American Idol Mogul Simon Cowell wants have his body to be frozen after his death so he can be brought back to life in the future.
He told guests at a private dinner hosted by British PM Gorden Brown:
“I have decided to freeze myself when I die. You know cryonics. You pay a lot of money and you get stuck in a deep freeze once you have been declared dead. Medical science is bound to work out a way bringing us back to life in the next century or so, I want to be available when they do”
What is Cryonics?
Cryonics is the low-temperature preservation of humans that can no longer be sustained by contemporary medicine until resuscitation may be possible in the future.
Long-term cryopreservation requires cooling to near −196 C (−321 F), the boiling point of liquid nitrogen.
In this post, I do not wish to discuss detail scientific procedures of cryonics or to argue whether the person will be resurrected by the future technology such as mind scanning and mind transfer that may keep the memory of the person intact or nanotechnology that will repair the damage organs.
Until today, human cryopreservation is not reversible but those who chose their body to be preserved by paying hefty amount of money are mostly very rich people of this world who wish to continue their enjoyment of the material world forever.
What do I wish to discuss in this post?
Death is the phenomena nobody can escape. Since the beginning of the life on this earth, not only all the mankind died but also other living organism together with the great nations perished with the time.
Time is another dimension that is created by Allah (SWT), and he is beyond that dimension.
In our time, with the quantum of new scientific findings, people started worshiping Science instead of the Creator.
It is possible that one day the technology may be advance enough to prolong the life of a person for certain period but we should not forget the fact that they will be still with in the dimension called time.
Allah (SWT) has given example of time and resurrection in the Surah Al Khaf ( The Cave) as follows;
Allah clearly stated how he made a group of young men who fled to seek refuge, fell into sleep for three hundred years or three hundred and nine years in a Cave.
“Therefore, We covered up their (sense of ) hearing (causing them to go into deep sleep)in the Cave for a number of years” (18:11)
“Then We raised them up(from their sleep), that We might test which of the two parties was best at calculating the time period that they had tarried”.
The group of young people fled away from the society which was against the teaching of Allah, and they asked for refuge,“ Our Lord ! Bestow on us mercy from Yourself, and facilitate for us our affairs in the right way”.(18:10)
Here we can see the purpose of those who seek refuge in Allah (SWT) is to run away from the society which was against the teaching of Allah.
Nowadays, people are seeking refuge in the science to be resurrected for the eternal enjoyment. However, these people seem to forget the fact that time is a creation of Allah and eternity is beyond the time. To attain the eternal peace and enjoyment, the person has to face
2. The Barrier or Barazak, (Beyond our dimension)
3. The Day of Judgment. (Beyond our dimension)
The purpose of writing this post is even, if men can create resurrection of a person; let’s say after one thousand year with the cryopresrvative technology, he will be still within the dimension called “Time” that is also the part Allah’s creation.
So for all of us as Muslims, if the science can prolong the life of a person for few hundred years, that should not be considered as a miracle as Allah has already explained us with several verses in the Holy Quran about the relative nature of “Time” before the science.
The faith or Iman, of all of us should not be easily shaken by this kind of scientific invention, as Allah has created the time, the whole Universe, and everything happen according to Allah’s will, and knowledge.
Allah knows the best,
Kyaw Kyaw Oo