And from the proofs that can be found in the Book of Allaah the and ahadeeth of the Messenger of Allaah [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] are the following; Allaah says;

The Fire, they are exposed to it, morning and afternoon. And on the Day when the Hour will be established [it will be said to the Angels]: cause Firauns people to enter the severest torment! [Q 40: 46 ].

So, from the time of the death of a person whether he is buried or not, if he is among the evil people while living, he will be exposed to punishment morning and afternoon until the Day of Judgement. Yet in another verse, Allaah says:

And if you could but see the Zalimun [polytheists and wrongdoers] are in the agonies of death, while the angels are stretching forth their hands [saying]: Deliver your souls! Thus you shall be recompensed with the torment of degradation because of what you used to utter against Allaah other than the truth. And you used to reject His Ayaats [signs, proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, revelations etc.] with disrespect! [Q 6:93 ].

From the statement of the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] are the following: Zayd bn Thaabit [RA] narrated that the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said:

If it were not that you would stop burying the dead, I would have supplicated so that you should hear the torment of the grave that I am hearing [Muslim ]

Ibn Abbas [RA] narrated that the [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] once passed by two graves and said:

"These two persons are being tortured not for a major sin [to avoid]. One of them never saved himself from being soiled with his urine, while the other used to go about with calumnies [to make enmity between friends].Bukhari ]

Narrated Anas bn Malik [RA] Allaah’s Messenger [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] said:

When Allaah’s slave is put in his grave and his companions return and he even hears their footsteps, two angels come to him and make him sit and ask, What did you say about this man [i,e. Muhammad]? The faithful believer will say. I testified that he is Allaah’s Messenger. Then they will say to him, look at your place in the Hell Fire; Allaah has given you a place in Paradise instead of it. So he will see both places. Whereas a hypocrite or a non-believer will be asked, what did you say about this man? He will reply. I don’t know; but lused to say what people used to say So they will say to him, You did not know and you did not take the guidance [by reciting the Quran]. Then he will be hit with iron hammers once, that he will send such a cry as everything near to him will hear, except Jinns and human beings [Bukhari]

From the above verses and ahadeeth, it is clearly established that there is life in the Barzakh; either it is that of bliss or that of torment. May Allaah save us from the punishment of the grave. Aamin


This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited


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