We’ve started our chapter in 4th grade on life cycles in our science textbooks. It states that the four stages of life are: birth, growth, reproduction and death.
However (brace yourself) there is an issue.
Muslim children (and adults) believe in and accept the Quran and “Arkaanal Imaan” or The Pillars of Faith (seen above). A Muslim must believe in and accept both in order to be Muslim. And they, The Quran and The Pillars of Faith, are saying something different than the textbook life cycle model….
Two more stages in the life cycle are expressed in the Quran. They are a “first death” and a “second life” commonly known as “life after death”.
The Quran states (translation):
“How can you disbelieve in Allah while you were lifeless (lit. dead)? Then He gave you life and then will He cause you to die. Then again you will (be resurrected to) return to Him (for judgement)”
(Sura 2, ayah 28).
In another place, the Quran speaks of a judgement day testimony, “They will say, ‘Our Lord, You have caused us to be dead twice and You have given us life twice, therefore, we now recognize our offenses…so is there any escape from the path (of punishment)?'” (Sura 40, ayah 11)
So in order to confirm our belief in the statements of the Quran, we have identified the science textbook life cycle as the “Scientific Life Cycle” and the Islamic description as the “Islamic Life Cycle (for human beings)” which includes the scientific life cycle but adds the death (or lifelessness) before birth and life, well, after death.
Believing in life after death not only confirms our belief but it also helps us live our lives righteously, knowing that we will return to Allah and He will reward us for the good that was done and staying away from what will cause us to get punished.