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Reasons for Punishment in The Grave

Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

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This is indicated by the hadeeth of Ibn 'Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him), according to which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Whilst a man was dragging his garment out of pride, he was swallowed up by the earth and he will continue sinking into it until the Day of Resurrection." [Narrated by al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

 

Stealing from the pilgrims

 

This is indicated by the hadeeth of Jaabir (may Allaah be pleased with him) about the eclipse prayer, in which it says that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Hell was brought and that is when you saw me moving backwards for fear that its flames might touch me. I saw therein the owner of the curved staff, dragging his intestines in the Fire; he used to steal from the pilgrims with his curved staff, and if he was discovered he would say, 'It got caught on my curved staff,' but if he was not noticed then he would take it." [Narrated by Muslim]

 

Detaining animals and tormenting them and not being compassionate towards them

 

According to the hadeeth of Jaabir about the eclipse prayer, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "And I saw therein the woman who had a cat which she tied up and did not feed, and she did not let it eat from the vermin of the earth, until it died of starvation." [Narrated by Muslim]

Al- Bayhaqi said in his book Ithbaat 'Adhaab al-Qabr (p. 97):

When he offered the eclipse prayer, he saw the one who was dragging his intestines in Hell, and the one who was being punished for stealing, and the women who was being punished for a cat. They had become decayed bones in their graves as far as the people of his time were concerned, but those who were praying with him did not see what he saw.

 

Debt

 

One of the things that harm the deceased in his grave is debt that he owes. It was narrated that Sa'd ibn al-Atwal said: My brother died and left behind three hundred dinars, and he left behind young children. I wanted to spend on them, but the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to me: "Your brother is being detained by his debt, so go and pay it off." So I went and paid it off, then I came and said: O Messenger of Allaah, I have paid it off for him, and there is nothing left but a woman who is claiming two dinars, but she does not have any proof. He said: "Give it to her, for she is telling the truth." [Narrated by Ahmad and Ibn Maajah; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami']

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