What will be the difference between our body in the hereafter and our body on earth?

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

We see different things and listen to different conversations in the realm of dream as soon as our senses cease the relationship with this world through sleep; similarly, our spirit that is separated from the body at death meets a new realm we call the realm of grave. The person who sees Azrail at the moment of death meets the angels of interrogation in this new realm. The good deeds of the believer will be with him in this new life like good friends.

Life in the grave is a blind spot between the life in this world and the hereafter. That is why this life is also called the life of barzakh (intermediate realm). This realm manifests itself differently for each person. Martyrs spend this life not knowing that they are dead while those who die in the pursuit of knowledge continue their studies in this realm too. For non-believers, this realm is a land of torment where the first examples of the torment of hell are experienced.

Death is the separation of the spirit from the body. It is a journey from the world we live in to the realm of the grave. The spirit is taken to the “intermediate realm” by Azrail. The first angel we will see in this realm is Azrail. He is a trustworthy custodian to whom we can hand over our most precious gem, our spirit, with peace of mind. At the moment of death, the spirit is freed from the imprisonment of the body, but it is not completely naked. This is because it is surrounded by a “simulated body”, in other words, by a “delicate sheath”.

The spirit, which was connected with the body as long as it remained in the world, is freed to some extent due to death. While in the body, it needed eyes to see, ears to hear and brain to think, but it sees, hears, thinks and knows without the need for these instruments after death, like in a dream...

After the life in the grave, the spirit returns to its re-created body in the “Gathering Place” and is called account for what it did in the world in that “supreme court”. After that comes eternal Paradise or Hell. In those places, both pleasure and pain are tasted with the body and the spirit, just like in the world.

Life in the grave will be followed by resurrection. Since the spirit has not died, resurrection is for the body. With ba’th (resurrection), the spirits are reunited with their new bodies and they are taken to the Gathering Place to be called to account. After staying there for a period of time called waqfah, the stage of mizan (scales) begins. Those who die as believers and whose good deeds outweigh their sins in this mizan are transferred to Paradise, the place of eternal bliss. Those who die as unbelievers go to Hell, the land of Allah’s torment. Believers whose sins outweigh their good deeds will suffer the torment of hell to clean their sins, and then they will also reach Paradise.

As for what the bodies will be like:

We will be resurrected with the same bodies that we had on earth, whether they will be built by gathering together the scattered parts of our body, the cells, the particles, or by using a particular gene as a nucleus. That is, we will be resurrected in a way to recognize ourselves. Even if there are some changes in this new body, it will certainly not be a change to prevent us from knowing its appearance. This is what we understand from the messages of Islam.

It is stated in a hadith that the new body will be built on the basis of a cell / a molecule, a gene, a nucleus in the coccyx called “ajb adh-dhanab”, which is in the human body and preserves its original identity in all cases. The statement of the hadith regarding the issue is as follows:

“Everything of the human body will decay except the coccyx bone (ajb adh-dhanab). The deed of resurrection will start from it on the Day of Judgment.” (Bukhari, Tafsir,78).

It is a fact that all human beings will be resurrected on the Day of Resurrection after death. All the heavenly books and all the prophets informed us about Allah’s glad tidings of Paradise for the believers and the punishment of Hell for the unbelievers; in addition, millions of saints informed us of the truth of this news through discoveries. We would like to draw attention to a few points as examples:

a. It is narrated that once, Ubayy b. Khalaf or As b. Wail took a rotten bone in his hand and came to the presence of our Prophet (pbuh) and crumbled the bone. Then, he said: “Allah will bring this bone back to life; right?” Thereupon, the Prophet (pbuh) said, “Yes, He will both give life to you and put you in Hell.” Then, the following verses were sent down:

“Doth not man see that it is We Who created him from sperm? Yet behold! He (stands forth) as an open adversary! And he makes comparisons for Us, and forgets his own (origin and) Creation: He says, “Who can give life to (dry) bones and decomposed ones (at that)?” Say, “He will give them life Who created them for the first time! for He is Well-versed in every kind of creation! - “The same Who produces for you fire out of the green tree, when behold! Ye kindle therewith (your own fires)! “Is not He Who created the heavens and the earth able to create the like thereof?” - Yea, indeed! for He is the Creator Supreme, of skill and knowledge (infinite)!” (Yasin, 36/77-81).

b. Do we not die with sleep every night and wake up in the morning? Is Allah, who is able to do this, not able to resurrect the dead? Our Prophet (pbuh) drew attention to this close relationship between sleep and death by saying, “Sleep is the brother of death.”

c. It is a fact that thousands of creatures that hibernate every winter are resurrected in the spring. Likewise, there is no one who does not see that millions of trees and plants are resurrected in the spring after their trunks / bodies and seeds, their fruits, flowers and leaves, except for their seeds and kernels, die in winter and become like dry bones.

So, “as there is a morning after every night and a spring after every winter so too will there be a morning of resurrection after every night of death and a spring of resurrection after every winter of doomsday.”

d. There are many examples regarding the issue. So as not to prolong the issue, we regard it enough to recommend Badiuzzaman Said Nursi’s “Resurrection Booklet”, which has the capacity to be a wonderful guide for those who want to believe sincerely.

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