Have you heard the story of two babies in the womb? The story goes like this:
In a mother’s womb were two babies.
One asked the other; “Do you believe in life after delivery?”
The other replied; “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”
“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”
The second said; “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”
The first replied; “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”
The second insisted; “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”
The first replied; “Nonsense. And moreover if there is life, then why has no one has ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”
“Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”
The first replied; “Mother?” You actually believe in Mother That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?”
The second said; “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her this world would not and could not exist.”
Said the first; “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”
To which the second replied; “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.”
Source Facebook post.
It appears that the other one is having enough information about the outside world, but that’s alright. The story raises one of the great question in our life, does life after death truly exist?
Well, the story itself is pretty simple in telling us the life after death. Something that most unbelievers do not believe that it will take places.
Well, long before this story came up, Allah SWT, The Most Almighty and The Most Merciful, through his Prophet Muhammad SAW revealed verses which clearly told the chronological order of human’s life:
“How can you disbelieve in God? When you were without life, He gave you life, and then He will cause you to die, then restore you to life, and then to Him shall you be made to return.”
Qur’an Surah Al-Baqarah verse 29.
So, we were nothing at the beginning, before Allah SWT breathe life into our soul. Then, it is also Allah SWT whom takes back our soul, then restore it again in the hereafter for judgment.
Furthermore, Muslims believe that the present life is a trial in preparation for the next realm of existence. All the Prophets of God called their people to worship God and to believe in life after death. They laid so much emphasis on the belief in life after death that even a slight doubt in it meant denying God and made all other beliefs meaningless.
We also know that these Prophets of God were greatly opposed by their people, mainly on the issue of life after death, as their people thought it impossible. But in spite of opposition, the Prophets won many sincere followers.
When the idolaters of Makkah denied even the possibility of life after death, the Quran exposed the weakness of their stand by advancing very logical and rational arguments in support of it:
“He starts making comparisons for Us and forgets his own creation. He says: “Who will give life to bones that have been decomposed?” (79)
“Say: “He who brought them into being in the first instance will give them life [once again], seeing that He has full knowledge of every act of creation:” (79)
“[It is] He who made for you from the green tree, fire, and then from it you ignite.” (80)
“Is not He who created the heavens and the earth Able to create the likes of them? Yes, [it is so]; and He is the Knowing Creator.” (81)
Qur’an Surah Yasin verses 79-81.
On another occasion, the Quran very clearly says that the disbelievers have no sound basis for their denial of life after death. It is based on pure conjecture:
“And they say, “There is not but our worldly life; we die and live (i.e. some people die and others live, replacing them) and nothing destroys us except time.” And they have of that no knowledge; they are only assuming.” (24)
“And when Our verses are recited to them as clear evidences, their argument is only that they say, “Bring [back] our forefathers, if you should be truthful.” (25)
“Say, “God causes you to live, then causes you to die; then He will assemble you for the Day of Resurrection, about which there is no doubt,” but most of the people do not know.” (26)
Qur’an Surah Al-Jathiya verses 24-26.
Surely God will raise all the dead. But God has His own plan of things. A day will come when the whole universe will be destroyed and then the dead will be resurrected to stand before God. That day will be the beginning of a life that will never end, and on that day every person will be rewarded by God according to his or her good or evil deeds.
The belief in life after death not only guarantees success in the Hereafter but also makes this world full of peace and happiness by making individuals most responsible and dutiful in their activities.
Thus, there are very convincing reasons to believe in life after death:
1) All the Prophets of God have called their people to believe in it.
2) Whenever a human society is built on the basis of this belief, it has been the most ideal and peaceful society, free of social and moral evils.
3) History bears witness that whenever this belief is rejected collectively by a group of people in spite of the repeated warning of the Prophet, the group as a whole has been punished by God even in this world.
4) Moral, aesthetic and rational faculties of man endorse the possibility of the life after death.
5) God’s attributes of Justice and Mercy have no meaning if there is no life after death.
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