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The Punishment of the People of Hell will vary in degree

April 25, 2015 Leave a comment

 

As Hell has various levels, in some of which the torment and horror is greater than in others, so the people of Hell will be given different levels of punishment. According to a hadith narrated by Muslim and Ahmad from Samurah, the Prophet (ﷺ) said, concerning the people of Hell:

“There are some whom the Fire will take up to their ankles, others up to their knees, others up to their waists, and others up to their collarbones”.

According to another report, “up to their necks”

(Muslim in Kitaab al-Jannah wa Sifaat Na’imihaa, Baab Shiddat Harr an-Naar, 4/2185)

 

The Messenger of Allaah (ﷺ) has told us about those who will receive the lightest punishment in Hell. al- Bukhari reports from al-Nu’maan ibn Basheer who said:
“I heard the Messenger of Allaah (ﷺ) say,

“The person who will have the least punishment among the people of Hell on the Day of Resurrection will be a man under the arch of whose feet will be placed a smouldering ember, and his brains will boil because of it.”

 

In another report also narrated by al-Bukhari from an-Nu’maan ibn Basheer, the Prophet (ﷺ) said,

“The person who will have the least punishment among the people of Hell on the Day of Resurrection will be a man under the arch of whose feet will be placed two smouldering embers, because of which his brains will boil like water boils in a mirjal [copper vessel] or qumqum [narrow necked vessel].”

(al-Bukhaari in Sahih, Kitaab ar-Raqaaq, Baab Sifaat al-Jannah wan-Naar, Fath al-Baari, 11/417, and Muslim in his Sahih, Kitaab al-Imaan, 1/196, no. 363)

 

According to a report narrated from an-Nu’man ibn Basheer by Muslim, the Prophet (ﷺ) said:

“The person who will have the least punishment among the people of Hell on the Day of Resurrection is a man who will be given shoes and laces of fire, because of which his brains will boil like water in a mirjal (copper vessel). He will not think that anyone could be more severely punished than himself, yet he will be the one with the lightest punishment”.

(Sahih Muslim, Kitaab al-Imaan, 1/196, no. 364; Muslim also reports from Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri in the same chapter, no. 361)

 

al-Bukhari and Muslim both narrate from Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri that he heard the Messenger of Allaah (saw) say, when his uncle Abu Talib was mentioned:

“Maybe my intercession will help him on the Day of Resurrection, so that he may be put in a shallow part of Hell, with fire reaching to his ankles and causing his brain to boil”.

(al-Bukhaari in Kitaab ar-Riqaaq, Baab Sifaat al-Jannah wan-Naar, Fath al- Baari, 11/417 and Muslim in Kitaab al-Imaam, Baab Shifa’at an-Nabi (saw), ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib, 1/195, hadith no. 360)

 

Many ayat confirm the different levels of punishment that will be given to the people of Hell:

 
“The hypocrites will be in the lowest depths of the Fire..” (4:145)

 
“..and [the Sentence will be] on the Day that Judgement will be established [it will be said to the angels]: “Cast the people of Pharaoh into the severest Penalty!” (40:46)

 
“Those who reject Allaah and hinder [men] from the Path of Allaah, for them will We add penalty to penalty, for that they used to spread mischief [or corruption]”. (16:88)

 

al-Qurtubi said,

“This topic indicates that the kufr of the person who simply disbelieves is not like the kufr of a person who oppresses, disbelieves, rebels and disobeys. There is no doubt that the kuffaar will suffer different levels of punishment in hell, as is known from Qur’an and Sunnah. We know for certain that the punishment of those who oppressed and killed the Prophets and Muslims, and spread corruption and disbelief on earth, will not be the same as the punishment of those who simply disbelieved, but treated the Prophets and Muslims well.

 

Do you not see Abu Talib, how the Prophet (ﷺ) will bring him up to a shallow level of Hell, because he helped him, protected him and treated him well? The hadith narrated by Muslim from Samurah may be interpreted as referring to the kuffar, as there is a hadith about Abu Talib, or it may be interpreted as referring to those monotheists who will be punished”.

(at-Tadhkirah, p. 409)

 

 

Ibn Rajab said,

“Know that the different levels of punishment suffered by the people of Hell will be according to the levels of their deeds for which they entered Hell”.

Then he quotes the evidence for that, such as the words of Ibn ‘Abbas,

“The punishment of those who were extreme in their disbelief and spread corruption on earth, calling others to kufr, will not be like the punishment of those who did not do such things”.

Then Ibn Rajab says,

“Similarly, the punishments of the monotheists in Hell will be at different levels, according to their deeds. The punishment of those who were guilty of major sins (kabaa’ir) will not be like that of those who were guilty of minor sins (saghaa’ir). The punishment may be reduced for some of them because of other good deeds, or for whatever reason Allaah wills. Hence some of them may die in the Fire”.

(at- Takhweef min an-Naar, p. 142-143)

 

[Source: al-Jannah wa an-Naar by Dr. Umar Sulaiman al-Ashqar, pg 38-39]

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From the chapter on ‘Paradise and Its People’: Tanbih Al-Ghafileen

August 20, 2013 Leave a comment

 

It was said:

“Verily, in Paradise there is a huri named Lu’bah. If she were to spit into the ocean, it would purify all of its water. On her chest, there is written: ‘Whoever desires to have someone like me, then let him busy himself with obeying my Lord.'”

 

It was said:

“The ground in Paradise is made of silver, its dust is made of musk, the trunks of its made of gold and silver, the branches of its trees are made of pearls and gems, with its leaves and fruits growing out from them. So, whoever eats standing will not be harmed, whoever eats sitting will not be harmed, and whoever eats laying down will not be harmed, as Allah says: {“...and the bunches of fruit thereof will hang low within their reach.”} [al-Insan; 14]

That is, these fruits will be within their reach whether they are standing, sitting, or laying down.”

 

It was said:

“By the One who revealed the Book upon Muhammad (peace be upon him), the people of Paradise will increase in beauty and goodness everyday, just as they used to increase in old age and weakness in the world everyday.”

 

It was said:

“In Paradise, if anyone desires the meat of a bird, he simply calls out for one and it comes down and lands on its side. He eats smoked meat from one side of it and roasted meat from the other,then it comes back to life again and flies away.”

 

It was narrated from one of those who would abstain from the worldly pleasures that he would eat herbs and salt without any bread, so it was said to him: “You limit yourself to this?!” The man replied:

“Yes, because I live my life for Paradise, and you live your life for the bathroom (meaning, you eat the best of foods and end up in the bathroom, while I eat simple foods in order to sustain my ability to worship, hoping to end up in Paradise).”

 

It was narrated that a man desired to enter the bathroom, so his companion prevented him from doing so and said to him: “You cannot enter without paying a fee.” So, the man cried out and said:

O Allah! He has prevented me from entering the abode of the devils without a price, so how can I expect to enter the abode of the prophets and the truthful without a price?”

 

It was said:

“If Paradise could not be attained by anyone except if they abandoned all that they loved from this worldly life, then this would be nothing in comparison to Paradise.

If one could not be saved from Hell except by experiencing every hardship possible, then this would be nothing in comparison to Hell.

So, how is it when you can enter Paradise by abandoning one fraction of athousand of the things you like, and you can be saved from Hell by experiencin one fraction of athousand of hardship?”

 

It was narrated:

Verily, a woman of this world – if she makes it to Paradise – will be more virtuous and preferred over the Hur al-‘Ayn because of her actions in this world.”

 

[Must read Story] The martyrdom of Sa’id bin Jubair [rahimahullah]

August 15, 2013 Leave a comment

 

When Sa’id bin Jubair (rahimahullah) entered into the court of the ruthless governor, Al-Hajjaj bin Yusuf Ath-Thaqafi, the latter asked the former, “What is your name?”

 
“Sa’id bin Jubair.”

 

“Rather, you are ‘the miserable one, son of the broken one,” said Al-Hajjaj, immediately showing hostility towards Sa’id. This was the way he treated all of his enemies – basically, anyone who criticized him was his enemy.

 

“Rather, my mother knows my name better than you do,” said Sa’id, with the calmness and composure that one should show when responding to an ignorant person.

 

“You are wretched, and so is your mother,” said Al-Hajjaj.

 

“As for the unseen world, One other than you knows it, said Sa’id.

 

“I will cause you to change in this world with a blazing fire,” said Al-Hajjaj.

 

“Had I known that that was in your hands, I would have taken you as a God,” said Sa’id.

 

“And what do you say about Muhammad (sallaAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam)?” asked Al-Hajjaj.

 

“He is the Prophet of mercy, the Imam of guidance – may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him – and the Messenger of the Lord of all that exists, sent to all of mankind with a good exhortation.”

 

“And what do you say about ‘Ali bin Abu-Talib ?” Al-Hajjaj asked. “Is he in Paradise or in the Hell-fire?”

 

“Had I entered it, I would have seen its dwellers,” said Sa’id.

 
“And what do you say about the Caliphs (Khalifahs)?”

 

“I am not a guarantor for them, said Sa’id. “Each person is held ransom for only that which his own hands have reaped.”
 

“Should I curse them or praise them?” Al-Hajjaj asked.

 

“I will not say that which I do not know,” said Sa’id. “I am required to be accountable only for the affairs of my own soul.

 
“Who among them do you like best?” Al-Hajjaj asked.

 

“The one whom the Creater (Allah ‘azawajal) is most pleased with, said Sa’id.

 

“And who among them is Allah most pleased with?” Al-Hajjaj asked.

 

“The knowledge thereof is with the One who knows their secrets and their private discourses,” said Sa’id.

 

“And what kind of a man will I be on the Day of Resurrection?” Al-Hajjaj asked.

 

“I am too insignificant for Allah to reveal to me the unseen world,” said Sa’id.

 

“You refuse to be truthful with me,” said Al-Hajjaj.

 

“To the contrary, (I said what I said because) I did not want to lie to you,” said Sa’id.

 

“Forget about all of this,” Al-Hajjaj said. “Tell me why you never laugh.”

 

“I have never seen anything that should make me laugh,” said Sa’id. “And how can a created being laugh when he was created from clay, which is consumed by fire!”

 

“Then what is the matter with us that we laugh?” asked Al-Hajjaj.

 

“Hearts (of people) are not at the same level,” said Sa’id.

 

“Have you ever seen any form of entertainment (i.e., musical instruments)?”

 

“I do not know what you are referring to,” said Sa’id. Al-Hajjaj then asked one of his underlings to bring a lute (a stringed instrument) and a flute. When they were brought and someone began to play the lute and blow into the flute, Sa’id began to cry.

 

“What is making you cry?” Al-Hajjaj asked.

 

“O Hajjaj, you have reminded me of a tremendous matter,” said Sa’id. “By Allah, after what I have seen here, I will never eat to satiety, quench my thirst, or wear (nice) clothing, and I will continue to remain in a state of sadness.”

 

“Fine, but what is your view concerning this entertainment?” Al-Hajjaj asked.

 

“O Hajjaj, by Allah, that is the sadness (I am referring to). As for this blowing instrument, it reminded me of a tremendous Day, the Day on which the trumpet will be blown. As for the lute, a tree was wrongfully cut (for it to be made). And as for the strings, they are from the bowels of sheep (which were wrongfully slaughtered (since they weren’t slaughtered for food or any beneficial use, but rather for forbidden entertainment)). They will be resurrected with you on the Day of Resurrection.”

 

“I am more beloved to Allah than you are?” Al-Hajjaj asked.

 

“No one goes to his Lord until he knows how he ranks with Him,” said Sa’id. “And Allah knows best about the unseen.”

 

 
“And how is it possible that I will not go to my Lord as I am today (i.e., dignified – as he deemed himself to be)?” said Al-Hajjaj. “I am with the Imam of the Jama’ah (the main body of Muslims), while you are with the Imam of division and Al-Fitnah (trial or tribulation, the source of discord).”

 

 

“I am not outside of the Jama’ah,” said Sa’id. “Nor am I pleased with the trials or tribulations; but the decree of Allah (‘azawajal) is executed: nothing can prevent it (from being executed).”

 

 

“What do you think about that which we are gathering for the Leader of the Believers?” Al-Hajjaj asked.

 

 

“I have not seen (what it is that you are gathering for him),” said Sa’id. Al-Hajjaj ordered for gold, silver, pearls, and precious jewels to be brought to him; when they came, he put them between the hands of Sa’id ibn Jubair.

 

 

 
This is good, if you fulfill its condition,” said Sa’id.

 

“And what is its condition?” Al-Hajjaj asked.

 

“If you use what you gathered to purchase safety from the Greater Terror on the Day of Resurrection, then that is fine. Otherwise”

…every nursing mother will forget her nursling, and every pregnant one will drop her load (22:2)

 

“Nothing that is gathered for the world is good other than that which is good and purified,”
continued Sa’id.

 

“Then you consider our action of gathering (this wealth) good and pure?” Al-Hajjaj asked.

 

In your view, you have gathered it,” said Sa’id. “And you know better whether it is good and pure (i.e., whether you have procured it through lawful means).”

 

“Would you like to have something from it (i.e., from this treasure)?” Al-Hajjaj asked.

 

“I do not love that which Allah does not love,” said Sa’id.

 

 
“Woe unto you!” exclaimed Al-Hajjaj.

 

“The destruction (that you have invoked upon me) is reserved for those who are sent away from Paradise and are made to enter the Hell-fire,” said Sa’id.

 

“Choose, O Sa’id, the method in which I will kill you,” said Al-Hajjaj.

 

 
“Choose for yourself, O Hajjaj,” said Sa’id. “For by Allah, whatever method you use to kill me, Allah will kill you in the same manner in the Hereafter.”

 

“Do you want me to forgive you?” Al-Hajjaj asked.

 

“If there is any forgiveness, then it is from Allah,” said Sa’id. “As for you, you have no exoneration and no excuse (for what you do).”

 

“Take him away and kill him, said Al-Hajjaj to his guards. As Sa’id was being taken away, he laughed. When Al-Hajjaj was informed about his laughing (which was something novel for Sa’id), he ordered for him to be brought back to him. When Sa’id returned, Al-Hajjaj asked, “O Sa’id, what has made you laugh?”

 

I became amazed at your temerity and brazenness in your dealings with Allah, which is contrasted by His forbearance and leniency towards you,” said Sa’id.

 

 
Al-Hajjaj then ordered for one of the guards to bring a Nat’a. A Nat’a was a special kind of carpet that was made of leather. It would be rolled out onto the ground on special occasions only – when someone was about to be killed or tortured. And its purpose was to prevent the blood of the person being tortured or executed from splattering all over the floor, especially if the floor was made of marble or expensive material, as was often the case in the castles of governors and leaders.When the Nat’a was laid out and Sa’id was moved onto it, Al-Hajja said to his guards, “Kill him.”

 

 

First, let me perform two units of prayrer, said Sa’id. Having faced the Qiblah and commenced his prayer, Sa’id recited this Verse:
Indeed, I have turned my face toward He who created the heavens and the earth, inclining toward truth, and I am not of those who associate others with Allah .” (6:79)

 

 
“Turn him so that he does not face the Qiblah,” said Al-Hajjaj. When the guards executed his instructions, Sa’id recited this verse:
so wherever you turn yourselves or your faces there is the Face of Allah (2:115)

 

 

“Put his face onto the ground,” said Al-Hajjaj, more furious than he probably ever was before in his life. Referring to the ground and the earth, Sa’id then recited Allah’s saying:
From the earth We created you, and into it We will return you, and from it We will extract you another time. (20:55 )

 

 
“Slaughter him!” exclaimed Al-Hajjaj.

 

 
“I make you bear witness, O Hajjaj, that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah alone, and He has no partner, and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger,” said Sa’id. “I keep these words with you in safekeeping, O Hajjaj, until you meet me on the Day of Resurrection.”

 

 

Sa’id then invoked Allah saying, “O Allah, do not give him the power to kill anyone after me.” They then killed him – may Allah have mercy on him.

 

After he was killed, Al-Hajjaj lived for only fifteen more days. In what remained of his days, he would constantly call out in pain, “What is it between me and Sa’id bin Jubair? Whenever I want to sleep, he takes me by the leg (to prevent me from sleeping).”

 

 
One narration indicates that he lived for forty days after he had killed Sa’id. It is mentioned in that narration that when he would sleep, he would see Sa’id in his dream. Sa’id would grab him by his garment and say, “O enemy of Allah! Why did you kill me?” While he was awake, Al-Hajjaj would ruefully say, “What is it between me and Sa’id bin Jubair, what is it between me and Sa’id bin Jubair?”

 

 

It is also reported that, during his last days, Al-Hajjaj became paralyzed, so that if he placed his hand on a burning stove, his skin would burn, yet he wouldn’t feel anything. Also, he became very ill; his illness was attributed to worms that entered into his body.

 

 

When Al-Hajjaj summoned for Al-Hasan Al-Basri to come to him, Al-Hasan simply said,

“Did I not tell you: do not stand in the way of the scholars! You have killed Sa’id!”

 
“I didn’t call you here in order to ask you to supplicate for me (i.e., for my cure),” said Al-Hajjaj. “I only called you here so that Allah can grant me rest (i.e., death) from the condition that I am in.” Shortly thereafter, Al-Hajjaj died. And it would not be surprising if we were to learn that his last words were: “What is it between me and Sa’id bin Jubair!”

Hilyatul-Awliya’ 4/290-295, Al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah 9/107-108, Sifatus-Safwah 2/51-54.

 

Related Read:

What is the correct opinion concerning Al-Hajjaj Ibn Yoosuf Ath-Thaqafee? Is he a disbeliever?

 

[Dreadful] From the chapter on ‘The Fire and Its People’: Tanbih Al-Ghafileen

August 12, 2013 Leave a comment

 

There was a man whose tears would not stop rolling from his eyes. He would keep weeping until he was finally asked why he was in this state, so he answered:

“If Allah – the Exalted – had promised me that if I commit a sin, he would imprison me in a bathroom forever, then it would be appropriate for me to never stop crying. So, how should it be considering that He has promised that He would imprison me in a fire that has been burning for over three thousand years?

 

It was said:

“Verily, Hell has a pathway filled with snakes that are as thick as the trunks of trees and scorpions that are like blackened beasts.

The peope of Hell will escape from the Fire to these snakes, so these snakes will grab them by their lips and peel away everything from their hair to their fingernails, and nothing can save them from this except to jump back into the Fire.”

 

It was said:

“Verily, the people of Hell will call out to one of the angels guarding it, and he will not answer them for forty years. Then, he will say to them: {“Verily, you shall abide forever.”} [az-Zukhruf; 77]

 

Then, they will call upon their Lord: {“Our Lord! Take us out of it (Hell), and if  we were to return, then we would indeed be wrong-doers!”} [al-Mu’minun; 107], and the amount of time that He will wait without answering them will be equal to twice the amount of time that the World existed. Then, He will say to them: {“Remain in it forever, and do not speak to Me.”} [al-Mu’minun;108]

 

By Allah, after this, the people will not speak a single word, and there will not be except the inhalation and exhalation of the Hell-Fire, and their voices will be like those of screaming donkeys in between the inhalations and exhalations of the Fire.”

 

The narrator of this athar (who was one of the Tabi’in) commented by saying: “O people! Do you have the capacity to withstand this? Are you patient enough to withstand this? O people! Obedience to Allah is easier upon you than this, soobey Him!”

 

 

It was narrated:

“Verily, the people of the Fire will be tortured for one thousand years, then they will say: “During our lives, if we were patient, we were eventually given a way out of our troubles.” So,they will be patient for one thousand more years without their punishment being lightened for them. Then, they will say: {“It does not matter whether we rage or patiently endure; we have no place of refuge.”} [Ibrahim; 21]

 

Then, they will call upon Allah – the Exalted – for one thousand years to send some rain upon them out of their extreme thirst and intense torture so that they would be relieved of the intense temperatures and extreme thirst. So, after they supplicate for one thousand years, Allah -the Exalted – will say to Jibril: “What do they ask for?” Jibril will answer: “O Lord, You are more Knowing of them. They ask for rain.” So, red clouds will appear above them, and they will think that rain will pour from these clouds. Instead, blackened scorpions will pour down upon them, one sting of which throbs with pain for over one thousand years.

 

Then, they will again ask Allah – the Exalted -for one thousand years to provide them with rain, and then black clouds will appear above them. They will say: “These are rain clouds!” But instead, snakes like the  necks of camels will pour out of the clouds, one bite of which throbs with pain for over one thousand years, and this is the meaning of the saying of the Exalted: {“We will add torment upon torment for them because of the corruption that they used to perform.”} [an-Nahl; 88].”

 

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“It is written in the Torah that he who……..” by Wahb ibn Munabbih (Rahimahullah)

July 19, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Wahb ibn Munabbih said, “It is written in the Torah,

He who prepares provisions [for the Hereafter] in this world will be safe from Allah’s punishment on the Day of Judgement;

he who leaves hatred will be praised on the Day of Judgement in front of the whole creation;

he who abandons love of leadership will be honoured on the Day of Judgement in front of the Omnipotent King;

he who abandons the excesses of the dunya will be blissful amongst the righteous ones [on the Day of Judgement];

he who abandons quarrelling in this world will be amongst the winners on the Day of Judgement;

he who abandons miserliness in this world will be mentioned in front of the whole of creation on the Day of Judgement;

he who abandons repose in this world will be happy on the Day of Judgement;

he who abandons the prohibited in this world will be in the company of the Prophets on the Day of Judgement;

he who abandons looking at that which has been prohibited in this world, Allah will delight his eyes on the Day of Judgement in Paradise;

he who abandons wealth and chooses poverty in this world, Allah will raise him on the Day of Judgement amongst the beloved and the Prophets of Allah;

he who assists others in fulfilling their needs, Allah will make him free from all needs in this world and in the next.

 

 

He who wishes to have good company instead of solitude in his grave should wake up in the darkness of the night and pray;

he who wishes to be in the shade of the Throne of the Merciful should become an ascetic;

he who wishes his bring to account to be easy should advise himself and his brothers;

he who wishes the angels to be his visitors should become Godconscious;

he who wishes to live in the delight of Paradise should remember Allah during the night and day;

he who wishes to enter Paradise without any bringing to account should repent to Allah with a sincere repentance;

he who wishes to be rich should become contented with what Allah the Exalted his allotted for him;

he who wishes to be a man of  understanding in the sight of Allah should have fear of Allah;

he who wishes to be wise should seek knowledge;

he who wishes to be safe from people should not mention anyone except with good and take a lesson from his own self and ponder over why and from what he was created;

he who wants dignity and  honor  in both the dunya and in the Hereafter should give preference to the Hereafter over the dunya;

he who wishes for al Firdaws (the highest rank in Paradise) and infinite happiness should not waste his life in the vices of the dunya;

he who wishes for Paradise in this world and the next should adopt the path of generosity, because the one who is generous is close to Paradise and far from Hell;

he who wishes his heart to be enlightened with the complete light should adopt the path of contemplation and of taking lessons [from life and creation];

he who wishes to have a body that patiently endures [hardships], a tongue that is in constant remembrance [of Allah], and a heart which is fearful [of Him] should adopt the path the path of seeking forgiveness for the believers – male and female, and for the Muslims – male and female.”

[Preparing For The Day Of Judgement By: Imaam Ibn Hajar Al‘ Asqalani, page 46-47]

 

The Gates of Hell

June 15, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Allah has told us that Hell has seven gates, as He said:
“And surely, Hell is the promised place for them all. It [Hell] has seven gates, for each of these gates is a [special] class [of sinners] assigned”. (15:43-44)

 

Ibn Katheer commenting on this aayah, said:

“This means that each gate has been allotted its share of the followers of Iblees who will enter it, and the will not be able to avoid it. May Allaah protect us from it. Each will enter a gate according to his deeds, and will be assigned to a level of Hell according to his deeds.”

 

It was reported from ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib (radiAllahu anhu) that he said, during a khutbah (sermon):

“The gates of Hell are such and-such”.

 

Abu Harun said,

“They are in layers, one above the other”.

 

It is reported that he also said,

“The gates of Hell number seven, one above the other. The first will be filled, then the second, then the third, until all of them are filled.”

(Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 4/162)

 

 

When the disbelievers come to Hell, its gates will be opened, and they will enter it, to remain there forever:

“And those who disbelieved will be driven to Hell in groups, till, when they reach it, the gates thereof will be opened [suddenly like a prison at the arrival of the prisoners]. And its keepers will say, “Did not the Messengers come to you from yourselves – reciting to you the Verses of your Rabb, and warning you of the Meeting of this Day of yours”. They will say, “Yes” but the Word of torment has been justified against the disbelievers”. (39:71)

 

 

After they are admitted, they will be told:

“Enter you the gates of Hell, to abide therein. And [indeed] what an evil abode of the arrogant!” (39:72)

 

These gates will be shut upon the evildoers, and they will have no hope of ever escaping from them after that, as Allah says, “But those who reject Our Signs, they are the [unhappy] Companions of the Left Hand. On them will be Fire vaulted over [all round].” (90:19-20)

 

Ibn ‘Abbaas said,

“vaulted” (literally: “shut over them”) means that the gates will be locked”.

al-Mujaahid pointed out that the word used (mu’sadah) is the word used in the dialect of Quraysh to mean “locked” or shut” (Tafseer Ibn Katheer 7/298)

 

In the Qur’aan Allah says:
“Woe to every [kind of] scandalmonger and backbiter, who piles up wealth and lays it by. Thinking that his wealth would make him last forever! By no means! He will be sure to be thrown into that which Breaks to Pieces. And what will explain to you that which breaks to pieces? The Fire of [the wrath of] Allaah, kindled [to a blaze], which mounts [right] to the heart. It shall be made into a vault over them, in columns outstretched.” (104:1-9)

 

 

Allaah  states that the gates of Hell will be locked behind them. Ibn Abbaas said,

“In columns outstretched” means that the gates will be stretched out”. ‘Atiyah said, “It is a pillar of iron”. Muqaatil said, “The gates will be closed firmly behind them and locked with a bolt of iron, so that the pain and heat will be intensified. The expression “stretched forth” applies to the “pillar”, meaning that the bolts with which the  gates are locked will be very long, because a long bolt is stronger than a short one”

(Ibn Rajab, at-Takhweef min an-Naar, p.61)

 

The gates of Hell may be opened and closed before the Day of Judgement. The Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) told us that the gates of Hell are locked during the month of Ramadhan. at-Tirmidhi reported that Abu Hurayrah said the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said:

“When the first night of Ramadhan comes, the Shayaateen and evil jinns are chained up. The gates of Hell are closed and not one of them is opened. The gates of Paradise are opened and not one of them is closed.”

(Ibid, p.66)

[al-Jannah wa an-Naar, page 10]

 

The Vast Extent of Hell

June 6, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Hell is huge and vast and immensely deep, as is proven by several things:

 
(1) Those who will enter Hell are innumerable, yet one of them will be so huge that his molars will be as big as Mount Uhud, and the distance between his shoulders will be equivalent to three days walking. Nevertheless, Hell will accommodate the huge number of Kuffaar and evildoers who have existed throughout history, in spite of their huge size, and there will still be room for more, as Allaah says in the Qur’aan:

“On the Day when We will say to Hell: “Are you filled?” It will say: “Are there any more to come?” (50:30)

The Fire of Hell is like a mill to which are brought thousands upon thousands of tons of grain, which it grinds tirelessly until it is all done, then waits for more.

 

 

In the hadith that describes the debate between Paradise and Hell, it says that Allah  said to Hell, “You are My Punishment; I will punish in you whomsoever I will”. Both Paradise and Hell will be filled, but Hell will not be filled until Allah places His foot in it and it will say, “Enough, enough!”. Then it will be filled and its different parts will come closer to one another. Allah will not wrong any one of His Creation.

Reported by al-Bukhaari and Muslim from Abu Hurayrah (ra) (Jaami’ al-Usool, 10/544). [See the narration from Anas in al-Bukhaari, Muslim and Mishkaat ul-Masaabeeh, 3/109 with a similar meaning].

 

 

(2) Another indication of its vast depth is the fact that a stone thrown from the top of Hell takes a very long time to reach the bottom. Muslim reports that Abu Hurayrah (radiAllahu anhu) said:

“We were with the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) and we heard the sound of something falling. The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Do you know what that was?” We said, “Allaah and His Messenger know best”. He said, “That was a stone that was thrown into Hell seventy years ago and it was falling through Hell until now”.

(Muslim, Kitaab al-Jannah, Baab fi shiddat haar an-naar, 4/2184 no. 2844)

 

 
Haakim reports from Abu Hurayrah, and Tabaraani from Mu’aadh and Abu Umamah (radiAllahu anhu) that the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said,

“If there was a huge stone as big as seven khalifaat stones, and it was thrown from the edge of Hell it would fly through it for seventy years before it reached the bottom”.

(Saheeh al-Jaami’ as-Sagheer, 5/58, no. 5124, Its isnaad is saheeh).

 

 

(3) The great number of angels who will bring Hell forth on the Day of Resurrection.
The Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) described how Hell will be brought forth on the Day of Resurrection, concerning which Allah said,

“And Hell will be brought near that Day”. (89:23)

 
The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said,

“Hell will be brought forth that Day by means of seventy thousand ropes, each of which will be held by seventy thousand angels.”

(reported by Muslim from ‘Abdullaah ibn Mas’ud, 4/2184 no.2842)

 
We can only image the vastness of this terrifying creation that requires such a huge number of strong and powerful angels whose strength is known only to Allaah!

 

 

(4) Another indication of the vastness of Hell is the fact that two great creations like the sun and moon will be two rolled-up bulls in Hell. at-Tahhaawee reports, in Mishkil al-Aathaar, that Salamah ibn ‘Abdur-Rahman said, “Abu Hurayrah told us that the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said:

“The sun and moon will be two rolled-up bulls in Hell on the Day of Resurrection”

al-Bayhaqi also reported this in “al-Ba’th wal-Nushur”, as did al-Bazzaar, al-Isma’ili and al-Khattaabi, with an isnaad that is saheeh according to the conditions of al-Bukhaari, who reported in al-Saheeh al-Mukhtasar, with the wording

“The sun and moon will be rolled up in Hell of the day of Resurrection”.

(Sheikh Naasir ud-Deen al-Albaani narrated this hadeeth in Silsilah al-ahadeeth as-Saheehah, 1/32, hadith no:124)

 

[al-Jannah wa an-Naar, pg 7-8]

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