In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

The Walking Dead

Quran is full of reminders that highlight how crucial the blessings of our eyesight, hearing and brains to processing and gaining knowledge. It is unquestionable that our Creator and the Best Designer has equally equipped us with the perfect tools to be able to know Him, witness His proofs, and choose His path.

[16:78] GOD brought you out of your mothers' bellies knowing nothing, and He gave you the hearing, the eyesight, and the brains, that you may be appreciative.

[17:36] You shall not accept any information, unless you verify it for yourself. I have given you the hearing, the eyesight, and the brain, and you are responsible for using them.

[50:36] Many a generation before them, who were more powerful, we annihilated. They searched the land; did they find an escape?
[50:37] This should be a lesson for everyone who possesses a mind, or is able to hear and witness.

God tells us that these three vital signs become disabled and useless when we choose to reject His truth. If we insist on this decision and maintain that rejection without reevaluation or repentance, God augments our loss ; our eyes get permanently blind to His signs, our brains would not comprehend or receive divine information any more, and our ears become programmed to only hear from Satan and his constituents:

[19:75] Say, "Those who choose to go astray, the Most Gracious will lead them on, until they see what is promised for them - either the retribution or the Hour. That is when they find out who really is worse off, and weaker in power."

[46:26] We had established them in the same way as we established you, and provided them with hearing, eyes, and minds. But their hearing, eyes, and minds did not help them at all. This is because they decided to disregard GOD's revelations. Thus, the prophecies and warnings that they ridiculed have caused their doom.

[30:58] Thus, we have cited for the people in this Quran all kinds of examples. Yet, no matter what kind of proof you present to the disbelievers, they say, "You are falsifiers."
[30:59] GOD thus seals the hearts of those who do not know.

[2:10] In their minds there is a disease. Consequently, GOD augments their disease. They have incurred a painful retribution for their lying.

[2:6] As for those who disbelieve, it is the same for them; whether you warn them, or not warn them, they cannot believe.
[2:7] GOD seals their minds and their hearing, and their eyes are veiled. They have incurred severe retribution.

[16:107] This is because they have given priority to this life over the Hereafter, and GOD does not guide such disbelieving people.
[16:108] Those are the ones whom GOD has sealed their hearts, and their hearing, and their eyesight. Consequently, they remain unaware.

[45:23] Have you noted the one whose god is his ego? Consequently, GOD sends him astray, despite his knowledge, seals his hearing and his mind, and places a veil on his eyes. Who then can guide him, after such a decision by GOD? Would you not take heed?

Similarly, the vital signs of physically living on earth are the eyesight, the hearing, and the ability to use our brain power. We are announced dead, and our bodies are signaled to deteriorate when our brain centers are entirely dead. Our Creator, uses the allegory of being guided/saved as being vitally living with functional eyesight, hearing and brains; He emphasized that these three are the vital signs of guidance. God announces our souls as "dead" in Quran once we become like deaf, dumb, and blind to the Truth. In that sense, we become like the walking dead. Please reflect on how the walking dead behave. It is significant to learn about their patterns so we recognize them, know how to deal with them, and abhor turning into one of them:

[27:80] You cannot make the dead, nor the deaf, hear the call, if they turn away.
[27:81] Nor can you guide the blind out of their straying. The only ones who will hear you are those who believe in our revelations, and decide to be submitters.

[22:46] Did they not roam the earth, then use their minds to understand, and use their ears to hear? Indeed, the real blindness is not the blindness of the eyes, but the blindness of the hearts inside the chests.

[7:198] When you invite them to the guidance, they do not hear. And you see them looking at you, but they do not see.

[17:97] Whomever GOD guides is the truly guided one. And whomever He sends astray, you will never find for them any lords and masters beside Him. We will summon them on the Day of Resurrection forcibly; blind, dumb, and deaf. Their destination is Hell; whenever it cools down, we will increase their fire.

[20:124] "As for the one who disregards My message, he will have a miserable life, and we resurrect him, on the Day of Resurrection, blind."
[20:125] He will say, "My Lord, why did you summon me blind, when I used to be a seer?"
[20:126] He will say, "Because you forgot our revelations when they came to you, you are now forgotten."

[7:178] Whomever GOD guides is the truly guided one, and whomever He commits to straying, these are the losers.
[7:179] We have committed to Hell multitudes of jinns and humans. They have minds with which they do not understand, eyes with which they do not see, and ears with which they do not hear. They are like animals; no, they are far worse - they are totally unaware.

[8:20] O you who believe, obey GOD and His messenger, and do not disregard him while you hear.
[8:21] Do not be like those who say, "We hear," when they do not hear.
[8:22] The worst creatures in the sight of GOD are the deaf and dumb, who do not understand.

[2:16] It is they who bought the straying, at the expense of guidance. Such trade never prospers, nor do they receive any guidance.
[2:17] Their example is like those who start a fire, then, as it begins to shed light around them, GOD takes away their light, leaving them in darkness, unable to see.
[2:18] Deaf, dumb, and blind; they fail to return.

[2:171] The example of such disbelievers is that of parrots who repeat what they hear of sounds and calls, without understanding. Deaf, dumb, and blind; they cannot understand.

[10:42] Some of them listen to you, but can you make the deaf hear, even though they cannot understand?
[10:43] Some of them look at you, but can you guide the blind, even though they do not see?
[10:44] GOD never wrongs the people; it is the people who wrong their own souls.

[11:20] These will never escape, nor will they find any lords or masters to help them against GOD. Retribution will be doubled for them. They have failed to hear, and they have failed to see.
[11:21] These are the ones who lose their souls, and the idols they had fabricated will disown them.

[18:100] We will present Hell, on that day, to the disbelievers.
[18:101] They are the ones whose eyes were too veiled to see My message. Nor could they hear.

[17:46] We place shields around their minds, to prevent them from understanding it, and deafness in their ears. And when you preach your Lord, using the Quran alone, they run away in aversion.

[6:39] Those who reject our proofs are deaf and dumb, in total darkness. Whomever GOD wills, He sends astray, and whomever He wills, He leads in a straight path.

The death of the soul starts on earth if we choose so. By choosing to disable our vital signs of guidance: the hearing, the eyesight and the brain, we suffocate our own souls. When we do not reevaluate our direction and continue on this death path, we are announced "dead" by God - the living dead out of their graves.

[35:18] No soul can carry the sins of another soul. If a soul that is loaded with sins implores another to bear part of its load, no other soul can carry any part of it, even if they were related. The only people to heed your warnings are those who reverence their Lord, even when alone in their privacy, and observe the Contact Prayers (Salat). Whoever purifies his soul, does so for his own good. To GOD is the final destiny.
[35:19] The blind and the seer are not equal.
[35:20] Nor are the darkness and the light.
[35:21] Nor are the coolness of the shade and the heat of the sun.
[35:22] Nor are the living and the dead; GOD causes whomever He wills to hear. You cannot make hearers out of those in the graves.

[3:193] "Our Lord, we have heard a caller calling to faith and proclaiming: `You shall believe in your Lord,' and we have believed. Our Lord, forgive us our transgressions, remit our sins, and let us die as righteous believers.
[3:194] "Our Lord, shower us with the blessings you promised us through Your messengers, and do not forsake us on the Day of Resurrection. You never break a promise."

Peaceful Friday, salaam, and God bless.