Death and resurrection
DEATH AND RESURRECTION
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Every man has a fixed period of life given to him when he is born. This is called Qadar. We do not live longer or shorter than this fixed period of life. When we have finished this period of life, the Angel of Death takes the soul from our body.
This is called death. Concerning the journey of the soul after death, the following is a saheeh hadeeth from the Messenger of Allah .’
He said, When the believer is about to depart from this world and proceed to the next, angels with faces as bright as the sun descend from the heavens and sit around him in throngs stretching as far as the eye can see.
Then the Angel of Death comes and sits at his head and says, “Good soul, come out to forgiveness and pleasure from Allah!” His soul then emerges like a drop of water that flows from a water-skin, and the angel takes hold of it.
When he has grasped it, the other angels do not leave it in his hand even for the twinkling of an eye.
They take it and place it in a perfumed shroud, and it gives off a fragrance like the sweetest scent of musk found on the face of the Earth. Then they ascend with it, and whenever they take it past a company of angels, they ask,
“Who is this good soul?” The angels with the soul reply, “So-and-so, the son of so-and- s0,” using the best names by which people used to call him in this world.
They bring him to the lowest heaven and ask