Saturday, August 29, 2009

Surah Al An’aam (6:60) – Sleep, an experience by soul and a metaphor of death



وَهُوَ الَّذِي يَتَوَفَّاكُم بِاللَّيْلِ وَيَعْلَمُ مَا جَرَحْتُم بِالنَّهَارِ ثُمَّ يَبْعَثُكُمْ فِيهِ لِيُقْضَى أَجَلٌ مُّسَمًّى ثُمَّ إِلَيْهِ مَرْجِعُكُمْ ثُمَّ يُنَبِّئُكُم بِمَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ

And He it is Who takes your souls at night (in sleep), and He knows what you acquire in the day, then He raises you up therein that an appointed term may be fulfilled; then to Him is your return, then He will inform you of what you were doing.

M Shakir's Quran Translation

It is He who doth take your souls by night, and hath knowledge of all that ye have done by day: by day doth He raise you up again; that a term appointed be fulfilled; In the end unto Him will be your return; then will He show you the truth of all that ye did.

Yusuf Ali's Quran Translation

Sleep is the state of natural rest observed in humans and throughout the animal kingdom, in all mammals and birds, and in many reptiles, amphibians, and fish. In humans, other mammals, and many other animals that have been studied such as fish, birds, ants, and fruit-flies regular sleep is necessary for survival.

Sleep a Virtual Experience by Soul

Sleep is nothing more than a state of 'virtual reality'. When we are sleeping to us the whole thing seems 'real'. We go on trips, meet new people, play games, get hurt, and feel happy or sad in dreams though we are lying in our bad 'peacefully'. Although the room in which we are is empty still we here voices. There is no TV screen in front of us, even our eyes are closed still we see many beautiful landscapes. This proves that these eyes and ears which are seeing and listening are not the material eyes. Allah takes away the soul and these virtual images are programmed by Him and the eyes which witness are the eyes of the soul and the ears which listen are the ears of the soul. Had it been your 'material' body you'd still be having the wounds on it you got in the dream.

Sleep, a metaphor of death

In the above Ayat Allah has mentioned the taking away of soul. The word used is one which is used for death. Sleep is thought to be the sister of death, because in both of these soul is taken away. In death the soul is taken away permanently and in sleep for a temporary period. Another difference is that in death along with soul, biological life is also taken away but in dream the biological life remains and the body systems keep on working. Quran uses the word death for sleep and in Bible there are many verses in which the word sleep is used for death. For instance:

"And many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt."
(Dan 12:2)

Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. (Ps 90:5)

Another interesting verse in the Bible points to the activity of conscience (soul) at night.

I will praise the Lord, who advises me. My conscience warns me at night.
(PS 16:7)

Sleep, as a metaphor of death also proves conscious life after death. Those who deny the life after death should ponder how Allah raises them from 'death' every day. In the same way he'll raise them on the Day of Judgment.



See the complete list of Scientific Miracles in Surah Al An'aam here


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