Jun 19, 2020
My first exposure to what is now commonly referred to as a near-death experience (NDE) came many years ago at a conference when a leading Muslim religious authority was asked by an audience member to comment on the phenomenon: Was it real? And if so, what might Islam have to say about it? The scholar, an erudite, thoughtful, and well-read man, went on to describe some of the features associated with the experience but concluded that because death is by definition the point of no return, near-death testimonials are almost certainly hallucinatory in origin and therefore can have no real bearing on Islamic conceptualizations of the posthumous states of the soul and life after death. The answer seemed to satisfy the intellectual curiosities of the questioner, a believing Muslim.