Question: What should we do to get saved from the torment in the grave?
In order to get saved from the torment in the grave or Hell, it is imperative that we be Muslims with a correct faith and we observe the commandments of our religion.
The torment in the grave is inflicted mostly on those who splash urine on themselves and who spread gossip among Muslims. There will not be questioning in the grave for those who die on Friday or on Friday night (the night between Thursday and Friday), for those who read (or recite) Sūrat at-Tabāraka [and the Sūrat as-Sajda] every night, and for those who read (or recite) the Sūrat al-Ikhlās during their illness that is very likely to end in death.
(The grave of a person who does not perform namāz is filled with fire, which burns him day and night. A serpent bites him at every namāz time.) [Qurratuluyūn]
(Reciting [or reading] Tabāraka Sūra protects a person from the torment in the grave.) [Ibn Murdawayh]
(A Believer who dies on Friday or on Friday night is safe from the torment in the grave.) [Tirmidhī, Abū Nuaym]
(Charity protects a person from the torment in the grave.) [Bayhaqī]
(Spreading gossip causes torment in the grave.) [Bayhaqī]
(Much of the torment in the grave will be due to splashing urine on oneself.) [Ibn Māja, Nasāī, Hakim, Dāra Qutnī]
(On Friday night, a person who performs two rakats of namāz reciting the Fātiha and 15 times Idhā zulzilat
will be safe from the torment in the grave.) [Daylamī]
(He who dies when keeping watch in the way of Allah will not experience the torment in the grave.) [Imām-i Ahmad]
(He who respects the first Friday night of Rajab will not be tormented in his grave.) [Endless Bliss]
(The grave is the first station of the stations in the next world. If a person is saved from this, what lies ahead will be easy for him. If he is not saved from this, what lies ahead will be very tough for him.) [Tirmidhī]
(If a person says the following prayer as he visits the grave of a Believer, that deceased person will be relieved from torment till the Rising Day: Allahumma innī asaluka bi-hurmati Muhammad alaihis-salām an lā tuadhdhiba hādhal-mayyit.) [Atfāl-ul muslimīn]
In a report coming from Hadrat Ali, the following is advised in order for us to attain salvation from the torment in the grave:
1. Reading (or reciting) Āyatu-l-kursī frequently
2. Performing two rakats of namāz on Fridays [Those who have the debt of omitted qadā namāzes cannot perform voluntary namāzes. This namāz is performed by reading the Fātiha and Sūra Tabāraka in the first rakat; and the Fātiha and Sūra Ikhlās in the second rakat.]
3. Reciting (or reading) Sūra Ikhlās 100 times every day. (Zuhra-tur-Riyaz)