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First of all I really want to appreciate the hard work done by this team and may Allah bless you with your work which leads many muslim to right path .

 

I wanted to know the the full details explaining in the light of Quran and Hadiths for the followings:

 

I recently received a mail from one of my colleagues copied to almost all of our friends which had a Subject : Believe it or Not with an attachment of a Photo showing a boy standing in front of trees and a ghostly image appears at the back of that boy saying this image as a ghost .The message in that mail said that the boy dies and the person took the image had been paralysed forever.

 

Now as per Quran and hadith if a person dies he can never come back form the dead rather than the Day of Judgement and if he was a true follower of Islam he will be sleeping like a new bridegroom , if he is a not follower of Islam then he will be punished till the day of judgment.

 

I really want to explain this truth to the person that if a muslim or mumeen believes in ghosts he would be considered as a disobeyer or disbeliever of Islam.

 

Please help me by giving the Quranic verses and hadiths to explain in detail to all who received and send this sort of of e-mail .

 

Awaiting for your earliest response .

 

Waslaam .

 

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In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever 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.

 

Beloved brother in Islam, firstly there is no such thing as ghosts amongst the creation of Allah Subhanah. The soul of the human being after his death is kept in a place called the barzakh, until it is returned back to his body on the Day of Resurrection by the All Mighty, All Powerful Lord. There is just absolutely no way the soul of a deceased human being can come back to earth in the form of a ghost!

 

The literal meaning of the term barzakh is something of a barrier or a veil, or something which is kept hidden. The period between ones death and when one will be granted life again by Allah on the Day of Judgement, is known as barzakh.


 

From the various narrations of the Messenger of Allah (saws) it is evident that the life of Barzakh is a life full of bliss and pleasure, or pain and grief; depending on the deeds that the person has done in this worldly life. The life of Barzakh is basically a pre-cursor of what would happen to the person after the Day of Judgement. If the person was a righteous person, then he will be shown his place and some of the rewards he is about to receive in Paradise; and he stays happily in the anticipation of reaching his destination. But if the person was wicked and a rebel to Allah Subhanah, then he will be shown his place in Hell Fire and his punishment and torment would start immediately. This person would get some of the torments and his life in Barzakh will be miserable and full of pain and agony, for he knows that what is coming ahead for him after the Day of Judgement is far far worse than what he is experiencing in Barzakh!

 

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 1627 Narrated by Abu Hurayrah

The Prophet (saws) said, "The angels are present with one who dies, and if a believer dies, they say, 'Come out, good soul, which was in the good body; come out praiseworthy and be happy with rest and provision and a Lord Who is not angry.' That continues to be said to it till it comes out. It is then taken up to Heaven and the door is opened for it. The angels are asked who this is and reply that he is so and so, whereupon these words are spoken: 'Welcome, good soul, which was in the good body; enter praiseworthy and be happy with rest and provision and a Lord Who is not angry.' That continues to be said to it till it comes to the Heaven where Allah is. But when it is a disbeliever it is said, 'Come out, wicked soul, which was in the wicked body; come out blameworthy and be grieved by a boiling liquid, one dark and intensely cold, and other kinds of its type.' That continues to be said to it till it comes out. It is then taken up to Heaven, and the door is asked to be opened for it. The question will be asked who this is and the reply given that it is so and so, whereupon these words are spoken: 'There is no welcome for the wicked soul which was in the wicked body; go back blameworthy, for the gates of Heaven will not be opened for you.' It will then be sent away from Heaven and come to the grave."

 

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 132 Narrated by Uthman ibn Affan

The Prophet (saws) said: Verily the grave is the first step in the stages of the Hereafter. If one finds salvation at this stage, the succeeding stages become easy for him. And if he does not find salvation at this stage, what follows this stage is very hard upon him. I have never seen a site more horrible than that of the grave.

 

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 5352 Narrated by Abu Sa'id

The Prophet (saws) said: A day does not come to the grave without its saying, 'I am the house of exile, I am the house of solitude, I am the house of dust, I am the house of worms.' When a believer dies the grave says to him, Welcome and greeting; you are indeed the dearest to me of those who walk upon me. I have been given charge of you today. You have come to me, and you will see how I shall treat you (with dignity and honor). It will then expand for him as far as the eye can see and a door to Paradise will be opened for him. But when the disbeliever is buried the grave says to him, `No welcome and no greeting to you. You are the most hateful to me of those who walk upon me. I have been given charge of you today. You have come to me, and you will see how I shall treat you.' Seventy dragons will be put in charge of him, of such a nature, that if one of them were to breathe on the earth, it would produce no crops as long as the world lasted, and they will bite and scratch him till he is brought to the Day of Reckoning. The grave is one of the gardens of Paradise, or one of the pits of Hell."

 

Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4735 Narrated by Al-Bara' ibn Azib

The Prophet (saws) said: When a believer is buried in the grave two angels will come to him (Munkar and Nakir, both have dark faces and blue eyes), make him sit up, and ask : Who is your Lord? He will reply: My Lord is Allah. They will ask him: What is your religion? He will reply: My religion is Islam. They will ask him: What is your opinion about the man who was sent on a mission among you? He will reply: He is the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him). They will ask: Who made you aware of this? He will reply: I read Allah's Book, believed in it, and considered it true. Then a crier will call from Heaven: My servant has spoken the truth. So spread a bed for him from Paradise, clothe him from Paradise, and open a door for him into Paradise. Then some of its air and perfume will come to him, and a space will be made for him as far as the eye can see. At the death of the unbeliever his soul will be restored to his body in the grave. Then two angels will come to him. They will make him sit up and ask him: Who is your Lord? He will reply: Alas, alas! I do not know. They will ask him: What is your religion? He will reply: Alas, alas! I do not know. They will ask: Who was the man who was sent on a mission among you? He will reply: Alas, alas! I do not know. Then a crier will call from Heaven: He has lied, so spread a bed for him from Hell, clothe him from Hell, and open for him a door into Hell. Then some of its heat and burning hot wind will come to him, and his grave will be compressed, such that his ribs will be crushed together. An angel who is blind and dumb will then be placed in charge of him, having a sledge-hammer, such that, if a mountain were struck with it, it would become dust. He will give him a blow with it, which will be heard by everything between the east and the west except by men and jinn, and he will become dust. Then his soul will be restored to him (again).

 

It is beyond our comprehension to understand the exact nature of the life of Barzakh, as it is a life completely different from our worldly lives of flesh and blood. Indeed, the soul is something completely different from the body. After separation from their bodies, souls do experience and feel far more pleasure and pain than they experienced when they were joined together. They are subject to confinement, pain, punishment, sickness, and grief as they are to various states of joy, rest, bliss, and freedom. There are four abodes of the soul, and each abode is bigger and greater than the previous one.

 

The soul's first abode is the womb of the mother, where there is confinement, compression, seclusion, and three layers of darkness.

The second abode is its earthly habitat where it joins the body, grows, does good and evil, and accumulates blessings for its ultimate success, or failure.

Its third abode is the abode of Barzakh, which is more spacious and immense than the abode of this world.

The fourth abode is the abode of eternity, either Paradise or Hell. There is no other abode after these.

 

Allah causes the soul to pass through these abodes in stages, until it reaches the abode most suitable for it, an abode that only it deserves and for which it is uniquely suitable, because this abode was created for it, and the soul was given the ability to perform the deeds that lead precisely to its abode.

 

Your Statement: I recently received a mail from one of my colleagues copied to almost all of our friends which had a Subject : Believe it or Not with an attachment of a Photo showing a boy standing in front of trees and a ghostly image appears at the back of that boy saying this image as a ghost .The message in that mail said that the boy dies and the person took the image had been paralysed forever.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 7 Surah Aaraaf verse 27: He (the Shaytaan) and his party see you from where you cannot see them. We have made these Shaytaans the friends of those who do not believe.

 

Beloved and dear Brother in Islam, Allah Subhanah clearly declares in the above Aayah that it is impossible for a human being to ever see the Shayateen; and thus to take a photograph of one is absolutely out of the question! If one looks carefully at the photograph, one will realizes that the photo is nothing more than trick photography, which is today made easy with the use of basic computer software and technology. The photo image of the ghost attached has absolutely no relationship with reality, and thus the grand story of the supposed death of the boy and the supposed paralysis of the only supposed eye-witness, the photographer, is nothing more than an absolute and utter lie!

 

It would better and more akin to righteousness if one does not waste his time and energy in proving these obvious falsehoods as false and lies, and give such baseless stories the exact importance it deserves; that is, absolute indifference!

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your Brother in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 

 

 

 

 


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