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THE SOUL’S ABODE AFTER DEATH: SOULS OF BELIEVERS

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The souls of the righteous believers will also be in Paradise, but in the form of birds and not inside birds. Yet these souls will not be free to roam as those of the martyrs. Ka‘b ibn Maalik related that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “The believer’s soul [becomes] a bird which feeds upon the fruits of the trees in Paradise, until Allaah returns it to its body on the day he is resurrected.” On the other hand, the soul of the disobedient believers are held in their graves and punished for minor and major sins. Ibn ‘Abbaas reported that the Prophet (PBUH) passed by the graves of two men and commented: “Surely, they are being punished right now, and not for major offenses. One of them was not careful to protect himself from the splash of his urine, and the other used to spread rumors.” Sahih Al-Bukhari, vol. 1, p. 141, no. 215 and Sahih Muslim, vol. 1, pp. 171-172, no. During the Prophet’s ascension, he was shown a liar with a man standing over him continuously tearing down one side of his mouth to the nape of his neck, and then the other, until the Day of Resurrection. Adulterers and adulteresses were seen naked in an oven-like pit with a fire blazing under them. The one who dealt in interest was seen in a river of blood. Whenever he attempted to climb out, a large stone was thrown in his mouth, causing him to fall back in the river. See Sahih Al-Bukhari, vol. 2, pp. 262-265, no. 468.