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Verse: 31 - Giving life to the dead using Quran

Chapter: 13, Verse: 31

وَ لَوْ أَنَّ قُرْآناً سُيِّرَتْ بِهِ الْجِبالُ أَوْ قُطِّعَتْ بِهِ الْأَرْضُ أَوْ كُلِّمَ بِهِ الْمَوْتى‏
"If there were a Qur'an with which mountains were moved, or the earth were cloven asunder, or the dead were made to speak, (this would be the one!)" [13:31]

So this verse makes it very clear that Quran can make the mountains move and even make the dead to speak. And its very well known that as per the narrations the Imam's (as) have the complete knowledge of the Quran and hence they can also give life to the dead, now lets read the below narration.

مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ يَحْيَى عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ أَبِي زَاهِرٍ أَوْ غَيْرِهِ عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ حَمَّادٍ عَنْ أَخِيهِ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ حَمَّادٍ عَنْ إِبْرَاهِيمَ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنْ أَبِي الْحَسَنِ الْأَوَّلِ ع قَالَ قُلْتُ لَهُ جُعِلْتُ فِدَاكَ أَخْبِرْنِي عَنِ النَّبِيِّ ص وَرِثَ النَّبِيِّينَ كُلَّهُمْ قَالَ نَعَمْ قُلْتُ مِنْ لَدُنْ آدَمَ حَتَّى انْتَهَى إِلَى نَفْسِهِ قَالَ مَا بَعَثَ اللَّهُ نَبِيّاً إِلَّا وَ مُحَمَّدٌ ص أَعْلَمُ مِنْهُ قَالَ قُلْتُ إِنَّ عِيسَى ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ كَانَ يُحْيِي الْمَوْتَى بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ قَالَ صَدَقْتَ وَ سُلَيْمَانَ بْنَ دَاوُدَ كَانَ يَفْهَمُ مَنْطِقَ الطَّيْرِ وَ كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ص يَقْدِرُ عَلَى هَذِهِ الْمَنَازِلِ قَالَ فَقَالَ إِنَّ سُلَيْمَانَ بْنَ دَاوُدَ قَالَ لِلْهُدْهُدِ حِينَ فَقَدَهُ وَ شَكَّ فِي أَمْرِهِ فَقالَ ما لِيَ لا أَرَى الْهُدْهُدَ أَمْ كانَ مِنَ الْغائِبِينَ حِينَ فَقَدَهُ فَغَضِبَ عَلَيْهِ فَقَالَ لَأُعَذِّبَنَّهُ عَذاباً شَدِيداً أَوْ لَأَذْبَحَنَّهُ أَوْ لَيَأْتِيَنِّي بِسُلْطانٍ مُبِينٍ وَ إِنَّمَا غَضِبَ لِأَنَّهُ كَانَ يَدُلُّهُ عَلَى الْمَاءِ فَهَذَا وَ هُوَ طَائِرٌ قَدْ أُعْطِيَ مَا لَمْ يُعْطَ سُلَيْمَانُ وَ قَدْ كَانَتِ الرِّيحُ وَ النَّمْلُ وَ الْإِنْسُ وَ الْجِنُّ وَ الشَّيَاطِينُ وَ الْمَرَدَةُ لَهُ طَائِعِينَ وَ لَمْ يَكُنْ يَعْرِفُ الْمَاءَ تَحْتَ الْهَوَاءِ وَ كَانَ الطَّيْرُ يَعْرِفُهُ وَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَقُولُ فِي كِتَابِهِ وَ لَوْ أَنَّ قُرْآناً سُيِّرَتْ بِهِ الْجِبالُ أَوْ قُطِّعَتْ بِهِ الْأَرْضُ أَوْ كُلِّمَ بِهِ الْمَوْتى‏ وَ قَدْ وَرِثْنَا نَحْنُ هَذَا الْقُرْآنَ الَّذِي فِيهِ مَا تُسَيَّرُ بِهِ الْجِبَالُ وَ تُقَطَّعُ بِهِ الْبُلْدَانُ وَ تُحْيَا بِهِ الْمَوْتَى وَ نَحْنُ نَعْرِفُ الْمَاءَ تَحْتَ الْهَوَاءِوَ إِنَّ فِي كِتَابِ اللَّهِ لآَيَاتٍ مَا يُرَادُ بِهَا أَمْرٌ إِلَّا أَنْ يَأْذَنَ اللَّهُ بِهِ مَعَ مَا قَدْ يَأْذَنُ اللَّهُ مِمَّا كَتَبَهُ الْمَاضُونَ جَعَلَهُ اللَّهُ لَنَا فِي أُمِّ الْكِتَابِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَقُولُ وَ ما مِنْ غائِبَةٍ فِي السَّماءِ وَ الْأَرْضِ إِلَّا فِي كِتابٍ مُبِينٍ ثُمَّ قَالَ ثُمَّ أَوْرَثْنَا الْكِتابَ الَّذِينَ اصْطَفَيْنا مِنْ عِبادِنا فَنَحْنُ الَّذِينَ اصْطَفَانَا اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ وَ أَوْرَثَنَا هَذَا الَّذِي فِيهِ تِبْيَانُ كُلِّ شَي



Muhammad ibn Yahya has narrated from Ahmad ibn abu Zahir or another man from Muhammad ibn Hammad from his brother Ahmad ibn Hammad from Ibrahim from his father who has said the following.

"I said to abu al-Hassan al-Thani (as), "May Allah take my soul in service for your cause, would you tell me about the Holy Prophet (as) who inherited all the prophets." The Imam (as) said, "Yes, I may do so. I asked, "Did he inherit from Adam up to his-self?" The Imam (as) said, "Of every prophet that Allah sent Prophet Muhammad (as) was more knowledgeable." I then said, "Jesus son of Mary would bring the dead to life by the permission of Allah."

The Imam (as) said, "You spoke the truth."

"I said, "Solomon son of David could understand the language of the birds. The Holy Prophet (as) was also capable of doing such things." The narrator has said that the Imam (DivineSupremeCovenantBody) then said, "Solomon son of David said to the (Hoopoe) Hud-Hud when he found him missing and had doubts about the bird. "(Solomon) inspected the birds and said, "How is it that I cannot see the hoopoe (when he did not find him present and became angry). Is he absent? (27:20). I shall certainly punish him severely or slaughter him unless he has a good reason for his absence." (27:21) He became angry because the bird would show him how to find water. This is only a bird but is given something that is not given to Solomon. The wind, ants, man, Jinn, devils and the rebels obeyed him in submission but he did not know about the water in the space but the bird knew it as Allah says in His Book. "Even if the Quran would make mountains move, cut the earth into pieces and make the dead able to speak . . ." (13:31) We have inherited this Quran which contains such things that can make the mountains move, cross the lands and make the dead to come to life. We know there is water in space. In the book of Allah there are verses that are indicative of certain issues only if Allah would give permission. This is along with the fact that Allah sometime grants permission to make use of the things that people of the past had written. Allah has set them for us in the origin of the Book as Allah says, "All the secrets in heavens and earth are recorded in the illustrious Book. (27:75) Then Allah has said, "We gave the Book as an inheritance to Our chosen servants," (35:32) We are the ones whom Allah, the Most Holy, the Most High, has chosen and has given this which contain the explanation of all things." 

[Source: Al-Kafi Vol.1 Pg.227 / Basaair Al Darajat, Vol. 1, Chapter. 21, Hadees. 1]

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