Journey to the Unseen World

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Their majestic faces were very bright and they were wearing a war-helmet, shield, sword etc. as if
prepared for battle. Hazrat Abbas spoke to me, “Your remembering my father, Imam ‘Ali (as), has
proved your salvation. You have been pardoned and absolved.” After some conversation, the guests
departed.

It was time to move ahead and picking up my bag of Deeds, I started walking along the path that Haadi
had shown me. After covering some distance, I began feeling a bit tired and thirsty.
At this point, an ugly person, “Abu Lahaw” joined me. He told me, “They call me “Ignorance.” My title is
“Waywardness”. My family name is “Abu Lahaw” (Father of playfulness and wasting time). My aim is to
create mischief, mislead people and cause them to go astray.”

He tempted me into a “short cut” and I left the main road. This proved to be more difficult, full of ditches,
dirt and thorns with many snakes and scorpions. The unbearable heat made me very thirsty, but my
companion laughed and seemed to enjoy my plight.

On an open ground, we saw some watermelons which he ate with relish and also offered me some. “It is
somebody's property and hence it's not right to eat this without permission.” He tempted me again
saying, “Don't be so pious. The Qur'an says, “Whoever is driven to necessity, not desiring nor exceeding
the limits....” I fell into his trap again and bit into the fruit. To my horror, it was so bitter that my mouth
and throat hurt.” Watermelons of Satan and Ignorance!” I thought.

Suddenly we were attacked by a dog and a guard of the land. I was beaten viciously for being on the
property without permission. By the time I reached the true road, I was in a bad state. Abu Lahaw, who
had escaped the beating, was laughing and enjoyed seeing me crying and calling out to Haadi for help.
“The seeds of these sorrows were laid by yourself on the earth.” he shouted.
After sometime, I reached an open airy and bright city. I requested the guard to rid me of Abu Lahaw. He
replied, “Abu Lahaw is inseparable just like your shadow! But he cannot enter the City of Light. Though,
when you resume tomorrow, he'll be beside you again.”

I spent the night in this place. It was beautiful and here I met some old acquaintances. We were happy
here with the best of people, food and service. We were thankful to Allah that for our small deeds on the
earth, He had richly rewarded us.

The next day, I moved on. At a bisection, to my dismay, I saw Abu Lahaw approaching me like a black
smoke. The Duty-officer saw this and said, “Abu Lahaw is the face of your own bad traits, like injustice,
pride, desire, anger etc. etc. If you did not desist from them on earth, how can you separate them from
yourselves now?”

I moved on with Abu Lahaw by my side. We soon reached a mountain, which had a deep moat on one
side. Abu Lahaw tempted me to climb this. I accepted and to my great surprise, it proved to be very
difficult and dangerous. Several times, I slipped and hurt myself almost falling into the moat. Abu Lahaw
laughed and said, “He who is proud in this world, Allah will break his back, and he who tries to be higher
than others, Allah will rub his nose in dust. You have read all this (in the Qur'an), but never acted on it!”
After some time I reached a garden with a pond around which some people were sitting and eating
fruits. They greeted me and invited me, “We had been fasting at the time of our death; Since you had
played host to people who were fasting, you can also have these fruits. As for Abu Lahaw, your defense
weapon against him is the control which you had exercised in your life over your desires.”

The next part of the journey was easy going. There were fruit laden trees on both sides of the road and
a river flowed alongside it. It was as if we were beholding the beauty of God.

I reached the next station without feeling tired. A separate silver and gold bricked palace reserved for me
to stay in. The servants were handsome and well-mannered and took care of every comfort for me.
At nightfall, the palace became illuminated. I realized at once, that this light was of the tree of
Muhammad (S) and his progeny and this city, was for those who had love for them. I thanked Allah for
His Grace and Bounty and to Muhammad (S) and his progeny for having guided us towards the straightpath.

The next morning, I headed for the next station. Again the path was easy and beautiful with lush green
trees, cool water in the lakes and a pleasant breeze.
Once out of the city, the path became narrow and rocky. Suddenly, Abu Lahaw appeared by my side
and tried to tempt me into taking another “short cut”, but I kept to the same road, having no trust for him
and having already suffered at his hands before. As Imam ‘Ali (as) has said, “To try him whom you have
already tried (and he has failed) is stupidity.”

In a short while we reached the good road again and were soon at the next station. Haadi met me at the
gate. We greeted and embraced. He said, “Don't consider yourself to be safe from Abu Lahaw as yet.
He has powerful weapons of deception and I can only warn and alert you against Abu Lahaw's
deceptions, so be very careful that you don't fall into traps now. As today is Friday, go and visit your
family, and see if they have done any good deeds on your behalf.”

I visited my home again. What I saw saddened me. My family was going through difficult times without
anyone caring for their welfare. I prayed “O Most Merciful, have pity on my family and myself, because
you are the Lord of all.” I then noticed that my family were also praying for me and weeping
remembering the good times they had in my lifetime.

hair and walked on two legs. Pus and blood emitted from their private parts accompanied by a bad stink.
“This is the land of Lust and Desire,” Haadi said, “These people were adulterers. Beware you don't
deviate from the straight path, or it might spell the end of you.”

Next, I saw people resembling animals hanging from posts and their private parts had been nailed to the
posts with big iron nails. Some were also being whipped and were screaming in pain. Haadi informed
me that these people used to indulge in various forbidden sexual pleasures.

Suddenly, Abu Lahaw appeared and tried to lure me into the adjoining path. I resolutely followed Haadi's
advice and stuck to the straight path because salvation lies only in following the straight path.
Riding on, I experienced the earth shaking, the winds raging and the sky darkening. A hail storm of
stones was falling. All around me I saw people who had followed their Abu Lahaw's advice sinking into
the mire or being crushed by the falling huge stones. “These people were homosexuals.” Haadi cried.
“Now get out fast from here, or otherwise you might be subjected to the same punishment!”
We travelled only a couple of miles more to find ourselves out of the place. I thanked Allah and went on
with the journey.

Suddenly the accursed Abu Lahaw arrived. My horse shied at his sight and threw me down. I was badly
hurt. Haadi arrived and helped me mount again. I bitterly complained, “whenever you leave, Abu Lahaw
arrives to cause trouble.” He replied, “No, I always leave when Abu Lahaw arrives, but this is also due to
your misdeeds on earth”.

Ahead of us was another Land of Desire. Here were people who used to be heavy eaters. Those who
used to overeat their food obtained by lawful means, had faces like donkeys and cows. Those who had
obtained their food by unlawful means had faces of pigs and bears with huge bellies and thin legs! They
were being severely punished. It was as if their bellies were full of fire.

We quickly moved on and soon reached a rest house in a barren and deserted area. Some other
travelers were also there, eating from their bags. As my limbs were still painful, Haadi applied some
ointment and instantly the pain vanished! “Haadi, what medicine is this?” I inquired. “This is the praises
and thanks to Allah you used to give for any gift you were blessed with!
The next day, Haadi warned me that I would now witness punishments due to the sins of the tongue and
advised me to take along water and shield. “Your fasts on the earth is the shield which will now protect
you from Hell fire.” On the way we saw various animals fighting with each other viciously, some even
eating the flesh of the dead bodies. They were extremely thirsty and flames emerged from their mouth
and ears. These are the back-biters and their audience, liars, fault finders and those who laughed and
made fun of the faithful.”

We then came near a garden with fruit trees. Suddenly I realized that they were burning! “What is
happening here?” I asked. “This is the garden made by the faithful from the praise and remembrance of
Allah. But when these faithful lied, or indulged in back-biting or insulting, this garden went up in flames.
That is their sins caused the reward of their good deeds to go to waste”.

On Friday night, I went to my home again as a bird. My children had gathered under the fruit tree I was
sitting on. “Our father planted this fruit tree and we are enjoying its fruits. May Allah bless him.” One
recalled and then they recited Sura al--Dukhan and Sura al-Dahr Their prayers made me happy and I
also prayed for them and then returned to my current abode.

When I returned, my horse was ready. Haadi presented me two gifts. One was from Hazrat Fatimah
Zehra (as) and the other from Hazrat ‘Ali (as) as the two Suras recited by my children are connected to
them. “At the time of need these two gifts will open by themselves.” Haadi told me.
After some time, we reached the land of Greed and Avarice. There we saw people with faces like dogs
fighting among themselves. Some were eating dead bodies and fire was coming out from their behinds.
Haadi informed me, “These people used to take bribes and embezzle or steal wealth belonging to
orphans.”

Next we entered the Land of Jealousy. I saw robot like giants approaching us. Suddenly Abu Lahaw
appeared. My horse shied away at his sight, throwing me down. Abu Lahaw screamed with laughter, “O
fool! Name me one learned man who has been free from jealousy. You'll never get out from this trap of
mine!”

I was angry and started fighting him but he was stronger and was overpowering me. I cried for help. “Ya
‘Ali Madad!”

Immediately the robot like creatures turned around and retreated. Abu Lahaw too tried to run away but
was crushed under the wheels of a giant roller. This was my last encounter with him!

Getting up, Haadi and I started walking away quickly. “Haadi, it seems Abu Lahaw is dead”. I said. “No,”
Haadi replied, “Abu Lahaw never dies. But he will not approach you now as we are quite far from the
Valley of Barhoot. Ahead, people are being punished for Pride and Arrogance but since you rid yourself
of these traits in your lifetime, you will not be troubled.”

It got pleasant as we went ahead, with cool breeze, mountains, greenery and waterfalls. Numerous tents
soon became visible. “This is the city of 'Huma', Haadi told me. It is the valley of Right and Sacred Land
and you'll stay here a few days.”

Some attendants appeared and Haadi instructed me to go with them, “Go to your tent with them. You'll
find friends there”.

On entering, a beautiful maiden greeted me. We sat down and were served by a handsome lad. She
spoke to me about religious issues. The depth of her knowledge impressed me. “I was educated in the
Holy City of Medina and brought up by Hazrat Fatimah (as) who, like her father is herself a city of
knowledge and purity”. She told me.

Then we went for a walk in the woods. As I would approach a tree, its fruit laden branch would bend
down towards me. The fruits were sweet and fresh and did not decrease regardless of how many I ate.
Melodious voices rang out from the trees inviting me to eat whatever I liked.

On returning to the tent, I was greeted by Haadi, ready for the onward journey. We departed,
accompanied by friends and some angels. Soon we approached a hill overcast with dark clouds and
sparks emitting from it. We could hear thunder in the distance. The angels immediately burst out, “There
is no course of circumstances and no power except Allah's!”

We climbed down the hill and looked down. “This is the Valley of Barhoot”, the Angels said, “and these
sparks resembling arrows, spears and swords are in fact curses which the faithful send upon the
enemies of the Ahlul Bayt (as) and these are hitting their targets.”
We could see these fiery arrows passing through numerous people in the valley and they could not
escape these. They were wailing and the voices sounded like yelping of dogs! All of us cursed the
enemies of the Ahlul Bayt. This resulted in a ten-fold increase in the fiery showers.

Seeing the fate of the enemies of Ahlul Bayt made me happy and satisfied and we resumed our journey
saying, “O Allah, give them such a punishment from which even the dwellers of Hell would wish they
were freed”.
 


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