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Judgement Day

Resurrection: The Proof from Al-Hiss


“The disbelievers pretend that they will never be resurrected (for the account). Say (O Muhammad): “Yes! By my Lord, you will certainly be resurrected, then you will be informed (and recompensed for) what you did, and that is easy for Allah.” [Surah at‐Taghaabun (64):7]

To illustrate to us this possibility, Allah has given us stories of past events when people saw with their own eyes (and physical senses) how He raised the dead to life. There are five examples given in the second chapter of the Qur’an, in Surah al‐Baqarah:

1. The story of the people of Musaa when they said to him, “We will not believe in you unless we see Allah openly without a barrier”, and thus they were seized by death. Thereafter Allah resurrected them and said to admonish them and all the Children of Israel with this story,

 “And (remember) when you said, “O Musaa! We shall never believe in you till we see Allah plainly.” But you were seized with a thunderbolt (and lightening) while you were looking. Then We raised you up after your death so that you might be grateful.” [Surah al‐Baqarah (2):55‐56]

2. The story of the murdered man among the Children of Israel, when they argued about determining who the murderer was. Allah ordered them to sacrifice a cow and strike the corpse with a part of it so that he can come to life to tell them about the killer. Allah the Most Exalted said about this case:

“And (remember) when you killed a man and fell into dispute among yourselves as to the crime. So Allah brought forth that which you were hiding. So We said, “Strike him (the dead man) with a piece of it (the cow).” Thus Allah brings the dead to life and shows you His signs so that you may understand.” [Surah al‐ Baqarah (2):72‐73]

3. The story of the group that ran away from their homes fearing death even though they were thousands and could have stood up to their enemies. Allah struck them dead in their tracks and then brought them back to life. Relating this story Allah Most Exalted said in the Qur’an:

“Did you (O Muhammad) not think of those who went forth from their homes in thousands, fearing death? Allah said to them: “Die!” And then He restored them to life. Truly, Allah is full of Bounty to mankind, but most men thank not.” [Surah al‐Baqarah (2):243].

4. The story of the man who passed by a dead and deserted village, and wondered how Allah would be able to resurrect them. Allah struck him dead for a hundred years and then raised him up again. Relating this story, Allah Most Exalted said:

“Or like the one who passed by a town all in utter ruins. He said, “Oh! How will Allah ever bring it to life after its death?” So Allah caused him to die for a hundred years, then raised him up. He said, “How long did you remain (dead)?” He [the man] replied, “Perhaps I remained (dead) a day or a part of a day.” He said, “Nay, you have remained for a hundred years; look at your food and your drink, they show no change; and look at your donkey! And thus We have made of you a Sign for the people. And look at the bones, how We bring them together and clothe them with flesh.” When this was clearly shown to him, he said, “I Know (now) that Allah is Able to do all things.” [Surah al‐Baqarah (2):259]

5. The story of Ibraheem who asked Allah to show him how He resurrects the dead. Allah ordered him to slaughter four birds, cut them in pieces and spread these pieces to various mountains. Then He told him to call these dead birds, and when he did, they came back to him flying. On this Allah the Most Exalted said:

“And (remember) when Ibraheem said, “My Lord! Show me how You give life to the dead.” Allah said, “Do you not believe?” Ibraheem said, “Yes, but to be stronger in faith.” He said, “Take four birds, then cause them to incline towards you (to slaughter them and cut them into pieces), and then put a portion of them on every hill and call them, they will come to you in haste. And know that Allah is All‐Mighty, All‐Wise.” [Surah al‐Baqarah (2):260]

Sometimes we sense ourselves in our dreams that we are in a huge expanse, or extremely constricted and confined, feeling the pain of being squeezed and the fear of claustrophobia. Sometimes we are even jerked awake from these nightmares, only to find ourselves sitting in our beds. Sleep is the twin of death, and this is why Allah calls it a type of “Wafaat” (fulfillment, appointed time of death and its like), as Allah the Most Exalted said:

“It is Allah Who takes away the souls at the time of their death, and those that die not during their sleep. He keeps those (souls) for which He had ordained death and sends the others (back) for a term appointed. Verily, in this are signs for a people who think deeply. [Surah az‐Zumar (39):42]

Taken from Explaining the Fundamentals Of Faith

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