Online and television images bombard the eyes with the horrific situation in Haiti after the earthquake.
Large slabs of cement can be seen everywhere in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. And many people are underneath them.
One image was particularly disturbing: it was some video that was shot moments after the earthquake hit. You could see people sticking their arms out, waving for help, from underneath collapsed buildings.
People entombed alive waiting for help. Squeezed ...
Seeing this brings thoughts to my mind of the squeeze of the grave.
The squeeze of the grave occurs after the deceased Muslim hears the thumping of his companions' shoes as they walk away from his grave.
No one is spared it. Neither Muslim or non-Muslim.
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (rahimullah) said that the torment, squeezing, and terror that happens in the grave are things by means of which sins are expiated (Majmoo' Fataawa ibn Taymiyah, vol. 7, p. 487-501). (Islam-qa.com)
In his book, Life in Al-Barzakh, Muhammad al-Jibaly states:
"No human being will be spared the squeeze of the grave. However, the following hadith indicates that it is not at the same degree of severity for all people; some of the believers are released from its grip quicker than others. Ibn 'Abbas (ra) said that Allah's Messenger (saw) said:
'If anyone were to escape from the squeeze of the grave, it woud be Sa'd Bin Mu'ath; however, he was squeezed once and then released.' (At-Tabarani in al-Kabir; Sahih ul-Jami by al-Albani No. 5306)'"
Have the earthquaker victims of Haiti already had their squeeze?
May Allah (swt) spare the earthquaker victims of Haiti from excessive torment in the grave and grant them a quick squeeze/Ameen.