How can you
prove the existence of hereafter, i.e. life
HEREAFTER - LIFE
1. Belief in
the hereafter is not based on blind faith?
Many people wonder as to how a person with a scientific and
logical temperament, can lend any credence to the belief of life after
death. People assume that anyone believing in the hereafter is doing so on
the basis of blind belief.
My belief in the hereafter is based on a logical argument.
2. Hereafter a logical belief
There are more than a thousand verses in the Glorious
Qur’an, containing scientific facts (refer my book "Qur’an and Modern
Science-Compatible or Incompatible?"). Many facts mentioned in the Qur’an
have been discovered in the last few centuries. But science has not
advanced to a level where it can confirm every statement of the Qur’an.
Suppose 80% of all that is mentioned in the Qur’an has been
proved 100% correct. About the remaining 20%, science makes no categorical
statement, since it has not advanced to a level, where it can either prove
or disprove these statements. With the limited knowledge that we have, we
cannot say for sure whether even a single percentage or a single verse of
the Qur’an from this 20% portion is wrong. Thus when 80% of the Qur’an is
100% correct and the remaining 20% is not disproved, logic says that even
the 20% portion is correct. The existence of the hereafter, which is
mentioned in the Qur’an, falls in the 20% ambiguous portion which my logic
says is correct.
3. Concept of peace and human values is useless without the
concept of hereafter
Is robbing a good or an evil act? A normal balanced person
would say it is evil. How would a person who does not believe in the
hereafter convince a powerful and influential criminal that robbing is
Suppose I am the most powerful and influential criminal in
the world. At the same time I am an Intelligent and a logical person. I
say that robbing is good because it helps me lead a luxurious life. Thus
robbing is good for me.
If anybody can put forward a single logical argument as to
why it is evil for me, I will stop immediately. People usually put forward
the following arguments:
a. The person who is robbed will face difficulties
Some may say that the
person who is robbed will face difficulties. I certainly agree that it is
bad for the person who is robbed. But it is good for me. If I rob a
thousand dollars, I can enjoy a good meal at a 5 star restaurant.
b. Someone may rob you
Some people argue that
someday I may be robbed. No one can rob me because I am a very powerful
criminal and I have hundreds of bodyguards. I can rob anybody but nobody
can rob me. Robbing may be a risky profession for a common man but not for
an influential person like me.
c. The police may arrest you
Some may say, if you
rob, you can be arrested by the police. The police cannot arrest me
because I have the police on my payroll. I have the ministers on my
payroll. I agree that if a common man robs, he will be arrested and it
will be bad for him, but I am an extraordinarily influential and powerful
Give me one logical
reason why it is bad for me and I will stop robbing.
d. Its easy money
Some may say its easy
money and not hard-earned money. I agree completely that it is easy money,
and that is one of the main reasons why I rob. If a person has the option
of earning money the easy as well as the hard way, any logical person
would choose the easy way.
e. It is against humanity
Some may say it is
against humanity and that a person should care for other human beings. I
counter argue by asking as to who wrote this law called ‘humanity’ and why
should I follow it?
This law may be good
for the emotional and sentimental people but I am a logical person and I
see no benefit in caring for other human beings.
f. It is a selfish act
Some may say that
robbing is being selfish. It is true that robbing is a selfish act; but
then why should I not be selfish? It helps me enjoy life.
logical reason for robbing being an evil act
Hence all arguments that attempt to prove that robbing is
an evil act are futile. These arguments may satisfy a common man but not a
powerful and influential criminal like me. None of the arguments can be
defended on the strength of reason and logic. It is no surprise that there
are so many criminals in this world.
Similarly raping, cheating etc. can be justified as good
for a person like me and there is no logical argument that can convince me
that these things are bad.
2. A Muslim
can convince a powerful and influential criminal
Now let us switch sides. Suppose you are the most powerful
and influential criminal in the world, who has the police and the
ministers on his payroll. You have army of thugs to protect you. I am a
Muslim who will convince you that robbing, raping, cheating, etc. are evil
Even if I put forth the same arguments to prove that
robbing is evil the criminal will respond the same way as he did earlier.
I agree that the criminal is being logical and all his
arguments are true only when he is the most powerful and influential
human being wants justice
Each and every human being desires justice. Even if he does
not want justice for others he wants justice for himself. Some people are
intoxicated by power and influence and inflict pain and suffering on
others. The same people, however, would surely object if some injustice
was done to them. The reason such people become insensitive to the
suffering of others is that they worship power and influence. Power and
influence, they feel, not only allows them to inflict injustice on others
but also prevents others from doing likewise to them.
4. God is
Most Powerful and Just
As a Muslim I would convince the criminal about the
existence of Almighty God (refer to answer proving the existence of God).
This God is more powerful than you and at the same time is also just. The
Glorious Qur’an says:
"Allah is never unjust
In the least degree"
5. Why does
God not punish me?
The criminal, being a logical and scientific person, agrees
that God exists, after being presented with scientific facts from the
Qur’an. He may argue as to why God, if He is Powerful and Just, does not
people who do injustice should be punished
Every person who has suffered injustice, irrespective of
financial or social status, almost certainly wants the perpetrator of
injustice to be punished. Every normal person would like the robber or the
rapist to be taught a lesson. Though a large number of criminals are
punished, many even go scot-free. They lead a pleasant, luxurious life,
and even enjoy a peaceful existence. If injustice is done to a powerful
and influential person, by someone more powerful and more influential than
he, even such a person would want that person perpetrators of injustice to
7. This life
is a test for the hereafter
This life is a test for the hereafter. The Glorious Qur’an
"He who created Death
And life that He
May try which of you
Is best in deed;
And He is the Exalted
In Might, Oft-Forgiving"
justice on day of judgment
The Glorious Qur’an says:
"Every soul shall have
A taste of death:
And only on the Day
Of Judgement shall you
Be paid your full recompense.
Only he who is saved
Far from the Fire
And admitted to the Garden
Will have attained
The object (of life):
For the life of this world
Is but goods and chattels
Final justice will be meted out on the Day of Judgement.
After a person dies, he will be resurrected on the Day of Judgement along
with the rest of mankind. It is possible that a person receives part of
his punishment in this world. The final reward and punishment will only be
in the hereafter. God Almighty may not punish a robber or a rapist in this
world but he will surely be held accountable on the Day of Judgement and
will be punished in the hereafter i.e. life after death.
punishment can the human law give Hitler?
Hitler incinerated six million Jews during his reign of
terror. Even if the police had arrested him, what punishment can the human
law give Hitler for justice to prevail? The most they can do is to send
Hitler to the gas chamber. But that will only be punishment for the
killing of one Jew. What about the remaining five million, nine hundred
and ninety nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine Jews?
10. Allah can
burn Hitler more than six million times in hellfire
Allah say in the Glorious Qur’an:
"Those who reject
Our signs, We shall soon
Cast into the Fire;
As often as their skins
Are roasted through,
We shall change them
For fresh skins,
That they may taste
The penalty: for Allah
Is Exalted in Power, Wise"
If Allah wishes he can incinerate Hitler six million times
in the hereafter in the hellfire.
11. No concept of human values or good and bad without concept of
It is clear that without convincing a person about the
hereafter, i.e. life after death, the concept of human values and the good
or evil nature of acts is impossible to prove to any person who is doing
injustice especially when he is influential and powerful.