Friday, June 1, 2012

Allah's Address to the Martyrs

Hadrat Musraq (successor of the Companion of the Messenger of Allah) reports:

"You must not think that those who were slain in the cause of Allah are dead. They are alive, and well provided for by their Lord." (Q. 3:169)

There upon Hadrat Abdullah bin Mas' ud (Allah be pleased with him) said:

"I have already come to know the explanation of this ayah. The souls of the martyrs are embodied in green birds. Lamps are hanging below the Throne of Allah for them. These birds roam about the Heaven, and return to these lamps. Almighty Allah asked them, "What do you want?" They submitted, "What can we want since we are free to roam about the entire Paradise." After this question being repeated thrice, they  submitted, "We want our souls to be restored to our bodies once again and be killed in the cause of Allah." Thereupon the  repetition of question was stopped. But since going back to the world was against the Law, that was not to  happen." (Muslim)

However, the souls of the martyrs are not the only ones to be embodied in green birds, souls of other Believers  are also embodied in green birds and go about the Heaven.

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) has said:

"Indeed the souls of the Believers lie in the green birds which eat from the trees of the Heaven." (Mishkat)

Mulla Ali Qari (rah.) writes in the commentary of Mishkat:

"One Hadith mentions that the souls of the Believers, in the bodies of the birds, eat fruits of Heaven and drink water thereof and take rest in the golden lamps under the Throne."

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