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The Muslim View of death Just as many other religions do the Muslims believe there to be a being or a life after death They view death as simply being a transformation into another state of being Your placement in this state of being is decided the good or evil you do in your earthly lifetime Muslims believe that your soul goes through many stages called the Abode of Souls There are four stages or abodes the souls first abode is the womb of the mother where there is confinement and seclusion The second abode is the earthly habitat where it grows does good and evil and accumulates blessings for its ultimate success or failure The third abode is the abode of barzakh which is more spacious and immense than the abode of this world This is where the soul awaits judgement The fourth abode is the abode of eternity either Paradise or Hell They believe some souls to be in the form of green birds who roam around freely in Paradise These are the souls of some martyrs but not all Some martyrs are prevented from entering paradise on account of their debts or some other similar thing Other souls are confined on earth These souls cannot rise to the heavens These earthly souls do not mix with the heavenly souls just as they did not mix with them during their sojourn on earth A soul that is oblivious to its lord blind to his love negligent of his remembrance is deemed a despicable earthly soul On the other hand the heavenly soul in this life clings to the love of Allah and to his remembrance There are two categories of souls the blessed and the damned they do not share similar abodes The blessed reside in the highest heavens where as the damned can not rise above earth It is believed that the souls
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