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When A Person Dies, Where Does His Soul Go?

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(bismillah) (salam)

There is an authentic tradition related by Thiqatul Islam Kulaini in Kafi

Narrated to us my father and Muhammad bin Hasan – May Allah be pleased with them – they said: Narrated to us Saad bin Abdullah; and Abdullah bin Ja’far Himyari and

Muhammad bin Yahya al-Attar and Ahmad bin Idrees all of them said: Narrated to us Ahmad bin Abi Abdullah Barqi: Narrated to us Abu Hashim Dawood bin Qasim Ja’fari from Abi Ja’far the second, Muhammad bin Ali (a.s.) that he said:

Amirul Momineen (as) entered Masjidul Haraam accompanied by Imam Hasan (as) and leaning on the hand of Salman; and he sat down (in the Masjid).

A man of elegant appearance and nice dress entered and saluted Amirul Momineen (as). His Eminence returned his salutations. He said, “O Amirul Momineen (as) I wish to ask you about three things. If you give me correct replies I would know that those who claimed caliphate before you were false and that their world and the hereafter are not safe. If you do not reply correctly I will know that your path is the same as those who preceded you. Amirul Momineen (a.s.) said: “Ask me whatever you like”.

He asked, “When a person dies, where does his soul go?”

“How does man remembers one thing and forgets the other?”

“Whom does a child resemble more, the paternal uncles or the maternal.”

His Eminence told Imam Hasan (a.s.) to reply the queries. Imam Hasan (a.s.) replied the questions as follows:

As for your question that where does the soul of man goes when he is asleep, the reply is that his soul is related to the breeze/wind. And breeze is related to the air till the time the one who is asleep begins to wake up. And when the Almighty Allah permits, his soul is returned to his body. In this way the soul is pulled out from the breeze. And the breeze is pulled out from the air. And the soul comes and stays in the body of its owner. If the Almighty does not allow that the soul may be restored to its owner, the air pulls the breeze and the breeze pulls the soul. And then the owner of the soul will not be restored his soul till the time of resurrection.

As for your next question that how does a man remember and how does he forget, the heart of man is in a casket which is covered with a tray. If he recited complete Salawat on Muhammad and Aale Muhammad the tray moves away from the casket and he recalls whatever he has forgotten. But if he does not recite the Salawat on Muhammad and Aale Muhammad or recites an incomplete Salawat the tray covers the casket and his heart remains in darkness, thus he forgets whatever he has been told.

As for your question that how does a man resemble his paternal or maternal uncle, the reply is that when a man goes to his wife with tranquility, rested nerves and comforted body, and his seed stays restfully in her womb, the child resembles its parents. But if the man approaches his wife in a disturbed state the seed will rest on one of the nerves of the wife. If those are related to paternal side the child will resemble the paternal uncle and if the nerves are concerned with the maternal side the child will resemble the maternal uncle.

The man said, “I bear witness that there is no god except Allah and I have always borne witness thus. And I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah and I have always testified to it. And I bear witness that you are the legatee of the Messenger (s.a.w.s.), and one who establishes his proof and evidence (pointing towards Amirul Momineen (a.s.) he said, “I have always testified this.” Then indicating towards Imam Hasan (a.s.) he said, “I bear witness that you are the legatee of Amirul Momineen (a.s.) and one who shall establish his proof and evidence. That is you and the one who proves the prophethood of the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.). And I bear witness that Husain bin Ali (a.s.) is the legatee of his brother and he is the one to establish the proof after him. And I bear witness that Ali bin al-Husain (a.s.) after the Imamate of Husain (a.s.) is the proof of Allah. Then Muhammad bin Ali, after him Ja’far bin Muhammad, then Musa bin Ja’far, then Ali bin Musa, then Muhammad bin Ali, then Ali bin Muhammad, then Hasan Ibne Ali. After that I bear witness that that person is the Divine Proof who is the son of Hasan bin Ali whose name and patronymic (Kunniyat) will not be revealed till the time he fills the earth with justice and equity like it would have been fraught with injustice and oppression. And peace be on you, O Amirul Momineen (a.s.)!” After that he arose and departed from there.

His Eminence told Imam Hasan (a.s.), “O Aba Muhammad, go after him and see where he goes.” Imam Hasan (a.s.) went out and returned after a moment and said, “He placed one foot outside the Masjid and after that I don’t know where he disappeared.” Amirul Momineen (a.s.) said, “O Aba Muhammad, do you know who it was?” Imam Hasan (a.s.) replied “Allah, His Mess enger and Amirul Momineen (a.s.) know better.” Ali (a.s.) said, “He was Khizr.”

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if that's true then how am I still living if I'm dead......and where is he now. why did they place him 6 feet underground and leave me to watch while my heart bleed. his first night alone.....they put him underground then leave......khalas we leave him alone for the worms to feed on him at night/ that's it ? how heartless....and roo7o where is it now....where is he waiting now. is it in the grave waiting for us to visit...wanting to know why we left him there....maskeen

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I remember reading that the Soul feels lonely when the relatives don't visit. What happens when the person is buried far away and the relatives can't visit regularly.

If you read fatiha for them and do other amaal and think about them a lot, will the soul still feel lonely?

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There is an authentic tradition related by Thiqatul Islam Kulaini in Kafi

Actually, the chains indicate that this hadeeth is from shaykh as-Sadooq. But Kulayni does relate it in Kafi too.

Narrated to us my father and Muhammad bin Hasan – May Allah be pleased with them – they said: Narrated to us Saad bin Abdullah; and Abdullah bin Ja’far Himyari and

Muhammad bin Yahya al-Attar and Ahmad bin Idrees all of them said: Narrated to us Ahmad bin Abi Abdullah Barqi: Narrated to us Abu Hashim Dawood bin Qasim Ja’fari from Abi Ja’far the second, Muhammad bin Ali (a.s.) that he said:

This hadeeth is weak:

The tareeq from Mahasin identifies that Barqi obtained this hadeeth through his untrustworthy father. This fits in with what the scholars have said with regard to his narrating maraseel. This weakens the hadeeth.

(taken from http://www.shiachat....ad-erroneously/)

As for your question that how does a man resemble his paternal or maternal uncle, the reply is that when a man goes to his wife with tranquility, rested nerves and comforted body, and his seed stays restfully in her womb, the child resembles its parents. But if the man approaches his wife in a disturbed state the seed will rest on one of the nerves of the wife. If those are related to paternal side the child will resemble the paternal uncle and if the nerves are concerned with the maternal side the child will resemble the maternal uncle.

I will ask someone who might know to comment on this issue.

(wasalam)

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This hadeeth is weak:

The tareeq from Mahasin identifies that Barqi obtained this hadeeth through his untrustworthy father. This fits in with what the scholars have said with regard to his narrating maraseel. This weakens the hadeeth.

(taken from http://www.shiachat....ad-erroneously/)

Someone else also argued: Another argument that I stumbled upon [against this narration's authenticity] is that the narration mentions Salman Al-Farsi, who died during the time of Uthman and that Ali wasn’t called Ameerul Mu’mineen until after the death of Uthman.

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As-Saffaareeni icon--6.gif said in his book “Lawaami’ Al-Anwaar Al-Bahiyyah”: “The one who is not buried, like the one who is crucified and the like, has his share of the questioning of the grave, and the squeeze of it. The prominent Imaam (Ibn Al-Qayyim) said in his book "Ar-Rooh": “It should be noted that the punishment in the grave is the punishment of the Barzakh, so every dead person who deserves punishment will get his share of it, whether or not he is buried. For instance, if he is eaten by lions, or he is burnt until he became ashes or is blown up in the air, or that he drowned in the sea, the punishment that reaches the person in the grave reaches him as well.

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O Allah! Send your blessings/greetings (Salawat) on Muhammad and his family, the same way as You sent Your blessings/greetings on Abraham's family. You are indeed worthy of all praise, full of glory.

010.030 هُنَالِكَ تَبْلُو كُلُّ نَفْسٍ مَا أَسْلَفَتْ وَرُدُّوا إِلَى اللَّهِ مَوْلاهُمُ الْحَقِّ وَضَلَّ عَنْهُمْ مَا كَانُوا يَفْتَرُونَ

010.030 There will every soul prove (the fruits of) the deeds it sent before: they will be brought back to Allah their rightful Lord, and their invented falsehoods will leave them in the lurch. Al-Qur'an, 010.030 (Yunus [Jonah])

010.031 قُلْ مَنْ يَرْزُقُكُمْ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ وَالأرْضِ أَمْ مَنْ يَمْلِكُ السَّمْعَ وَالأبْصَارَ وَمَنْ يُخْرِجُ الْحَيَّ مِنَ الْمَيِّتِ وَيُخْرِجُ الْمَيِّتَ مِنَ الْحَيِّ وَمَنْ يُدَبِّرُ الأمْرَ فَسَيَقُولُونَ اللَّهُ فَقُلْ أَفَلا تَتَّقُونَ

010.031 Say: "Who is it that sustains you (in life) from the sky and from the earth? or who is it that has power over hearing and sight? And who is it that brings out the living from the dead and the dead from the living? and who is it that rules and regulates all affairs?" They will soon say, "Allah". Say, "will ye not then show piety (to Him)?"

010.032 فَذَلِكُمُ اللَّهُ رَبُّكُمُ الْحَقُّ فَمَاذَا بَعْدَ الْحَقِّ إِلا الضَّلالُ فَأَنَّى تُصْرَفُونَ

010.032 Such is Allah, your real Cherisher and Sustainer: apart from truth, what (remains) but error? How then are ye turned away? Al-Qur'an, 010.030-032 (Yunus [Jonah])

010.046 وَإِمَّا نُرِيَنَّكَ بَعْضَ الَّذِي نَعِدُهُمْ أَوْ نَتَوَفَّيَنَّكَ فَإِلَيْنَا مَرْجِعُهُمْ ثُمَّ اللَّهُ شَهِيدٌ عَلَى مَا يَفْعَلُونَ

010.046 Whether We show thee (realised in thy life-time) some part of what We promise them,- or We take thy soul (to Our Mercy) (Before that),- in any case, to Us is their return: ultimately Allah is witness, to all that they do. Al-Qur'an, 010.046 (Yunus [Jonah])

Wassalaam. Faithfully999

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Hello or Assalamu Alaikum,

From what I have heard from some Muslims (Shias) the soul of a person goes to a place called Barzuq and stays there until the day of Judgement. If I am wrong, correct me please.

Thanks.

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