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Death and the Afterlife

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R.S. Coursework: Death and the Afterlife A/ Muslims believe in Akhirah. This is the belief that there is eternal life after death in either Heaven (paradise) or Hell. To reach either Hell or Heaven Muslims believe they must cross the Assirat Bridge. While crossing the Assirat Bridge Allah passes his judgement on your soul. The righteous can cross the bridge and reach paradise, but the damned will simply fall off the bridge into the fiery pits of Hell. Paradise is for believers in Allah who have followed his teachings and have been forgiven for their sins and haven't committed any. Paradise is a place of beauty and tranquillity. "Heaven with its beautiful gardens, flowing rivers, lovely maidens, heavenly food and couches to recline on. Yet the ultimate joy for those in Heaven is to experience the continual presence of Allah." ...read more.


"Garments of fire have been prepared for the unbelievers. Scolding water shall be poured upon their heads, melting the skins and that which is in their bellies. They shall be lashed with rods of iron." (Surah 22;19) Even though there are many different teachings and descriptions of the afterlife, all Muslim teachings are unanimous on the fact there is eternal afterlife even in paradise or Hell, happiness or pain. Muslims also have teachings on their death rituals that must be carried out precisely to reach paradise and to respect the beliefs and wishes of all Muslims. When a Muslim dies their body (corpse) is washed in scented water. This has to be done by a member of the same sex, after being washed they are wrapped in white robes. The number of robes depends on the sex, a man will only be wrapped in 3, where as a woman will be wrapped in 5. ...read more.


The reason Muslims are always buried is because they believe in judgement day (a Muslim version of the Apocalypse). This is the final day, all the graves will open up and everyone shall be brought back to life to be judged. The dead shall be questioned about their life and Allah shall balance their deeds and actions out. Each person is presented with a book, if the book is placed in the right hand they are among the blessed if it is placed in the left hand they are damned. "Shall all men be sorted out. Then those who have believed and worked righteous deeds shall be made happy in a mead of delight. Those who have rejected faith and fasely denied our signs and the meeting of the hereafter- such be brought forth to punishment." (Surah 30:14-16) After this last day Muslims believe you reach your fate either in hell or in paradise. Judgement day is another example of the fear factor used to convince others not to sin. ...read more.

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