How the Soul is Taken
How soul is retrieved from body has been narrated in the traditions about the
Me’raj (ascension) of the Holy Prophet (pbuh&hh). In short, there is a board in
front of Izra’eel which contains names of all the people. The name of the person
whose time for death arrives is removed from that board and Israel at once takes
possession of his or her soul. It is also possible that names of thousands of
people may be wiped out at one moment whereupon Israel takes the souls of all of
them instantly. This is not astonishing. It is just like a gust of breeze
blowing off thousands of lamps in a split second. All of it is by the power of
the Almighty. Doubtlessly it is Israel who snatches souls but, as a matter of
fact, it is only God Who causes it because it is only His command and Will.
Arrival of Angels and Satans at the time of Death
During the last moments of man’s life, angles arrive and stand on his right
side. Likewise the Satans (devils) also approach him and stand on the left side
of the deathbed.
The job of Satans is to deceive and betray, particularly at the time of death so
that, if that person has any faith, it could be destroyed. The scale of man’s
luck or misfortune is his last word and deed. The way in which he passes his
life is the same manner and the state in which he has died, will be his state
when he will be made to rise in Qiyamat.
His wish at the time of his death will be what it was during his life and so he
will die with the same ambitions. If in your heart there was an aspiration to
see the charm of Amirul Momineen (a.s.) you will be able to observe that beauty
at the last moment. But if, God forbid your wish throughout your life was only
the fulfillment of desire and passion then that lust of yours will become more
intense at the time of death. But the one who had perfect faith is promised by
God that He will protect him and Satan will not be able to gain control over
﴾Allah confirms those who believe with the sure word in this world’s
life and in the hereafter... (14:27)﴿
When Abu Zakaria Razi was about to die, those sitting around him asked him to
recite, Laa Ilaaha Illallaah (There is no God except Allah). He replied, "I will
not recite it." Then he became unconscious. When he gained sense he said, "Just
now a man had come to me who said, 'if you wish to be lucky and fortunate then
say: Isa is the son of God. I said, 'I will not say.' After a number of requests
and denials that fellow said, 'Okay then say: There is no God but Allah.' Yet I
said, 'Since you are asking me to say so I will not.' Suddenly there appeared a
weapon, which killed that fellow. Now I am conscious and am reciting the Kalimah
(formula of faith)." Then he recited the two formulae (Shahaadatain) and passed
away from this world.
Verily, how Satan can subdue a man who had the belief that there is only one God
at the time of his death? Of course the man who had been the follower of devil
throughout his life will be a companion of devil on his deathbed also.
To be continued...