The Grave Punishment and Blessings (Part-5)

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«A voice will call from Heaven: 'My slave has spo­ken the Truth' so furnish his grave from Paradise and clothe him from Paradise' and open for him a gate to Paradise'. He said: Some of its breeze and scent will reach him' and his grave will be widened for him as far as the eye can see. He said: There will come to him (or there will appear before him) a handsome' well-dressed and finely-scented man' who will say; 'I bring good news which will make you glad. I bring good news of the good pleasure of Allah' and Gardens wherein is eternal blessing. This is the day which you were promised.' He will say: 'And you' may Allah (SWT)  give you better news. Who are you?' He will say: 'I am your good deeds' and by Allah (SWT)  I only ever saw you hastening to obey Allah (SWT) ' and ever- reluctant to disobey Him' so may Allah (SWT)  reward you with good'. Then a gate of Paradise and a gate of Hell will be opened for him' and it will be said to him: 'This is your place (Manzil) if you had disobeyed Allah (SWT) ' but Allah (SWT)  has given you this instead of that'. When he sees what is in Paradise he will say: 'My Lord! Hasten the coming of the Hour' so that I may return to my family and my wealth'. It will be said to him: 'Be patient' (Literally' 'Dwell here').

«He said: as for the disbelieving (lit. corrupt) man, when he leaves this world and enters the Hereafter, stern and harsh angels come down to him from heaven; their faces are black and they bring with them sack-cloth from Hell. They sit around him, as far as the eye can see. The Angel of Death comes and sits at his head, and says: ˜O evil soul, come out to the anger and wrath of Allah (SWT) !' He said: The soul will be dragged out of his body with as much difficulty as a many pronged skewer being dragged through wet wool (the veins and nerves will be destroyed by it). He will be cursed by every angel between heaven and earth, and by every angel in heaven. The gates of heaven will be locked and the people of every heaven will pray to A­llah (SWT)  not to allow his soul to asend through their domain. He will take it, and immediately put it into the sack-cloth; it will stink like the foulest stench of dead flesh ever witnessed on earth. They will take the soul up, and whenever they take it past a group of angels, they will say: Who is this evil soul?' They say: It is so-and-so the son of so-and-so', using the worst names with which he was addressed in the world. (They will go on) until they reach the first heaven; they will ask for it to be opened to them, and it will not be opened. Then the Messenger of Allah (SWT)  recited: No opening will there be of the gates of heaven, nor will they enter the Garden, until the camel can pass through the eye of the needle...' [al-A'raf 7:40]. Allah (SWT) , may He be glorified and exalted, will say:

’Register his book in Sijjin, in the lowest earth’.

Then Allah (SWT)  will say: 'Take him back to the earth, for «this was my promise»: I created them from it, I will return them to it, and I will resurrect them from it againa. So his soul will be thrown down from heaven until it reaches his body. Then he recited:. If anyone assigns partners to Allah (SWT) , he is as if he had fallen from heaven and been snatched up by birds, or the wind had swopped (like a bird on its prey) and thrown him into a far-distant placea. [al-Hajj 22:31],

So his soul will be returned to his body (he said: he will hear the footsteps of his companions when they leave him). Two stern angels will come to him, rebuke him and sit him up. They will ask him: 'Who is your Lord?' He will say: lHah-hah[indicative of pain or laughter], I do not know!' They will ask him:'What is your religion?' He will say: Hah - Hah, I do not know' They will ask: 'What do you say about this man who was sent among you?' He will not even know his name, but he will be told- Muhammad'- and he will say: 'Hah-Hah, I do not know! I heard

the people saying such-and-such'. He will be told: 'May you never know!'.

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