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1 Islamic Perspective. 2 Articles of Faith in Islam 1. Existence and Unity of God 2. Prophets 3. Angels 4. Scriptures 5. The Hereafter 6. Divine Decree.

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1 1 Islamic Perspective

2 2 Articles of Faith in Islam 1. Existence and Unity of God 2. Prophets 3. Angels 4. Scriptures 5. The Hereafter 6. Divine Decree and Destiny

3 3 Concepts  Death: A door to a better world.  Resurrection & Life after death  Judgment: Salvation, Reward and Punishment Reward and Punishment  Heaven & Hell

4 4 In the Name of God, The Merciful, the Compassionate “Look upon the signs and imprints of God’s Mercy, how He revives Earth after its death. He it is Who will revive the dead [ in the same way]. He is powerful over all things.” Qur’an 30:50 Qur’an 30:50

5 5 Existence of the Hereafter:  The Infinite Eternal Power revives countless dead trees and different plant and animal species with “Be!” and it is, thereby making them images of the Resurrection.

6 6 Existence of the Hereafter:  The limitless Everlasting Wisdom’s attention to the least detail over an infinite extent  The Eternal Mercy sustain, with perfect caring and fashion, display each spring an infinite diversity of adornment and beauty within a short period.

7 7 Existence of the Hereafter :  Our ardent, irremovable,persistent love of eternity, our longing for immortality, and our desire for permanence.  Our ardent, irremovable, and persistent love of eternity, our longing for immortality, and our desire for permanence.  We are the most beloved of God’s creatures and are more concerned with creation than any other being.

8 8  This land is a maneuvering ground, an exhibition of the King’s wonderful royal arts, a temporary hospice. A caravan arrives daily as another one departs and vanishes. It’s constantly filled and emptied. Soon the land will be changed. Its people will be transported to another, and eternal land where they will be rewarded or punished for their service.

9 9 Signs of a truth “Hereafter” 1. As reward and punishment are virtually non-existent here, there must be a Supreme Tribunal somewhere else. 2. The oppressor remains powerful and the oppressed humiliated. As they both depart and migrate from this realm, their affairs must be left to a Supreme Tribunal.

10 10 3. Justice demands that subjects’ rights be preserved so that the government’s dignity and the state’s authority and splendor are maintained. But only a minute part of that is fulfilled here. 4. Eternal beauty can not content with transient admirers. Infinite Generosity requires eternal display of all objects of desire as well as the eternal nature of those enjoying the feast.

11 11 5. Whatever leaves does not return, and whatever comes is destined to go. 6. We work here and he rewards us there with a form and degree of happiness suited to our capacity. 7. The King ordered that all transactions and deeds performed in his kingdom be recorded. One day he will use these records to call his subjects to account. He may bestow happiness on the obedient and imprison the disobedient.

12 12 8. A magnificent kingdom can not be founded on something transient, impermanent, unstable, and imperfect. 9. This temporary place is like a field, a training ground, and a market that will be replaced by a supreme tribunal and ultimate happiness. 10. Death w/o resurrection would turn compassion into torment, love into the affliction of separation, blessing into a vengeful curse, and pleasure into pain.

13 13 The Preserver  I shall not allow to go to waste the deed of any one of you, whether male or female.(3:195)  He is the All Preserver. Every action of us is recorded and will be judged/evaluated accordingly in the Hereafter.

14 14 Sovereign and Lord He will fulfill his promise. He brings back in the spring the innumerable beings of the spring before, some identical, and some similar. The Answerer of the Prayers Perfect people, from the time of Adam to the present, offers supreme prayers and petitioning for so universal a need- “immortality”.

15 15 Principles  This world’s adornments are meant to rouse our appetite. As they are temporary and give pain upon separation, they are here only to instruct in wisdom, arouse gratitude, and encourage us to seek the permanent originals.  The world’s adornments are like samples of the blessings stored in Paradise.

16 16  Everything has been created for eternity, not for annihilation.  We were not left to wander at will. Our deeds’ forms and consequences are recorded, registered for the Day of Judgment.  This transient world’s Eternal Maker has an eternal world toward which He urges His servants.  One so Compassionate will give the best of His servants gifts that are so far beyond our knowledge.

17 17 Consolation against death 1. For Children: They can not endure death, must seem to them an awful tragedy, except via the idea of Paradise, which spiritually strengthens their weak, fragile natures. It gives them the hope to live joyfully, despite the vulnerability of their nature.

18 18 Consolation against death 2. For the Elderly: The hope of eternal life allows them to counter the pain and despair arising from the anticipation of the death and separation, despite their fragile spirit and temperament.

19 19 Consolation against death 3. For the Youth: Thought of Hell enables them to control the stormy energy of feelings and passions, their tempestuous spirits, from destructiveness and oppression by diverting them into serving the collective interest.

20 20 Consolation against death 4. For the Family: The vitality and happiness of our homes and families depend upon sincere and devoted respect, true kindness, and self-denying compassion. All of this depends upon eternal friendship and companionship, an immortal bond, as well as the belief that feelings will be everlasting.

21 21 Reference:  The Resurrection and the Afterlife from the Risale-i Nur Collection. by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. www.islamicteaching.info www.bediuzzaman.org www.pearls.org www.fountainlink.com www.mfgulen.com


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