Pearl of Wisdom

'Allah has prohibited stealing because of the financial corruption and murder that would ensue were it to be permissible; and because of all other aggressive crimes that would result such as murder, fighting, and jealous hostilities, and because it would lead to the abandonment of fair trade and industry for earning a living, in exchange for extortion of property where nobody would have rightful ownership of anything [and everything was available for the taking].' And the reason why the right hand of the thief is to be severed [as Punishment] is because he steals things with his right hand, and because it is the best and most useful limb out of all his limbs, so its severing has been prescribed to serve as a deterrent and a lesson to mankind that they must not desire to seize anything that does not belong to them. And because most of the time the theft is committed with the right hand.'

Imam Ali ibn Musa al-Ridha [as]
Nur al-Thaqalayn, v. 1, p. 627, no. 183

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Question : #135 Category: Death Issues
Subject: pressing of the grave
Question: The pressing of the grave, is this something that will occur to all of us on the first night ?
what else does the pressing mean ?
Answer: Salaam alaykum,

May Allah protect us from the pressing of the grave. This is one of the punishments of the grave which will be levied out for those who deserve punishment. When one commits sin and does not repent he will be punished. One must pray that he is punished in this world and not the next. Because the punishment in the hereafter, for instance, the pressing of the grave, is far more severe.
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Salamun 'Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu.
As I understand, the pressing of the grave will not be given to those who die on the day of Friday - from Thursday after sunset and Friday before sunset.
Is this true?
Follow Up Response
Not every body is being necessarily squeezed in the grave. It depends upon the deeds, that is, this punishment is inflicted only on those who have earned it by sinning. The degree of pressure will also depend on the severity if his sins. The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) is reported to have said that the squeezing of the grave is the expiation of the sin of wasting away the bounties granted by God.

In terms of the day of the week, Allah knows best, as hadiths indicate it's based on the persons merit and deeds, and not the day they are buried in.

For instance, Saikh Kulaini (r.a.) has, reliably narrated from Abu Baseer that: I asked Imam Jafar Sadiq (a.s): Is any body spared from the sandwiching in grave?
The Hazrat replied: May God save. Very few people escape from the pressure in grave.

And When the stepdaughter of the Holy Prophet, whose name was Ruqaiya, expired the Holy Prophet stood at her grave raising his head towards the sky. Tears flew from his eyes. Then he told the audience: I remembered the calamity from which this lady has just passed. It me extremely gloomy and I prayed: O Allah! Forgive her. You are Most Merciful. Please save her from the pressurizing of grave. Then he said: God has pardoned her.

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