Footprints Of IBRAHIM ALAIHIS’SALAM Resurrection of the slaughtered birds Once Sayyidunā Ibrāĥīm مﻼـﺴـﻟا ﻪـﻴﻠـﻋ asked in the reverend court of Allah ﻞﺟوﺰﻋ Almighty, ‘O Allah, show me how you will resurrect the dead?’ Allah ﻞﺟوﺰﻋ Almighty said, ‘Ibrāĥīm, don’t you have faith in it?’ Sayyidunā Ibrāĥīm مﻼـﺴـﻟا ﻪـﻴﻠـﻋ said, ‘Why not? Although I have faith over it but I wish to observe this spectacle with my own eyes so that my heart receives tranquillity.’
Allah ﻞﺟوﺰﻋ then said, ‘Raise four birds and nourish them well by feeding them plenty, then slaughter them and make minced meat from their flesh and place little portion of it on top of some mountains in your surroundings. Then call upon these birds to you, those birds will come back to life and rush to you and thus you will witness the spectacle of resurrection of dead with your own eyes.’
Therefore Sayyidunā Ibrāĥīm مﻼـﺴـﻟا ﻪـﻴﻠـﻋ tended four birds: a rooster, a pigeon, a vulture and a peacock. He raised them for a certain period of time whilst nourishing and taming them well. Then he slaughtered them and kept their heads with himself and after mincing their meat, placed little part of it on the surrounding mountains.
He then called these birds from distance by their names by exclaiming: O rooster ( ﻚۡﻳاﺎﻬﻳﺎﻳ), O pigeon ( ﻪﻣﺎﻤﺤۡﻟاﺎﻬﻳﺎﻳ), O vulture ( ﺮۡﺴَّﻟاﺎﻬﻳﺎﻳ), O peacock ( سؤﺎَّﻄﻟاﺎﻬﻳﺎﻳ)! The meat from the mountains started soaring up into the air on his call and the meat of each bird, flesh, bones and feathers assembled individually and then all four birds were formed and they each rushed to Sayyidunā Ibrāĥīm مﻼـﺴـﻟا ﻪـﻴﻠـﻋ headless and after connecting to their own individual heads, they started picking grains and chirping in their own language. Hence Sayyidunā Ibrāĥīm مﻼـﺴـﻟا ﻪـﻴﻠـﻋ witnessed the spectacle of the resurrection of the dead and his heart attained peace and tranquillity.
Allah ﺰﻋ ﻞﺟو described this event in Sūraĥ Baqaraĥ of the Holy Quran in the following words *** And when Ibrāĥīm said, ‘My Rab! Show me how you will give life to the dead’; He said, ‘Are you not certain (of it)?’ Ibrāĥīm said, ‘Surely yes, why not? But because I wish to put my heart at ease’;
He said, ‘Therefore take four birds (as pets) and cause them to become familiar to you, then place a part of each of them on separate hills, then call them – they will come running towards you; and know well that Allah is Almighty, Wise.’ [Kanz-ul-Īmān (Translation of Quran)] (Part 3, Sūraĥ Baqaraĥ, Verse 260