Until, when death comes to one of them, he says, "My Lord! Send me back. Perhaps I may do good in that which I have left behind!" No! It is but a word that he speaks, and behind them is a BARZAKH until the Day when they are raised up. ~Noble Quran 23:99-100
Muslims hold true that the Angel of
Death removes the soul of each human at an appoined term determined by God. In the grave once a body has been buried the soul returns for the Final Test of faith. Everyone, Muslim or not is going to go through this. We live our lives and do our thing, but if we are not ready to answer these 3 questions then we will be in trouble beyoned imaginable. Immediately after burial it begins. Two angels known as Munkar and Nakir conduct it. They are rigidly scary looking with a stern appearance and are colored black and blue. Munkar and Nakir shake the deceased person up in the grave until he/she's sitting. I think of it as like an interrogation, remember this is the last test of all tests. Three questions are then presented:
1. Who is your God?
2. What is your religion?
3. Who is that man that was sent to you?
It is a Final Exam with 3 simple questions. The status of anticipation before the test of a believer sits up without feelings of terror or fear and he/she answers confidently.
"Allah is my God, Islam is my religion, and Prophet Muhammad is Allah's Messenger."
Munkar and Nakir respond by saying they expected him/her to say this and shake the believer again. Again the believer repeats the answers confidently without fear. Allah grants firmness of words to His believers and this is why Allah tells us in the Quran:
"Allah makes the believers firm with firm words." 14:27
Once this is done, the test results are confirmed. Then Allah rewards this dead person in the grave by opening the door to Jannah to view, sort of like a 3-D movie with scents and clothing but not actually entering. This is the best way I can understand it. Allah knows best.
For the one who did not believe in God, avoided the practice of Islam, and/or refuted the Prophethood of Muhammad...well trouble awaits. Munkar and Nakir will ask those same questions but the response will be something completely different.
"I do not know who my God is; I do not know what my religion is, but I heard people saying this and that so I just said the same; I am not sure about the man that was sent to me". Munkar and Nakir tell him/her: "He is Muhammad". The disbeliever then says: "Oh, I did hear people saying that."
The test results are announced, certainly no where near an A. This person's grade of an F gives him/her clear view of Hellfire in vision until Judgement Day. How will I answer these questions? How will you? Let us never forget the purpose of this life, to worship God alone the way He deserves to be worshipped.
Death can happen any second of any time and place. It is the biggest reality of life, let us all be prepared for it by seeking knowledge and accepting faith to enter our hearts. The facts I have presented are from various sources, yet they are all authentic Sayings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and from the Noble Quran. From time to time I read up on death and thought this may be of interest to some, any, or all of you! May God guide us to the Straight Path. Ameen/Amen.