The Relation of Soul with Grave Is Very Close

Death & Purgatory

If you ask when souls live in allegorical bodies in Vaadiyus Salaam, why we have been asked to visit...

The Relation of Soul with Grave Is Very Close
Death & Purgatory

If you ask when souls live in allegorical bodies in Wadi Us Salaam, why have we been asked to visit graves (for reciting Fatihaa and prayers)? And how do the souls understand that a visitor has arrived when they are not present in the graves? The reply is that it has been narrated from Imam Sadiq (a.s) that though the souls live in Wadi Us Salaam, their relations with graves remain intact and they know about the visitor and they recognize them. The Holy Imam has said that souls are like the sun. The sun remains in the sky, its rays cover the whole earth. Likewise, the soul's covering or encirclement is Ilmi (concerned with knowledge and comprehension).

Reflection of Sun Rays in a Mirror

Just as the appearance and reflection is relatively much more at a mirror the attention of souls and their covering is more at their graves. It is so because the soul had lived in those bodies for several years and gained much favors due to them. That is why they will focus their attention there. This also provides an answer to the one who asks as to why we should go to the grave when the Imam is present at every place and thus, there is no difference between one place and the other.

Doubtlessly the graves of Holy Imams and religious leaders are the centers of the attention of Holy souls and the places where divine favors keep raining. Angels come and go there.

So, if anybody wants to get full benefit from those Holy personalities he should never give up visiting the Holy shrines and must try their best to go there.

Why No Reward Or Punishment Is Given To This Earthen Body?

Some people raise here a weak doubt and say: The soul after one’s death gets connected with a fine body called allegorical body which is just like this earthen body, as has been described earlier, and also sees (tastes) reward or torture with the same allegorical body. Now here arises a question: When man has worshiped God in this earthen body how reward is given to the other body? Or man had committed sins in the material body which has been disintegrated now after death then how is it that the punishment is meted out to the other body? There can be several answers to this question.

Every Soul Has Two Kinds of Bodies

As Alameh Majlisi (r.a) has written, an allegorical body is not any outward thing which may be brought near the grave after one’s death and then, for example, it may be said to it: O soul! Now live in this body.

Rather, an allegorical body is a fine body which lives even now in this world living with man’s earthly body.

Every soul has two bodies: A fine (thin) body and a tough foul body. Man has prayed and sinned in both these bodies. This matter must be well understood. So we are giving the example of a dream. During a dream, these two bodies get separated. What a man sees in his dream is the behavior or deed of this allegorical body which walks, talks etc. Within the twinkling of an eye man reaches Karbala-e-Mualla, Holy Mashhad, tours from east to west. This shows that the allegorical body remains with man always but after death; it separates from the material earthen body. This statement of Majlisi (r.a) is the much studied one. There also are many more witnesses.

Anyhow, It Is the Soul Which Gets Either Punishment or Reward

Another answers it that, after death, the human soul turns into the same earthen form of body. It does not get connected with any outside body. Rather the soul takes up the form of a material body. Now, you may call it an allegorical body or Barzakhi body or soul/spirit. But, as it is fine, elemental or material eyes cannot see it. Summarily speaking, it was only the soul/spirit which had committed sins in the world and hence it is only the soul/spirit that is being punished after death. Now, it may be chastised either by getting it connected with the allegorical (Misaale) body or it may be getting punishment absolutely by itself, constantly. Of course, on the Day of Judgment, all will rise and gather only in this very worldly and material body form.

* By: Ayatullah Shaheed Seyyed Abdul Hussein Dastghaib

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