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['Aalim Network QR] What Happens After Death?

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Salaamun alaykum,

	The reply to the following question was kindly provided by Shaykh 
Ali Rasheed.


Mustafa Rawji
Moderator, 'Aalim Network

 Please explain what happens to a person's soul after he dies.  What does
 it go through, what kinds of questions are asked, etc.

	The question is a very good one, however, it requires a great deal
 of information in order to answer it properly and this is not the forum to
 answer such a loaded question. Actually, one must do a good deal of
 research to get the answer to this type of question because it involves
 understanding of the Holy Qur`an, Ahadith and many books written on the
 subject. One good place to start is a small book written by Moulana Sayyid
 Akhtar Rizvi named: "The Day Of Judgment." It has been published by the
 Bilal Muslim Mission in Kenya and still should be available. It gives a
 brief but comprehensive study on this topic. 

	Since you asked the question, however, I can translate one
 tradition for you concerning the questioning in the grave. The Messenger
 of Allah, peace be upon him and his family, said: 

 "It will be as though definitely you have reached your term and the
 Angel will seize your soul and you will go to your home (i.e. your
 grave)alone. Then, your soul will be returned to you (in the grave)and
 two angels, Munkar and Nakeer, will enter upon you in order to question
 you and make your test severe. Know that, surely, they will question you
 regarding the Lord whom you worshipped; about your prophet whom was sent
 to you; about your religion which you submitted to; about your book
 which you recite and about your Imam whom you followed. 

 Then, you will be asked about your age and that which caused you to die.
 (You will be questioned) about your property: from where did you earn it
 and on what did you squander it. Take your warning, examine yourself and
 prepare the answer before the test, the question and the trial!"
 [Biharul-Anwaar, vol. 78, pg. 143]

 If you have more specific questions, please feel free to ask.


 Ali Rasheed

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