Is life a divine secret?

The Answer

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Allah brings out the living from the dead, and brings out the dead from the living

يُخْرِجُ الْحَىَّ مِنَ الْمَيِّتِ وَيُخْرِجُ الْمَيِّتَ مِنَ الْحَىِّ  

"It is He Who brings out the living from the dead, and brings out the dead from the living." (Rûm, 19)

Life is a divine secret; it does not have any known formula. The planet where we live was once a “dead planet” as science puts it. Transition from the dead planet to a “living planet” is completely a divine deed. Allah, who created matter, made matter alive by adding it a metaphysical property, enlivening this realm. A drop of water is enlivened by millions of tiny living beings; the sea is enlivened and colored by the fish and the air is enlivened by birds.   

The verse above about life and death is explained both literally and metaphorically. (Shatibi, Abu Ishaq, al-Muwafaqat fi Usulish-Sharia, Beirut, nd, IV, 158) It is a reality that God Almighty creates living beings from dead substances and kills them afterwards; “an imperfect person’s son being perfect and a perfect person’s son being imperfect” is related to the metaphorical aspect of the verse. (Nursi, Sünuhat, İhlas Neş. Ankara, p. 19) Concrete examples of it are as follows: A prophet like Hz. Ibrahim came from an idolatrous father and a denying son like Kanan came from a prophet like Hz. Nuh.

A spiritually dead nation’s being revived by the resuscitating breath of a perfect guide, a reviver or a prophet and a strong nation’s being a thing of the past can be evaluated within the general framework of the verse.   

On the other hand, a dead heart’s being revived spiritually by dhikr or divine guidance or its spiritual death in opposite cases are metaphorical signs of the verse. As a matter of fact, the following verse strengthens such a meaning:

اَوَمَنْ كَانَ مَيْتًا فَاَحْيَيْنَاهُ وَجَعَلْنَا لَهُ نُورًا يَمْش۪ى بِه۪ فِى النَّاسِ كَمَنْ مَثَلُهُ فِى الظُّلُمَاتِ لَيْسَ بِخَارِجٍ مِنْهَۜا “Can he who was dead, to whom We gave life, and a light whereby he can walk amongst men, be like him who is in the depths of darkness, from which he can never come out?” (al-An’am, 122)

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