After this, there will commence the last stage. The dwellers of the Paradise will live in a state of eternal bliss, supremely immune from every kind of pain, anxiety or suffering and exulting in the bounties of their Lord the like of which they would not have dreamt of in the world, while those that will be condemned to Hell will have to live permanently in a condition of unmitigated misery and distress. There will be for them nothing but horrible agony and castigation. This will be the ultimate stage after death.

The above was the sum and substance of what the Prophets, specially the last of them, Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), have taught mankind about the Hereafter and what is indicated about it in the Quran and the Traditions. We will now examine some of the relevant verses of the Quran:

Every soul shall have a taste of death: in the end to us shall ye be brought back.

Every soul shall have a taste of death: and only on the Day of Judgment shall you be paid your full recompense.

The Last Day will be a frightful, horrible day.

“O mankind! Fear your Lord! For the convulsion of the Hour (of Judgment) will be a thing terrible! The Day ye shall see it: every mother giving suck shall forget her suckling-babe, and every pregnant female shall drop her load unformed! Thou shall see mankind as in a drunken riot, yet not drunk! But dreadful shall be the wrath of Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa).”

“One day the earth and the mountains will be in violent commotion and the mountains will be as a heap of sand poured out and flowing down.”

“At length, when there comes the deafening noise, that Day shall a men flee from his own brothers, and from his mother and his father, and from his wife and children. Each one of them, that Day, will have enough concern (of his own) to make him indifferent to others. Some faces that Day will be dust-stained; blackness will cover them.”

On the Day of Recompense:

“That Day shall ye be brought to Judgment! Not an act of yours that ye hide will be hidden.”

“One day we shall remove the mountains, and thou will see the earth as a level stretch, and we shall gather them, altogether, nor shall leave out any of them, and they will be marshaled before the Lord in ranks, with the announcement, Now have ye come to US (bare) as We created ye first! Aye, ye thought we shall not fulfill the appointment made to you to meet us? And the Book (of Deeds) will be placed before you; and thou will see the sinful in great terror because of what is recorded therein; they will say, Ah! Woe to us! What a Book is this! It leaves nothing small or great, but takes account thereof! They will find all that they did place before them: and not one will thy Lord treat with injustice.”

A man’s own limbs will depose against him before Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) on the Day of Reckoning.

“That day shall be set a seat on their mouths. But their hands will speak to us, and their feet will bear witness to all that they did.”

The Quran, in fine, has portrayed most graphically and vividly the happenings of the Last Day: the terrific

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