Death: An Explanation of What Happens When You Die

19 07 2007

Very Powerful lecture!

When a Believer Dies:

Upon the authority of al-Bara’ ibn `Aazib who said: We
went out with the the Prophet (salla Allahu alaihi wa
sallam) to a burial of a man from the Ansar (original
inhabitants of Madina) until we arrived at the grave, and
he still had not been placed in the slot of the grave.

Then the Messenger of Allah (salla Allahu alaihi wa
sallam) sat down and we sat around him. You would have
thought that birds were upon our heads from our silence,
and in the hand of the Messenger of Allah (salla Allahu
alaihi wa sallam) was a stick which he was poking the
ground with. [Then he started looking at the sky and
looking at the earth and looking up down three times].
Then he said to us: “Ask Allah for refuge from the torment
of the grave”, he repeated this command two or three
times. [Then he said O Allah I seek refuge in you from the
torment of the grave] [three times]. Then he
said: “Verily, the believing servant, when leaving this
life and journeying to the hereafter angels will descend
upon him, their faces will be white as if they were suns,
they will have with them a shroud (kafan) from the shroud
of Paradise), and an embalmment (HanouT) from the
embalmments of heaven. Then, they will sit within eye-shot
of him.

Then the angel of death (peace be upon him) will come and
sit at his head and will say “O you virtuous soul; come
out to a forgiveness and a pleasure from your Lord “. So
it will come out as a drop comes out of the mouth of a jug
(with ease), then he will take it, not leaving it in his
hand for longer that a blink of an eye until they (he and
the other angels) have placed it in that shroud and that
embalmment. And there will emanate from it a smell like
that of the most sweet smelling musk on the face of the
earth. Then they shall ascend with it, and they shall not
pass with it by any group of angels but they will say:
What is this good and sweet-smelling soul?. Then they
shall say to them (he is) “such” the son of “such”
choosing the best of the names he used to be called in
this life. Until they reach the lowest sky, then they
shall ask permission to enter, and they shall be granted
entry, until they end at the seventh heaven sky, then
Allah, exalted and high, shall say: “write the book of my
servant in `illiyeen (1) [And what will explain to you
what Illiyeen is `illiyeen, there is a register fully
inscribed to which bear witness those nearest to Allah
(see 83:18)], and his book will be written in `illiyeen,
and the shall be said “return him to the earth, for [I
promised them] I have created them from it, and into it I
shall return them, and from it I shall extract (resurrect)
them a second time (20:55)”. So [he is returned to earth
and] his soul is returned to his body [he said and he will
hear the footsteps of his friends who buried him when they
leave him].

Then two [severe] angels shall come and [terrify him and]
sit him up next to them and shall ask him: “Who is your
Lord?”. He shall reply “My Lord is Allah”. Then they shall
ask him: “What is your religion?”. He shall answer
them: “My religion is Islam”. Then they shall ask him “Who
is this man who was sent among you?”. He will reply “He is
the Messenger of Allah (salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam)
peace be upon him”. Then they shall ask him “What have you
done?”. He shall reply: “I read the book of Allah, then I
believed in it and accepted it”. [The angel will terrify
him and ask him “who is your Lord?”, “what is your
religion?” “who is your prophet?”, and this will be the
last trial on earth for the believer, it is then when
Allah says : “Allah will establish in strength those who
believe with the word that stands firm in this world”, so
he will answer my Lord is Allah, my religion is Islam and
my Prophet is Mohammad salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam. Then
a caller will call from the sky: “My slave has spoken the
truth, so spread out for him from the heaven, and clothe
him from the heaven, and open a door for him from the
heaven (within his grave)”, so it’s goodness and its smell
will come unto him, then his grave will be expanded for
him as far as he can see.

Then a man will come to him. His face will be handsome,
and his clothes will be handsome, and his smell will be
sweet. Then he shall say unto him: I bring you glade
tidings of that which will make you happy [Rejoice with a
pleasure of Allah and delights that endure]. This is the
day that you were promised (46:16). Then he will say [and
may Allah give you glad tiding] “who are you?, for your
face is the face of someone who comes with good news”. He
shall reply: “I am your good deeds, [by Allah, I did not
know of you but that you were quick to the obedience of
Allah and slow to His disobedience, so may Allah reward
you good]”. Then he shall say: “My Lord bring the hour so
that I might return to my family and my wealth” [it will
be said to him “be tranquil”].

This hadith is narrated by Ahmad Ibn Hambal, Abu Dawud,
Ibn Majah, at-Tayalisi, and al-Hakim who said it is
according to the standards of Bukhari and Muslim. This
text is the text of Ahmad, all text between brackets is
from the other narrators and other narrations of Ahmad.

When a Non Believer Dies:

The Prophet (Saw) gives us the answer to that too.

He (Mohammed, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: { And
the disbelieving [transgressor/wicked] servant}, if he is
leaving this life and journeying to the hereafter then
angels will descend upon him, their faces will be black,
they have with them a coarse woolen fabric (sackcloth)[
made of fire]. Then they will sit within eye-shot of him.
Then the angel of death will come and sit at his head and
will say “O you wicked soul; come out to a anger from your
Lord and a fury (from Him)”. So it will be distributed
(spread out) throughout his body, then it will be ripped
away as a skewer/spit is ripped out of damp cotton [and in
its way out it will tear and cut the nerves and blood
vessels] [and then he will be cursed by all the angels
between the earth and the sky and by all the angels in the
sky, and the gates of heaven are closed. There is no gate
in the heaven but its people supplicate that the wicked
soul shall not be ascended to their side], then he will
take it (the soul), not leaving it in his hand for longer
than a blink of an eye until they have placed it in that
sackcloth. And there will emanate from it a stench like
that of the most evil smelling corpse on the face of the
earth. Then they shall ascend with it, and they shall not
pass with it by a group of angels but they will say: What
is this wicked soul?. Then they shall say to them (he
is) “such” the son of “such” choosing the most hated of
the names he used to be called in this life. Until they
reach the lowest heaven (sky), then they shall ask
permission to enter, and they shall not be granted entry.
Then the Messenger of Allah (salla Allahu alaihi wa
sallam) recited “The doors of the sky are not opened to
them, nor shall they enter heaven until the camel passes
through the eye of the needle” (7:40).

Then Allah, exalted and high, shall say: “write the book
of my servant in Sijjeen (2)(83:7) in the lowest earth”.
[Then will be said “return my slave to the earth, for I
promised them I have created them from it, and into it I
shall return them, and from it I shall extract (resurrect)
them a second time (20:55)”]. Then his soul shall be taken
away [from the sky] with a mighty hurl [until it is cast
into his body]. Then he (the Prophet salla Allahu alaihi
wa sallam) read: “and those who associate partners with
Allah, They are as one who falls from the sky then is
snatched by the birds or is cast by the wind into a very
low place (22:31)”. Then his soul will be returned into
his body, [he (the prophet) said : verily he will hear the
footsteps of his friends who buried him when they leave
him]. Then two harsh severe and fearsome angels shall come
and [terrify him and] sit him up and shall ask him: “Who
is your Lord?”. He shall reply “Huh?, Huh (this is an
expression of sorrow), I don’t know”. Then they shall ask
him: “What is your religion?”. He shall answer
them: “Huh?, Huh?, I don’t know”. Then they shall ask
him “Who is this man who was sent among you?”. He will
reply “Huh?, Huh?, I don’t know [I heard people saying
that!]”. He (the Prophet salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam)
said “And then will be said to him don’t ever know and
don’t ever recite!”].

Then a caller will call from the sky: “My slave has spoken
falsely, so spread out for him from the hell fire, and
open a door for him from the hell fire (within his
grave)”, so its heat and hot wind will come unto him, then
his grave will be contracted upon him until his limbs are
caught up among one another. Then a man will come to him.
His face will be ugly, and his clothes will be ugly, and
his smell will be vile. Then he shall say unto him: I
bring you tidings of that which will harm you. This is the
day that you were promised (70:44). Then he will say [and
you, may Allah give you bad tiding] “who are you?, for
your face is the face of someone who comes with evil”. He
shall reply: “I am your evil deeds [by Allah, I did not
know of you but that you were quick to the disobedience of
Allah and slow to His obedience, so may Allah reward you
bad, and then will be assigned to him a blind, deaf and
mute person who holds in his hand a hammer, if a mountain
is hit with it, it would disintegrate, and he will beat
him with it until he becomes dust, and then Allah will
render him to his initial form, and he will beat him
again, and he (the wicked) will cry of sorrow and pain a
cry that will be heard by all creatures except humans and
jinn, and a door of hell will be opened unto him within
his grave and will spread out for him sheets of hell
fire]”. Then he shall say: “My Lord do not bring the hour”.

This hadith is narrated by Ahmad Ibn Hambal, Abu Dawud,
Ibn Majah, at-Tayalisi, and al-Hakim who said it is
according to the standards of Bukhari and Muslim. This
text is the text of Ahmad, all text between brackets is
from the other narrators and other narrations of Ahmad.

~~~~WHICH WILL YOU BE???~~~~


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8 responses

19 07 2007
Shahrzad

was interesting. I hope when i die i be a believer. I like your blog. I linked uπŸ™‚

20 07 2007
ummabdurrahman

As Salaam Alaikum:

Mash’Allah what a powerful message. A reminder that we all have an appointment with death

Jazak Allahu Khair

umm abdurrahman

20 07 2007
adikbongsu

Assalamu’alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakahtu Umm Yusuf,

Alhamdulillah…I had just posted a blog abt death and afterlife, but mine was very simple and more of a summary. Glad to come by and found a more thorough post on the same subject. πŸ™‚

Jazakillah ya ukhti…. πŸ™‚

19 03 2008
Kiren

Mashallah that was a very good description!
also i have been told by my islamic studies teacher if the soul is good it will be taken out the body like a hair in butter (so it will come out painlessly) and a bad soul will come out like….
Imagine a torn bush and a ball of cotton wool in the middle and it is pulled out bit by bit from the thron bush.
the cotton wool will be the soul and that is the pain they shall feel when their soul is taken out! tauba.
thought you might want to know
Kudafiz

26 01 2009
Anisah Ali

As-salaam,
Thank you so much for this, i am a 14 yr old girl and i have read many books about death in islam and i love to study about my religion. Mashallah what you have wrote is very good and goes in alot of depth about death and i have found the really useful because i needed some info for my essay about death- islam version of it
thank you very much it has helped alot may allah reward you for your hard work to do this to teac other muslims about this AMEEN!
Wa-Salaam xxxx

8 05 2009
Najlla

salam,

Thank-you very much for posting this blog may allah reward you!! I have read alot about death in islam and i was trying to put pieces together, and now i read this and it explains it clearly!! Thank-you

22 10 2009
Fushna

It is so gr8 that explaind evrythng so clearly tnx u

14 02 2010
sabreen

this is really good

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