Bismila-Hir Rahma-Nir Rahim
I greet you in the name of Allah the most merciful and compassionate, may His blessings overshadow you this day! May His abundant mercies extend to you.
Our topic of interest is one which many are confused upon. Even among the believers, this issue is not clear to most. ‘Where are the dead when they pass to the grave’ and ‘can I still communicate with them’? Many feel from some traditional teachings that when a man dies he continues to live in some type of ‘spirit’ world. That he can still communicate with his loved ones. This subject of what happens at death is of greatest importance. For it is extremely vital that we know the truth. Iblis (Satan) well knows that if we are confused and uncertain upon this point then he can and will mislead us. Often Iblis will come even to believers and cause them to think that they can still communicate with those who have passed to their graves and are dead! He will even impersonate deceased loved ones and have something to say regarding our private lives. Thus many are led to believe that since so much is known by these supposedly dead ones, then it must be true. In this way millions are fooled into thinking that the dead are not really dead but are in another state of existence. All of this is as Satan (Iblis) would have it. Thus he can deceive the multitudes of earth with lies, lies which if listened too and embraced will lead souls to their eternal destruction.
The First Lie…
The first lie ever told upon this earth was in the beautiful garden of Eden. When Iblis through a serpent spoke to Eve the first woman. He told her
a lie. Prior to this, Allah had clearly and positively stated to Eve that neither she or her husband Adam were to eat of the one “forbidden tree in the midst of the garden”. Thus Allah spoke and warned them that if they should violate this command they would die. “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Taurat Genesis 2:17
Iblis while using the serpent as a medium, denied what Allah had so clearly stated by saying “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die”. Taurat Genesis 3:4
Where the answers are found?
Since that time far too many have believed that lie of Iblis. Iblis is the father of lies so we should not expect anything different than lies. Today we wish to research the Holy Books the Taurat and Injeel to find the answers to this most important issue which has eternal consequences. What is Allah’s truth regarding the dead and can we still communicate with them?
For wisdom we seek Allah and His way. He will always inform those who are submissive to His will. He will reveal His truth to those who are earnest in knowing what is right and true. We need to always be in earnest prayer (du’a) before we begin our search.
Allah has sent down Holy Books for us to study that we may understand truth. Remember the Honored Qur’an has revealed that the Taurat given to Moses and the Injeel given to Isa al-Masih (Christ the Messiah) were for our admonition. These he said are for guidance, light, and are the criterion of the judgment. See:
Sura 2:53 Al-Baqara; Sura 6:154
Sura 3:3 Aal-E-Imran: Sura 5:44
Sura 21:48 Al-Aniva
Allah’s servant Job!
In Sura 38:41 it tells us to: “Commemorate our servant Job”…Why is Job important? He was one of the Ancient men of the East who walked with Allah. He went through grievous trials, yet maintained his hold upon Allah even though Iblis (Satan) tried him sorely. Allah’s servant Job had much to say in respect to the dead. He gives us valuable counsel today which we need to avoid the trickery of Iblis. For Iblis is seeking to deceive many, even the entire world. Will we heed the sacred counsel give by this great servant of Allah, of Ancient times? Was not knowledge given to him from Allah? Then it rests with us to heed the counsel and submissively be among the learners.
Can the dead communicate with the living? Job is only one of many of the Holy Book writers who will give us answers. Here is wisdom from the Taurat Job 14:7-14 ‘For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant. But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he? As the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up: So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep. O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me! If a man die, shall he live again? All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.’
Allah’s servant Job assures us that after a man dies he will not rise, until the resurrection. He remains asleep in the grave and Allah will appoint a time when his change comes. This change is referring to the resurrection, when Isa al-Masih returns to call Allah’s faithful ones back to life and to take them to the heavenly gardens.
What Iblis does not want you to know!
Why is this topic so crucial to understand? Iblis is wanting people to believe that when they die they really are not dead, but continue to live somewhere else. This is a deception whereby millions are fooled. But the truth is that… ‘When a man dies, he is laid to rest in the grave and never has anything to do with anything here on earth’. Notice the words of the Taurat: Ecclesiastes 9:5-6 “For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.”
Iblis hates these verses from the Taurat as he is not able to deceive those who understand this truth. Iblis will come in the form of departed loved ones with a story that is quite different from what we are studying. Only as we are guarded and guided by the Holy Books and through the Spirit [Ruh] of Allah can we stand against the deceptions of Iblis in these last days. He (Iblis) will tell us that the dead can communicate with the living, and so many lies are told to people and far too often these lies are accepted as truth.
Nor are alike those that are living and those that are dead. Allah can make any that He wills to hear; but thou canst not make those to hear who are (buried) in graves. Fatir 35:22
Is not the Honoured Qur’an clear on this issue. Those who are buried in their graves cannot hear! Their lives are over until the resurrection. They have nothing to do anymore forever in anything which is done under the sun.
Isa al-Masih taught the same thing, that when a man dies he is sleeping the sleep of death until he is awakened in the resurrection. “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his [Allah’s] voice” Injeel John 5:28 Where are they when Isa al-Masih calls for them? It clearly states that they are in their graves. Beloved friend of Allah, as you accept the truths of Allah’s Word you will understand and have peace concerning those who pass to their graves. They now await the Second Creation or the raising of the dead which takes place when Isa al-Masih returns. That He hath promised a Second Creation (Raising of the Dead); Sura 53:47 An-Najm
When does this Second Creation take place? In the Injeel it tells us that… “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” Injeel 1 Corinthians 15:52
It happens when the trumpet of Allah sounds. You need not worry that you miss it for you will surely hear that trumpet. Allah will see to it that none miss out on this world-wide event.
Tragically today many are going to places where the dead are supposed to be brought up for counsel. Anciently Allah’s people were forbidden to be involved with these people. “Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.” Taurat Leviticus 19:31
This type of activity is communication with Devils (Jinn) which impersonate the dead ones. Allah has strictly forbidden any such attempt to communicate with deceased ones. The fallen foe, Iblis stands ready to deceive all who will not heed the careful instructions sent from Allah. Today may Allah grant you His Eternal Peace.