Alif. Lam. Mim. This is the Scripture whereof there is no doubt, a guidance unto those who ward off (evil). Who believe in the Unseen, and establish worship, and spend of that We have bestowed upon them; And who believe in that which is revealed unto thee (Muhammad) and that which was revealed before thee, and are certain of the Hereafter. These depend on guidance from their Lord. These are the successful.
The above, representing the English translation of opening five ayats of Surah Al Baqarah [ 'chapter' two ]from the Holy Quran, enumerate succinctly in essence of what it is to be a Muslim :
A belief in The Unseen, The Al Ghaiba,
A worshipful life,
A life dedicated to others ie your neighbour, the indigent, the fellow traveler, the poor.
A life following the way of Muhammad, the last messenger who followed a long line of brother messengers before him : Jesus, Mosses, Jacob, Isaac, Abraham, Lot, Noah and subsequently Adam.
And finally a life cognizance of living, dying, death and Life after death.
Life after death, involve in the main, the 'alam barzark', a millenium or two or hundreds perhaps between now and the second sounding of 'The Horn', and the eternity that followed beyond 'The Horn' : The Mahsyar, The Siratul Mustakim, The Judgement and subsequently depending on which hand you were handed 'your book', our 'final abode'.
And the trumpet is blown, and all who are in the heavens and all who are in the earth swoon away, save him whom Allah willeth. Then it is blown a second time, and behold them standing waiting! And the earth shineth with the light of her Lord, and the Book is set up, and the prophets and the witnesses are brought, and it is judged between them with truth, and they are not wronged. And each soul is paid in full for what it did. And He is best aware of what they do.
Az Zumar , 39 : 68-70
Shaykh Abdal Qadir Al Jilani in his book,'Sublime Revelations' said ,
"The clever ones amongst us live two lives, one foot in the here and the other firmly planted in the hereafter", echoing what was said some 300 years earlier by the perfect man, Muhammad, messenger of God.
Death and Dying are issues we mere mortals do think about, and for the 'unfortunate' some like me, see very often in the course of our short lives. But 'life after death' is part of the Al Ghaiba. No one has ever come back to tell us what it is about anyway. It is part of the Al Ghaiba.
The expose' here by Shaykh Ninowy of Georgia, USA is just about the opening gambit of life after death, the initial soul's journey...The Al Ghaiba complex : God, angels, souls and life after death,....
click here :
Elsewhere in the blog :
Steps to Jannah, click here
Unto HIM is the journeying, click here
Some Random Thots on Death, click here
Prayers of The Cicadas, click here
Light, click here
Tan Sri, We can use the ISA on him !, click here
Tok Guru Nik Aziz interview in French, click here
Democracy, Islam and present day Muslims, click here
Divine Decree, click here
Hamza Yusuf Hanson, click here