to the Islamic Shariah, the dead body of the deceased should be buried with full
Islamic honor as early as possible after death. When the dead body is taken for
the burial, his guardian angels go with his body in company of his soul. During
the bath (Ghusl-e-Mayyet ), dressing of Kafan and other burial formalities, the
soul feels all those going with his dead body and listen to the screaming of the
relatives and the friends. When they take the body to the grave, the soul sees
the burying of his dead body in a narrow place - The Grave. After burial, the
guardian angels allow the soul to see off his departing relatives and friends.
As soon as the relatives leave the grave of the dead person, the guardian angels
take the soul into the grave for questions - answers. It is narrated in a hadith,
recorded by Shia and Sunni authentic books, that the Holy Prophet (sws) has advised
the Muslims to stand by the grave of the dead person after the burial, and should
pray to Allah Taala for the forgiveness. The Prophet said, it is the most difficult
time for the dead person as he is put to the questions concerning his beliefs
and actions. The Talqeen in Shias is recited at this time.
Barzakh ( Purgatory ) - Resting place of souls.
is an Arabic word which means a barrier, i.e., a thing that separates two things.
Quran has used this word to inform us that there is another world between this
physical world and the eternal world where we will live after our death until
the day of resurrection.
behind them is the Barzakh till the day of judgment. (23:100)
is the place where every departed soul will live until the resurrection day. No
one knows how long the souls will live there as the time of resurrection is known
to Allah only. Even the Prophets have expressed their unawareness about it.