Deeds are the Companions in Grave
It is agreed that, in the grave, everyone's companions will be their deed as specifically stated in the Quran and traditions. Sadooq (a.r.) has in Khisaal, Amali and Maniul Akhbar, narrated from Qais bin Asim that once he went to the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) along with a group of people from the tribe of Tameem. He submitted, "0 Messenger of God! Give us some admonition by which we may benefit, because, most of the time we roam in wilderness and deserts (and have few chances of visiting your honour)." The Holy Prophet gave them a number of admonitions. One of them is: O Qais! It is necessary for you to have a companion to be buried in the grave.
That companion will be alive whereas you will be dead. So if that companion (you will necessarily have) is a nice and kind person, he will keep you in a respectable condition. If he is a bad fellow he will leave you there in your grave in total solitude without any help or assistance. (Also remember that) that companion will be necessarily with you in the grand gathering (Hashr) on the Day of Judgement. You will also be asked only about him. So it is very essential for you to select a good companion. If he is a good person he will make you happy. But if he is a corrupt fellow he will frighten you terribly and that companion is your deeds.
Qais instantly turned this admonition into a poem of advice in Arabic language:
Select a companion from your deeds because, in the grave, the only companion of a man will be his deed.
It is essential for you to reserve a companion for life after death, for the Day when man will be called and he will attend at once the Grand Gathering.
So if you are busy in any deed then beware and never engage yourself in any deed disliked by God.
Be it before death or after death, man will have nothing with him except his deeds.
Beware! Man is only a guest among his family members in this world.
He stays with them only for a few days and then marches off
Adapted from the book: "The Hereafter (Ma'aad)" by: "Ayatullah Dastghaib Shiraazi"
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