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A Perennial Challenge to Belief in Resurrection: Sūrat Qāf (Q. 50)

A Perennial Challenge to Belief in Resurrection: Sūrat Qāf (Q. 50) A Perennial Challenge to Belief in Resurrection: Sūrat Qāf (Q. 50) M.A.S. Abdel Haleem SOAS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON Belief in the resurrection of the dead is one of Islam’s fundamental tenets. The Qur’an describes it as an inevitable part of the scheme of God’s creation, and an essential element of God’s justice. Alongside belief in the One God, the resurrection of the dead occupies a major part of the Qur’an, not just during the Meccan period, but right up to the end of the Medinan period: it is no exaggeration to say that every page of the Qur’an contains a reference, either direct or indirect, to al-ūlā and al-ākhira, ‘the first life’ and ‘the after life’. However, despite its importance, Q. 40:59 tells us that this basic teaching encountered fierce reactions from most people to whom it was addressed: The Final Hour is sure to come, without doubt, but most people do not believe (akthara’l-nāsi lā yuʾminūna). As reported by the Qur’an, the disbelievers had only one big issue on their minds – the impossibility of physical resurrection, which prevented them from accepting the Resurrection and the Afterlife: they would say, ‘What! when we are dead and turned into http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Qur'anic Studies Edinburgh University Press

A Perennial Challenge to Belief in Resurrection: Sūrat Qāf (Q. 50)

Journal of Qur'anic Studies , Volume 24 (3): 9 – Oct 1, 2022

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Edinburgh University Press
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1465-3591
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10.3366/jqs.2022.0517
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A Perennial Challenge to Belief in Resurrection: Sūrat Qāf (Q. 50) M.A.S. Abdel Haleem SOAS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON Belief in the resurrection of the dead is one of Islam’s fundamental tenets. The Qur’an describes it as an inevitable part of the scheme of God’s creation, and an essential element of God’s justice. Alongside belief in the One God, the resurrection of the dead occupies a major part of the Qur’an, not just during the Meccan period, but right up to the end of the Medinan period: it is no exaggeration to say that every page of the Qur’an contains a reference, either direct or indirect, to al-ūlā and al-ākhira, ‘the first life’ and ‘the after life’. However, despite its importance, Q. 40:59 tells us that this basic teaching encountered fierce reactions from most people to whom it was addressed: The Final Hour is sure to come, without doubt, but most people do not believe (akthara’l-nāsi lā yuʾminūna). As reported by the Qur’an, the disbelievers had only one big issue on their minds – the impossibility of physical resurrection, which prevented them from accepting the Resurrection and the Afterlife: they would say, ‘What! when we are dead and turned into

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Journal of Qur'anic StudiesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Oct 1, 2022

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