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Qasas-ul-Ambiya: Uzair (AS)

Uzair (AS) was a pious Prophet of Allah. Once  when he got tired of traveling on his donkey, he took his food along him in nearby ruins. When he reached there, he dismounted from his donkey, ate some of his food and laid down. When he looked around, he saw old bones of the previous inhabitants of the ruins. He wondered:
 
“Or like the one who passed by a town and it had tumbled over its roofs. He said: “Oh! How will Allâh ever bring it to life after its death?” So Allâh caused him to die for a hundred years, then raised him up (again). He said: “How long did you remain (dead)?” He (Uzair) said: “(Perhaps) I remained (dead) a day or part of a day”. He said: “Nay, you have remained (dead) for a hundred years, look at your food and your drink, they show no change; and look at your donkey ( The donkey was in the form of old bones)! And thus We have made of you a sign for the people. Look at the bones(of the donkey), how We bring them together and clothe them with flesh”. When this was clearly shown to him, he said, “I know (now) that Allâh is Able to do all things.”
(Al-Baqarah-2:259)
 
Allah gave life to the donkey in front of Uzair (AS). First, all the bones assembled together, then layers of flesh and muscles and veins followed, such that when it was finished, the donkey looked exactly the same as it had been before hundred years.
 
About Uzair (AS) being a sign for the people, it is said that when Uzair went back to his home, nobody recognized him not even his children or grand children who were quite old. One of his maids had survived and she recognized him. When afterwards he used to sit with his grand children, he looked younger than them as he had been given back life at the same age when he had died hundred years back. He was made a sign for people to believe that for Allah nothing is impossible and if He can give us life the first time, He can give us life the second time as well.
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