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Such was what they said about the Qur’ān and the Messenger who recited it. They also denied resurrection and the life to come:
They say: ‘When we are bones and dust, shall we be raised to life again as a new creation?’ Say: ‘Be you stones or iron, or some other form of creation which, to your minds, appears even harder [to bring to life]. ‘They will say: ‘Who is it that will bring us back [to life]?’ Say: ‘He who created you the first time.’ Thereupon they shake their heads [in disbelief] and ask: ‘When will this be?’ Say: ‘It may very well be near at hand. On that day He will call you, and you will answer by praising Him, thinking that you stayed on earth but a very short while.’ (Verses 49-52)
The concept of resurrection was the subject of a long controversy between the Prophet and the unbelievers. The Qur’ān relates much of this argument. Yet the whole issue is very clear and simple for anyone who contemplates the nature of life and death, resurrection and the gathering of all creation. The Qur’ān explains it in full on various occasions. Yet people could not take it in its simple and clear nature. They could not imagine how a person could be brought back to life after the body had decomposed: “They say: ‘When we are bones and dust, shall we be raised to life again as a new creation?” (Verse 49)
They simply did not reflect on the fact that there was a time when they were not alive, yet they were brought to life. Nor did they appreciate that the second origination is simpler than the first. They did not fully understand that, as far as God is concerned, nothing can be described as ‘easier’ or ‘more difficult’. Nor did they appreciate that the method of creation is the same in all cases. It is just that God issues His command for any creature to ‘Be’, and it comes into existence immediately. It is immaterial whether people consider something to be easy or difficult. When God wants it to happen, it will, without fail.