Hadhrat Ali (Radhiyallahu anhu) passes by a grave
Hadhrat Kumail (Radhiyallaho anho) says: "I was with Ali (Radhiyallaho anho) once on a journey, when he reached an uninhabited place; he approached a grave and said:
0 you dwellers of the graves! 0 you who live amongst ruins! 0 you who live in the wilderness and solitude! How fare you in the other world? How has it gone with you there?' He continued: 'The news from our side is that all you did leave of the wealth and riches here, has long been distributed; your children are orphans; your widows have" long since remarried.
Now let us hear about you.' He then turned to me: '0 Kumail! If they could speak, they would have informed us that the best provision for the Hereafter is Taqwa.
Tears welled out of his eyes, as he added: '0 Kumail! The grave is a container of the deeds; but one realizes it only after death."
Our good or bad actions are stored up in our graves. It is said in a Hadith that every person meets his good deeds in the grave in the person of an agreeable companion who befriends and consoles him there. But his wicked deeds assume hideous shapes emitting bad smells, which add to his misery. In another Hadith it is said:
"Three things accompany a person to his grave viz: His wealth (as was the prevalent custom among the Arabs of the time), his relatives, and his deeds.
His wealth and his relatives turn back after his burial, but his actions go in and stay with him in the grave."