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Sura 36
Aya 52
قالوا يا وَيلَنا مَن بَعَثَنا مِن مَرقَدِنا ۜ ۗ هٰذا ما وَعَدَ الرَّحمٰنُ وَصَدَقَ المُرسَلونَ

Ali Unal

They will cry: “Woe to us! Who has raised us from our place of sleep?1 (We have come to know that) this is what the All-Merciful promised, and that the Messengers spoke the truth!”
  • This statement reveals two facts concerning life in the grave. One is that, compared with the dread of the Resurrection and the Place of the Supreme Gathering and the punishment in Hell, the suffering in the grave will be like a sleep tormented by nightmares. The other is: ‘Ali, the Fourth Caliph, may God be pleased with him, says that the life of the world is sleep, and people wake up when they die. So, from the perspective of the truths of faith and the truths concerning creation and life, the worldly life is like dream. When people die, their seeing and perception will be much keener (50: 22). Compared with the eternal life in the other world, life in the grave is like a dream during sleep. All truths will be manifested in all their clarity in the Hereafter.