Why do Muslims believe in life after death?

The main source of authority for Muslims is the Qur’an.

Muslims believe that Allah is in charge of their lives and decides how long they will live.

Nor can a soul die except by Allah’s leave. The term being fixed as by writing.Qur’an 3:145

People’s deeds will be taken into account on the Day of Judgement. The Qur’an states that the good will receive reward, while the bad will receive punishment.

Of the good that they do nothing will be rejected of them; for Allah knoweth well those that do right. Those who reject faith – neither their possessions nor their (numerous) progeny will avail them aught against Allah: they will be companions of the fire, dwelling therein forever.Qur’an 3:115-3:116

The final judgment will take place at the sound of a trumpet when the world will disappear and the dead will be raised.

Muslims believe that each person has two angels who record their good and bad deeds. These records will be read and Allah will judge each person.

To every soul will be paid in full the fruits of its deeds; and Allah knows best all that they do.Qur’an 39:70

Muslims believe that Heaven will be a “garden of bliss”. People will lie on jewelled couches, remain eternally young, drink wine from fountains and be served fine foods.

Muslims believe that Hell is full of smoke, fire and boiling water. People will rage with thirst and there will be no way to escape the heat.

Belief in life after death is central to the meaning and purpose of most Muslims’ lives. Many Muslims believe that they are on Earth for a relatively short time. During this time they are preparing themselves for eternal life after death.

Muslims view this life as a test and try to do as many good deeds as they can.