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The Islamic Understanding of Death and Resurrection$
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Jane Idleman Smith and Yvonne Haddad

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195156492

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195156498.001.0001

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Considerations of God, Man, Time and Eternity

Considerations of God, Man, Time and Eternity

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(p.1) Chapter One Considerations of God, Man, Time and Eternity
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The Islamic Understanding of Death and Resurrection
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Jane Idleman Smith (Contributor Webpage)

Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195156498.003.0001

To understand how Muslims view the matter of life after death, it is necessary to see what the Qur’an says about God, about human beings, and about the structure of time. God, creator of all, is both just and merciful and works within the linear flow of time. Human lives proceed from birth to death individually, and are collectively rejuvenated and gathered for judgment by God at the end of time. Final dispensation is directly related to ethical choice, for which humans are fully responsible.

Keywords:   cosmology, faith, free will, justice, revelation, scripture, transmigration

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