Muslims believe that when a person dies two angels called Nakeer and
Munkar visit him in his grave. They question him about his Faith, if he
is found a believer his tomb is widened 70 cubits square (each cubit is
one foot six inches) and it is illumined. Then he is told to go to sleep
like a bridegroom until the day of resurrection when Allah raises him up
to reward him. But if he is found a "hypocrite" they order the
tomb to squeeze him until his ribs are crushed.
Quran says that at the Day of Judgment, the heaven is split asunder
(Q.84:1) and it will heave with (awful) heaving (Q.52:9), the sun is
overthrown (Q.81:1), the Earth is shaken with her (final) earthquake (Q.
99:1), the moon is eclipsed
(Q.75:8) and “the angel Israfil will sound the trumpet and all living
creatures, mankind, angels and jinn then living, will die. Another blast
and all will be raised to life. Allah's throne will appear in the
clouds, carried by 8 angels. Believers will receive a book of their
deeds in their right hand, and unbelievers in their left hand. The books
will be opened and men's works weighed on scales (mizan). In fear, men
will look for someone to plead with Allah. They will go to Adam,
Abraham, Moses and Jesus, but find no help. At last they will turn to
“Muslims also believe that there is a bridge across Hell, named
Sirat, which is sharper than the edge of sword and thinner than a hair.
Faithful Muslims believe that they will cross over it in the
"twinkling of an eye" and enter Paradise. Other Muslims may
fall into Hell, but will later be released. Unbelievers will fall into
Hell and remain forever.”
No one knows the exact time for the Day of Judgment but it is going
to be a Friday 10th of Muharram. At that time Allah will
resurrect all the dead. He will collect their dispersed dusts and call
them to visit him. And people will see Allah as clear as seeing the sun
in a not cloudy day. Then he will judge them based on their beliefs.
Those who did not associate any other God with Allah, irrespective of
what crimes they have committed will go to Paradise. There are verses in
Quran that speak of good deeds like this one,
[Al-Imran 3:30] On the Day when every soul will find
itself confronted with all that it hath done of good and all that it
hath done of evil (every soul) will long that there might be a mighty
space of distance between it and that (evil).
But actually the evil for Muhammad did not mean what we usually
think of it. By evil he meant disbelief. This is clear from the
[Ibrahim 14:44] And warn mankind of a day when the doom
will come upon them, and those who did wrong will say: Our Lord!
Reprieve us for a little while. We will obey Thy call and will follow
the messengers. (It will be answered): Did ye not swear before that
there would be no end for you?
For Allah nothing is more abhorrent than disbelief and once you
believe all your sins are forgiven and your place in paradise is
guaranteed. In a Hadith noted by Bukhari the importance of belief over
good deeds is emphasized.
Bukhari Volume 4, Book 54, Number 445:
Narrated Abu Dhar:
The Prophet said, "Gabriel said to me, 'Whoever amongst your
followers die without having worshipped others besides Allah, will
enter Paradise (or will not enter the (Hell) Fire)." The Prophet
asked. "Even if he has committed illegal sexual intercourse or
theft?" He replied, "Even then."
But for disbelievers there is no salvation.
[al-Ma'idah 5:36] As for those who disbelieve, lo!
if all that is in the earth were theirs, and as much again therewith,
to ransom them from the doom on the Day of Resurrection, it would not
be accepted from them. Theirs will be a painful doom.
[al-Kahf 18:106] That is their reward: hell, because they
disbelieved, and made a jest of Our revelations and Our messengers.
[Ta Ha 20:100] Whoso turneth away from it, he verily will
bear a burden on the Day of Resurrection,
What about those who have loved others? We humans put a great
emphasis on loving and helping each other and on charitable works, but
for Allah all that is irrelevant.
[al-`Ankabut 29:25] The love between you is only in the
life of the world. Then on the Day of Resurrection ye will deny each
other and curse each other, and your abode will be the Fire, and ye
will have no helpers.
Those who did not accept Allah will easily be recognized because
they will have their faces “blackened”.
[az-Zumar 39:60] And on the Day of Resurrection thou
(Muhammad) seest those who lied concerning Allah with their faces
blackened. Is not the home of the scorners in hell?
If another person said the above politically incorrect statement, it
would have offended the blacks, but strange as it is the blacks are the
ones who are flocking towards Islam, as if they are completely unaware
of the prophet’s low opinion of their race.
This stereotyping is reaffirms in another place.
[Al-Imran 3:106] On the Day when (some) faces will be
whitened and (some) faces will be blackened; and as for those whose
faces have been blackened, it will be said unto them: Disbelieved ye
after your (profession of) belief? Then taste the punishment for that
Of course the absurdity of this belief is self-evident and needs no
clarification. However Muslims are unable to ask themselves simple
questions like what is the use of a wide and illumined grave to a
deceased? Has anyone seen a widened and illumined grave?
Islamic Paradise is a physical place. That is why Allah has to collect
all the dust of the dead people to punish or reward them. That makes
even less sense when we know that we constantly renew the elements that
compose our body..
It seems that the prophet had no idea of the spiritual reality of man
that is independent from the material world. Allah's rewards are hoories,
wine, honey, gardens, mansions, cloths with gold embroidery and other
material objects. These are all material rewards. What is the use of all
these for human spirit? His punishment is also physical: fire. Heaven,
in Islam, is the place where believers will be reclining under the shade
of the trees, eating and drinking exquisite wines, and engaging in sex
[Surah 55:54-46]"They will recline on carpets
whose inner linings will be of rich brocade: the fruit of the gardens
will be near. In them will be (Maidens), Chaste, restraining their
glances, whom no man or Jinn before them has touched (virgins)."
Good deeds have no merits; Belief in Allah and his messenger is the only
requisite to inherit this materialistic paradise. Even Christians will
not be spared.
In one place one is lead to believe that the people of the
scriptures, i.e. the Jews and the Christians are saved,
[al-Hajj 22:17] Lo! those who believe (this revelation),
and those who are Jews, and the Sabaeans and the Christians and the
Magians and the idolaters - Lo! Allah will decide between them on the
Day of Resurrection. Lo! Allah is Witness over all things.
Then again, this is contradicted by another verse.
[al-Ma'idah 5:14] And with those who say: "Lo! we
are Christians," We made a covenant, but they forgot a part of
that whereof they were admonished. Therefore We have stirred up enmity
and hatred among them till the Day of Resurrection, when Allah will
inform them of their handiwork.
The same is said of the Jews (Q.10:93). So don't be surprised
to see Mother Theresa burning in the Hell while Khomeni and Saddam
Hussein who believed in Allah and his messenger sitting under the shade
of a tree with a pretty hoory at their right side and another at their
left, sipping from the chilled wine in Paradise.
The concept of the life after death in Islam is very much similar to the
Jehowa's Witnesses' concept of the other world. Jehowa Witnesses believe
that after the death, the deceased has no consciousness until the last
day when he is risen from death and if found a believer would inherit
the Earth and would live in a terrestrial Paradise forever. This is how
Quran and Hadith explain the life after death. However, this subject is
foggy for most of the Muslims. They have their personal ideas about it
that often contradict the above what Quran and the hadithes teach about
the life after death.
By Ali Sina