It is mentioned that Sultan Noor Ud Din Zangi had a vision in which he saw the Prophet asking him to save him (pbuh) from the conspiracy of two men also shown to him in the vision. He saw this vision repeatedly and immediately returned to Medina where scrutiny of the matter ultimately transpired the two persons involved in the conspiracy of removing the body of the prophet.
Based upon this incident some people deduct that the person of Muhammad is alive and still guides his ummah through visions.
The corpus of Islamic beliefs and practices is not based upon visions of ordinary people like the referred Sultan. On the contrary, it is based upon the clear and unadulterated teachings of the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
Thus, if the Qur’anic teachings do not require Muslims to ascribe to the belief of the continuity of the Prophet’s life – as they, in fact, do not – then no vision or dream of an individual can render it a belief of Islam.
I hope this helps.
October 13, 2002