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How can you confirm the existence of life after death?

The Qur’an teaches that the present life is a trial
in preparation for the next realm of our existence. A
day will come when the whole universe will be
destroyed and recreated, and the dead will be
resurrected to stand in judgment before Allah.

On the Day when the earth will be changed to
another earth and so will be the heavens and
they (all creatures) will appear before Allah, the
One, the Irresistible. [14:48]

The Day of Resurrection will be the beginning of
another life, one that will be eternal. It is then that
every person will be fully compensated by Allah for
his or her good and evil deeds.

The explanation that the Qur’an gives about the
necessity of life after death is exactly what the moral
consciousness of man demands. If there were no life
after death, the very belief in Allah would become
meaningless, or even if one believed in Him, it
would then be an unj ust and indifferent deity,
having once created man and no longer being
concerned with his fate. Surely, Allah is just. He will
punish the tyrants, whose crimes are beyond count having
killed hundreds of innocent people, created
great corruption in society, enslaved numerous
persons to serve their own whims, and so on.
Because one has a short life span in this world and
since numerous individuals are affected by one’s
actions, adequate punishments and rewards are not
possible in this life. The Qur’an very emphatically
states that the Day of Judgment will come and that
Allah will decide the fate of each soul.

Each and every human being longs for justice.
Even if one does not uphold it for others they want
justice for themselves. For example, tyrants and
oppressors who are intoxicated by power and
influence and inflict pain and suffering on others will
object vehemently if any injustice is done to them.
The reason such people become insensitive to the
suffering of others is that they feel that power and
influence prevents others from doing injustice to
them.

Any person who has suffered injustice,
irrespective of financial or social status, almost
certainly wants its perpetrator to be punished.
Though a large number of criminals are punished,
many of them get off lightly or even scot-free. They
may continue to lead pleasant, even luxurious lives
and enjoy a peaceful existence. Allah may not punish
a criminal in this world but He will surely hold him
accountable on the Day of Judgment and punis h
him.

It is true that a wrongdoer may receive part of the
justice that is due to him in this world, but it will
remain incomplete. The same is true of someone who
deserves great reward and repayment – who has
done much good, helped or taught many people,
saved lives, suffered to uphold truth or patiently
endured much hardship or injustice. No earthly
compensation is adequate for such relentless courage
and effort. These types of deeds can only be repaid in
full in an eternal life where every individual affected
by one’s actions will testify for or against that person,
and where one’s innermost thoughts and intentions,
known only to Allah, will be exposed and judged
precisely and perfectly.

Belief in the Hereafter is completely logical. Allah
has made certain things pleasing and desirable to us
in this worldly life, such as justice, although it is
usually unattainable. Though a person may obtain a
good portion of earthly pleasures and many of his
objectives, one remains convinced that the world is
unjust. Now, why would the Creator implant in us
the love for something we may not experience? The
answer is that this life is only one portion of our
existence and the Hereafter is the necessary
conclusion which balances everything out. Whatever
is missing here will be found there; and similarly,
whatever is gained unlawfully here will result in
deprivation there. That is the perfect and absolute
justice Allah has promised.

Finally, Allah is able to create and re-create as He
wills. He creates whatever He wills, however He
wills, whenever He wills. Allah, the Exalted, says:

As We began the first creation, We will repeat
it. [That is] a promise binding upon Us. Indeed,
We shall do it. [21:104]

 

 

 

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