Middle Resurrection - Al-Raj'ah or the return of selected dead persons to life
"Or (bethink thee of) the like of him who, passing by a township which had fallen into utter ruin, exclaimed: How shall Allah give this township life after its death? And Allah made him die a hundred years, then brought him back to life. He said: How long hast thou tarried? (The man) said: I have tarried a day or part of a day. (He) said: Nay, but thou hast tarried for a hundred years.
Just look at thy food and drink which have not rotted! Look at thine ass! And, that We may make thee a token unto mankind, look at the bones, how We adjust them and then cover them with flesh! And when (the matter) became clear unto him, he said: I know now that Allah is Able to do all things." Qur’an (2:259)
Again, the Qur’an speaks in many places about this resurrection and authenticates the leadership of the designated, rightful Imams. In his role, the Prophet explained the intended meanings of the Qur’an's verses. Take this verse as a starting example:
"And We desired to show favour unto those who were oppressed in the earth, and to make them examples and to make them the inheritors." Qur’an (28:5)
To his daughter Fatimah, the Prophet confided that she will be the first one who will follow his departure from this temporal world. To his companions, he stated: "Fatimah is a piece of me. Whoever pleases her, he pleases me. And, whoever displeases her, he displeases me." Ample historic evidence exist that Fatimah was martyred only 75 days after the Prophet's martyrdom. Proof: she was extremely angry at the two sheikhs. In her will, she even asked Imam Ali to deny them the participation in her funeral procession. She also asked to make her graveyard anonymous.
While allowing the two sheikhs to be buried beside the Prophet's tomb in Medina, Aeysha denied the burial of Imam Hassan there after he was poisoned by Mu'aawiyah in 50 A.H.
Thus a bitter commotion rose between Bani Hashim and Marwan's men - who showered Imam Hassan's corpse with intense arrows. Observing the sanctity of the place and paying reverence to the burial place his grandfather, Imam Hussein put an end to that unnecessary, futile argument by burying his brother somewhere else and he quoted the Qur’an:
"O ye who believe! Lift not up your voices above the voice of the Prophet, nor shout when speaking to him as ye shout one to another, lest your works be rendered vain while ye perceive not." Qur’an (49:2)
Ten years before Imam Hassan's martyrdom, in the year 40 A.H., Imam Hussein eulogized his father: Imam Ali - the first oppressed Imam, when the Kharijite Abdul Ar-Rahman bin Muljim assassinated him in collaboration with Mu'aawiyah - Omar's appointed governor over Syria.
In the year 61 A.H., barely 50 years after the Prophet's demise, Imam Hussein himself was martyred by Mu'aawiyah's son Yazid - the drunkard, the womanizer, the tyrant. The episode of Karbala is well documented in Islam's history. With slight factual mistakes, the late (Egyptian) Shaikh Abdul Hameed Kushok spoke eloquently on the day of Ashura. What need to be stressed here is that none but the appointed Twelve Imams who have suffered that much persecution. Similar to saving Jesus from the Jewish persecution, Allah ordered Imam Mahdi to go into occultation.
Imam Hussein sacrificed everything in the Path of Allah, including a newborn child. Upon testing Abraham, Allah ransomed His close friends sacrifice with a more significant one. This magnificent ransom must have been of the same kind as the sacrifice itself. It cannot be a lamb Gabriel brought down - or even a sacrificial animal a pilgrim makes upon performing Haj.
All evidences are indicative towards that the ransom might have been the master of the Martyrs - whom Allah will resurrect among others to reign during His kingdom. Some who were extreme in their cruelty and injustice will also be resurrected to be punished by their victims in this life, before tasting the humiliating chastisement in the Hereafter.
Linage of Prophet Muhammad is connected to Abraham through Ishmael. Imam Hussein was Prophet Muhammad's grandson - the son of Imam Ali and Fatimah (A.S). History records that the Prophet of Islam left only one daughter from his own seeds. Yet, the Qur’an, in its shortest chapter, prophesies that he was given abundant progeny!
It is indeed saddening to see some Muslim doctors of religion who cannot fathom this fulfilled prophecy. A recent declaration by Dr. Zakir Naik puts him in the category of the Israelite scholar - Bal'am bin Ba'aoora.. In the chapter of Jum'ah, Allah describes him as being like a donkey that carries voluminous books on its back. If both Pharaoh and Moses cannot be right, then Imam Hussein and Yazid should not be viewed as just Imams (leaders). Hope that this stern message will reach this memorizer of the Qur’an before he will be resurrected with whom he loves.
Source: Universality of the Mahdi’s Mission
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