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I was reading a book (actually about muslims who became christians - but thats not relevant to my question). And one of the stories, the writer talked about a test that a muslim would under go when they died. That after they died they would have a moment to see heaven, and then to see hell, then they would have to follow their own funeral procession, and then be trapped in the grave in their dead body) with these evil creatures called Munkir and Nakir. And that they would ask 3 questions, and if they were answered correctly, the grave would become a luxurious wide space to await judgement day from, and if incorrect they would be tormented - starting with the earth around their corpse tightening and crushing them and they would feel excruciating pain - then being pulverized with a hammer by Munkir and Nakir. And that if a muslim had done something like missed ablutions they would have to do them with liquid so harsh it would burn off their skin, or swim in boiling tar or oil for other sins. The book said that although the questions are ones which any muslim person would easily know the answer to, that Allah might twist the persons tongue so that they could not answer the questions correctly. The writer also said that they were taught that aside from dying as a martyr for islam, there was no way to guarantee a person would go to heaven, that even if a person lived a good life and followed all the laws, - that if there was something they had forgoten to do, or a sin they didnt repent of, then this could happen. So aside from the martyrs death, there is no assurance of heaven for a muslim, even if they do their utmost their whole life.

I was wondering if this is what all muslim people are taight and what is in the qúran, or whether it is maybe cultural and depends on where a person lives, or what branch of islam they follow? And if as a muslim, your understanding of judgement, and heaven/hell is different from the above - what do you believe happens, and how do you believe a person can ensure they go to heaven.

The other thing I wonder when I think about the above. If the person can be tortured for unrepented sin... what if they are killed before they repent? Maybe they walk out on the road, and then they turn and see a bus coming, and so they yell out a swear word in fright and the bus hits them and they die before they repent. Or they have a disagreement with a friend or relative and before they have had time to consider and repent, they die.... does that person go to hell? Even if they have lived a good muslim life and made every effort to follow the laws of islam until this point? Because that would make it seem like going to hell could be a matter of really bad luck and / or timing, rather than what the person deserved...

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edited Jul 05 '13 at 05:04 Muhammad Abdul Ahad ♦ 1.8k2314 Muhammad%20Abdul%20Ahad's gravatar image

Hello, as a Muslim, we have been (or at least should be) taught about the Munkir and the Nakir.

They have been described as black angels with blue eyes (i cannot verify whether this is in the Qur'an.)

The questions are: "Who is your Lord? Who is your Prophet? What is your religion?" My understanding of judgement day is similar to yours.

A person (Muslims) cannot be sure whether they're going to heaven. I believe to be able to enter heaven is to generally fulfill a lot more than the five pillars of Islam.

As for the the sin example you've made, I believe God will forgive that person. Although, every Muslim person would like their last words is to be the Shahada.

I hope this helped make things clearer for you.

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