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Article 425

BARZAKH

By  Akbarally Meherally

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And there is not a moving creature on the earth but its sustenance thereof dependeth on Allah. He knoweth its habitation and its repository. All is [recorded] in a manifest book. Qur'an 11: 6.

AUTHOR'S NOTES:
 
1. The Qur'anic term dabbatin (noun), translated in the above verse as "a moving creature", includes every living being on the earth, from a human being to a germ cell smaller than the bacteria that is presently living and has lived in the past or will live at a future date. 
 
2. The Arabic word Rabb generally translated as "LORD" also includes the One who does the act of Creating, Cherishing, Sustaining, bringing to Maturity and dispensing of the Justice.
 
3. The words mustaqarra and mustaw'da denotes the definite habitation or abode (upon this world) and temporary repository or deposit of the departed souls in "Barzakh".
Further details about the topic Barzakh will Insha'Allah be presented in part two to follow.
 
4. Just as our personal records and identities are preserved by our secular authorities in their computer data bases and are transmitted from one part of the earth to another, the Supremely Sophisticated Sublime System of our Rabb preserves our individual Records of Deeds, Identities, Genetic Codes, etc.  When we are buried below ground, drowned under water or cremated, our records are not wiped out but stay preserved in a Manifest Book. Surah Yunus (10) :

Generations before you We destroyed when they did wrong: their Apostles

came to them with Clear Signs, but they would not believe! Thus do We

requite those who sin!  Verse 13.

AUTHOR'S NOTES:   1. The above verse confirms that Allah (s.w.t.) had destroyed the generations that lived on this earth before us. One would normally think of the generations before the advent of Islam. However, the next verse and related texts from the Qur'an reveal a different time frame.

Then We made you [our] Viceroys in the earth after them, to see how you would behave!  Verse 14.

2. The opening Arabic text of the next verse (14) above reads Thumma ja'alnaakum Khalaa'ifa fil-'ardi mim ba'di him. It is translated: Then We made you [our] Viceroys in the earth after them. Within this sentence lies the undeniable key to that precise time.   3. The opening word Thumma along with ja'alnaa appears in verses 10:14; 17:6 & 18; 23: 13 & 44; 25: 45; 45:18 and 57: 27. In each instances it refers to an event or thing that happened thereafter or thereupon. Here in this instance the phrase "after them" tells us that this punishment was given to the "Generations before" Adam (a.s.) was created. Please try re-reading of the Verses 13 and 14 without an interval and will discover that the Children of Adam were Created with an admonition from what had transpired before.      4. This particular epithet Khalaa'ifa fil-'ardi  "Viceroy in the earth", has been given by Allah exclusively to Adam (a.s.) and his children. We the present day generations of "mankind" known as the Homo Sapiens, are the chosen Viceroys of Allah upon this earth.

"And when thy Lord said unto the angels: Lo! I am about to place a Viceroy in the earth, they [angels] said: Wilt Thou place therein one who will do harm therein and will shed blood, while we sing Your praises and glorify Your name? He said: Surely I know that which you know not." Qur'an 2: 30.

5. Only recently we have acquired a tangible scientific proof that the tiny human beings, who had smaller skulls than ours, lived with the pygmy elephants and Komodo dragons on a remote island in Indonesia more than 18,000 years ago. The original skeleton, a female, stood at just 1 meter (3.3 feet) tall, weighed about 25 kilograms (55 pounds), and was around 30 years old at the time of her death. The scientists have named this species of "mankind" as the Homo Floresiensis. Their Creation by Allah could be earlier than 18,000 years. Scriptures suggests that Adam and Eve lived upon this earth less than 10,000 years ago. To learn more about these recent discoveries and to see the comparative drawings and photographs visit: Adam - the progenitor of modern Homo sapiens was neither first creation nor the last http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/10/1027_041027_homo_floresiensis.html   6. Skeptics are likely to say we have never read about the creation of mankind before Adam. This probably could be the author's fancy. The association of the recent scientific discovery with Surah Yunus of the Qur'an could be a mere conjecture. Let us examine and study the following irrefutable evidences from the Glorious Qur'an before we pass such a judgment. Following Qur'anic Witnesses are not only for the Recreations in the past but also in future.

"For every (revealed) tiding there is a term set for its fulfillment and in time you will come to know." Qur'an 6: 67.

 

Say: "Travel through the earth and see how Allah did originate creation: so will Allah produce a later creation: for Allah has power over all things. Qur'an 29: 20.

 

Soon will We show them Our Signs in the (furthest) regions (of the earth) and in their own souls until it becomes manifest to them that this is the Truth. Is it not enough that thy Lord doth witness all things? Qur'an 41: 53.

The Words of Allah do not change with the time but they do unfold before our eyes "hidden news" as the mankind's knowledge of his past is unearthed from various parts of this world. Today, mankind's travel to the furthest regions of the world is made possible and easy. Centuries ago it was not possible for a man to travel all over the world and collect data. Witnessing what Allah had revealed to us centuries ago about His Creation and accepting the modern scientific discoveries only makes us enlightened 'Insaan and Believers in Qur'an. Allah's Law does not change. If He in his wisdom decided to give the later generations the proofs of the tidings, we cannot refute because our ancestors had not got that knowledge. The Qur'an is not a Book of Science but the knowledge of science is not beyond its Author.     Surah Al-'Insaan or Al-Dhar meaning "The Man" or "The Time" (76)   What Allah has revealed in this Surah not only compliments the above noted recent scientific discovery but also gives us a clear insight into the latest theory of "Punctuated Equilibrium".   [] 

Has there not been over Man a long period of Time when he was nothing--(not even) mentioned? Qur'an 76: 1.

Many of you may be familiar with the recent discoveries by leading paleontologists of our era known as "Punctuated Equilibrium". Which in essence challenges the Darwinism and asserts from the fossil records that instead of a slow, continuous movement, evolution tends to be characterized by long periods of virtual standstill. The species became extinct and after a period of interval the species are replaced by wholly new forms. Instead of a slow, continuous progression, the evolution of life on Earth seems more like the game of creation, destruction, interval and a better creation. Punctuated equilibrium or Equilibria (plural), is a physical observation not a theory. In part two; similarities between BARZAKH and INTERVAL. For more of the scientific info; visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punctuated_equilibrium   

 

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It is We Who created them [men] and strengthened their frame; and when We will, We shall substitute their likes by a complete change. Verse 28.

The Arabic term wa shadadnaa 'asrahum is translated by Yusuf Ali as "We made their joints strong"; Pickthall writes: "We strengthened their frame"; M. Asad has translated: "strengthened their make" and M. H. Shakir translates it as "We made firm their make". Looking back at the earlier history of "MAN" we should take the following verse as a stern warning for "us". If "we" too do evil on this earth, He may replace "us" with a New Creation.

If He so Wills, He can cause you, O mankind, to disappear, and bring forth other being [instead], for Allah has indeed power to do this. Qur'an  4: 133.

The Qur'an speaks of folding up of the Sun, Moon and Earth at the end time. And, that is not to be confused with the removal and the replacement of the "living beings" on this earth. Looking at the "killings of the innocents" that is presently happening upon this world we have a serious question before us. Are we going to be mobile, raise our heads and voices to the "blood-shed" or be indifferent to this sin? Only a small percentage of the Muslim Brotherhood has been mislead to do the rampant KILLINGS. The vast majority of Muslims do not support the unjustified "blood-shed". Rabbil 'Alameen had Revealed in the Torah and then reiterated the same Message in the Qur'an; Killing of a human being shall be the killing of all mankind and saving of one life shall be as if he has saved the life of all mankind. (see Qur'an 5: 32). May be unabated marches world over to save the humanity from the wrath of Allah! YES TO THE LEGITIMATE FIGHTS FOR JUSTICE, BUT NO TO THE KILLINGS OF THE INNOCENTS...   Rabbil 'Alameen... 

 

Muslims begin and end their prayers with the phrase RABBIL 'ALAMEEN (Rabb of the Worlds), this could refer to other worlds yet to be discovered in the outer space as well as refer to the "Repeated Creations" that are explicitly revealed in the earlier quoted verses.   Al-Hamdullilah, (Praise Be to Allah), The Qur'an is the only Revealed Scripture that reveals as well as endorses with explicit details, such Recreations on this earth, in the past and future. The one and only Rabb could have revealed that with such an authority, 1400 years ago. No doubt, Islam is the fastest growing religion in the West where the Science plays a center stage in their life. MOST OF THOSE WHO JOIN ISLAM DO SO, AFTER READING THE QUR'AN.

And this Quran is not such as could ever be invented in despite of Allah; but it is a confirmation of that which was before it and an exposition of that which is decreed for mankind-- Therein is no doubt--from the Lord of the Worlds [Rabbil 'Alameen]. Surah Yunus 10: 37. Translation by M. M. Pickthall.

The essential objective of this website is to gain an insight into the True Message of the Revealed Verses in light of what we know TODAY.  May be different from what had been known to our ancestors. No student can keep abreast of time in this century, for acquiring secular knowledge or religious insights, without the Computer, Internet and the Television. The generation gap between the Muslim parents and their children, living in any part of the world today, will widen further if logic and modern sciences are not the parts of teachings. Islamic Schools with no access to Internet will produce a generation living in total seclusion.

 

The part two about BARZAKH has further insight into the Revealed Text. I will appreciate your candid input from what you have read so far. Two minds are no doubt better than one. To email comments, please go to home page, fill in the comment form and click send BUTTON... 

ALLAH KNOWS THE BEST...


This was part one of the two part article...

Akbarally Meherally,  November 2005

 

 

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