Preservation of the human self

Tai Chung, Taiwan; The city of Tai Chung is struck by a huge earthquake killing more than 2,000 people. Taiwanese Army rescue workers hurry to find survivors in the mass destruction.

One way of preserving the seeds of a plant is by putting them in an airtight container and storing them in a dark place.  Thereafter exposure to the right elements such as sunlight, air and water will see the seeds grow into a plant, tree, etc.

This principle is also applicable to human beings when the resurrection period will commence.  When a person dies and is buried, Allah  preserves the original part of that person in the dark earth, without sunlight and air.  This is achieved because Allah  causes the original or first cell of a person to stay preserved, free from decay.  So when we are placed in the earth for burial our original cell is preserved deep down in the earth just like in an airtight container surrounded by darkness.  In relation to this Prophet (ﷺ) is reported to have said;

‘As for every son of Adam, the earth will devour him except that out of which he was created and therein he will be formed on Resurrection Day’.

When the resurrection takes place all those who were “preserved in the earth” will grow out.  How is this possible?  Through a terrible earthquake which Allah  describes in His Holy Words;

‘When the earth shall be shaken to its depths, and the mountains shall be crumbled to atoms, becoming dust scattered abroad, (56:4-6)’

Again He says;

When the earth is shaken to her (utmost) convulsion, and the earth throws up her burdens (from within), and man cries (distressed): ‘What is the matter with her?’  (99:1-3)

So terrible and different this earthquake will be that everyone will be thrown out of the earth and will grow back into a human being as he or she existed before death.  Every single person will be raised back to life.  From the time of Adam (as) right to the present time.  And the sun will be a few feet over the heads of the resurrected. This will facilitate the ‘growing back’ to man original self.

Everyone will grow back in a uniform way but the difference will be when the ruh re-enters the body.  As we have previously stated, if a person took the time to polish and refine the soul (ruh); when it re-renters the body that person will be ‘bright and shinning’; whereas the careless person who paid no heed to the hereafter; his soul will be like putting a depleted battery in a remote; it will have no effect.

Allah  gives us a description of the state of man when all this is happening;

They will come forth, – their eyes humbled – from (their) graves, (torpid) like locusts scattered abroad, (54:7)

Everyone will be moving about in a ‘helter skelter’ manner.  They would look like drunkards.  The question you need to ask yourselves is how would you like to rise?  Would you like to be among those who will be worried and regrettable?

Allah  is giving us signs.  Look at the natural disasters that are taking place in the world; and in some of the affected countries, we see pictures of the Masjids standing, unaffected, in a midst of destruction.  The true believers will be protected on that Day.  Allah  will take care of those whom He loves and those who are close to Him.

So aspire to earn His Love and qualify yourself to be in His “good books” so that when all the chaos and confusion is taking place you will be safe and protected.  Use the trials and difficult moments in this world to build your personality and fight to get closer and closer to Allah , and insha Allah, on that Day of Accountability He will protect you and take care of your journey.

May Allah  make us from among those who will have ease and comfort on the Day of Resurrection and admit us all in the paradise that He has prepared for His true slaves.

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