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« on: November 03, 2018, 05:26:02 am »

 


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"The Journey into the Hereafter" is an 8-chapter book written by Imam Kamil Mufti and co-author Abdurrahman Mahdi.

The following is an introduction of this book and also its summary from Islam-Religion which is truly worth reading.




If there is only one thing certain about life, it is that it ends.  This truism instinctively raises a question which preoccupies most people at least once in their life: What lies beyond death?

At the physiological level, the journey that the deceased takes is plain for all to witness.  If left alone to natural causes, the heart will stop beating, the lungs will stop breathing, and the body’s cells will be starved of blood and oxygen.  The termination of blood flow to the outer extremities will soon turn them pale.  With the oxygen cut off, cells will respire anaerobically for a time, producing the lactic acid which causes rigor mortis – the stiffening of the corpse’s muscles.  Then, as the cells begin to decompose, the stiffness wanes, the tongue protrudes, the temperature drops, the skin discolors, the flesh rots, and the parasites have their feast - until all that is left is dried-out tooth and bone.

As for the journey of the soul after death, then this is not something that can be witnessed, nor can it be gauged through scientific enquiry.  Even in a living body, the soul of a person cannot be subjected to empirical experimentation.  It is simply beyond human control.  In this regard, the concept of a Hereafter - a life beyond death, resurrection, and a Day of Reckoning; not to mention the existence of a Divine, Omnipotent Creator, His angels, destiny, and so on - comes under the subject of belief in the unseen.  The only way in which man can come to know anything of the unseen world is through divine revelation.

"And with Allah are the keys of the unseen, none knows them but He.  And He knows whatever there is in (or on) the earth and in the sea; not a leaf falls, but He knows it.  There is not a grain in the darkness of the earth, nor anything fresh or dry, but is written in a Clear Record." (Noble Quran 6:59)

It is only through Allah's Final Revelation to humanity, the Noble Quran, as revealed to His Final Prophet, Muhammad, that we learn most about the afterlife.  And as the Quran is, and will forever remain, preserved and uncorrupted by human hands, the insight it gives us into the world of the unseen is, for the believer, as factual, real and true as anything that can be learnt through any scientific endeavor (and with a zero margin of error!).

"…We have neglected nothing in the Book; then unto their Rab they shall all be gathered." (Noble Quran 6:38)

Coupled with the question of what happens after we die, is the question: Why are we here? For if there is indeed no greater purpose to life (that is, greater than simply living life itself), the question of what happens after death becomes academic, if not pointless.  It is only if one first accepts that our intelligent design, our creation, necessitates an intelligence and designer behind it, a Creator who will judge us for what we do, that life on earth carries any significant meaning.

"Then did you think that We created you in vain and that to Us you would not be returned?  Therefore exalted be Allah, the Sovereign, the Truth; no deity is there save Him, Rab of the Supreme Throne." (Noble Quran 23:115-116)

If aught else, a discerning person would be forced to conclude that life on earth is full of injustice, cruelty and oppression; that the law of the jungle, survival of the fittest, is what is paramount; that if one cannot find happiness in this life, whether due to absence of material comforts, physical love, or other joyous experiences, then life is simply not worth living.  In fact, it is precisely because a person despairs of this worldly life while having little, no, or imperfect faith in afterlife, that they may commit suicide.  After all, what else do the unhappy, unloved and unwanted ..  the dejected, (desperately) depressed and despairing have to lose?!

"And who despairs of the Mercy of his Rab except those who are astray?" (Noble Quran 15:56)

So can we accept that our death is limited to mere physiological termination, or that life is merely a product of blind, selfish evolution?  Surely, there is more to death, and so to life, than this.





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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2018, 05:23:12 am »



Alhumdulilah ya Rab.  This will be the real Journey.  I like the way the author of this article has separated the biological process of the final Journey from the spiritual.  Biological process is just the superficial cover.  Even before the body starts to rot (if left to itself), by the time the skin turns pale and the body gets stiff, the actual "person" who has passed away - the soul - has already made its final Journey and is in the custody of Allah Almighty.  The body is just a mortal, perishable thing left behind.  The vitally important thing is that this Journey must be a happy one for the soul, and only the fortunate ones who have acquired the acceptance of The Almighty will derive the pleasure of this beautiful last Journey to the farthest destination.   All praise be to you, ya Allah.

Thanks for putting this up dear sis.


   
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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2018, 09:40:15 pm »




Very well articulated, Alhumdulilah.  I think, it maybe possible that many of us will get an idea on the day we make our final Journey to what extent we have proven ourselves worthy of the favors of The Almighty.    Only Allah would know the precise surrounding of this Journey, but I have a feeling that it will be blissful for those who have acquired His acceptance and extremely regrettable for the unsuccessful.  The key to a happy Journey is grasping His guidance while we still have time left to start that final Trip. 

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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2018, 09:48:04 pm »



So inspiring, isn't it?   Only the very thick skinned wouldn't reflect on the Final Journey.
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Exactly ....
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« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2018, 10:23:28 pm »




Inna Lilahi wa Inna Elahi Rajoon.   Ya Rab, this is certain truth.   Ya Rab, please help us to have the strongest grip on Your Guidance so that we can enjoy the Day of Travel prior to the Day of Judgement.  Ameen ya Rab, ameen.  You alone we worship, You alone we ask for help.

This piece is absolutely exhilarating.   Must invite my family to read it.




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