Death and the grave:
Death is when the soul comes out of the body. Everyone has to die. Nothing can save one from death. The time of death is fixed for everyone. Nothing can delay it.
When a person’s life is ending, the Angel Izra’eel عَـلَيْـهِ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام comes to remove the Rooḥ (soul) from the dying person. When the dying person looks to his left and to his right, he sees Angels everywhere. The Angels of Mercy come to a Muslim. The Angels of Punishment come to the Kaafirs (disbelievers). A Muslim’s soul is taken out with ease and respect by the Angels of Mercy. A Kaafir’s soul is taken out with great pain and disgrace. When someone visits a grave, the souls see the person, recognize him or her and listen to what they are saying. They can even hear the footsteps of the visitors.
What happens after burial?
After the person is buried, the grave tightens up and presses the dead. It presses the Muslim like a mother firmly embraces her child. It squeezes a Kaafir in such a way that the left ribs are crushed and interlock with the right side. When the people leave the burial, the dead person hears the footsteps of the people. At that time, two Angels called Munkar and Nakeer come ripping through the earth with their long teeth. Their faces look very fearful and scary. Their bodies are black in colour. They have blue eyes, which are very large in size and are popping out of their foreheads. They are fiery. Their hair is very frightful and long from head to toe. Their teeth are also very long with which they rip through the earth. They wake up the dead shaking and rattling them. With great strength and a gruff voice, they ask these three questions:
- ‘مَنۡ رَّبُّكَ؟’ meaning ‘Who is your Lord?’
- ‘مَا دِيۡنُكَ؟’ meaning ‘What is your religion?’
- ‘مَا كُنۡتَ تَقُوۡلُ فِيۡ حَقِّ هٰذَا الرَّجُل؟’ meaning ‘What did you used to say about this person?’
If the dead person is a Muslim, he will reply as follows:
- ‘رَبِّيَ اللّٰهُ’ meaning ‘My Lord is Allah (عَزَّوَجَلَّ).’
- ‘دِيۡنِيَ الۡاِسۡلَامُ’ meaning ‘My religion is Islam.’