Death and the Grave

“And the agony of death comes with the Truth;  that is what you used to flee from!”  [Qur’an, 50:19]

Death is the separation of the soul from the body, and we all know that it is inevitable.  It is the event which marks our transition from this world into the Hereafter.  Whenever `Uthman (may Allah be well pleased with him) used to stand over a grave, he used to weep until his beard became soaked.  Someone said to him, “Heaven and Hell are mentioned, and you do not weep, and [yet] the grave is mentioned, and you weep, [how is this] ?”  He said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) say : The grave is the first stage of the Hereafter.  So, if he is saved from it, that which is after it will be easier, whereas if he is not saved from it, then that which is after it will be more severe.”  (Narrated by Tirmidhi)

Belief in the events following death is an integral part of the Islamic doctrine.  Although the existence of the Hereafter is rationally admissible, the exact details of it can only be acquired through communication from the Creator, for these events fall in the realm of the Unseen. Read more

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