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  • Barzakh forbids any Return.

    Apr 16, 2009
    Allah and His Messenger (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) have clearly defined
    to us journey of the soul after death and the abode of both, the
    disbelieving souls and the righteous souls. This period between the death
    and the Hereafter is known as 'Barzakh'. Linguistically, 'Barzakh' means a
    veil, barrier or partition between two things.
    Ibn Abbas (radhiallahu anhu) defines Barzakh as a Hijab (a partition of
    veil). Al-Qurtubi, in his exposition states: 'The Barzakh is a barrier
    between two things. It is the stage between this world and the other world
    - from the time of death until the time Resurrection. Thus, whoever dies
    enters the Barzakh"
    [See al-Qurtubi's Tafseer, vol.12, p.150] Once the soul enters the realm of
    Barzakh, there is no return for it back into the world as is clearly known
    from the Qur'aan and the Ahaadeeth of Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihe
    Allah says regarding the evil soul: "…when death comes to one of them (who
    joins partners with Allah), he says: "O My Lord! Send me back to life. In
    order that I may do good deeds in the things that I neglected. By no means!
    It is but a word he says. And before him is a Barzakh until the day they
    are raised up." [Soorah al-Mu'minoon (23): 99-100]
    This verse reveals the condition of the disbeliever upon death; when he
    faces the realities of the Hereafter, he wishes to return back to the world
    and mend his mistakes, in order to avert the punishment. But he is plainly
    refused and confined in the grave and punished for his sinful actions
    because he has entered the Barzakh. It is impossible for him to escape the
    strong Guardian Angels of Allah and return back to this world.


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