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  1. Al-Sirat

    the hair-narrow hell-bridge of the Moslem, which every Mohammedan must pass to enter Paradise.


  1. As-Sirāt

    As-Sirāt is, according to Muslim belief, the hair-narrow bridge which every person must pass on the Yawm ad-Din to enter Paradise. It is said that it is as thin as a hair and as sharp as the sharpest knife or sword. Below this path are the fires of Hell, which burn the sinners to make them fall. Those who performed acts of goodness in their lives are transported across the path in speeds according to their deeds leading them to the Hauzu'l-Kausar, the Lake of Abundance. Muslims who offer the obligatory prayers and recite the Surah Al-Fatiha at least 17 times a day, which is a supplication in which they ask God to guide them through the "straight path", has been called by some scholars a precursor to the as-Sirāt. The Chinvat bridge in Zoroastrianism has many similarities and is a close concept to As-Sirat.


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