World to Come

World to Come The world to come, age to come, and heaven on Earth are eschatological phrases reflecting the belief that the current world or current age is flawed or cursed and will be replaced in the future by a better world, age, or paradise. The concept is related to but differs from the concepts of heaven, the afterlife, and the Kingdom of God in that heaven...

Limbo and Purgatory

Purgatory

What Is Purgatory? Purgatory (purgatorium, via Anglo-Norman and Old French)[1] is an intermediate state after physical death for expiatory purification.[2] Roman Catholic doctrine holds that this state exists and that those being purified can be helped by the prayers of the living.[3] In the speculation of theologians and in popular imagination, purgatory is a place where this purification is done by...

Heaven in Christianity

Heaven in Christianity In Christianity, heaven is traditionally the location of the throne of God as well as the holy angels.[2][3] In traditional Christianity, it is considered to be a physical place in the afterlife. In most forms of Christianity, heaven is also understood as the abode for the righteous dead in the afterlife, usually a temporary stage...

Belief In the Hereafter According to The Old Testament

Belief In the Hereafter According to The Old Testament Resurrection Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. (Daniel, 12:2) “And you will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you...

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The Supreme Transaction

The Supreme Transaction In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate Verily God bought from the believers their selves and their possessions in exchange for Paradise. (9:111) A parable to understand the meaning of selling one’s soul to God If you wish to understand how profitable a transaction, how...

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Afterlife

What Is Afterlife? The afterlife (life after death) is the belief that the essential part of an individual’s identity or the stream of consciousness continues after the death of the physical body. According to various ideas about the afterlife, the essential aspect of the individual that lives on after death may...

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What Wisdom Behind Adam’s Dismissal From Paradise?

What Wisdom Behind Adam’s Dismissal From Paradise? The wisdom of it concerns the charging of duties; Adam was sent charged with such a duty that the unfolding of all mankind’s spiritual progress and the revealing of all mankind’s potentialities and man’s essential nature being a comprehensive mirror to all the...

Heaven or Paradise

Heaven

What Is Heaven? Heaven, or the heavens, is a common religious, cosmological, or transcendent place where beings such as gods, angels, spirits, saints, or venerated ancestors are said to originate, be enthroned, or live. According to the beliefs of some religions, heavenly beings can descend to earth or incarnate, and earthly beings can ascend to heaven in the afterlife,...

Why Should a Bodily Resurrection Take Place for Corporal Pleasures?

Why Should a Bodily Resurrection Take Place for Corporal Pleasures? What does the body, defective, changing, unstable and pain-stricken, have to do with eternity and paradise? The spiritual pleasures should be enough. Why should a bodily resurrection take place for corporal pleasures? Since, despite its darkness and density in contrast...

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Resurrection And Afterlife

Resurrection And Afterlife My dear friend, if you wish for a discussion of resurrection and the hereafter in simple and common language, in a straightforward style, then listen to the following comparison, together with my own soul. Once two men were travelling through a land as beautiful as Paradise (by...

Why does one creature’s life depend on the death of another?

Why do we need death? Just as day replaces night, spring follows winter, and autumn takes the place of summer, death follows life. The Creator, Who governs everything, does nothing in vain. He creates the most beautiful and intricate beings out of the lowest, seemingly unpromising, materials. Since it is...

What Do We Feel At the Time of Death?

What Does Death Feel Like? At the time of death, believers experience the opening of windows from their places in Paradise. Prophet Muhammad stated that the souls of such people are drawn out as gently as the flowing of water from a pitcher. Better than that, martyrs do not feel...

Should We Fear Death?

Should We Fear Death? What Happens After Death? Those who believe and do righteous deeds have no reason to fear death. Although it appears to us as decomposition and the extinction of life and its pleasures, in fact it is no more than a discharge from the heavy duties of...

How do Appointed Times of Death Work?

Do the appointed times of death of people who die en masses in natural disasters come to all of them at the same time? . . . And He knows all that is on land and in the sea; and not a leaf falls but He knows it; and neither...

What is Death?

What is the Relationship Between Life and Death? Death is the foundation of life. Nothing goes to waste. Each death is a door to a new life. This is because the Supreme Being, who exercises free disposal over the creation, allows no waste. He gives existence to the most precious...

What is the wisdom behind the death of innocent children?

Why do Children Die? “Those who when afflicted with calamity say: We belong to God, and our return shall be to Him (2:155-156).” My brother, your child’s death saddened me. But, “the command is God’s,” contentment with the Divine decree and submission to Divine Determining is a mark of Submission....

Are the manner and time of death predetermined?

What is the Relationship Between Death and Destiny? Every event, including the manner and time of death, are predestined. Everything occurs within the framework of the Divine Decree, and also within an individual plan for each being. Such plans are always in harmony with one another. This is a system...

Elderly people and Resurrection

>How can you compensate for their past years, their childhood and youth which are already left behind? How can you console them for the loss of their beloved ones, their friends, spouses, children or grandchildren who went to the other world before them? How can you remove from their hearts...

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