The Grave Punishment and Blessings (Part-9)

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"The Kafir or hypocrite will be asked: 'What did you used to say about this man?' He will say: 'I don't know. I used to say whatever the people were saying. He will be told: 'You did not know and you did not care! Then he will be struck with an iron hammer be- tween his two ears' and will utter a cry which will be heard by every creature around him' except for Jinn and men. Then his grave will be constricted for him until his ribs are crushed)).

44- The answers given by the believer in the grave are the result of guidance from Allah (SWT).

45-  The individual is asked about his worship and  re-ligion in the grave.

The Prophet (SM) said: 'When the believer is placed in his grave' an angel comes to him and asks him: 'What did you use to worship?' Allah (SWT) guides him and he says: 'I used to worship Allah (SWT) '. He is asked: 'What did you use to say about this man?' He says: 'He is the slave and Messenger of Allah (SWT) . He will not be asked about anything else. He is taken to a house which was in the Hell-fire' and he is told: 'This is your house which was in the Hell-fire' but Allah  (SWT)  has protected you and had mercy on you' and has exchanged it for a house in Paradise for your'. He asks: 'Let me go and tell my family of this good news'' but he is told: 'Remain where you are'. When the Kafir is placed in his grave' an angel comes to him and re­ bukes him' and asks him: 'What did you use to worship?' He says: 'I don't know'. He is told: 'You didn't know and you didn't care!' He is asked: 'What did you use to say about this man?' He says: 'I used to say whatever the people were saying'. Then he will be struck between the ears with an iron hammer and will utter a cry which will be heard by the whole of creation apart from Jinn and men14.

46-  The dead do not hear what is going on on earth.

Allah  (SWT) said: "So verily you cannot make the dead to hear, nor can you make the deaf to hear the call' when they show their backs and turn away". [alRum 30:52].

47- The (dead) people of Kulaib heard the words of the Prophet (SM), but were not able to reply15.

It is proven in al-Bukhari that the Prophet (SM) looked upon the dead Kafirs of Kulaib after the Battle of Badr and said: "Have you found what your Lord promised you to be true?" He was asked: "Are you call- ing the dead?" He said: "You do not hear any better than they, but they cannot reply".

48- The Sahabah who had been martyred in the way of Allah (SWT) and were in al-Barzakh longed to tell their brothers who had not died of the t honour which was prepared for the martyrs.

The Prophet (SM) said: "When your brothers were martyred at Uhud' Allah  (SWT)  placed their souls inside green birds which drink from the rivers of Paradise' eat of its fruits and seek shelter in lamps of gold which are suspended in the shade of the Throne. When they saw how good their food' drink and abode were' they said: 'Who will tell our brothers about us' that we are alive in Paradise and being am­ ply provided for' so that they will not turn away from Jihad or abandon war?' Allah (SWT) ' may He be ex- alted' said: 'I will tell them about you'"16.

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