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What happens on the day of Judgement?

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what will happen on the day of judgement?

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What happens on the day of Judgement?

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol,  no person,  no grave, no prophet,  no imam,  no dai,  nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

To answer the question in its entirety would indeed require volumes to be written, if everything that is narrated from the guidance of Allah and His Messenger (saws) is taken on the subject! 

But, just to give a brief overview of the events of the Day of Judgment; it can be broken into five basic stages:

Stage-1:  Everything as we see and know today will come to an end!

Everything; absolutely everything; that we see and know today will be brought to an end by One Command of Allah Subhanah.   The first blowing of the Trumpet will take place, and every life form will taste its death…  the men, the jinn, the animal life, the sun, the moon, the mountains, the earth, the planets… everything will be brought to an end!   Everything in existence will cease to exist, except the Being of the One, Majestic, All Mighty, All Powerful, Allah Subhanah!

Stage-2: Life will be created again

With the second blowing of the Trumpet, all the souls will be returned back to their bodies… and every single one of the humans and jinns will be given life again and collected on a single plain, to be presented before the Lord of the Worlds!

Stage-3:  Day of Accounting

Every single soul will be given a full hearing and a will be required to give a full accounting of the deeds that each individual human being and jinn did in the life gone by, in the Just Court of Allah Subhanah!   Allah Subhanah will be the Sole Judge on this tumultuous Day of Reckoning!

Stage-4:  Due Rewards and Punishment

Each human being and jinn will be judged by the All Just Allah; whoever believed and did righteous good deeds in the life gone by, in accordance with the guidance sent by Allah, will pass His test and will be rewarded generously by the Generous and Bounteous Lord.

Whoever denied the guidance of Allah, and lived his life according to his whims and fancies will fail the test, and will deserve Allah’s Wrath and Anger and punished according to his deeds.

Stage-5:  Entry and the Eternal Abode of Paradise or Hell Fire.

All those who passed the test, will be allowed entry into the Magnificent Gardens of Paradise to live therein in bliss, for ever and ever!

And all those who failed the test, will be thrown into the everlasting torture and punishment of the terrible Fire of Hell; to live an eternal life of ignominy, disgrace, and pain; for ever!

The whole Quran is full of details of what exactly will transpire on this Tumultuous Day of Reckoning!   And if one reads especially the Last Chapters of the Holy Quran from Surah 98 till the end of the Quran, a full picture is drawn by Allah Subhanah of the advents and happenings of this Inevitable Day!   In addition if one reads Chapter 56 Surah Al Waqiah, Chapter 69 Surah Al Haaqah, Chapter 75 Surah Al Qiyaamah, and Chapter 76 Surah Dahr; one will get a very good understanding of the happenings of this Promised Day of Judgment!  

Just to give you a glimpse of how Allah Subhanah describes this Eventful Day in one of the Surahs of the Holy Quran:

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 69 Surah Al Haaqqah verses 13-37:Then, when the Trumpet is blown once (signaling the start of the Day of Judgement), and the earth and the mountains are lifted up and crushed into pieces with a single stroke, on that Day shall the Inevitable(Day of Judgement) happen.   On that Day the heavens shall split asunder, and its system shall loosen!   The angels shall be on its sides and eight angels on that Day, shall be upholding the Throne of your Lord, above them.   That will be the Day when you shall be brought forth (for accounting) and no secret of yours shall remain hidden (from Allah).

Then whoever is given his Book of Conduct in his right hand, shall say (to all around him), “Read my Book of Conduct!   I knew that I would certainly be getting my account.”   So he shall be in a state of bliss, in a High Garden, whose clusters of fruit shall be hanging within his easy reach.   To such people it will be said: “Eat and drink with relish as a reward for the works you did in the days gone by!.

As for him whose Book of Conduct is given in his left hand, he will say, “Alas! Would that I had not been given my Book of Conduct, nor known what my account was!   Would that the death (that I suffered in the world) were the final death!  Today my wealth has availed me nothing, and my power has perished from me!  (It will be ordered:)  “Seize him in a chain,  seventy cubits (appx 105 ft.) long.   For he did not believe in Allah,  the Most High,  nor urged the feeding of the poor.   So he has neither any true friend here today,  nor any food,  except the corruption from the washing of wounds,  which none but the sinners shall eat!”

May Allah have Mercy on us all on that  day, and especially on the Day when these promised events will transpire!   May He forgive us our sins and admit us amongst the fortunate people of Paradise!   We seek and beg refuge in Allah, The Most High, The Exalted; from even being brought near the horrible Fire of Hell!

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

Your Brother in Islam,

Burhan