Resurrection in the Clothes in which we die

“Every slave will be resurrected doing whatever deeds he died doing.”

Aboo Sa‘eed al-Khudree on his death bed called for new clothes and put them on then said: I Heard the Messenger of Allaah’s say: “Indeed the dead will be resurrected in the clothes in which they die.”

Should we understand from these two ahadeeth that, "A person will be resurrected in the cloth in which he died and also doing whatever deeds he died doing"?

Why then, on page 91 in Radiance of Faith (Ibn Qudamah) is it written that, "It should not be understood that the slave will be resurrected in the clothing in which he was shrouded or in which he died.”

Imam al-Bayhaqee resolved the apparent conflict from three perspectives:

  1. That the clothes will disintegrate after they stand up from their graves so they will be naked at the place of assembly, then they will be clothed in the clothes of paradise.
  2. When the prophets, the truthful righteous, then those after them according to their ranks are clothed, each person will wear clothes like those in which they died. Then when they enter paradise they will wear the clothes of paradise.
  3. The meaning of “clothes” here refers to their deeds. That is, they will be resurrected in the good or evil deeds they were doing when they died. Allah said: 

“And the clothing of Taqwa is better.” [1]

And the Prophet (ﷺ) said: “Every slave will be resurrected doing whatever deeds he died doing.” [2]

And Allah knows best.

References:

[1] Surah al-A‘raf, 7:26

[2] Sahih Muslim, Vol. 4, Hadith: 6878; Yawm al-Aakhir, pp. 59-61

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