It has been mentioned before that when a believer dies, the angels of death cry out `Come out good soul`.
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It has been
mentioned before that when a believer dies, the angels of death cry out `Come
out good soul` and so on, and when a disbeliever dies, they cry out `Come out
wicked soul` and so on.
But what happens to a Muslim who has been neglecting his prayers, and how will his soul be taken away? Or if a Muslim has been regular in prayer, fasting, haj, charity but yet has more of bad deeds than good ones, how will his soul be taken away?
Appreciate your clarification and thanks.
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How soul taken out by Angels
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 none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
What exactly happens to one’s soul after death is obviously from amongst the knowledge of the ‘unseen’, and the knowledge of the ‘unseen’ is known to none save Allah Subhanah. Regarding any knowledge of the ‘unseen’, the believers who sincerely believe in Allah and the Last Day should rely only and we reiterate, only on the information related to them by their Lord in His Glorious Quran, and what the Lord Most High chose to inform Prophet Mohamed (saws) who in turn informed it to the believers.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 8 Surah Anfaal verses 50-51:
50 If thou couldst see when the Angels take the souls of the unbelievers (at death) (how) they smite their faces and their backs (saying): "Taste the penalty of the blazing fire
51 Because of (the deeds) which your (own) hands sent forth: for Allah is never unjust to His servants.”
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 47 Surah Muhammad verses 27-28
27 But how (will it be) when the Angels take their souls at death and smite their faces and their backs?
28 This because they followed that which called forth the Wrath of Allah and they hated Allah's good pleasure; so He made their deeds of no effect.
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."
Your Question: But
what happens to a Muslim who has been neglecting his prayers, and how will his
soul be taken away? Or if a Muslim has been regular in prayer, fasting, haj,
charity but yet has more of bad deeds than good ones, how will his soul be
Absolutely regardless of the intentions one holds in one’s heart, or regardless of the deeds one does or does not do, any human being who verbally declares the ‘shahaadah’ or testification of faith that there is no god worthy of worship except Allah Subhanah Alone, and Mohamed (saws) is Allah’s Last and Final Messenger will be considered a ‘legal’ muslim in the Sight of Shariah Law in the life of this world.
It is only in the Hereafter where Allah Subhanah will Determine and Judge with His Absolute Knowledge and Justice who amongst those who claimed to be ‘muslim’ were ‘real’ muslims and who amongst them were liars.
In light of the above quoted guidance of the Glorious Quran and the Sunnah, it would be safe to assume that the closer one’s belief and deeds are to a ‘real’ muslim, the more honorable will be the release of his soul at the time of his death….and the further one’s belief and deeds are from a ‘real’ muslim, the more humiliating and painful will be the release of his soul. And Allah Alone Knows Best.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,