I would like to know what happens at the time of death, after death, in qabar and the hereafter. Are we reborn as per the theory of hindus.
What happens in the qabar and the hereafter
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and who-ever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
If we were to write volumes of books in answer to your extremely important questions of death and after life, it would not suffice! This is a question that every individual must ponder over, in his/her life, today, if he really wants to be successful in the hereafter. The main reason man today does not really fear Allah and the Last Day, is because he has never given serious thought to the above questions. He leave this issue on a slow-burner in the back of his brain and tries to enjoy this worldly life to the full, thinking he will take care of the situation when it comes!! How heedless and careless is man indeed! For a life of 60-80 years, he thinks deeply, plans meticulously, and he executes his plan to perfection! But for the eternal life, a life which will never ever end, he stays ‘cool’ and acts indifferent! Little does he know that what he plants in this life, he will reap its benefits in the hereafter!! If he plants thorns here, he will receive thorns there! If he plants good fruit giving trees here, he will receive all those benefits in the hereafter!! And whoever gives the issue of death and after life, a little serious thought, will immediately prepare for his after-life, and live this life only as a means of attaining salvation and the Mercy of Allah in the Hereafter.
Allah, in His Divine Wisdom, has sent man on the earth for a test, to see who recognizes His Divinity and does good deeds, and who rejects Allah, The All Mighty, and does evil.
Allah says in the Holy Quran in Chapter 67 Surah Al Mulk verse 2: He (Allah) created death and life that He may test you, to see which of you is the best in deeds.
Thus if a good person, who believed in Allah and the Last Day, and lived his life in submission to the Will of His Creator, dies, Allah’s angels who will carry his departing soul, will immediately convey to him the message of the good news of Allah’s Mercy upon him, and tell him that there is no fear and no grief for him from now on. Thereafter, he will live in a life of “barzakh” (the time between his death and the Day of Judgement) as an honorable guest of the All Merciful Lord of the Worlds, in peace and in tranquility. When he is raised up again on the Day of Judgement, Allah will award him his Book of Deeds in his right hand and guide him with honor to his everlasting gardens of bliss in Paradise.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 69 Surah Al Haaqqah verses 13-24:Then, when the Trumpet is blown once (signaling the start of the Day of Judgement), and the earth and the mountains are lifted up and crushed into pieces with a single stroke, on that Day shall the Inevitable (Day of Judgement) happen. On that Day the heavens shall split asunder, and its system shall loosen! The angels shall be on its sides and eight angels on that Day, shall be upholding the Throne of your Lord, above them. That will be the Day when you shall be brought forth (for accounting) and no secret of yours shall remain hidden (from Allah).
Then whoever is given his Book of Conduct in his right hand, shall say (to all around him), “Read my Book of Conduct! I knew that I would certainly be getting my account.” So he shall be in a state of bliss, in a High Garden, whose clusters of fruit shall be hanging within his easy reach. To such people it will be said: “Eat and drink with relish as a reward for the works you did in the days gone by!.”
And if a bad person, one who denied Allah and the Last Day, and lived his life in arrogance and disobeyed the Will of his Creator, dies, Allah’s angels, who will carry his departing soul, will immediately tell him the message of the backbreaking news of Allah’s Wrath and Anger upon him. They will drag him to live his life in ‘barzakh’ (the time between his death and the Day of Judgement) as a convict and a terrible punishment until the Day of Judgement. When he is raised up again on the Day of Judgement, Allah will thrust his Book of Conduct in his left hand and order the angels to chain him and cast him to the eternal torture of the Hell Fire.
Allah says in the Holy Quran in Chapter 69 Surah Al-Haaqqah verses 25-37: As for him whose Book of Conduct is given in his left hand, he will say, “Alas! Would that I had not been given my Book of Conduct, nor known what my account was! Would that the death (that I suffered in the world) were the final death! Today my wealth has availed me nothing, and my power has perished from me! (It will be ordered:) “Seize him in a chain, seventy cubits (appx 105 ft.) long. For he did not believe in Allah, the Most High, nor urged the feeding of the poor. So he has neither any true friend here today, nor any food, except the corruption from the washing of wounds, which none but the sinners shall eat!”
Regarding the concept of rebirth, that is an absolutely false belief! No one will come back to this world, once he has lived his life here and died.
The one who believed in Allah and did good deeds, and thus attained the Gardens of Paradise, will not want to come back, even if he were given all the kingdom and riches of this world!
The one who denied Allah, and lived in arrogance, will not be able to come out of Hell-Fire, even if they try to!
Allah says regarding the people of Hell, in Chapter 22 Surah Al-Hajj verses 19-22: As regards those who had disbelieved, garments of fire have already been cut out for them. Over their heads shall be poured boiling water, which will melt not only their skins but also the inner parts of their bellies, and there shall be maces of iron to lash them with! Whenever in their anguish, they will try to come out of Hell, they shall be driven back into it (with the rebuke): “Taste now the torment of Burning!”
We seek Allah’s refuge and protection from the Torment of Hell Fire. May Allah make us of those, whose Book of Conduct is given in our right hands. May Allah make us of those, who read and understand His Divine Guidance, the Al Quran, so that we can understand exactly what we need to do to attain the Mercy and Forgiveness of the All Merciful. May Allah make us of those who comprehend every aayah of the Holy Quran, so that we can follow its commandments, which, alone will enable us to avoid the unbearable, eternal, ever-lasting, never-ending punishment of the Hell Fire. Ameen.
Allah Alone knows Best, and He is the Only Source of Strength.
May Allah keep you and your families and all of us in His Mercy and Protection.
May Allah guide you and us all to the Siraat al-Mustaqeem.
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