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Encyclopaedia of Ismailism by Mumtaz Ali Tajddin

Resurrection is quite consistent with present knowledge

The concept of life after death is so strange to the average mind that the Koran has, again and again, to answer the question, how will it be? And the answer given in all cases is that the great Author of all existence Who made this vast universe out of nothing could also bring about a new creation: "Were We then fatigued with the first creation? Yet are they in doubt with regard to a new creation" (50:15), "And they say, What! When we shall have become bones and decayed particles, shall We then be raised up to a new creation? Say, Become stones or iron, or some other creature of those which are too hard to receive life in your minds! But they say, Who will return us? Say, He Who created you at first." (17:49-51), "What! When we shall have become bones and decayed particles, shall we then be indeed raised up into a new creation? Do they not consider that God, Who created the heavens and earth, is able to create their likes?" (17:98-99), "And if thou wouldst wonder, then wondrous is their saying, What! When we are dust, shall we then be in a new creation?" (13:5), "Dost thou not see that God created the heavens and the earth with truth? If He pleases, He will take you away and bring a new creation, and this is not difficult for God. And they shall all come forth before God" (14:19-21).

The one universal idea running through all is that this old creation, the earth and its heavens, that is to say, the solar system or the whole of the universe, would give place to a new creation . The old order would be changed into an entirely new one. It shall be a day "when the earth shall be changed into a different earth and the heavens as well" (14:48). Just as this universe has grown out of chaos and nebulous mass into its present state of systems of stars and their families, it will, in its turn, give place to a higher order which will be evolved from it. The idea is quite consistent with the scientific knowledge of the universe to which man has attained at the present day, the idea of evolution, order out of chaos, a higher order out of a lower order, and with this order of the universe, a higher order of human life, of which our present senses cannot conceive.


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