Do Souls of the Dead Return Back to this World? part II

Written by Dr zakir naik

Barzakh forbids any Return Allah and His Messenger (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) have clearly defined to us journey ofrepparttar soul after death andrepparttar 116313 abode of both,repparttar 116314 disbelieving souls andrepparttar 116315 righteous souls. This period betweenrepparttar 116316 death andrepparttar 116317 Hereafter is known as 'Barzakh'. Linguistically, 'Barzakh' means a veil, barrier or partition between two things. Ibn Abbas (radhiallahu anhu) defines Barzakh as a Hijab (a partition of veil). Al-Qurtubi, in his exposition states: 'The Barzakh is a barrier between two things. It isrepparttar 116318 stage between this world andrepparttar 116319 other world - fromrepparttar 116320 time of death untilrepparttar 116321 time Resurrection. Thus, whoever dies entersrepparttar 116322 Barzakh" [See al-Qurtubi's Tafseer, vol.12, p.150] Oncerepparttar 116323 soul entersrepparttar 116324 realm of Barzakh, there is no return for it back intorepparttar 116325 world as is clearly known fromrepparttar 116326 Qur'aan andrepparttar 116327 Ahaadeeth of Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam). Allah says regardingrepparttar 116328 evil soul: "…when death comes to one of them (who joins partners with Allah), he says: "O My Lord! Send me back to life. In order that I may do good deeds inrepparttar 116329 things that I neglected. By no means! It is but a word he says. And before him is a Barzakh untilrepparttar 116330 day they are raised up." [Soorah al-Mu'minoon (23): 99-100] This verse revealsrepparttar 116331 condition ofrepparttar 116332 disbeliever upon death; when he facesrepparttar 116333 realities ofrepparttar 116334 Hereafter, he wishes to return back torepparttar 116335 world and mend his mistakes, in order to avertrepparttar 116336 punishment. But he is plainly refused and confined inrepparttar 116337 grave and punished for his sinful actions because he has enteredrepparttar 116338 Barzakh. It is impossible for him to escaperepparttar 116339 strong Guardian Angels of Allah and return back to this world. The abode ofrepparttar 116340 righteous soul is Paradise,repparttar 116341 Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) said: "The soul of a believer is a bird eating fromrepparttar 116342 trees of Paradise until Allah restores it to its body onrepparttar 116343 Day of Resurrection." [An-Nasa'ee, Ibn Majah and others. Authenticated by Shaikh al-Albanee Sharh al-Aqeedah at-Tahaawiyyah (p. 455, footnote: 1)] It is unlikely thatrepparttar 116344 righteous soul, who is surrounded byrepparttar 116345 bounties of Allah, would leaverepparttar 116346 blessings of Allah and come torepparttar 116347 world. Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) said: "No servant who has good in store for him with Allah and dies ever wants to return torepparttar 116348 Earth - even if he were to haverepparttar 116349 whole world and everything that is in it - except forrepparttar 116350 martyr. That is due to what he sees inrepparttar 116351 nobility of martyrdom. Verily, he would like to return back torepparttar 116352 Earth, in order to be martyred another time." [(Saheeh) Saheeh Sunan at-Tirmidhee (1341)] But asrepparttar 116353 Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) informed, evenrepparttar 116354 martyr is refusedrepparttar 116355 permission to return, he (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) said: "The souls ofrepparttar 116356 martyrs live inrepparttar 116357 bodies of green birds who have their nests in chandeliers hung fromrepparttar 116358 throne ofrepparttar 116359 Almighty. They eatrepparttar 116360 fruits of Paradise wherever they like and then nestle in these chandeliers. Once, their Lord cast a glance at them and said: "Do you want anything?" They said: "What more can we desire? We eatrepparttar 116361 fruit of Paradise wherever we like." Their Lord asked themrepparttar 116362 same question thrice. When they saw that they would be continued to be asked and not left (without answeringrepparttar 116363 question), they said: "O Lord, we wish that You may return our souls to our bodies so that we may be slain in Your cause once again. When He (Allah) saw that they had no need, they were left (to their joy in Heaven)." [Saheeh Muslim (4651)]

These and many other proofs fromrepparttar 116364 Qur'aan andrepparttar 116365 Sunnah denyrepparttar 116366 concept ofrepparttar 116367 soul's return, and thus there remains no doubt that souls ofrepparttar 116368 dead do not return back torepparttar 116369 world.

Observed Phenomenon If spirits do not return back to this world, then what isrepparttar 116370 explanation forrepparttar 116371 Observed Phenomenon, likerepparttar 116372 physical appearance ofrepparttar 116373 dead, speaking ofrepparttar 116374 souls through medium, and leaving messages forrepparttar 116375 living using Ouija boards? And how do these spirits answer every question correctly aboutrepparttar 116376 life and character ofrepparttar 116377 dead?

Appearing ofrepparttar 116378 Spirits: The alleged appearing ofrepparttar 116379 spirits is an ancient claim. Many a time, it is fabrication simply through deception, trickery, and psychological influence. In other cases, it is done throughrepparttar 116380 use of Jinn. Deception is an old and well-known trick thatrepparttar 116381 Jinn use to mislead mankind; they play withrepparttar 116382 minds of humans in order to ruin their religion and cause them to commit Shirk. A clear understanding ofrepparttar 116383 topic should helprepparttar 116384 Muslims not to be deceived byrepparttar 116385 spiritualists. The spiritualists, who claim to have contacts withrepparttar 116386 spirits ofrepparttar 116387 dead from an Islamic point of view, are in fact un-religious and liars. They make contacts withrepparttar 116388 Jinn through evil incantations and demonic rituals and perform extraordinary feats with ease through them. Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullah) said: "Many of those people (the so called spiritualists) writerepparttar 116389 Words of Allah in blood or other impure substances. They write or make other statements that are pleasing to Shaytaan." [See Majmoo al-Fatawa, v.19, p.35]

The Jinn (sing. Jinni): The Jinn are a living creation of Allah, created from smokeless flame of fire. They sharerepparttar 116390 material world withrepparttar 116391 humans. Though they are invisible to us, they eat and drink with us, and also haverepparttar 116392 ability to inhabitrepparttar 116393 human body and influence our thoughts. They are stronger than humans and can take different forms and shapes. Amongst them are Muslims and Kafirs;repparttar 116394 Kafir Jinn help their counterpart amongrepparttar 116395 humans in evil acts.

Do Souls of the Dead Return Back to this World?

Written by Dr zakir naik

A POPULAR THEME OF MANY HORROR AND THRILLER NOVELS, MOVIES AND TELEVISION PROGRAMS CENTERS AROUND THE FALSE BELIEF THAT WHEN SOMEONE IS KILLED UNJUSTLY, HIS SOUL RETURNS IN ORDER TO SEEK JUSTICE, OR IT KEEPS WANDERING UNTIL JUSTICE IS DONE TO IT. REPEATED EXPOSURE TO THIS FALSE CONCEPT FROM EVERY FORM OF MEDIA HAS LEAD MANY TO UNKNOWINGLY BELIEVE IN IT... Whilst some take this concept very seriously, and make use of un-Islamic measures, likerepparttar hanging of amulets and pagan rituals to protect themselves fromrepparttar 116312 revengeful soul, others simply consider these issues to be unimportant and do not bother to seek knowledge about it. Butrepparttar 116313 fact remains, that not only do many people fearrepparttar 116314 souls, but entire religions are focused around ancestor and soul worship. Large amount of wealth is spent on making offerings torepparttar 116315 souls and many rituals and festivals are held in this regard, for example, many people believe thatrepparttar 116316 deceased visit this world onrepparttar 116317 15th of Shabaan (8th month ofrepparttar 116318 Islamic Calendar) and they call it 'Eid ofrepparttar 116319 Dead.' Some even go torepparttar 116320 extreme of preparingrepparttar 116321 foods thatrepparttar 116322 deceased liked! It is therefore essential thatrepparttar 116323 Muslims be informed aboutrepparttar 116324 gravity of this call and be educated aboutrepparttar 116325 correct Islamic Aqeedah (belief). This article is specifically aimed to exposerepparttar 116326 falsity of these beliefs and bring torepparttar 116327 reader authentic proofs fromrepparttar 116328 Qur'aan andrepparttar 116329 Sunnah, which undoubtedly rejectrepparttar 116330 soul's return. We hope that this article will dispel doubts and confusion aroundrepparttar 116331 subject. And with Allah lies all success. Islamic Concept ofrepparttar 116332 Soul: Soul is fromrepparttar 116333 matters ofrepparttar 116334 unseen and nothing can be said in its explanation without established proofs fromrepparttar 116335 Book andrepparttar 116336 Sunnah. The knowledge required for our welfare in this world andrepparttar 116337 Hereafter has been conveyed to us byrepparttar 116338 Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam), and there is no need to seek any goodness beyond that. The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) said: "There is nothing that will take you closer to Paradise but that I have enjoined it upon you, and there is nothing that will take you closer to Hell but that I have warned you from it." [Musnad ash-Shafi'e and others]

The Jews asked Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) aboutrepparttar 116339 soul and in replyrepparttar 116340 Qur'aan said: "They ask you concerningrepparttar 116341 soul. Say thatrepparttar 116342 soul is from Allah and you have not been given knowledge of it except a little." [Soorah al-Isra (17): 85]

The Soul is a creation of Allah, whose function is to bring life torepparttar 116343 human body. It remains withrepparttar 116344 human body throughoutrepparttar 116345 life and departs at death. After whichrepparttar 116346 souls are either held in Paradise or punishment. There is no returning back ofrepparttar 116347 souls ofrepparttar 116348 righteous people from Paradise, and no escaping ofrepparttar 116349 souls of evildoers fromrepparttar 116350 punishment ofrepparttar 116351 grave. Therefore, pious or evil,repparttar 116352 souls do not return to this world, neither to take revenge nor to assistrepparttar 116353 living. Neither is there any concept in Islam, which explains that justice is dependant uponrepparttar 116354 soul's coming back and setting things aright. Islam teaches that Allah is responsible to see that every being gets its due right and injustice does not go unpunished.

Journey ofrepparttar 116355 Soul after Death

Death Death occurs whenrepparttar 116356 soul separates fromrepparttar 116357 human body and entersrepparttar 116358 realm of 'Barzakh', which isrepparttar 116359 period between one's death andrepparttar 116360 Hereafter.

Appearing ofrepparttar 116361 Angels (a) The Believing Soul: Angels with faces shining bright likerepparttar 116362 sun descend fromrepparttar 116363 Heavens, carrying a shroud and fragrance of Paradise and sit away from him as far asrepparttar 116364 eye can see. The Angel of Death then approaches and says: "O good soul, come out to Allah's forgiveness and pleasure." The soul then comes out as gently as a drop from a water-skin, and he seizes it. Withinrepparttar 116365 blinking of an eye,repparttar 116366 other Angels takerepparttar 116367 soul and put it inrepparttar 116368 shroud and fragrance. There will then come fromrepparttar 116369 soul, a fragrance like that ofrepparttar 116370 sweetest musk found onrepparttar 116371 face of Earth.

(b) The Disbelieving Soul: Angels with black faces come down to him fromrepparttar 116372 Heaven with hair-cloth and sit away from him as far as an eye can see. The Angel of death comes to him and says: "O wicked soul, come out torepparttar 116373 displeasure from Allah. The soul becomes scattered inrepparttar 116374 body, andrepparttar 116375 Angel of Death draws it out as violently as a spit is drawn out from moistened wool. He then seizes it, and when he does so,repparttar 116376 other Angels do not leaverepparttar 116377 disbelieving soul in his hand for an instant, but put it in that hair-cloth and from it comes forth a smell likerepparttar 116378 most offensive corpse found onrepparttar 116379 Earth.

Ascending torepparttar 116380 Heaven (a) The Believing Soul: The Angels ascendrepparttar 116381 believing soul torepparttar 116382 Seventh Heaven and every group of Angels they pass asks: "Who is this good soul?" to which they reply: "So and so,repparttar 116383 son of so and so." using his best names by which people called him onrepparttar 116384 Earth. Thenrepparttar 116385 believing soul is presented before Allah. Allah,repparttar 116386 Great and Glorious, says: "Recordrepparttar 116387 Book of My servant inrepparttar 116388 Illiyyoon and take him back to Earth, for I created mankind from it, and I shall return them to it, from it I shall bring them forth again."

(b) The Disbelieving Soul: The Angels takerepparttar 116389 disbelieving soul up torepparttar 116390 Heaven and do not bring it pass a company of Angels without their saying: "Who is this wicked soul?" to which they reply: "So and so,repparttar 116391 son of so and so." Usingrepparttar 116392 worst names that he was called inrepparttar 116393 world. When he is brought torepparttar 116394 lowest Heaven, request is made forrepparttar 116395 gate to be opened for him, but it is not opened for him. Allah, who is most Great and Glorious, then says: "Record his Book in Sijjin (the lowest place) and his soul is thrown down to Earth."

Questioning inrepparttar 116396 Grave (a) The Believing Soul: The Soul is temporary restored inrepparttar 116397 body. Two Angels come to it and ask: "Who is your Lord?" He replies: "My Lord is Allah." They ask: "What is your religion?" He replies: "My religion is Islam." They ask: "Who is this man who was sent among you?" and He will reply: " He isrepparttar 116398 Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam)." They ask: "What wasrepparttar 116399 source of your knowledge?" He replies: "I have read Allah's Book, believed in it and declared it to be true." Then one cry is heard fromrepparttar 116400 Heaven: "My servant has spokenrepparttar 116401 truth..."

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