Best Tolerance Center: Enjoyment and Torture in Grave ~ Hi all readers! Praise be to Allah Ta’ala. After a few days I couldn’t write articles for this blog, finally I could write again. I feel very happy to be able to share information about Islamic discourse with all of you!
In this article I will explain the pleasure and torment in the tomb. What I mean is that in Islamic teachings, one day a servant will get pleasure or torment in the tomb according to what he has done when he lived in the world.
As a Muslim we must be sure of the pleasure and torment in the grave, even I think everyone must believe that. That is because there are so many statements about both that we can find in the Qur’an and hadith;
يُثَبِّتُ ٱللَّهُ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ بِٱلۡقَوۡلِ ٱلثَّابِتِ فِي ٱلۡحَيَوٰةِ ٱلدُّنۡيَا وَفِي ٱلۡأٓخِرَةِۖ وَيُضِلُّ ٱللَّهُ ٱلظَّٰلِمِينَۚ وَيَفۡعَلُ ٱللَّهُ مَا يَشَآءُ ٢٧
Allah confirms those who believe with the sure word in this world’s life and in the hereafter, and Allah causes the unjust to go astray, and Allah does what He pleases. (Ibraahiim ; 27).
فَوَقَىٰهُ ٱللَّهُ سَئَِّاتِ مَا مَكَرُواْۖ وَحَاقَ بَِٔالِ فِرۡعَوۡنَ سُوٓءُ ٱلۡعَذَابِ ٤٥ ٱلنَّارُ يُعۡرَضُونَ عَلَيۡهَا غُدُوّٗا وَعَشِيّٗاۚ وَيَوۡمَ تَقُومُ ٱلسَّاعَةُ أَدۡخِلُوٓاْ ءَالَ فِرۡعَوۡنَ أَشَدَّ ٱلۡعَذَابِ ٤٦
So, Allah protected him from the evil (consequences) of what they planned, and the evillest punishment overtook Firon´s people  The fire; they shall be brought before it (every) morning and evening and on the day when the hour shall come to pass: Make Firon´s people enter the severest chastisement . (Ghaafir ; 45-46).
We can also find information on pleasure and torment in the grave in the hadith below;
ان احدكم اذا مات عرض عليه مقعده بالغداة والعشي ان كان من اهل الجنة فمن اهل الجنة وان كان من اهل النار فمن اهل النار فيقال هذا مقعدك حتي يبعثك الله يوم القيامة
Surely if one of you dies, his place will be revealed to him in the morning and evening. If he is a resident of Heaven, then he will become a dweller of Heaven. But if he is one of the inhabitants of Hell, then he will become a resident of Hell.
لو لا ان تدافنوا لدعوت الله أن يسمعكم من عذان القبر
If you don’t bury each other’s corpses, surely, I will ask Allah to make you hear the torments of the grave.
If we have understood a number of verses of the Qur’an and the two hadiths above, then of course we already know that believing that there is pleasure and torment in the grave is an obligation. We also know that this pleasure will only be given to those who, when they died, were in a state of faith in Allah and the prophet Muhammad and they did not have sin. While torture will only be given to those who, when they died, did not believe in Allah and the prophet Muhammad, and those who had sin.
But the question related to our discussion is; can the body and soul feel the pleasure and torment? Or is it only felt by spirit? This question is very important for us to answer because of course we all already know, that death is an event that separates the body and soul of man.
Actually, in Islamic history, the question above has been a long-standing debate. There are differences of opinion about that. The first opinion said, that pleasure and torment in the grave can be felt by the soul and body, either separately or not. While the second opinion says, that pleasure and torment in the grave are only felt by the soul.
What we need to know next is that the two opinions are strong opinions are the first opinion. That is because the opinion is supported by the many hadiths of the Prophet Muhammad who say that the pleasure and torment in the grave can be felt by spirits and bodies, either separately or not. Among them;
إن العبد إذا وضع في قبره وتولى عنه أصحابه، وإنه ليسمع قرع نعالهم أتاه ملكان، فيقعدانه فيقولان: ما كنت تقول في هذا الرجل لمحمد صلى الله عليه وسلم فأما المؤمن فيقول أشهد أنه عبد الله ورسوله فيقال له: انظر إلى مقعدك من النار قد أبدلك الله به مقعدًا من الجنة فيراهما جميعًا . وأما المنافق والكافر فيقال له ما كنت تقول في هذا الرجل ؟ فيقول : لا أدري كنت أقول ما يقول الناس , فيقال : لا دريت ولا تليت , ويضرب بمطارق من حديد ضربة فيصيح صيحة يسمعها من يليه غير الثقلين
Verily a servant has been placed in his grave and abandoned by his friends, when he can still hear the sound of their footwear, two angels will come to him. The two angels sat him down and they both asked, “What do you think of this man (Muhammad shallalaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam)?” As for the believers, he would say, “I testify that he is the servant of Allah and His messenger.” Then he was told, “Look your place in Hell, Allah has replaced it with a place in Heaven.” He then saw both. As for the hypocrites and unbelievers, it will be said to him, “What do you say about this man?” He then replied, “I do not know, I say the same as what people say.” Then it says, “You do not know and you do not investigate.” Then he was hit with a single blow with iron hammers. He then screamed loudly with screams that can be heard by other creatures except two groups (jinns and humans).
… فتعاد روحه في جسده فيأتيه ملكان فيجلسانه فيقولانه من ربك ؟ …
…then his spirit is returned to his body. Then two angels came to him and sat him down. The two angels then asked him, “Who is your God?”
That is a brief explanation of enjoyment and torture in grave. Hopefully we can take lessons from the brief explanation above. And, may we be among those who get pleasure in the grave in the future. Amen.
I think that is enough for this article. See you in the next article!