The Grave Punishment and Blessings (Part-3)

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The questioning begins immediately after the burial, because whenever he buried someone, the Prophet (SM) would stand at the graveside and tell the people: «Ask Allah (SWT)  to forgive your brother and give him strength, for he is being questioned right now»4.

14- Two angels come to question (the deceased).

15- The names and description of the two angels who come to question (the deceased).

From Abu Hurayrah (RA) who said: The Messenger of Allah (SWT) said: «When the deceased is buried, two black-and-blue coloured angels will come to him. One is called Munkar and the other is called Nakir. They will ask: «What did you use to say about this man?» He will say what he used to say: «He is the slave and messenger of Allah (SWT) . I bear witness that there is no god but Allah (SWT) , and I bear witness that Muahammad  (SM)  is His Slave and Messengers They will say: «We knew that you would say this..»5

16- Allah  (SWT)   will help and strenghten the Believers in the grave.

The Messenger of Allah  (SWT)  said: «When the Believer is sat up in his grave, he will bear witness that there is no god but Allah (SWT)  and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah (SWT) , and that is the meaning of the Ayah: A«Allah  (SWT)  will establish in strength those who be­lieve, with the word that stands firm..» [Ibrahim 14:27].

17- The reply of the believer and the confusion of the Kafir.

18- The righteous man will sit in his grave unafraid before the questioning, whilst the evil man will sit in his grave utterly terrified.

From 'A'ishah (RA) who said: «A Jewish woman came and asked for food at my doorstep, saying: «Feed me. may Allah (SWT)   protect you from the Fitnah of the Dajjal and the Fitnah of the punishment of the grave» ['A'ishah] said: I kept her talking until the Messenger of Allah (SWT)   came, then I asked him: «O Messenger of Allah (SWT) , what is this Jewish woman saying?» I said: «She says: May Allah (SWT)  protect you from the Fitnah of the Dajjal and the Fitnah of the punishment of the grave. 'A'ishah said: Then the Messenger of Allah (SWT)   stood up and raised his hands [in supplication], seeking refuge with Allah (SWT)   from the Fitnah of the Dajjal and the Fitnah of the punishment of the grave. Then he said: «As for the Fitnah of the Dajjal, there has never been a Prophet who did not warn his people against him, but I will tell you some­ thing which no Prophet has warned his people about before: he (the Dajjal) is one-eyed, and Allah (SWT)   is not one-eyed: written between his eyes is [the word] Kafir, which every believer will read. As for the Fitnah of the grave, [the deceased] will be tested concerning me and asked about me. If he was a righteous man, he will be sat up in his grave, without fear or terror,

then he will be asked: «What did you used to say about Islam? Who was this man who was among you?» He will say: «Muhammad the Messenger of Allah (SWT) , who brought the clear signs from Allah (SWT) , so we see Hell-fire, parts of it consuming others. He will be told: «This is your place in it. You used to doubt, you died doubting and you will be resurrected doubt- ing, in sha' Allah (SWT) '. Then he will be punished»6

19- For the Believer, a door will be opened from his grave onto Paradise .

20- For the Kafir, a door will be opened from his grave onto Hell-fire .

21- The Believer will see his place in Paradise, and the Kafir will see his place in Hell-fire*.

22- The grave of the Believer will be widened as far as the eye can see, and the grave of the Kafir will be constricted*.

23- The good deeds will come in the form of a handsome, weH-dressed, finely-perfumed man, who will bring glad tidings. The bad deeds will come in the form of a scruffily-dressed, stinking man who will bring disturbing news*.

24- The Kaffir will be struck with an iron chain until he is turned to dust*.

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