August 16, 2013
Sociology Paper 2 Assignment
Islamic belief on Afterlife from Chapter 14 The Last Dance
I chose to do my sociology assignment on Islamic views on the afterlife in Islamic tradition (Chapter 14). The text discusses that the moment of death is considered a call to prayer. In this essay I would like to talk about death. I will define death according to the general understanding as well as the Islamic definition. Death is defined as the termination of the biological functions of the body. In Islam it refers to the separation of the soul from the body by the Angel of Death. Death is the only certainty in life. It can occur at any moment no matter whether you are 9 or 90. Everyone is scared of dying and rightly so. The uncertainty of what lies beyond is frightening. It may be that of all religions, Islam, provides the most graphic details of what comes after death and lies beyond. Islam views death to be a natural threshold to the next stage of existence. Islamic doctrine holds that human existence continues after the death of the human body in the form of spiritual and physical resurrection. There is a direct relation between conduct on earth and the life beyond. The afterlife will be one of rewards and punishments which are commensurate with earthily conduct. A Day will come when God will resurrect and gather the first and the last of His creation and judge everyone justly. People will enter their final abode, Hell or Paradise. Faith in life after death urges us to do right and to stay away from sin. In this life we sometimes see the pious suffer and the impious enjoy. All shall be judged one day and justice will be served. Faith in life after death is one of the six fundamental beliefs required of a Muslim to complete his faith. Rejecting it renders all other beliefs meaningless. The acceptance or rejection of life after death is perhaps the greatest factor in determining the course of an individual’s life....
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