Al-Bā`ith: the Resurrector, the Raiser of the Dead.
Resurrection and Accountability
Allah (swt) says in the Qur’an: ￼ “And [that they may know] that the Hour is coming – no doubt about it – and that Allah will resurrect [yab`ath] those in the graves.” (Qur’an, 22:7)
Ba`th (from the root ب-ع-ث) literally means to awaken, to raise up or to send. So it would be said:
بعث الناقة أثارها، بعث فلاناً من نومه أيقظه، البعث بعث الجنود إلى الغزو “Ba`th of a camel means to excite it/wake it, Ba`th of someone from his sleep means to wake him up, and ba`th of the armies means to send them forward to battle.” For people who question whether we can really be raised up again, Allah (swt) asks in the Qur’an: “Do they not see that Allah, who created the heavens and earth and did not fail in their creation, is able to give life to the dead Yes. Indeed, He is over all things competent.” (Qur’an, 46:33)
Is it more difficult to create something from nothing, or to bring something already in existence back to life
So what does this mean for us
Two things: purpose and accountability.
It is easy to forget that we will be raised again, and we may wander aimlessly not knowing what to do with our lives. But knowing that we will be raised up should infuse new meaning into the things that we do. Allah (swt) tells us in the Qur’an: “Then did you think that We created you uselessly and that to Us you would not be returned” (Qur’an, 23:115)
So we can ask ourselves, what am I going to present to Allah (swt) What is the thing—or things—that we will say to Allah (swt), “My Lord, I tried to do good, I did this, for you” Let us take a lesson from the mother of Maryam `alayha as-salaam (peace be upon her) when she said to Allah (swt): “My Lord, indeed I have pledged to You what is in my womb, consecrated [for Your service], so accept this from me. Indeed, You are the Hearing, the Knowing.” (Qur’an, 3:35)
But what if we do not know what to give for Allah
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