Life and Death

By Sheik Muhammad Mitwaly Ash-Sha‘râwy

“In worldly life I am but a traveler who sought shade under a tree then he departed and left it behind.”

The Prophet Muhammad (May Allah bless him and grant him peace)

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In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent,
the Most Merciful

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Dedication _________________________________________ i

Introduction _____________________________________ ii

Chapter One ____________________________________________ 1

What Was The Beginning? _____________________________ 1

A fruitless debate and sophistry _________________________ 3 Witnessing Allah in the immaterial existence ______________ 5 Forms of the creation of mankind _______________________ 6 Laws of life and death ________________________________ 8 What are the laws of sleep? ____________________________ 9 The beginning of life ________________________________ 11 Bestowal of life in the soul ____________________________ 13 Existence … and the perception of existence ______________ 13

Chapter 2 _____________________________________________ 17

What Is Life? _______________________________________ 17

Inanimate beings cry, hear and talk _____________________ 20 Plants as well ______________________________________ 22 The ant speaks and the hoopoe has knowledge? ____________ 24 A life… yet unknown to us ___________________________ 25 The Knowledge of Allah and that of mankind _____________ 27 All what is in the universe is alive ______________________ 30

Chapter 3 _____________________________________________ 32

What Is Death? ______________________________________ 32

Life within the grave!! _______________________________ 34 The Barzakh life… out of the span of time _______________ 39 Him Alone gives life and causes death ___________________ 43 Nimrod and his claim of causing death and giving life _______ 45

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Man And Immortality ________________________________ 50

The secret of life and its end __________________________ 53 The two cycles of creation: death and life ________________ 55 Names of the Supreme Self of Allah and Timelessness of His Divine Attributes ___________________________________ 57 We were…before coming to be ________________________ 58 Suicide and immortality in Hellfire _____________________ 59

Chapter five ___________________________________________ 64

The Life Of This World _______________________________ 64

True worship and how it should be? _____________________ 66 Who prepares food for us? ____________________________ 68 The Divine Law set before creation _____________________ 69 Man’s duty in life ___________________________________ 71 The Divine Law and the work of the human mind __________ 73 Life from a male and a female _________________________ 75

Chapter six ____________________________________________ 78

The Life Of The Hereafter _____________________________ 78

Beyond the capacity of mind…but true indeed when it comes to the Power of Allah __________________________________ 80 The record is never lost ______________________________ 81 Proving Resurrection with tangible evidences _____________ 84 Paradise __________________________________________ 86

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Life & Death

After praising Allah and praying for the bestowal of blessings and peace upon our master, the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad, I beg Allah that these issuing books from my library be a step taken on the path of guidance and a light that may illumine the way towards Faith and we pray for guidance and success from Allah.

Muhammad Mitwaly Ash-Sha‘râwy

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