Describe the teachings and beliefs of Islam about death and what may happen after life.

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Describe the teachings and beliefs about death and what may happen after of  Islam:

Based on our experiences with death and dying we may define death as the termination of life's functions, meaning the heart, the nervous system, etc .It could also mean the discontinuation of human life, which takes place when the soul is taken from the body. In terms of human interaction, death means that the deceased discontinues his relationship with the material world and it's elements, including other humans. As far as its psychological influence, death means that the deceased has accepted the last moments of his worldly life. This is however only a factual interpretation of death's significance.

Islam although perceives death in a much deeper manner, with many reasons supporting the idea that it should be remembered. From the Islamic perspective, death signifies the end of a persons chance to perform good deeds. It also means a transformation from one form or period of existence to another and from one state to another. In this sense, death is the first state of life after death, which Muslims do believe in. Therefore this life is only a temporary one, and when it terminates, the chance to do good deeds also comes to an end, a most vital aspect due to the fact that the after life which is a life of either reward or punishment, reflects what humans have done during their temporal life.

In Islam, death and the afterlife can be divided into stages; these stages are not connected to growth or development but are time periods or transitional stages of human existence.

Islam explains that death is predestined by God long before the human race came into existence. Everyone has a term appointed by God and when that term has been reached, not an hour can it be delayed, nor an hour can anyone advance it in anticipation.

There are two types of death, one natural and the other resulting from killing oneself or by another person, however this does not make the second type unscheduled. All death occurs at the time appointed by God, when that time arrives, it can neither extend by an hour, by a minutes or a second, nor can they precipitate it. This means that even when a person is killed by another or commits suicide, he has died at the time which God has already determined. There is only one time for a person's death and that is the actual time that the person dies, no one dies before his appointed time, no matter how he meets his death. The means that causes a person's death that will be looked at on the Day of Judgement, as the killer is responsible for the act he has committed, whether it is a suicide or a homicide. It is not a question about causing a premature death, but about the act of killing which of course is forbidden in Islam, whether inflicted on oneself or on other people.

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On the day of judgement, we are divided into two groups, believers and non-believers.

Graves of Muslims should be very simple, rising only 20-30 cm above the ground, with a square top. No concrete or hard surface should be made over them, and they should be marked with something very simple.

Muslims are forbidden to transgress and mutilate a body, or treat it in an unbecoming manner. The prophet Muhammed preached that breaking the bone of a dead person is like breaking the bone of a living person as the dead are not just pieces of ruin and must be ...

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