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Uzayr, a man from the Children of Israel was walking through the village of Jerusalem after Nebuchadnezzar destroyed it and killed its people, the roofs and walls of the houses of which were crumbled down to the ground. `Uzayr stood contemplating about what had happened to that city, after a great civilization used to inhabit it. He said, ‘Oh! How will Allah ever bring it to life after its death‘ (Surah Al Bakara # 258) because of the utter destruction he saw and the implausibility of its returning to what it used to be. Allah said, ‘So Allah caused him to die for a hundred years, then raised him up (again)‘ (#259)

The city was rebuilt seventy years after the man (`Uzayr) died, and its inhabitants increased and the Children of Israel moved back to it. When Allah resurrected `Uzayr after he died, the first organ that He resurrected were his eyes, so that he could witness what Allah does with him, how He brings life back to his body. When his resurrection was complete, Allah said to him, meaning through the angel, ‘How long did you remain (dead)” He (the man) said: “(Perhaps) I remained (dead) a day or part of a day‘. (#259)

The scholars said that since the man died in the early part of the day and Allah resurrected him in the latter part of the day, when he saw that the sun was still apparent, he thought that it was the sun of that very day. He said, ‘Or part of a day. ” He said: ‘Nay, you have remained (dead) for a hundred years, look at your food and your drink, they show no change.’ (# 259).He had grapes, figs and juice, and he found them as he left them; neither did the juice spoil nor the figs become bitter nor the grapes rot. ‘And look at your donkey!’ (# 259), “How Allah brings it back to life while you are watching’. ‘ And thus We have made of you a sign for the people that Resurrection occurs’ (# 259).

`Uzayr observed the bones of his donkey, which were scattered all around him to his right and left, and Allah sent a wind that collected the bones from all over the area. Allah then brought every bone to its place, until they formed a full donkey made of fleshless bones. Allah then covered these bones with flesh, nerves, veins and skin. Allah sent an angel who blew life in the donkeys’ nostrils, and the donkey started to bray by Allah’s leave.” All this occurred while `Uzayr was watching, and this is when he proclaimed, ‘He said, “I know (now) that Allah is able to do all things‘ (# 259) meaning, “I know that, and I did witness it with my own eyes. Therefore, I am the most knowledgeable in this matter among the people of my time.”

We all believe Allah is capable of such, but reading so still sends chills. Doesnt it ? All praise are due on Allah, The Almighty, The Merciful.

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Reading Tafseer of Quran has always filled me with endless wonder, One doesnt need to look far to search for miracles of Allah; a look at the sky is enough, a look at the firm ground is enough. Ever wondered what keeps the sky in its place ? what keeps the ground from collapsing ? How firm the mountains stand ? All these are nothing but miracles of Allah, which are held by Allah’s wish and will crumble down by Allah’s wish alone.

Among the various interesting stories I happen to read, I am sharing a story from Surah Al Bakhara (verse # 67-71) which talks about how a dead man was raised from death by Allah, (a miracle on its own) to identify his murderer among his tribe people.

Ibn Abi Hatim recorded `Ubaydah As-Salmani saying, “There was a man from among the Children of Israel who was impotent. He had substantial wealth, and only a nephew who would inherit from him. So his nephew killed him and moved his body at night, placing it at the doorstep of a certain man. The next morning, the nephew cried out for revenge, and the people took up their weapons and almost fought each other. The wise men among them said, `Why would you kill each other, while the Messenger of Allah is still among you’ So they went to Musa and mentioned the matter to him and Musa said, “Verily, Allah commands you that you slaughter a cow.” They said, “Do you make fun of us” He said, “I take Allah’s refuge from being among Al-Jahilin (the ignorant or the foolish).”

Had they not disputed about the cows specific, it would have been sufficient for them to slaughter any cow. However, they disputed, and the matter was made more difficult for them, until they ended up looking for the specific cow that they were later ordered to slaughter. They found the designated cow with a man, only who owned that cow. He said, `By Allah! I will only sell it for its skin’s fill of gold.’ So they paid the cow’s fill of its skin in gold, slaughtered it and touched the dead man with a part of it. He stood up, and they asked him, `Who killed you’ He said, `That man,’ and pointed to his nephew. He died again, and his nephew was not allowed to inherit him. Thereafter, whoever committed murder for the purpose of gaining inheritance was not allowed to inherit.”

Ibn Jarir reported something similar to that. Allah knows best. They said, “Call upon your Lord for us that He may make plain to us what it is!” He said, “He says, `Verily, it is a cow neither too old nor too young, but (it is) between the two conditions’, so do what you are commanded.” They said, “Call upon your Lord for us to make plain to us its colour.” He said, “He says, `It is a yellow cow, bright in its colour, pleasing the beholders. They said, “Call upon your Lord for us to make plain to us what it is. Verily, to us all cows are alike. And surely, if Allah wills, we will be guided.” He (Musa) said, “He says, `It is a cow neither trained to till the soil nor water the fields, sound, having no blemish in it.’ ” They said, “Now you have brought the truth.” So they slaughtered it though they were near to not doing it.

In Islam, it is strongly disliked to be disputable and not following the commands laid down by Allah without further questioning. May Allah make us among the ones to be blessed with Jannah, Ameen.

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