Death is a certainty that all the humans on the face of Earth agree upon. Often we see, hear or talk about someone's death but what happens after death? Is death really the end? Some might say:
“What is there to think about death? It's beyond our control. Our time will come and we will die — that is it. While there is time, we must make most out of our life. Eat, drink, love, achieve power and glory, earn money, etc. Don't think about an unpleasant thing like death."
HOWEVER what if death is not the end? So then, let's think.
HOW DID WE COME TO EARTH? WHO PLACED US HERE?
Were we created by nothing? Did we create ourselves? Did we come to earth on our own will? If the answer is “no” for all the questions above, do we have a creator?
Scientists agree that Universe had a beginning as the age of the universe can be measured. Since Universe has a beginning, we are left with just two possibilities for the origin of the Universe:
1. Universe came into existence from nothing on its own
2. Universe was created by a Creator whom we refer to as God (Allah).
If someone believes that Universe came into existence from nothing on its own, it means that this universe created itself when it did not exist. It is like saying that the pen created itself or you gave birth to yourself. This is logically and scientifically impossible.
Since the universe did not create itself, the only possibility is that the Universe was created by a Creator.
The same Creator Who created the Universe, also created us.
YOU MAY ASK “OKAY, WHO CREATED THE CREATOR?”
In the Holy Qur’an, Allah tells us that He is the only creator and sustainer of all that exists and that nothing and no one exists alongside Him, nor does He have any partners. He tells us that He is not created, nor is He like His creation in anyway. He calls Himself by a number of names and three of them are:
· The First
· The Last
· The Eternal
He always has existed and He never was created, as He is not like His creation, nor similar to it, in any way.
1. Say, “He is God, [who is] One,
2. God [Allah], the Eternal Refuge.
3. He neither begets nor is born,
4. Nor is there to Him any equivalent’’.
WHY DID GOD CREATE US? WHY THIS LIFE AND DEATH?
God did not create us for play and fun. God created us for a purpose to worship Him alone and not worship any of His creations like idols, images, sun, star, planets, humans etc. Worshiping God includes offering prayers and living a life of obedience to God by performing good deeds and staying away from all evil deeds.
YOU ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO GOD FOR YOUR DEEDS ON EARTH You might have heard some people say, “Forget about being good. Many corrupt and bad people enjoy their life with fame and money. Why should we care to be good? All that matters is success in life.” On the face of it, the comment looks very appealing but we need to remember that God, Who is our Creator, is Most Just and will not let us get away with what we did in this world. Each one of us is answerable to God for our deeds we do in this world. The world will come to an end one day. All the human beings from the first man to the last will be brought back to life on the Day of Judgment and will be questioned for their deeds. After you die, you will be brought back to life
on the Day of Judgement along with the rest of mankind.
DO WE REALLY NEED A LIFE AFTER DEATH?
We need Life after Death because we all desire justice. The world we live in is filled with injustice. Around us, we can see lots of good people suffering, while many bad people enjoy their life. Perfect and complete justice is not possible in this world.
To give an example, how do we punish a suicide bomber who kills himself and also kills several innocent people leading the families of the innocent victims into grief and emotional distress? How do we compensate the innocent people who lost their lives in the suicide bombing? Although we would all agree that the suicide bomber should be punished and the innocent victims should be compensated, in reality we can neither punish the suicide bomber nor can we compensate the innocent victims killed by the suicide bomber.
PERFECT JUSTICE IN THE LIFE AFTER DEATH
God has been watching us, knowing our intentions and is fully aware of the effects of our deeds in this world. God will weigh our good deeds against our bad deeds, and pronounce His judgment on us accordingly. Even the smallest of our deeds will be taken into account on the Day of Judgment. Every person will know for what he is
rewarded or punished. The reward will be Paradise and the punishment will be Hell. The life in Paradise and Hell will be eternal. Since the life in Paradise and Hell is never ending, God can punish
evil people like suicide bombers as many times as the number of people they killed or as many times as they deserve to be punished. Similarly, God can compensate the innocent victims as many times as He wants without an end. This is the Perfect Justice every human being longs for but fails to get in this world.
PARADISE -FOR WHOM?
The righteous people who worshiped the One True God and never prostrated to or prayed to any other thing or a person, and lived a life of kindness and morality will be rewarded with an Eternal bliss and delight in Paradise.
HELL- FOR WHOM?
The evil and the arrogant people who after knowing the truth, chose to worship and serve God's creations like idols, images, sun, star, planets, humans etc. and lived a life in disobedience of their Creator by performing evil and shameful deeds will be punished in blazing Hell Fire for eternity.
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