُقُ لَكُم مِّنَ الطِّينِ كَهَيْئَةِ الطَّيْرِ فَأَنفُخُ فِيهِ فَيَكُونُ طَيْرًا بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ ۖ وَأُبْرِئُ الْأَكْمَهَ وَالْأَبْرَصَ وَأُحْيِي الْمَوْتَىٰ بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ ۖ وَأُنَبِّئُكُم بِمَا تَأْكُلُونَ وَمَا تَدَّخِرُونَ فِي بُيُوتِكُمْ ۚ إِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ لَآيَةً لَّكُمْ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ

And [make him] a messenger to the Children of Israel, [who will say], ‘Indeed I have come to you with a sign from your Lord in that I design for you from clay [that which is] like the form of a bird, then I breathe into it and it becomes a bird by permission of Allah. And I cure the blind and the leper, and I give life to the dead – by permission of Allah. And I inform you of what you eat and what you store in your houses. Indeed in that is a sign for you, if you are believers. (3:49)

In an authentic hadith in Usool Al-Kafi, we see Imam Musa ibn Ja`far (as) being compared with Isa (as) for what he did:

“al-‘Abdu ‘s-Sãlih (as) (Another title of the 7th Imãm, which literally means “The Righteous Slave (of Allãh)”) passed by a woman in Minã who was weeping and her children around her were also weeping because her cow was dead. He went close to her and asked her: ‘What causes you to weep O’ maid of Allãh?’ She said: ‘O servant of Allãh! We have orphan children. Our cow that was the means for our living has died and we are left without any means of living.’ He said: ‘O maid of Allãh! Would you like me to bring your cow back to life?’ She was inspired to say: ‘Yes, O servant of Allãh!’ So, he stepped aside and prayed two units of prayer. Then he raised his hands gently and moved his lips. Then he stood up and called the cow to get up. He prodded the cow with a staff or his foot and she stood straight up. When the woman saw the cow she cried out saying: ‘‘Īsã, son of Maryam, by the Lord of the Ka‘bah!’ People gathered around and he (as) disappeared amongst them and left.”

Sanad: A number of our people have narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad from Ali ibn al-Hakam from ‘Abd Allah ibn al-Mughira who has said the above hadith

Source: Usool Al-Kafi, Volume 1, Chapter 177, Hadith #6 (See Image 1)

Grading: Allaamah Al-Majlisi says it is Sahih/Authentic (صحيح) [Mira’at Al-Uqool, Volume 6, Page 66 (See Image 2)]



This is inline with the authentic hadith where Imam Al-Sadiq (as) says: “and through them (the awsiya’) He enlivens the dead.” Click here for full hadith.

See Part 2 here