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The Miracle of the Coccyx and Resurrection

By Dr. Ahmad Muhammad Al khalidi

Throughout history, the question of resurrection has been a matter of controversy, as it has been clarified in several Quranic narrative dialogues, especially between Prophets and disbelievers. However, the evidence before Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him) was mostly concrete and tangible, whereas the evidence during Prophet Mohammad’s era (Peace be upon him) was mostly mental and intellectual. The Holy Quran reports a part of such controversy, in Surat ‘Ya- Sin’, and points out the mental proof that Allah reveals verses of the Quran to Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) so that he can convince the disbelievers who deny resurrection. For instance, (Saboni Vol. III:24) reports that one day ‘Ubay Bin Khalaf’, a hypocrite, came to the  Messenger of Allah Mohammad (PBUH) with old bones in his hand and rubbed them out in front of  the  Holy Prophet’s face and said mockingly: “Oh Mohammad! do you claim that Allah is able to revive us after we’ll be ashes like these?”

So glory to Him in Whose hands is the dominion of all things: and to Him will ye be all brought back.

Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), realizing that Ubay is a challenging hypocrite, said: “Yes, and He will place you in Fire”. Then Allah (Exalted be He) revealed the following verses: (Ya Sin: 77-83)

(77) Doth not man see that it is We Who created him from sperm? yet behold! he (stands forth) as an open adversary!

(78) And he makes comparisons for Us, and forgets his own (origin and) Creation: He says: “Who can give life to (dry) bones and decomposed ones (at that)?”

(79) Say, “He will give them life Who created them for the first time! for He is Well-versed in every kind of creation!-

(80) “The same Who produces for you fire out of the green tree, when behold! ye kindle therewith (your own fires)!

(81) “Is not He Who created the heavens and the earth able to create the like thereof?” – Yea, indeed! for He is the Creator Supreme, of skill and knowledge (infinite)!

(82) Verily, when He intends a thing, His Command is, “be”, and it is!

(83) So glory to Him in Whose hands is the dominion of all things: and to Him will ye be all brought back.

Though man’s power is too limited to enable him to know many things inside and around himself; he disputes with his Creator Allah (the All- knowing); whose power is so absolute that“His Throne doth extend over the heavens and the earth and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them for He is the most high, the supreme (in glory)”. ( Baqara: 255)

This Divine address to mankind guides Muslims, as Baz brings forth, to: “contemplate about Allah’s absolute ability of creation”, to be thankful and grateful to Allah, to recognize the foolishness of disbelief and the deterioration of disbelievers, and to call well for worshipping Allah.

Ali (1934:1187) wonders of “man’s disobedience and folly” He adds that man who is “created out of something that is less than a drop in the vast ocean of existence has the hardihood to stand and dispute with his maker, and institute idle comparisons.” See (Yasin:78)“He says: “Who can give life to (dry) bones and decomposed ones (at that)?”Ali adds, “Man certainly cannot, and no power in nature can do that”.  Does he forget that the One (the Creator) who created them for the first time is able to recreate them in the Hereafter. Allah (Exalted be He) reveals to Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) to answer the disbelievers in a rational, convincing manner:“Say, He will give them life Who created them for the first time! for He is Well-versed in every kind of creation! (Yasin: 79)

Allah (Exalted be He) answers man’s query concerning resurrection who says:

(3)”Does man think that We Cannot assemble his bones?

(4)Nay, We are able to put together in perfect order The very tips of his fingers”.(Qiyamah: 3-4)

So, Man should not strike such an example that equalizes between the creature and the Creator,“And he makes comparisons for Us, and forgets his own (origin and) Creation”.(Yasin:78)

Sa’di (1985) objects to such comparison and says that nobody should strike such example which compares the ability of the creature to the ability of the Creator, thinking that what is impossible for the creature is impossible for the Creator.

Nothing is impossible or difficult to Allah; as His power is absolute,“Verily, when He intends a thing, His Command is, “Be”, and it is!” (Yasin:82)

Al Baz (2007) states that there is nothing difficult or easy, and there is nothing near or distant in front of the word of Allah ‘Be’, weather it is heaven or earth, ant or mosquito. Just when the will of Allah is directed toward creating something, it is quite sufficient to exist whatsoever it is.

“So glory to Him in Whose hands is the dominion of all things: and to Him will ye be all brought back” (Yasin: 83), for reckoning and reward. Thus Allah (Exalted be He) closed Surat ‘Ya- Sin’ with such powerful seal that denotes the perfection of the Might and the greatness of the dominion only possessed by the Creator of Universe.

Evidences on Resurrection:

a) Quranic evidence

It can be concluded out of this Holy Quranic didactic dialogue that there are six Quranic proofs on the ability of Allah to give life to dead people on the day of resurrection:

First,

“He will give them life Who created them for the first time!”

Second,

” He is well-versed in every kind of creation!”

Third,

“Who produces for you fire out of the green tree, when behold! ye kindle there with (your own fires)!”

Fourth,

“Is not He Who created the heavens and the earth able to create the like thereof?”

Fifth,

“Verily, when He intends a thing, His Command is, “Be”, and it is!”

Sixth,

“So glory to Him in Whose hands is the dominion of all things”

 b) Prophetic evidence

On the authority of Abu Hurairah, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) says “Whole Adam’s son is eaten by earth except the tailbone, from it he was created and out of it he will be constructed.” (Sahih Muslim)

c) Scientific evidence (The miracle of tailbone)

Those who deny resurrection claim that once man dies and his body starts to decay and changes into soil, the whole body will vanish and it will never come back to life again. However, the modern scientific researchers prove clearly the possibility of life after death as they have carried out several scientific researches on human tailbone.

Answering–Christianity.com reports that the scientists tested the human tailbone and exposed it to the strongest factors of radiation, grinding, pressure and heat and other factors, yet this part of human body remained consistent with the same chemical construction despite all the circumstances. Thus, the most recent scientific researches prove that the first cipher or genetic code from which man has been already created exists in the very finite tiny part of the coccyx.

It is quite clear that the scientific evidence of the coccyx matches with both the Quranic and the Prophetic evidences; which drives those who deny resurrection to open their minds and hearts to the truth and realize that what the Quran states is true and what Prophet Muhammad points out is also true. In view of that, the way to belief in Allah (Exalted be He) and in his Prophet (PBUH), as well as in resurrection has become quite paved and easy for normal and sensible people.


About the author:

Dr. Ahmad Muhammad Al khalidi is Researcher and translator, E L teacher and lecturer, an old member in the Islam Presentation Committee (IPC), Kuwait.

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Life After Life?

Your life is really like an hour of a day. A moment. In this moment that is your life you have a simple task. Acknowledge that there is only one God.

Imagine you find yourself imprisoned in a strange land. You have been imprisoned for several weeks.

 

One day, two guards come to your cell. With them is a man dressed in a suit carrying a brown briefcase. They stand in front of your cell door. The man in the suit pulls out a piece of paper from the briefcase. He mentions your name, then hands you the paper. It reads:

 

In about one hour from reading this, you will die. It might be a bit more or a bit less than an hour, but when your time is up you will not be able to escape the punishment, Death! No one has ever escaped from this punishment except through one way. Those who have completed a single simple task. If you complete this task you will live. Indeed, not only will you live but your life will be unimaginably better than it is right now.

This task will take no more than five minutes of the one hour you have left. The task is to call your mother and tell her that she’s the only mother you have, that you appreciate and are grateful for all that she has done for you and that you should ask her to forgive you for anything that you’ve done to upset her. That’s it. You will be given a smartphone. Your mother’s number is stored on it and all you need to do is turn it on, find the number and call her. You have one hour.

Having finished reading you look up. The man in the suit hands you a smartphone and leaves with the guards. What will you do?

It may seem obvious, but what you are not told is that this phone is also connected to your text messages and social media accounts, and when you turn it on, the email, text and social media notifications start appearing on the screen, including your lawyer who has been messaging you that he can get you out.

Barely thinking you begin to flick through the messages, reading and then responding to them! The distraction is instant, yet prolonged. At the back of your mind you remember that you only have an hour, but you keep telling yourself you have plenty of time. Half an hour later a guard comes. “Did you complete the task?” he asks.

You look up confused, barely remembering why you were given the phone in the first place. The guard leaves and calls start coming from your lawyer. You answer. He’s promising he can get you out, and at the same time he’s telling you that your modest investment that you made with him is making massive amounts of money.

Everyone is talking about how rich you are, and that surely no one would dare do anything to you, you’re worth more alive…then you hear the sound of marching feet…you look up and there are the guards again. Six of them this time, dressed in black. They are holding heavy chains…

The hour is up!

This is an example of the life of this world. Your life, however long, is really like an hour of a day. A moment. In this moment that is your life you have a simple task. Acknowledge that there is only one God.

To do so is natural and rational and obvious. Deep down you already know that there is great, wise and mighty being that has created you and this universe and that He provides for and controls all things. Acknowledge His blessings and ask for His forgiveness.

Thank Him and Him alone. Worship Him alone and do not make anything equal with Him. It won’t take much time in your life to do that. Not much time at all. Like five minutes of the hour that is your life. If you do this you will get an eternal life of bliss, Paradise. A place of complete peace, happiness and joy where everything you could dream of and hope for will be there and more. Things that your heart cannot even imagine, and your mind cannot even conceive.

You will never get old, or tired, or bored or hungry or thirsty or too hot or too cold. Every moment in that place will be better than the moment before it.

…but the life of the world distracts you!

It distracts you until that moment when your time is up, but by then its too late! Certainly, when you are in the grave you will come to know with absolute certainty the reality that this life distracted you from, that this life was just a test. Passing this test involved something incredibly simple, easy and natural.

To testify that there is one true source of success and happiness; the Creator, who has no equal and no rival. To ask your Creator for forgiveness for your mistakes and be thankful by trying to live your life according to the guidance that He has sent.

…but the life of the world distracts you!

Death is the reality that will confront us all. It is absolutely certain. You will not escape it.

The rich and poor, healthy and sick, young and old, men and women, black and white from the East or West, death will reach them all. So, what have you prepared for the life to come? What have you done to save yourself from its perils and trials?

Do you really imagine that you will be left and not held to account for all that you have done and for all that you have failed to do? No, certainly you will be asked. Every atom’s weight of good and ever atom’s weight of evil will be made known on a day about which there is no doubt.

This is a Day of Accounting. The Day of Reckoning. The Day of Judgment.

Every injustice and every wrong will be made right, and then you will be presented with your scroll of deeds. Whoever’s scale is heavy with good will go to the gardens of delights.

Whoever’s scale of deeds is heavy with evil, for them is the burning fire of endless pain and suffering where its inhabitants will neither live nor will they die, a suffering that will only increase eternally. Death will approach them from every side, but they will not die.

“Bear in mind that the present life is just a game, a diversion, an attraction, a cause of boasting among you, of rivalry in wealth and children. It is like plants that spring up after the rain: their growth at first delights the sowers, but then you see them wither away, turn yellow, and become stubble. There is terrible punishment in the next life as well as forgiveness and approval from God; the life of this world is only an illusory pleasure. (The Qur’an Chapter 57 , Verse 20)

Think about it.

Where would you want to spend your eternity?

The Day of Judgement is true

Hellfire is true

Paradise is true

This is the certain truth

…but the life of the world distracts you!


Source: onereason.org

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