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Suhel Farooq Khan

Akhirah (Life after Death)

(God) has created this universe and everything in it. Allah (God) has always been there when nothing existed; He would always be there when everything would cease to exist. He has absolute Powers over everything and He alone can create or put an end to anything or everything whenever He wants. No one can challenge Him for anything He does.
One day by His will, everything in this universe will cease to exist. Muslims call that day, the Day of Judgment. There is another life after death, which will continue forever. Believing in Akhirah (Life after Death) is one of the basic components of faith. On this day all humans will be judged for their deeds.

According to Islamic Shari’ah, Akhirah is the Day of Judgment, when each individual will be judged for his or her deeds in this world.
This world is a constant trial for man. Its reward and retribution will be awarded in the al-Akhirah (Life after death). The reward in the Akhirah will depend on two things: Iman (Faith) and the Amal Salih (Righteous deeds).
(Surah (Chapter) Al-’Asr (The Time) Qur-an 103:1-3)

For a Muslim it is as essential to believe in Akhirah as believing in the Oneness of Allah (God) and His Rusul (Messengers) whom He sent for the guidance of mankind, and Muhammad S was the last of them.

To believe in Akhirah (Life after death) means that this world will end one day and everyone will be gathered before Allah (God) on the Day of Judgment. Those who followed the path set by Allah (God) will be rewarded and those who did not will be punished.

 To deny Akhirah (Life after death) is in fact the denial of Allah (God).
“And if you wonder (O Muhammad S), then wondrous is their saying: ‘when we are dust, shall we indeed then be (raised) in a new creation?’ They are those who disbelieved in their Lord! They are those who will have iron chains tying their hands to their necks. They will be dwellers of the Fire to abide therein.”
Surah (Chapter) Ar-Ra’d (The Thunder) Qur-an 13:5

Those who do not believe in Akhirah (Life after death), all their deeds are vain;
“Those who rejects our signs our signs and the meeting in the Hereafter, vain are their deeds: can they be rewarded except as they have wrought.” Surah (Chapter) Al-A’raf (The Heights) Qur-an 7:147

On the Day of Judgment, salvation will not be awarded on mere belief; it will only be awarded to truthful and the pious believers: 
“Allah will say: “This is a Day on which the truthful will profit from their truth. For them are Gardens under which rivers flow (in Paradise) – they shall abide therein forever. Allah is pleased with them and they with Him. That is the great success (Paradise).”
Surah (Chapter)
Al-Maidah (The Table Spread with Food) Qur–an 5:119

The Holy Qur-an is replete with verses that warn believers that only faith in Islam will not be sufficient unless one performs Amal Salihah (Righteous Deeds) as well. Wherever, the Qur-an has promised the eternal bliss of paradise, it has put forth two conditions: faith and the righteous deeds.
“And give glad tidings to those who believe and do righteous deeds, that for them will be gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise).”…………
Surah (Chapter)
Al-Baqarah (The Cow) Qur–an 2:25

“And those who believe and do righteous deeds, they are the dwellers of Paradise, they will dwell therein forever.”
Surah (Chapter)
al-Baqarah (The Cow) Qur–an 2:82

“Truly those who believe, and do righteous deeds, and perform prayers, and give Zakah (Poor Due Charity), they will have their reward with their Lord, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.”
Surah (Chapter) al-Baqarah (The Cow) Qur–an 2:277

Good or bad deeds of all are being constantly recorded and on the Day of Judgment, all will be judged accordingly. The smallest good deed would earn reward and the smallest bad deed would get punishment from Allah (God), the Most Just Judge.

No one would be able to intercede on someone else's behalf and only our good deeds will determine our life in Akhirah.

1. Allah
2. Mala"ikah
3. Books
4. Rusul
5. Akhirah
6. Al Qadr

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