People’s Appearance following the Resurrection

What can you tell us about how people will look following the Resurrection?

People will be gathered on the Day of Resurrection barefoot, naked and uncircumcised. It was narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas (رضى الله عنه) that the Prophet (ﷺ) said:

“You will be gathered barefoot, naked and uncircumcised.” Then he recited, “As We began the first creation, We shall repeat it. (It is) a promise binding upon Us. Truly, We shall do it” [al-Anbiya’ 21:104]. Then he said: “The first one to be clothed on the Day of Resurrection will be Ibraaheem.” [1]

It was narrated that ‘Aa’ishah (رضى الله عنها) said:

“The Messenger of Allaah (ﷺ) said: ‘You will be gathered barefoot, naked and uncircumcised.’ I said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, men and women will be looking at one another?!’ He said, ‘The situation will be so terrible that that will not concern them.’” [2] 

And it was narrated in the hadeeth that people will be resurrected in the clothes in which they died. It was narrated that when Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri was dying, he called for new clothes and put them on, then he said,

“I heard the Messenger of Allaah (ﷺ) say, ‘The deceased will be resurrected in the clothes in which he died.’” [3] 

This hadeeth may seem to contradict the hadeeth quoted above, which says that they will be resurrected naked. The scholars reconciled between the two reports by noting the following points:

1.     That they will be raised in those garments but they will wear out after the resurrection, and when they reach the place of standing they will be naked.

2.     They will be raised naked then when the Prophets and Siddeeqeen etc., have been clothed, everyone else will be clothed in the same kind of clothes as those in which they died.

3.     Some of the scholars interpreted this hadeeth as referring to the martyrs (shuhada’), because they are the ones whom the Prophet (ﷺ) commanded should be buried in the clothes in which they died, so they will be resurrected in their clothes in order to distinguish them from others.

4.     What is meant by clothes is righteous deeds, as in the verses,

“...And the raiment of righteousness, that is better...” [4]

“And purify your garments.” [5]

What is meant by a person being resurrected according to what he was doing when he died is that if his final action was good, then it will be good (for him) and if it was bad then it will be bad (for him). This is indicated by the hadeeth of Jaabir who said:

“I heard the Prophet (ﷺ) say, ‘Every person will be resurrected in the manner that he died.’” [6]

References:

[1] [Bukhari, Kitaabar-Riqaaq, Baab al-Hashr, no. 6526.]

[2] [Bukhari, Kitaabar-Riqaaq, Baab al-Hashr, no. 6527.]

[3] [Abu Dawood, no. 3114, as-Silsilah as-Saheehah, no. 1671.]

[4] [Quran, 7:26]

[5] [Quran, 74:4]

[6] [Muslim, no. 2878]

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