It is very hard for a disbeliever to accept that Allah (SWT) can make him reborn after his death on the Day of Judgement. Al-Waqia # 47,48
And they used to say, “What! when we die and become dust and bones shall we then indeed be resurrected? And our forefathers too?”
Hence disbelievers not only doubt but consider it simply impossible that man is resurrected after he is reduced to dust and bones. It is even harder for them to think that their forefathers would be resurrected, who had passed away long time ago.
Allah (SWT) explains this very beautifully in Surah Al-Qiyamah # 3,4
Does man (a disbeliever) think that We cannot assemble his bones? Why not, when We are able to put together in perfect order the very tips of his fingers.
We know that the prints of finger tips of every person are different. The impressions of finger prints are used to identify different persons through out the world.
The impressions of two people never match with one another. We further note that Allah (SWT) has not only created human being but also given these finer touches by making their finger prints differ from one another. If Allah (SWT) can do this why can’t he resurrect a person from dust and bones. Similarly Allah (SWT) says in the same surah Al-Qiyamah # 36-40
Does man think that he will be left aimless ? Was he not a drop of fluid which gushed forth? Then he became a clot, then Allah (SWT) shaped and fashioned it and made him a pair, the male and female. Is He not able to bring the dead to life?
Here Allah (SWT) is saying that he created human being from a fluid and made them male or female, who differ with each other physically, psychologically and emotionally. Inspite of their wide differences in various ways they are complementary to each other and life of one, without other is incomplete. Hence, if Allah (SWT) can produce such individuals who differ so much and are still absolutely necessary for each other, why can’t He bring the dead to life again.
Allah (SWT) describes it even more simply in Surah An-Naziat # 27,28
Are you harder to create, or the heaven that He built? He raised the height thereof and ordered it.
Allah (SWT) is explaining to us that it is very difficult to construct skies without pillars. If we try to find any fault in the creation of the skies we would totally fail and our eyes will become tired while looking for faults. If Allah (SWT) can create skies in this way which we see every day why should it be difficult for Allah to resurrect a person after his death.
Allah (SWT) Says in Surah Ar-Rum # 50
Look at the effects(results) of Allah’s Mercy, how He revives the earth after its death. Verily! That (Allah)Who revived the earth after its death can indeed raise the dead person too. He is able to do all things.
This scene is very vividly explained in Surah Fussilat # 39
And Among His signs you see barren land. But when We send down rain water to it, it rises and expands by itself showing signs of life and starts growing vegetations. He, Who gives life to this barren land, surely is able to give life to the dead, indeed. He is able to do all things.
This is fantastic daily manifestation and proof seen by young and old, rich and poor, educated or uneducated. The rain falls by the grace of Allah (SWT) and the barren land slightly rises and somewhat expands giving way to the soft and tender plant coming deep down from this barren and hard grounds. This extraordinary miracle takes place in front of our eyes even in our backyards. Most of the people look at it very casually forgetting who actually revived the earth. We also forget who breaks each seed under this hard ground and enables a tender plant to come out of the hard crust of the seed. Then this new born tender plant finds its way out through this revived earth.
Whoever will look at these signs of Allah (SWT) with an open mind will have no doubt in his mind that He can resurrect us on the Day of Judgement after we are reduced to dust and bones.
Two very interesting scenes are described in Al-Baqarah for our guidance. First consider verse # 259
Or like the one who passed by a town and it had tumbled over its roofs. He said, “Oh! How will Allah ever bring it to life after its death?” So Allah caused him to die for a hundred years then raised him up (again). He said, “How long did you remain (dead)?” He (the man) said, “Perhaps I remained dead a day 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. And look at your donkey! And thus We have made of you a sign for the people. Look at the bones, how We bring them together and clothe them with flesh.” When this was clearly shown to him, he said, “I know (now) that Allah is able to do all things.”
Hence, one person’s curiosity was turned into guidance for all coming generations. It is also interesting to note that Allah first brings together the bones of a donkey and then clothes them with flesh . Researchers have only discovered very recently that during the development of various creatures, bones are created first and then flesh is built on them. Allah (SWT) described this fact several centuries ago. The unjust people even ignore these signs of Allah (SWT).
Similarly Ibrahim (AS) was curious to see how Allah (SWT) resurrects. It was simply to further strengthen his faith in resurrection. Al-Baqarah # 260
And (remember) when Ibrahim said, “My Lord! Show me how You give life to the dead.” Allah said: “Do you not believe?” Ibrahim said, “Yes I believe but to be stronger in Faith. Allah said, “Take four birds, then cause them to incline towards you (then slaughter them,cut them into pieces) and then put a portion of them on every hill, and call them, they will come to you in haste, And know that Allah is Almighty, All-wise.
Hence firm belief in resurrection is part of our Eeman or religious faith. Any weakness in it shows the weakness of our faith. May Allah strengthen our faith day after day. Ameen.