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Submitters Perspective

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Death, Cremation and Resurrection

I was watching television a few months ago and the news story gave accounts that Islam did not sanction cremation. I was quite concerned about this as I had my wife cremated about three years earlier. Also I intend to be cremated upon my death.

To set my mind at ease, I took out my Quran, the Final Testament. As I read the Quran, my mind was set at ease. I read in the Introduction on Animals, these creatures are redeemed back to God’s eternal kingdom.

In 5:48, …to God is your final destiny- all of you-then He will inform you of everything you had disputed. Then in 6:36 …God resurrects the dead; they ultimately return to Him. In 2:45 …God is the One who provides and withholds, and to Him you will be returned. Then in 10:56 …He controls life and death, and to Him you will be returned.

As I continued to looking for answers, I ran across the Crucial Advice in 17:36.

[17:36] You shall not accept any information, unless you verify it for yourself. I have given you the hearing, the eyesight, and the brain, and you are responsible for using them.

Now that I know that I am responsible for using my brain. I was even more concerned about the people who get cremated, the people

that get vaporized by a large explosion, and also the people who die when no one is around. I got the answer in the following verses.

[17:49-51] They said, “After we turn into bones and fragments, we get resurrected anew?!” Say, “Even if you turn into rocks or iron. Even if you turn into any kind of creation that you deem impossible.” They will then say, “Who will bring us back?” Say, “The One who created you in the first place.” They will then shake their heads and say, “When will that be?” Say, “It may be closer than you think.”

I now have a good feeling about cremation. I now know that the seven astronauts that got vaporized in the space shuttle accident were returned back to God.

[19:93-95] Every single one in the heavens and the earth is a servant of the Most Gracious. He has encompassed them, and has counted them one by one. All of them will come before Him on the Day of Resurrection as individuals.

On the Day of Resurrection, everyone will be accounted for without the slightest injustice.

[21:47] We will establish the scales of justice on the Day of Resurrection. No soul will suffer the least injustice. Even the equivalent of a mustard seed will be accounted for. We are the most efficient reckoners.

[21:104] On that day, we will fold the heaven, like the folding of a book. Just as we initiated the first creation, we will repeat it. This is our

promise; we will certainly carry it out.

As stated in 26:81, “the One who puts me to death, then brings me back to life.” And in 28:88 “we will all be returned to Him.”

[28:88] You shall not worship beside GOD any other god. There is no other god beside Him. Everything perishes except His presence. To Him belongs all sovereignty, and to Him you will be returned.

We all know that there is nothing hidden from God.

[34:3] Those who disbelieve have said, “The Hour will never come to pass!” Say, “Absolutely - by my Lord - it will most certainly come to you. He is the Knower of the future. Not even the equivalent of an atom’s weight is hidden from Him, be it in the heavens or the earth. Not even smaller than that, or larger (is hidden). All are in a profound record.”

In conclusion, God says in the Quran:

[57:4] He is the One who created the heavens and the earth in six days, then assumed all authority. He knows everything that enters into the earth, and everything that comes out of it, and everything that comes down from the sky, and everything that climbs into it. He is with you wherever you may be. GOD is Seer of everything you do.

Glory be to God.

Lou - USA