Religion and the Chilean Miners

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Nelly Bugueno, mother of trapped miner Victor Zamora, said: “It’s like he is being reborn. There were 34 miners down there – the 33 were there with the spirit of God.”

To Christians, obvious parallels between the story of the miners and the Resurrection of Christ must be apparent. Christianity teaches that Christ was enclosed in a tomb in a cave and then reemerged three days later.

To Muslims, there may be parallels between the story of the miners and the Companions of the Cave. The Companions of the Cave feared that their society would turn them away from Allah so they sought refuge in a cave. Allah allowed them to sleep for 309 years and then reanimated them. This reminds us of Allah’s power over life and death. It also reminds us that our experience of time is subjective as the Companions of the Cave thought they had only slept for a day or less, when in fact, many decades had gone by.

There is also a story of Prophet Muhammad, (pbuh), hiding in a cave with his courageous companion, Abu Bakr (R) while their enemies among the nonbelievers chased them.

When he saw the enemy at a very close distance, Abu Bakr (R) whispered to the Prophet [pbuh]: “What, if they were to look through the crevice and detect us?” The Prophet [pbuh] in his God-inspired calm replied:

“Silence Abu Bakr! What do you think of those two with whom the Third is Allâh.”[Bukhari 1/516; Mukhtasar Seerat Ar-Rasool p.168]

We all have times in our lives when we realize that we are truly helpless, that we are lost, and that hope is fading away. These are times when we need to turn to Allah. I do not mean that we should ignore Allah in times of prosperity. Far from it, as prosperity too is a test of faith. But when we feel alone, afraid, and abject, we need to recognize that Allah is the One, the Tremendous, and He who is able to do all things.

May Allah guide us to the straight path and give us the wisdom to seek His help. May Allah cure the ill, comfort the grieving, and reunite those who feel the pain of separation. May Allah give us long lives in which we worship Him, praise Him, and inspire others to embrace the religion of Islam.  May He take our souls when we are filled with faith and raise us up to the highest heights of Paradise.

P.S. Thanks first to Allah and then to all my readers for allowing me to surpass 50,000 hits. Keep reading, commenting, and subscribing.

  1. #1 by Nency Swift on October 31, 2010 - 4:32 pm

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