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How shall People come out of Their Graves

How shall people come out of their graves on the Day of Resurrection? And who will be the first to be dressed?

Allaah, Glorious is He, will resurrect man on the Day of Resurrection by reconstructing him from his tail bone. People will grow as perfect creatures just as plants grow from seeds, and palm trees from date stones. They will emerge from their graves barefooted, naked, and uncircumcised. They will rush forth like spread out locusts, or dispersed butterflies, and will not miss the way to the Assembly Land. In fact they will know their way to it better than a wild pigeon knows its way to its nest, as they are racing to a target. The first upon whom the earth will crack open is our Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam). He will be the first to regain consciousness. As for the first to be dressed after Resurrection is Khalilur-Rahman (the beloved one of the Merciful) may Allaah exalt his mention, and render him safe from evil. Horror will overtake mankind to the point even Prophets will say on that Day: Myself, myself. He who reads the Verses that deal with Resurrection in the Surahs Al-Qamar, Al-Ma'arij, and Al-Qari'ah, and the like will have more information about that great event. It is authentically reported in both Bukhari and Muslim, that the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) said: You shall be summoned barefooted, naked, and uncircumcised. Then he read and said: As we began the first creation, so shall We repeat it, a promise binding upon Us. We shall certainly fulfil it. [1] The first to be dressed on the Day of Resurrection is Ibrahim. While a group of my Ummah will be snatched away to the left side, and I would call out: My followers! It will be said: They apostatized after you left them. And I then will say as the good worshipper (Isa) said: [2] And I was a witness over them as long as I remained with them, but when You collected me, You were the Watcher over them, and You are witness over everything. If you punish them, they are Your worshippers; and if You forgive them, You are the Mighty, the Wise. [3] It is also authentically reported that the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) said: Mankind will be shocked to swoon on the Day of Resurrection, and I will be the first upon whom the ground will crack open. [4] It is also authentically reported that the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) said: I will be the first to regain consciousness. [5] You may get further details about the two traditions from the book Al-Aqidah At-Tahawiyah when Imam At-Tahawi talks about the conditions of the people on the Day of Resurrection.

[1] Al-Anbiya 21:104 [2] Al-Bukhari no. 3349 and Muslim no. 2860. [3] Al-Ma'idah 5:117-118 [4] Al-Bukhari no. 2412 [5] Al-Bukhari no. 4638

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Fatawa Islamiyah Vol. 1 Page 22
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