The Final Return | Part 7

After the second blowing of the Trumpet, the Hour will be established (Surah Al-Zumar, 39:68), and the Righteous Judgment will begin.  No one, not even the Messenger, has any knowledge of the Hour, except AllahSWT: Verily Allah, with Him (Alone) is the…

Respecting Ḥayâ’ | Part 2

How to Practice Ḥayâ‘ with Allah In explaining the implication of Ḥayâ‘ with AllahSWT, the Holy ProphetSAAW said: “God is more deserving than are people, of shyness (modesty, hesitancy in self-assertion) .”  (Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2794) “Be shy of Allah (God) Most High…

The Final Return | Part 6

Experience in the Barzakh In the state of Barzakh, the soul experiences either the reward of comfort or the pain of punishment. In the case of the disbeliever, the Barzakh is the second place of punishment after the ‘trance of death’ and…

Respecting Ḥayâ’ | Part 1

The Quranic word Al-Ḥayâ’ is translated as “modesty, shyness, moderation and decency” in English.  It carries the sense of “diffidence, reserve, timidity, hesitancy in self-assertion,” especially before the awesome Allah, but also in accord with holding in reverence all those in Allah’s…

The Final Return | Part 5

State of the Soul After Passage through the Gate (continued) Abu Hurairah narrated from the Messenger of Allah (about Nakir and Munkir, who question the soul in its grave and test its faith): “When the dead of one of you is buried,…

The Final Return | Part 4

State of the Soul After Passage through the Gate Death separates the physical body from the soul, taking the body away from the comfort and familiarity of this world towards the confinement of the grave. The good soul will be taken to…

The Final Return | Part 3

Beyond the Gate: The New Reality Once one has passed through the one-way Gateway (Death) into the Barzakh, and is away from the material world, the soul witnesses the spiritual world and realizes how he neglected to prepare for the life ahead.…

The Final Return | Part 2

In Part 1, we noted how life and death are decreed by our Creator and how —after one’s allotted lifespan on earth— a person returns to his point of origin, which is Allah, Al– B a d î ‘ (the Primal Origin…

The Final Return | Part 1

In the physical world returning to the point of origin in a cyclic system is an observable phenomenon –be it in the rising of the sun, in the alteration of day and night, in seasonal changes, in the water cycle, in wind…