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Afterlife

 The present life is a trial in preparation for the next realm of existence. When a Muslim dies, he/she is washed and wrapped in a clean, white cloth and buried after a prayer, preferably the same day. This a final service that people can do for the deceased and an opportunity to remember that their own existence here on earth is brief. All the Prophets called their people to worship Allah and to believe in life after death. They laid so much emphasis on the belief in life after death that even a slight doubt in it meant denying Allah and made all other beliefs meaningless. Every single soul has to meet death, even the prophets and Messengers of Allah.

 "Every soul shall have a taste of death in the end to Us shall ye be brought back."  (Qur'an 29:57)

 Each person comes across tests in the grave, with the exceptions of Shahids who died in Jihad in the way of Allah and the prophets of Allah. This is first test which the person comes across after death. Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ mentioned that after the death the spirit of the good and righteous person will return to the body, and then two Angels will come, Munkar and Nakir. They will ask: "Who is your Lord?" he will answer: "My Lord is Allah." Then they will ask: "What is your religion?" he will answer: "My religion is Islam." Then they will ask him: "Who was that person who has been sent to you?" he will answer: "He is the Prophet of Allah." Then from the heavens a voice will come: "My Slave has told the truth, lay it to bed from Paradise and open the Gate of Paradise.” Then it will be full of pleasure and he begins to feel paradise and its pleasures, and his grave becomes spacious and comfortable.

 The Prophet of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ has also talked about the sinners. After the death the spirit of the person will return to the body then two Angels will come and ask, "Who is your Lord?" he will answer: "I do not know." Then they will ask: " Who was that person who has been sent to you?" he again will answer: "I do not know." Then from the sky the voice will come: "He told a lie, put him into a box from fire and open before it the Gate of a hell!”Then it will be captured with heat of Hell, and his tomb becomes narrow and the edges will be compressed. In another Hadith it is also mentioned that Angels will severely beat the sinners during interrogation in the tomb.

Day of Judgement

Minor Signs

 The last and final Prophet, Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ specified several “minor” signs that would appear as the end times approach. Among them:

  • Shepherds will begin competing in the construction of tall buildings.
  • Drinking and fornication will increase; killing will increase.
  • Earthquakes will increase in number.
  • Knowledge of Islam will be taken away, while ignorance will increase.
  • Time will be shortened so that a year will be like a month, a month like a day, a day like an hour.
  • There are dozens more of these minor signs, and Muslims notice that many of them have already begun to appear. But that doesn't necessarily mean that the Day of Judgment could come at any moment. There will also be “major” signs that signify that the Hour is imminent. 

Major Signs

 The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ described several major events that will indicate that the Day of Resurrection is near. These include:

  • Drinking and fornication will increase; killing will increase.
  • Dajjal (the anti-Christ) will appear, claiming to be God and trying to deceive people away from true faith. Only unbelievers will follow him.
  • Jesus Christ will return to earth.
  • Two tribes of people (Gog and Magog) will ravage the earth.
  • The sun will rise from the west.

 

Punishment in Hell

 Hell is a place of extreme, excruciating and unimaginable torture, misery, pain, anguish, agony, fright, panic, horror, and torment. Words cannot describe fully the sheer ghastly nature of hell. Hell is so deep that if a stone were to be thrown into, it would travel for 70 years to reaching at the bottom. Even the fiercest fire of this world is 70 times cooler than the fires of Hell. Its climate is a temperature of the most severe heat, literally a furnace fuelled by the flesh of men and women. The air is so hot that it makes breathing extremely difficult, and its winds scorch the face when it blows, its heat is so intense that it can perhaps be compared to nuclear radiation (or maybe much worse). No shade is found other than the shade produced by its smoke, but this provides no relief, since there is no coolness in it. The inhabitants of Hell will experience severe thirst and hunger. But when they seek what might be used to quench their thirsts or remove their hunger, all they can find is boiling hot water that tears apart their intestines and drinks made up of tears, sweat, puss, blood and the fluid exuding from the wounds of the inhabitants of Hell, which has the foulest of stench.. They will eat from a tree with thorns and whose fruits are poisonous, bitter and unpalatable, which when attempted to swallow, is trapped in their throats. However, their thirsts are never quenched and their hunger is never satiated. 

 Hell in infested with venomous scorpions and snakes that if bitten with, would cause pain for 40 years. Boiling water would be poured over Jahannami's head and this will cause their internal organs to melt and leak out. The inmates will be lashed with heavy clubs of iron, which if placed upon this earth, the combined strength of all humans as well as Jinns, would fail to lift. Every time their skin and flesh is burnt and roasted; they would be restored and given fresh ones so that they can continuously taste the punishment. Beside physical torture, the dwellers of Hell will also be subjected to mental harassment through the taunting by the guardian of Hell who will remind them of their misdeed on earth. The inmates of Hell will be humiliated to such an extent that it will result in their revolting ugliness and pitch black faces. The tongues of inmates will be so long and protruding that others would trample on them. 

 Hell is a massive vault-like prison guarded by 19 harsh treating huge and bulky angelic guards. All evil creatures, both human and jinn (including Satan (Iblis) himself) will be tormented by the Angel Maalik. Maalik is the angel who guards the Hellfire, assisted by 19 guardians. Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ was taken to see hell and saw Maalik, and was shown a glimpse of the suffering of the people of hell. Maalik was described as a repulsive and scary looking man who lights a fire and runs around it. It is also noted that Maalik never laughs or smiles. The guardians and keepers of Hell show no mercy to those who are under their supervision, and add insult to injury by dragging them, pushing them, beating them, deriding and mocking them with statements that clearly manifest their apathy for those being punished. In spite of all of these terrible torments that would usually lead to death, Allah does not allow for anyone to die in Hell, rather they continually and constantly face the suffering.

 No food will there be for them but a bitter Dhari (thorned fruit). (Qur'an 88.6)

 Nor hath he any food except the foul pus from the washing of wound. (Qur'an 69.36)

"Verily the Tree of Zaqqum will be the food of the sinful, like molten brass, it will boil in their insides, like the boiling of scalding water." (Qur'an 44:43-45)

"He is given for drink, boiling water, in gulps will he sip it, but never will he swallow it down his throat; death will come to him for every quarter, yet he will not die." (Qur'an 14:17)

Rasulullaah صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ said:

"Verily boiling water will be poured over the heads of Jahannamis, which will cut everything in their stomachs, then it will be restored to the original state, and this procedure will continue." (Tirmidhi, Baihaqi)

Rasulullaah صلى الله عليه وسلم‎  said:

"Among the men of Jahannam, the least punishment given will be that both his shoes and laces will be made of fire, which will make his head boil like a cauldron such, that he will think that he is receiving the most severe punishment, although his punishment is the least." (Bukhari, Muslim)

Muslim reports Rasulullaah صلى الله عليه وسلم‎  said: "On the Day of Resurrection, a dweller of Jahannam who indulged excessively in lust, will be gripped and dipped into Jahannam and then asked: "O son of Adam, have you ever enjoyed the comforts of life?" He will reply: "Never by Allaah, I have never enjoyed the comforts of life."

Also, a Jannati, who was surrounded with troubles in the world, will be put into Jannat and then asked: "O son of Adam, have you ever experienced any trouble?" He will reply: "By Allah, I have never faced any trouble."”

Rasulullaah صلى الله عليه وسلم‎  said: "Verily, there are long-necked camel-like snakes in Jahannam. If anyone of these smites a Jahanami , he will feel pain for 40 years."

"Verily, there are donkey size scorpions in Jahannam. If anyone of these stings a Jahanami , he will feel pain for 40 years." (Ahmad)

"Those who reject Our Signs. We shall soon hurl into the Fire:. As often as their skins are roasted through, We shall replace these for fresh skins, that they may taste the Chastisement; for Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise." (Qur'an 4:56)

Rasulullaah صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ said: "One who commits suicide by falling from a mountain will be in Jahannam, and will keep on ascending an descending. One who dies by taking poison will have his poison in his hand and will be taking it in Jahannam; and the person who kills himself with an object of iron, will repeatedly pierce his stomach with an iron object in the fire of Jahannam." (Bukhari)

Muslim reports that Rasulullaah صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ said: "By One in Whose possession lies my life, had you witnessed that scene that I have viewed, you would weep more and laugh less!” The companions (Radhiallaahu-anhu) asked: "What have you seen?” "I have seen Jannat and Jahannam." (Targhib)

"Ah! would that (death) had made an end to me! Of no profit to me has been my wealth! My power has perished from me!" (Qur'an 69:27-29)

Levels of Jahanam

  • Jaheem - the shallowest level of Hell. It is reserved for those who believed in Allah and His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم‎, but who ignored His commands.
  • Jahanam - a deeper level where the idol-worshippers are to be sent on the Day of Judgement.
  • Sa'ir - is reserved for the worshippers of fire.
  • Saqar - this is where those who did not believe in Allah will be sent on the Day of Judgement.
  • Ladha - will be the home of the Jews.
  • Hawiyah - will be the abode of the Christians.
  • Hutama - the deepest level of Hellfire. This is where the religious hypocrites will spend eternity. The worst of Allah's creation are the Munafiqeen (Hypocrites), whether they be mankind or Jinn, for they outwardly appear to accept, but inwardly reject Allah and His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم‎.

Paradise/Heaven

 Jannah is the Islamic conception of paradise. The Arabic word Jannah has the meaning simply "Garden". After death, one will reside in the grave until the appointed resurrection on Yawm al-Qiyamah. The descriptions of paradise are mentioned in significant detail in the Qur'an, ahadith and traditional tafsir (exegesis). Everything that one longs for in this world, will be there in Paradise, plus many more unimaginable things of joy. The highest level of Paradise is Firdaws, which is where the prophets, the martyrs and the most truthful and pious people will dwell. The life for its inhabitants will be one that is happy; without hurt, sorrow, fear or shame, where every wish is fulfilled. The inhabitants will be of the same age (33 years). Their life is one of bliss including: wearing luxury robes, bracelets, perfumes as they partake in exquisite banquets, served in priceless vessels by immortal youths, as they recline on couches inlaid with gold or precious stones. Other foods mentioned include meats, scented wine and clear drinks bringing neither drunkenness nor rousing quarrelling. Inhabitants will rejoice in the company of their spouses from the next world, and also from this world (if they enter paradise). Paradise is described as surrounded by eight principal gates, each level generally being divided into a hundred degrees. The highest level is known as firdaws. It will be entered first by Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم‎, our beautiful leader.  Then those who lived in poverty and the most pious. Entrants will be greeted by angels with salutations of peace.

 "Peace unto you for that you persevered in patience! Now how excellent is the final home!"  (Qur'an 13:23-24)

 Huriyah are splendid companions for humans and jinn who enter paradise after being recreated anew in the hereafter. The houri have variously been described as of equal age (well-matched), lovely eyed, of modest gaze, pure beings/companions, restraining their glances (chaste), wide and beautiful/lovely eyes, like pearls, spouse and much more besides. Other qualities include them being non-menstruating/urinating/defecating and childfree or being able to have a short pregnancy lasting an hour, with bodies not affected by pregnancy or breast-feeding, that won't fade away over time, and remain beautiful and attractive. With bodies that are 60 cubits (27.5 meters) tall, 7 cubits (3.2 meters) in width, transparent to the marrow of their bones, eternally young, hairless except the eyebrows and the head, pure, beautiful, virgin, voluptuous, full-breasted with large, round breasts which are not inclined to hang. (Qur’an 78:33)

 It was mentioned by Daraj Ibn Abi Hatim, that Abu al-Haytham 'Adullah Ibn Wahb narrated from Abu Sa'id al-Khudhri, who heard Muhammad saying,

 "The smallest reward for the people of Heaven is an abode where there are eighty thousand servants and seventy-two houri, over which stands a dome decorated with pearls, aquamarine and ruby, as wide as the distance from al-Jabiyyah to San'a."

 (Sunan al-Tirmidhi Vol. IV, Chapters on "The Features of Heaven as described by the Messenger of Allah", ch. 21 "About the Smallest Reward for the People of Heaven", hadith 2687)

 The food in Jannah is reported as never rotting and so sweet it will make any person on earth live without feeling hunger forever. The dwellings for inhabitants will be pleasant, with lofty gardens, shady valleys, fountains scented with camphor or ginger; rivers of water, milk, honey and wines; delicious fruits of all seasons without thorns. One day in paradise is considered equal to a thousand days on earth. Palaces are made from bricks of gold, silver, pearls, among other things. Traditions also note the presence of horses and camels of "dazzling whiteness", along with other creatures. Large trees are described, mountains made of musk, between which rivers flow in valleys of pearl and ruby. Salsabil is the name of a spring that is the source of the rivers of Rahma (mercy) and Al-Kawthar (abundance). Sidrat al-Muntaha is a lotus tree that marks the end of the seventh heaven, the boundary where no creation can pass. In spite of the goodly dwellings given to the inhabitants of paradise, the approval of God and nearness to him is the greatest pleasure. The vision of God is the greatest of all rewards, surpassing all other joys.

Qur'anic names of Paradise

  • Firdaws — The Highest Gardens of the Paradise
  • Dar al-maqamah — The Home
  • Dar as-salam — Home of Peace
  • Dar al-ʾAhirah — The Home in the Hereafter
  • al-Jannah — Garden
  • Jannat al-ʿadn — Gardens of Everlasting Bliss
  • Jannat al-Huld — The Eternal Gardens
  • Jannat al-Maʾwa — Garden of Abode
  • Jannat an-Naʿim — The Gardens of Delight
  • Maqʿad as-Sidq — Assembly of Truth
  • al-Maqam al-ʾAmin — The House of Security

Gates of Jannah

 There are eight doors of Jannah. Their names are as following:

  • Bab us-Salah: For those who were punctual in prayer.
  • Bab ul-Jihad: For those who took part in jihad.
  • Bab us-Sadaqah: For those who gave charity more often.
  • Bab ur-Rayyan: For those who fasted (sawm).
  • Bab ul-Hajj: For those participated in the annual pilgrimage.
  • Bab ul-Kazimin al-Gayz w-al-ʿAfin ʿan in-Nas: For those who forgave others and withheld their anger.
  • Bab ul-ʾAyman: For those who by virtue of their faith are saved from reckoning and chastisement.
  • Bab ud-Dhikr: For those who showed zeal in remembering Allah.

Last Person to Enter Paradise

 Abdullaah ibn Mas'ud (ra) said: "The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ said, "I know the last of the people of Hell who will be brought forth from it, and the last of the people of Paradise to enter it. It is a man who will come out of Hell crawling on all fours." Allah will say to him:

 "Go and enter Paradise".

 So he will come to it and will suppose that it is full. He will go back and say, "My Rabb, I found it full". Allah (swt) will say,

 "Go and enter Paradise for there you have something like the world and ten times over (or you have something ten times better than the world).

 He will says, "Are you making fun of me - or laughing at me - and You are the Sovereign of all?" I (Abdullah) saw the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم‎ smiling so broadly that his back teeth were visible. He used to say, "That is the one who is lowest in status of the people of Paradise".                                                                                        (Bukhari, 11/386)

And in the version of Abu Said, he adds,

 "Allah (swt) will tell him, "ask for such and such" and when he has stated his wishes, Allah (swt) will say, "You will have them and ten times more". Then he will enter his house (in Paradise) and his two wives from among al-hur al-'iyn will enter and say, "Praise be to Allah (swt) who has created you for us and created us for you". He will say, "No one has ever been given anything like that which I have been given."                                                   (Muslim, no.188 Kitâb al-Imân, Bâb adna Ahl al-Jannah manzilatan)

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