Aqida Tahawiyya – 12

مُمِيتٌ بِلَا مَخَافَةٍ، بَاعِثٌ بِلَا مَشَقَّةٍ

He causes death without feat, and He resurrects (the dead) with no effort.

Ahlu sunnah believe that death is an existential attribute (sifatu wujuudiyyah). This is contrary to the belief of the philosophers and those who agree with them. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed [Mulk 67:2]

Allah says he created death and it is plain that what is nothing cannot be said to have been created. Also, a hadith states, “Death will be brought on the day of judgement in the form of a beautiful ram. And it will be slaughtered between paradise and Hell.” If death were an accident (aradh – that which does not have a dhaat), Allah could make it a substance or physical body. There are other instances, too, of such metamorphosis or substantiation. For example, a hadith says that “good deeds will come to their doer in the form of a handsome young man, and bad deeds will appear in the ugliest form.”