The Location of Hell

September 22, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments


The scholars differ as to where Hell is located at present. Some say that it is in the lower earth, other say that it is in the heavens, and yet others refrain from discussing the matter at all. This last group is correct, because there are no sound and clear reports that define the location of Hell.


One of those who prefer not to discuss the matter at all is al-Haafidh as-Suyuti who said,

“Do not discuss Hell, i.e. do not discuss where it is located, for none knows this except Allah and I know of no hadeeth that I could rely on with regard to this issue”.

(Siddiq Hasan Khan, Yaqazah uli al-I’tibar, p.47)

Sheikh Waliullaah ad-Dahlawee says in, his ‘Aqeedah,

“There is no clear text which states their location (of Paradise and Hell). They are wherever Allah wishes them to be, and we cannot comprehend all the universes created by Allah” (ibid, p.47).

Siddeeq Hasan Khan says, commenting on these words,

“I say, that is the best and most cautious of opinions, inshaa’Allah” (ibid).


[al-Jannah wa an-Naar by Dr. Umar Sulaiman al-Ashqar, page 10]


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