‘But Jesus raised the dead and the angel of death takes billions of souls’ argument debunked

The grave-worshippers (Quburis) rely on weak and fallacious analogies (in matters of Tawhid!), they argue:

Abdul-Rasul/Abdol-Hossein: ‘If the angel of death can take billions of souls, my favourite wali (saint) can respond to billions of help requests whenever I beseech him in my prayers. Ya Jilani/Jesus/Ali madad!’

This analogy is false from a number of angles.

  1. Human beings are not to be compared to angels who have not just a different, but rather an unknown (al-Ghayb) nature to ours. In Usul al-Fiqh this is referred to as a qiyas (analogy) with a discrepancy i.e. qiyas ma’a al-Fariq (قياس مع الفارق) which is invalid.
  2. Human beings have different tasks and abilities than angels. We have Qur’anic evidence that the task of the angel of death is to take the souls, what is the evidence that the Prophet (ﷺ) – let alone anyone else – was given the task and/or ability to hear (wheather alive or in Barzakh) and respond to billions of distress calls (the most one can argue is that the Prophet hears the salautations send upon him by an angel i.e. he can’t even hear those directly, let alone being able to aid anybody who calls upon him).
  3. The angel of death taking out souls doesn’t mean that he’s alone (just like we are deceived by Shaytan and his army of shayatin). Ibn Mas’ood, Ibn ‘Abbas, Masrooq, Sa’eed ibn Jubayr, Abu Saalih, Abu’l-Duha and al-Suddi said: By those who pull out‘ refers to the angels, i.e., when they pull out the souls of the sons of Adam. There are some whose soul is taken forcefully and they suffer when it is taken out, and there are some whose soul is taken gently, which is referred to in the verse, “and those who gently take out.’ This is also supported by the verse: {And He is the subjugator over His servants, and He sends over you guardian-angels until, when death comes to one of you, Our messengers take him, and they do not fail [in their duties} [Qur’an, 6:61]

The ‘with the permission of Allah’ get-out close won’t cut it neither, as Allah has never given any human being – not even a Prophet – the ability (let alone task) to play delivery boy and deliver prayer requests to God (let alone themselves providing madad/help whenever they are called upon). That might be pagan Catholicism, but certainly not Islam.

Finally, Allah says:

ثُمَّ أَمَاتَهُۥ فَأَقْبَرَهُۥ

{Then He (i.e. Allah) causes his death and provides a grave for him.} [Qur’an, 80:21]

If إماتة was not from خصائص الربوبية than Ibrahim (peace be upon him) would certainly not have used it has his first evidence against Nimrud. He used it, because it is so clear to everyone that it is something only Allah has power over. Only Allah causes death and life. But what about Jesus (peace be upon him)?

Most of the scholars have stated that ‘Isa b. Maryam (peace be upon them) was not given the power to create or to bring the dead to life. Instead he was told to make a bird made from clay and blow in it, but it was Allah who made it alive i.e. Isa (peace be upon him) never had the inherent ability – not even with the permission of Allah – to raise the dead, he never had such a power or authority.

Al-‘Izz Abdul-Salam said in his tafsir that ‘Isa (peace be upon him) made du’a (supplicated to Allah) to bring the dead to life and Allah answered his prayer, not that ‘Isa (peace be upon him) was given the power to give life.

The Tawhid of Jesus’ Disciples VS The Grave-worshippers

إِذْ قَالَ الْحَوَارِيُّونَ يَا عِيسَى ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ هَلْ يَسْتَطِيعُ رَبُّكَ أَن يُنَزِّلَ عَلَيْنَا مَآئِدَةً مِّنَ السَّمَاء قَالَ اتَّقُواْ اللّهَ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِين

َ{Behold! the disciples, said: “O Jesus the son of Mary! can thy Lord send down to us a table set (with viands) from heaven?” Said Jesus: “Fear Allah, if ye have faith.”} [Qur’an, 5:112]

Ponder over the fact that his disciples (who witnessed his miracles) did not ask him to create, cure or to even feed them (with heavily food). They said can your Lord do that! They did not ask Jesus directly (despite him performing all miracles!) knowing that all his miracles are really executions of the will of Allah. Yet you have modern day extremists praying directly to other than Allah under the pretext of ‘wasilah‘ and ‘tawasul‘.