Friday 24 April 2020

99 Attributes of Allah: Al-Bāʿith - The Resurrector

Al-Bāʿith " ٱلْبَاعِثُ " is an attribute of Allah related to the Day of Resurrection for it literally means The Resurrector, The Awakener or The Arouser.

Many disbelievers and atheists do not believe in the Day of Resurrection. For them the death in this world is the end of everything. But they are utterly mistaken for Allah has promised a day when all dead since the Prophet Adam will be resurrected, aroused from their slumber and taken to the court of Allah to receive awards or punishments for their good and otherwise deeds, as Allah promises in the Qur'an:

وَأَنَّ السَّاعَةَ آتِيَةٌ لَّا رَيْبَ فِيهَا وَأَنَّ اللَّهَ يَبْعَثُ مَن فِي الْقُبُورِ 

"And the hour is coming; there is no doubt about it, and Allah shall resurrect those who are in the graves" (Surah 22 Al Hajj:7).

Although "Al-Ba`ith" is not mentioned as such in the Qur'an as an attribute of Allah, but is an attribute linguistically derived from bai`th " ب-ع-ث " which means: exciting or stimulating action, something stirring someone to action, sending someone somewhere, going out seeking revenge, or simply waking up someone.

Thus this attribute can take many forms. He brings the dead to life: Even a little thinking on the right lines will convince every sensible and honest man that this process of bringing the dead to life is continuously going on before our eyes. Every human being has been created from a sperm-drop and from nothing a human life form takes place. Then he gets life from dead things like food containing dead matter like coal, iron, lime, salts, gases, which help make him a living human being. 
اَوَلَمۡ يَرَوۡا اَنَّ اللّٰهَ اۨلَّذِىۡ خَلَقَ السَّمٰوٰتِ وَالۡاَرۡضَ وَلَمۡ يَعۡىَ بِخَلۡقِهِنَّ بِقٰدِرٍ عَلٰۤی اَنۡ يُّحۡیِۦَ الۡمَوۡتٰى ​ؕ بَلٰٓى اِنَّهٗ عَلٰى كُلِّ شَىۡءٍ قَدِيۡرٌ‏‏ Do they not see that Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth and creating them did not wear Him out has the power to bring the dead back to life? Why not! He certainly has the power over everything. (Surah 46 Al Ahqaf: 33) 

Then let us consider our surroundings. Seeds of different things which had been scattered here and there by the wind and birds, and the roots of different kinds of vegetation which lay rotten and dead in the soil, spring up to life as soon as there occurs a sprinkling of rain water. This process of the dead coming to life is observed during every rainy season year after year.

“The Day of Resurrection is inevitable” and “Most surely Allah will bring back to life all the people who have died”: Allah is All-Powerful and therefore can bring about Resurrection at any moment He wills. He can also bring back to life all the dead people just as He brought to life human beings out of nothing in the first instance. As He is All-Wise, He has not created human beings without any object and purpose. He will judge their worldly lives in accordance with the object and purpose for which He created them. He will call them to account for everything He entrusted to them. This is very simple, even human beings ask one another to render an account of the property etc. they entrust to others. Likewise, Allah’s wisdom requires calling every human being to account for the things entrusted to him. Then human nature also demands that there should be a differentiation between good and bad, and it expects the reward of good works and dreads the punishment of bad deeds. That is why the people have set up judicial courts. Thus man cannot imagine that the Creator will not call him to account for the things, powers and faculties, etc. which He has entrusted to him. Therefore common sense confirms that Allah will hold the Last Judgment so that everyone should get his due reward and his due punishment.

Thus Al-Bāʿith is the One who chooses who shall awaken and who shall be sent forth. The One who decides who to raise up. The One who awakens the dead. The One who resurrects. The One who rouses up mankind. The One who sends Light into the worlds. The One who dispatches messengers into the world.

You may refer to our post "99 Attributes of Allāh" for complete list of 99 attributes of Allah Almighty with meaning and explanation.

You may also refer to our Reference Pages for knowing more about Islam and Quran

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