Paradise and Hell

DESCRIPTIONS OF PARADISE

THE CREATION OF PARADISE

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “When Allah created Paradise and Hellfire, He sent Gabriel to Paradise, saying, ‘look at it and at what I have prepared therein for its inhabitants.’ So Gabriel went to it and looked at it and at what Allah had prepared therein for its inhabitants. Then Gabriel returned it Allah and said, ‘By Your glory, no one hears of it without entering it.’ So Allah ordered that it be encompassed by forms of hardship, and He said, ‘Return to it and look at what I have prepared therein for its inhabitants! So, Gabriel returned to it and found that it was encompassed by forms of hardship. Then he returned to Allah and said, ‘By Your glory, I fear that no one will enter it, Allah said, ‘Go to Hellfire and look at it and at what I have prepared therein for its inhabitants.’ Gabriel found that it was in layers, one above the other. Then Gabriel returned to Allah and said, ‘By Your glory, no one who hears of it will enter it.’ So Allah ordered that it be encompassed by lusts. Then He said, ‘Return to it and Gabriel returned to it and said, ‘By Your glory, I am frightened that no one will escape from entering it.’ (At-Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud and An-Nasa’i).

Masruuq (RA) said: “We asked ‘Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood about this verse: “And do not regard those who have been killed in the cause of Allah as dead, rather, they are alive with their Lord and being provided for.” (Surah Ali Imraan 3:169) He said, ‘We asked about that and the Prophet (SAW) said, “Their souls are in the insides of green birds, having lanterns suspended from the Throne, roaming freely in Paradise where they please, then taking shelter in those lanterns. Their Lord cast a glance at them and said, ‘Do you wish for anything?’ They said, ‘What shall we wish for when we roam freely in Paradise where we please?’ And He did that with them three times- when they saw that they would not be spared from being asked again, they said, ‘Oh Lord! We would like for You to put our souls back into our bodies so that we might fight for Your sake once again.’ When Allah saw that they were not in need of anything, they were let be.’ (Muslim, At-Tirmidhi, an-Nasaaa’I and Ibn Majah).


THE GATES OF PARADISE

"Gardens of perpetual bliss – they shall enter them as well as the righteous among their fathers, their spouses and their offspring. And angels shall enter upon them from every gate.” (Surah al Raad 13:23)

“This is a reminder. Verily, for the righteous is a beautiful place of final return – garden of eternity, whose doors will always be open to them.” (Surah Saad 38:49-50).

“And those who feared their Lord will be led to the Garden in crowds until behold, they arrive there. Its gates will be opened, and its keepers will say, ‘Peace be upon you! Well have you done, so enter it, abiding in it eternally.’” (Surah Al Zumar 39:73)

Sahl bin Sa’d (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said: “Paradise has eight gates, and one of them is called ar-Rayyaan, through which none will enter but those who observe fasting.” (Bukhari)

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said: “Whoever spends two things in the way of Allah will be called from the agates of Paradise and will be addressed, ‘O slave of Allah, here is prosperity!’ So whoever was among the people who used to offer their prayers will be called from the gate of the prayer; and whoever was among the people who used to participate in jihad will be called from the gates of jihad; and whoever was among those who used to observe fasts will be called from the gate of ar-Rayyaan; and whoever was among those who used to give in charity will be called from the gate of charity.” Abu Bakr said, ‘Let my parents be sacrificed for you, Oh Allah’s Apostle! No distress or need will befall him who will be called from those gates Will there by anyone who will be called from these gates?” The Prophet (SAW) replied, “Yes. And I hope you will be one of them.” (Bukhari)

‘Uqba bin ‘Aamir said: “We were entrusted with the task of tending the camels – On my turn, when I came back in the evening after grazing them in the pastures, I found Allah’s Messenger (SAW) stand and address the people. I heard these words of his, ‘If any Muslim performs ablution well, then stands and prays two rak’ahs, setting about them with his heart as well as his face, Paradise will be guaranteed to him.’ I said, ‘What a fine thing this is!’ A narrator who was before me said, ‘The first was even better than this.’ When I cast a glance, I saw that it was Umar who said, ‘I see that you have just come and observed. If anyone among you performs the ablution, completes the ablution well and says, “I testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the servant of Allah and His Messenger,” then the eight gates of Paradise will be opened for him and he may enter by whichever of them he wishes.’” (Muslim).

“The gates of Paradise will be opened on Mondays and on Thursdays, and every servant of Allah who associates noting with Allah will be forgiven, except for the man who has a grudge against his brother. About them it will be said, ‘Delay these two until they are reconciled. Delay these two until they are reconciled. Delay these two until they are reconciled.’” (Muslim, Maalik and Abu Dawud).


PARADISE – THAT WHICH HAS NEVER BEEN IMAGINED BY A HUMAN BEING

“Be foremost (in seeking) forgiveness from your Lord. And a garden of bliss, the width of the heavens and the earth prepared for those who believe in Allah and His messengers - that is the grace of Allah which He bestows on whom He pleases, and Allah is the Lord of abounding grace.” (Al Hadeed 57:21)

Abu Hurairah (RA) reported that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said that Allah SWT said: “I have prepared for My righteous servants what no eye has seen and no ear has heard, nor has it occurred to the human heart. Thus, recite if you wish, ‘And no soul knows what joy has been kept hidden for them.”’ (Al-Bukhari, Muslim, At-Tirmidhi, and Ibn Majah, Surah Al Sajdah 32:17).

Sahl bin Sa’d (RA) narrated Allah’s Apostle (SAW) said: “A place in Paradise equal to the size of a lash is better than the whole world and whatever is in it.” (Bukhari).


THE RIVERS OF PARADISE

“(Here is)A parable of the Garden which the righteous are promised. In it are rivers of water, incorruptible; rivers of milk of which the taste never changes; rivers of wine, delicious to those who drink; and rivers of honey, pure and clear. In it there are for them all kinds of fruits and forgiveness from their Lord. Can those in such bliss be compared to such as shall dwell forever in the Fire? Those whom shall be given boiling water to drink, it will be so hot that it cuts up their bowels to pieces.” (Muhammad 47:15)

“As for the righteous, they will be in the midst of gardens and rivers, in and assembly of truth, in the presence of a Sovereign Omnipotent.” (Al-Qamar 54:54-55)

“Verily, Allah will admit those who believe and do righteous deeds to gardens beneath which rivers flow. While those who reject Allah will enjoy (this world) and eat as cattle eat. The Fire will be their abode.” (Muhammad 47:12)

Abu Hurairah (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said: “The Saihaan, Jaihaan, Euphrates and Nile are all among the rivers of Paradise.” (Muslim).


THE FOUNTAINS OF PARADISE

“The righteous will be amid gardens and springs. (They will be greeted), ‘Enter here in peace and security.’ And We shall remove from their hearts any lurking sense of injury. (They will be) brothers facing each other on thrones.” (Al-Hijr 15:45-47).

“Their thirst will be slaked with pure wine, sealed. The seal will be of musk. For This, let the competitors compete. With it (will be given) a mixture of Tasneem, (highest spring in Paradise), a spring from which those nearest to Allah drink.” (Al-Mutaffifeen 83:25-28).

“A fountain there, called Salsabeel.” (Al Insaan 76:18)

“Therein will be a flowing spring.” (AL Ghaashiyah 88:12)

“In them (each garden) will be two springs, flowing freely.” (Al Rahmaan 55:50)

“As for the righteous, they shall drink from a cup in which is a mixture of kaafoor (cool and refreshing drink), a fountain from which the righteous servants of Allah drink, causing it to burst forth simply by their will.” (Al-Insaan 76:5-6).


THE GARDENS AND TREES OF PARADISE

“Verily, for the righteous there will be attainment of security – gardens enclosed and grapevines.” (Naba 78:31-32)

“In them will be two pairs of every fruit.” (Al Rahmaan 55:52)

“They will recline on carpets whose linings will be rich brocade. The fruit of the gardens will be hanging near. Then which of the favors of your Lord will you deny?” (Al Rahmaan 55:54-55).

“In them will be fruits and dates and pomegrantes.” (Al Rahmaan 55:68).

“The companions of the right hand – what are the companions of the right hand? (They will be) among lot trees without thorns, among talh (bananas ) trees with flowers (or fruits) piled one above another, and in shade long –extend by water flowing (constantly) and fruit abundance whose season is not limited not (supply) forbidden.” (Al- Waaqiah 56:27-33).

“And its shades will come low over them, and the bunches (of fruit will hang low in compliance).” (Insaan 76:14)

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said: “In Paradise there is a tree under the shadow of which a rider can travel for a hundred years.” (Through another chain of transmitters the following words were added), “He will not be able to cover this distance.” ( Muslim).

Sahl bin Sa’d (RA) reported that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: “In Paradise there is a tree under the shadow of which a rider can travel for a hundred years. Without covering the distance completely.” (Muslim)

Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (RA) narrated that Allah’s Apostle (SAW) said: “In Paradise there is a tree under the shadow of which a rider of a fine and swift – footed horse can travel for a hundred years without covering the distance completely. There will be the pleasure of Allah for the inhabitants of Paradise, and he will never be annoyed with them.” (Muslim).

Anas bin Maalik (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said: “There is a tree in Paradise (which is so large that) if a rider traveled in its shade for one hundred years, he would not be able to cross it.” (Al-Bukhari).

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said: “There is a tree in Paradise (which is so large that) a rider could travel in its shade for a hundred years. And if you wish, you can recite: “In shade long – extended (Al Waaqi’ah 56:30). A place in Paradise equal to an arrow bow of one of you is better than (the whole earth) on which the sun rises and sets.” (Al-Bukhari).


THE SHADE OF PARADISE

“The parable of the Garden which the righteous are promised – beneath it flow rivers. Perpetual is the enjoyment thereof and shade therein. Such is the end of the righteous. The end of the disbelievers is the Fire.” (Al-Ra’d 13:35)

“As for the righteous, they shall be amid shades and springs of water and fruits, all they desire. ‘Eat and drink to your heart’s content because of what you used to do’. Thus do We certainly reward the doers of good.” (Al Mursalaat 77:41-44).

“And its shades will come low over them, and the bunches of fruit will hang low in compliance.” (Al Insaan 76:14)

“They will be among lot trees with thorns talh (bananas) trees with flowers or fruits piled one above another, and in shade long and extended, by water flowing (constantly) and fruit in abundance whose season is not limited nor (supply) forbidden.” (Al-Waaqi’ah 56:28-33).

“They and their spouses will be in (cool) shade, reclining on thrones. (Every) fruit (i.e. enjoyment) will be there for them and they shall have whatever they call for. ‘Peace!’ – a word (of salutation) from a Lord most merciful.’ (Yasin 36:56-58).

“But those who believe and do deeds of righteousness, We shall soon admit to gardens with rivers flowing beneath – abiding there forever. Therein they shall have pure companions. We shall admit them to shades, cool and ever deep.” (Al Nisaa 4:57)


THE ATMOSPHERE OF PARADISE

“Reclining on raised thrones, they will see therein neither (burning) sun nor (freezing) cold.” (Al Insaan 76:13)

“Faces that day will be joyful – pleased with their striving – in a garden on high, where they shall hear no bad speech.” (Al Ghashiyah 88:8-11) (bad speech equals insult falsehood, harm, immorality, pointless talk, etc.)

“They will say, ‘Praise be to Allah who has removed from us (all) sorrow, for our Lord is indeed oft – forgiving, appreciative, who has settled us in the house of lasting residence out of His bounty. No toil nor sense of weariness shall touch us therein.’” (Faatir 35:34-35).


THE MARKET OF PARADISE

Anas bin Maalik (RA) reported that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: “In Paradise there is a street to which they (the inhabitants of Paradise) will come every Friday. The north wind will blow and will scatter fragrance on their faces and on their clothes. This will add to their beauty and loveliness. Then they will go back to their family after having an added luster to their beauty and loveliness, and their family will say to them, ‘By Allah, you have been increased in beauty and loveliness after leaving us.’ They (the ones who have been scattered with fragrance) will say, ‘By Allah, you have also increased in beauty and loveliness after us.” (Muslim).


THE BOUNTY OF THE PEOPLE OF PARADISE

“But after them (i.e. prophets and righteous believers) there followed a posterity who neglected prayer and followed after lusts. Soon, then, will they face destruction, except those who repent, believe and work righteousness. These will enter the Garden and will not be wronged in the least - gardens of eternity, those which (Allah), Most Merciful, has promised to His servants in the Unseen. His promise must come to pass. They will not hear therein any vain discourse, but only salutation of peace. They will have therein their sustenance, morning and evening. Such is the Garden which We give as an inheritance for those of Our servants who are God fearing.” (Maryam 19:59-63)

“He that works evil will not be requited but by the like thereof. And he that works a righteous deed – whether male or female, and is a believer – such will enter the Garden. Therein they will have provision without measure.” (Ghaafir 40:40)

“But give glad tidings to those who believe and work righteousness, that they will have gardens beneath which rivers flow. Every time they are provided with fruits there from, they say, ‘Why? This is what we were provided with before,’ for they are given things in resemblance. They have therein pure companions, and they abide therein forever.” (Al-Baqarah 2:25)

“But the sincere (and devoted) servants of Allah, for them is a sustenance determined fruits (delights) and, they shall be honored in gardens of felicity.” (Al Saafaat 37:40-43)

“That is what you are promised for the Day of Account! Truly, such will be Our bounty (to you). It will never cease.” (Al-Saad 38:53-54).


THE FOOD AND DRINK OF PARADISE

“Such will be the Garden which you have inherited because of what you used to do. You shall have therein abundance of fruit from which you shall eat.” (Al-Zukhruf 43:72-73).

“And We shall provide them with fruit and meat, anything they shall desire. They shall exchange with one another a cup free of frivolity, free of sin.” (Tur 52:22-23).

“As for the righteous, (they will be) in a position of security among gardens and springs, dressed in fine silk and in rich brocade, facing each other. And We shall join them to companions with beautiful, big, lustrous eyes. There they can call for every kind of fruit, in peace and security.” (Al-Dukhaan 44:51-55).

“Every fruit (enjoyment) will be there for them, and they shall have whatever they call for.” (Yasin 36:57)

“As for him who will be given his record in his right hand, he will say, ‘Ah here! Read my record! I certainly knew that I would be meeting my account!’ so he will be in a life of bliss, in a garden on high, the fruits hanging in bunches (low and near). ‘Eat and drink with full satisfaction because of the good that you sent before you in the days past!” (Haaqqah 69:19-24).

“And among them will be circulated vessels of silver and glasses of crystal, - crystal- clear, made of silver which they will determine the measure thereof (according to their wishes). They will be given a cup in which a mixture of Zanjabeet (ginger) from a fountain called Salsabeel. Around them, youths of perpetual (freshness) will serve. If you see them, you will think they are scattered pearls. When you look there (Paradise), you will see bliss and a magnificent realm. Upon them (people of Paradise) will be green garments of fine silk and heavy brocade. They will be adorned with bracelets of silver, and their Lord will give them a pure drink. ‘Verily this is a reward for you and your endeavor has been appreciated.” (Al-Insaan 76:15-22)

“The companions of the right hand – what are the companions of the right hand? (They shall be) among lot trees without thorns, among talh (bananas) trees with flowers (or fruits) piled one above another, and in shade long – extended, by water flowing (constantly) and fruit in abundance whose season is not limited nor (supply) forbidden. And (they will be) on thrones (of dignity) raised high.” (Waaqi’ah 56:27-34).

“As for the righteous, they shall be amid (cool) shades and springs (of water) and fruits, all they desire. ‘Eat and drink to your heart’s content because of what you used to do.’ Thus do We certainly reward the doers of good.” (Mursalaat 77:41-44).

“As for the righteous they shall drink from a scup in which is a mixture of kaafoor.” (Al Insaan 76:5)

“Therein will they recline (at ease). Therein they can call (at pleasure) for fruit in abundance and (delicious) drink.” (Saad 38:51)

“As for the righteous, they will be gardens and feel happiness, enjoying what their Lord has given them. And their Lord had (already) prevented them from the penalty of the Fire. (to them it will be said), ‘Eat and drink with satisfaction because of what you used to do.” (Al Tur 52:17-19)

Abu Sa’eed (RA) narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said: “The first meal which the people of Paradise will take will be the caudate (extra) lobe of the liver of a fish.” (Al-Bukhari).


THE VESSELS AND PLATES OF PARADISE

“Around them will circulate eternal youths with goblets, beakers and cups (filled) from clear – flowing fountains –no one will ache will they receive nor will they suffer intoxication.” (Waqi’ah 56:17-19).

“To them will be passed dishes and goblets of gold. There will be all that the soul could desire and all that the eyes could delight in, and you shall abide therein eternally.” (Al-Zukhruf 43:71).

“And among them will be circulated vessels of silver and glasses of crystal – crystal, clear, and made of silver which they will determine the measure thereof (according to their wishes).” (Al-Insaan 76:15-16).

“Verily for the righteous there will be attainment of security, gardens enclosed and grape vines, companions of equal age and a cup full to the brim.” (Naba 78:31-34).


THE DWELLINGS OF THE PEOPLE OF PARADISE

“Allah has promised to believers, men and women, gardens under which rivers flow to dwell therein eternally and good homes in gardens of everlasting bliss. But the pleasure of Allah is greatest. That is the supreme triumph.” (Tawbah 9:72).

“Companions restrained (as to their glances) in pavilions.” (Rahmaan 55:72)

Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri (RA) reported that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: “The believers, after being saved from the Hellfire, will be stopped at a bridge between Paradise and Hell, and mutual retaliation will be established among them regarding wrongs they have committed in the world against one another. After they are cleansed and purified (through the retaliation), they will be admitted into Paradise. By Him in whose hand Muhammad’s soul is, everyone of them will know his dwelling in Paradise better than he knew his dwelling in this world.” (Bukhari).

Abdullah bin Qais Al-Ash’ari (RA) narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said: “A tent (in Paradise) is like a hollow pearl which is thirty miles in height. On every corner of the tent the believers will have a family that cannot be seen by the others.” (Narrated Abu ‘Imraan in another narration,” (The tent is) sixty miles (in height).” (Bukhari).

IT is reported that the Prophet (SAW) said: “While I was asleep, I saw myself in Paradise, and there I beheld a woman making ablution beside a palace. I asked, ‘To whom does this palace belong?’ somebody said, ‘To Umar bin AL-Khattab.’ Then I remembered Umar’s jealousy (concerning women), and so I quickly went away from that palace.” (When Umar heard this from the Prophet (SAW), he wept and said, ‘Do you think it is likely that I feel jealousy because of you, Oh Allah’s Apostle?” (Bukhari).

On the authority of his father, Abu Bakr bin Abu Moosa bin Qais (RA) narrated that Allah’s Apostle (SAW) said: “There will be a tent made of a pearl whose height towards the sky will be sixty miles. In each corner, there will be a family of the believer, out of sight of the others.” (Muslim).

Abu Bakr bin ‘Abdullah bin Qais (RA) reported on the authority of his father that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: “In Paradise there will be a tent of a single hollowed pearl, the width of which will be sixty miles from all sides. There will live a family in each corner, and the other will not be able to see the believer who goes around to them.” (Muslim).


THE THRONES OF THE PEOPLE OF PARADISE

“Therein will be thrones raise don high, goblets placed ready, cushions set in rows and rich carpets spread out.” (Al-Ghaashiyah 88:31-36)

“Truly, the righteous will be in bliss. On thrones they will command a sight of things. You will recognize in their faces the beaming brightness of bliss.” (Al-Mutaffifeen 83:22-24)

“They will recline with ease on thrones arranged in ranks. We shall join them with companions with beautiful, big, and lustrous eyes.” (Al Tur 52:20)

“Reclining on raised thrones, they will see therein neither (burning) sun nor (freezing) cold.” (Al Insaan 76:13)

“They and their spouses will be in cool shade, reclining on thrones.” (Yasin 36:56)

“They will be on thrones encrusted with gold and precious stones, reclining on them, facing each other.” (Al Waaqi’ah 56:15-16)

“They will recline on carpets whose linings will be of rich brocade. The fruit of the gardens will be hanging near (and in easy reach).” (Al Rahmaan 55:54)

“But on this day the believers will laugh at the unbelievers. On thrones they will command a sight of all things. Are the unbelievers not rewarded finally for what they used to do?” (Al Mutaffifeen 83:34-36)


THE RECEPTION OF THE PEOPLE OF PARADISE

“And those who feared their Lord will be led to the Garden in crowds, until behold, they arrive there. Its gates will be opened, and its keepers will say, ‘Peace be upon you! Well have you done, so enter it, abiding in it eternally.” (Al Zumar 39:73)

“Gardens of perpetual bliss – they shall enter them as well as the righteous among their fathers, their spouses, and their offspring. Angels shall enter unto them from every gate (with the salutation), ‘Peace unto you for what you endured in patience! Now, how excellent is the final home!” (Al Ra’d 13:23-24)

“But those who believed and worked righteousness will be admitted to gardens beneath which rivers flow to dwell therein forever by permission of their Lord. Their greeting therein will be, ‘Peace!” (Ibrahim 14:23)

“Their salutation on the day they met Him will be ‘Peace!’; and He has prepared for them a generous reward.” (Ah Ahzaab 33:44)

“No frivolity will they hear therein nor anything sinful – only the saying, ‘Peace! Peace!” (Al Waaqi’ah 56:25-26)

“Every fruit (enjoyment) will be there for them, and they shall have whatever they call for. ‘Peace!’ a word (of salutation) from a Lord most Merciful!” (Yasin 36:57-58)

“Certainly, those who believe and work righteousness – their Lord will guide them because of their faith. Beneath them will flow rivers in gardens of bliss. Their prayer therein will be, ‘Subhaanak Allahumma’ (Glory be to You Oh Allah!’), and their greeting therein will be, ‘Salam’ (Peace). And the last day of their prayers will be, ‘Praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds.” (Yunus 10:9-10)


THE PEOPLE OF PARADISE

“You will recognize in their faces the beaming brightness of bliss.” (Al Mutaffifeen 83:24)

“Some faces, that day, will beam (in happiness), looking at their Lord!” (Al Qiyaamah 75:22-23)

“The righteous will be amid gardens and springs. (They will be greeted), ‘Enter here in peace and security.’ And We shall remove from their hearts any lurking sense of injury. (They will be) brothers facing each other on thrones. There no sense of fatigue shall touch them, nor shall they (ever) be evicted.” (Al Hijr 15:45-48)

“Faces that day will be joyful – pleased with their striving – in a garden on high, where they shall hear no bad speech.” (Al Ghashiyah 88:8-11)

Abu Hurairah (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said: “Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, created Adam in His own image with his length being sixty cubits. As He created him, He told him to greet that group (a party of angels sitting there) and listen to the response that they gave him, for it would form his greeting and that of his offspring. He then went away and said, ‘Peace be upon you!’ They (the angels) said, “May there be peace upon you and the mercy of Allah.” So all those who enter Paradise will be in the form of Adam, his length being sixty cubits. Then the people who followed him continued to diminish in size up to now.” (Muslim)

Abu Hurairah (RA) reported that the Messenger (SAW) said: “There will enter Paradise people whose hearts will be like those of the hearts of the birds.” (Muslim) ( This hadith beautifully sums up the qualities of the people of Paradise, just as the hearts of birds are free from every tint of jealousy, in the same way the hearts of the people of Paradise will e free from jealousy, rancor, deceit, and hatred. Secondly, just as birds are always alert and cautious of any danger, in the same way the hearts of the people of Paradise will also be wakeful. Thirdly, trust as the birds trust in Allah for their food, in the same way the people of Paradise will have complete trust in Allah regarding their sustenance, rather, their very existence. (Commentary of Abdul Hamid Siddiqi).

Sahl bin Sa’d (RA) narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said: “Seventy thousand or seven hundred thousand of my followers (the narrator is in doubt as to the correct number) will enter Paradise holding each other till the first and the last of them enter Paradise at the same time. Their faces will have a glitter like that of the moon at night when it is full.” (Al Bukhari).

Sahl bin Sa’d (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said: “Verily, 70,000 or 700,000 of my followers will enter Paradise altogether so that the first and the last of them will enter at the same time. Their faces will be a glittering like the bright full moon.” (Al Bukhari)

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said: “The first batch (of people) who will enter Paradise will be (glittering like the full moon, and the batch next to them will be (glittering) like the most brilliant star in the sky. Their hearts will be as the heart of a single man, for they will have neither enmity nor jealousy among themselves. Everyone will have two wives from the hooris (who will be so beautiful, pure and transparent that) the marrow of the bones of their legs will be seen through the bones and the flesh.” (Al Bukhari)

Abu Hurairah (RA) reported that Allah’s Apostle (SAW) said: “The first group (of people) who will enter Paradise will be glittering like the moon when it is full. They will not spit or blow their noses or relieve nature. Their utensils will be of gold and their cups of gold and silver. In their censors, the aloe wood will be used, and their sweat will smell like musk. Everyone of them will have no enmity among themselves. Everyone of them shall have two wives. The marrow of the bones of the wives ‘legs will be seen through the flesh because of excessive beauty. They (the people of Paradise) will be neither have differences nor hatred among themselves. HTier hearts will be as one heart, and they will be glorifying Allah in the morning and in the evening.” (Al-Bukhari)

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said: “The first batch (of people) who will enter Paradise will be (glittering) like a full moon, and those who will enter next will be glittering like the brightest star. Their hearts will be like the heart of a single man, for they will have two wives, each of whom will be so beautiful, pure and transparent that the marrow of the bones of their legs will be see through the flesh, they will be glorifying Allah in the morning and evening. They will never fall ill, blow their noses or spit. Their utensils will be of gold and silver and their cups will be of gold. The matte used in their censors will be the aloe wood, and their sweat will smell like musk.” (Al-Bukhari)

Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said: “Paradise and Hellfire disputed together and Hellfire said, ‘In me are the mighty and haughty.’ Paradise said, ‘In me are the weak and the poor.’ So Allah judged between them (saying), ‘You are Paradise, My mercy. Through you and I show mercy to those I wish. And you are Hellfire, My punishment. Through you I punish those I wish, and it is incumbent upon Me that each of you shall have its full.’” (Al Muslim, al Bukhari and at-Tirmidhi).

Haaarithah bin Wahb (RA) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “May I tell you who the dwellers of Paradise are? (They are) every person who is considered weak and is despised, and who if he takes an oath of reliance upon Allah, will fulfill it. Now may I tell you who the people destined for Hell are? (they are) everyone who is ignorant, impertinent, proud and arrogant.” (Al Bukhari and Muslim).


THE WOMEN OF PARADISE

“But give glad tidings to those who believe and work righteousness, that they will have gardens beneath which rivers flow, Every time they are provided with fruits there from they say, ‘Why, this is what we were provided with before,’ for they are given things in resemblance. They have therein pure companions, and they abide therein forever.” (Al Baqarah 2:25)

“And (there will be) companions with beautiful, big, and lustrous eyes, likened to well – guarded pearls, a reward for what they used to do.” (Al Waaqi’ah 56:22-24)

“And beside them will be chaste women restraining their glances (companions) of equal age.” (Saad 38:52)

“In them will be chaste (Maidens) restraining their glances, whom no man or jinn before them has touched.” (Al Rahmaan 55:56)

“In them will be fair companions, good and beautiful.” (Al Rahmaan 55:70)

“We have created their companions of special creation and made them virgins, loving by nature and equal in age for the companions of the right hand.” (Al Waaqi’ah 56:35-38)

“Companions restrained as to their glances in pavilions.” (Rahmaan 55:72)

“Verily, for the righteous there will be attainment of security gardens enclosed and grapevines, companions of equal age and a cup full (to the brim).” (Al Naba 78:31-34).

Abu Hurairah (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said: “The members if the first group to enter Paradise will have faces as bright as the full moon during the night. The next group will have faces as bright as the shining stars in the sky. Every person will have two wives, and the marrow of their shanks will glimmer beneath the flesh. There will be non without a wife in Paradise.” (Muslim).

After Harrithah (RA) had been martyred by an arrow thrown by an unknown person on the Day (of the battle) of Badr, his mother came to the Prophet (SAW) she said: “O Allah’s Apostle, you know the position of Haarithah in my heart. (how dear he was to her). So if he is in Paradise, I will not weep for him. Otherwise, you will see what I will do.” The Prophet (SAW) said, “Are you mad? Is there only one Paradise? There are many Paradises and he is in the highest Paradise of Firdaus” The Prophet (SAW) added, “A forenoon journey or an afternoon journey in Allah’s cause is better than the whole world and whatever is in it. A place equal to an arrow bow of anyone of you or a place equal to a foot in Paradise is better than the whole world and what ever is in it. If one of the women of Paradise looked at the earth, she would fill whatever is in between them with perfume. The veil of her face is better than the whole world and whatever is in it.” (Al Bukhari)


THE GARMENTS OF PARADISE

“Allah will admit those who believe and work righteous deeds to gardens beneath which rivers flow, they shall be adorned with bracelets of gold and pearls, and their garments therein will be silk. They have been guided in this life to good speech, and they have been guided to the path of Him, the All Praised.” (Al Hajj 22:23-24)

“For them will be gardens of eternity, rivers flowing beneath them. They will be adorned with bracelets of gold, and they will wear green garments of fine silk and heavy brocade, reclining on raised thrones. How good the reward! How beautiful a place of rest!” (AL Kahf 18:31)

“As for the righteous, (they will be) in a position of security among gardens and springs, dressed in fine silk and in rich brocade, facing each other. And We shall join them to companions with beautiful, big and lustrous eyes.” (Al Dukhaan 44:51-54)

“Gardens of eternity that they will enter, they will be adorned therein with bracelets of gold and pearls. Their garments will be of silk. They will say, “Praise be to Allah who has removed from us (All) sorrow, for our Lord is indeed oft –forgiving, appreciative out of His bounty. No toil nor sense of weariness shall touch us therein.” (Faatir 35:33-35)

“Upon them will be green garments of fine silk and heavy brocade. They will be adorned with bracelets of silver, and their Lord will give them a pure drink. ‘Verily, this is a reward for you, and your endeavor has been appreciated.” (Al Insaan 76:21-22)

Al Baraa’h bin ‘Aazib (RA) said: “Allah’s Apostle (SAW) was given a silken garment, and its beauty and delicacy astonished the people. On that, Allah apostle (SAW) said, ‘No doubt, the handkerchiefs of Sa’d bin Mu’aadh in Paradise are better than this.” (Al-Bukhari)


THE BRACELETS OF THE PEOPLE OF PARADISE

“Allah will admit those who believe and work righteous deeds to gardens beneath which rivers flow. They shall be adorned with bracelets of gold and pearls, and their garments therein will be silk. They have been guided (in this life) to good speech, and they have been guided to the path of Him, and the All-praised.” (al Hajj 22:23-24)

“For them will be gardens of eternity, rivers flowing beneath them. They will be adorned with bracelets of gold, and they will wear green garments of fine silk and heavy brocade, reclining on raised thrones. How good the reward! How beautiful a place of rest!” (Al Kahf 18:31)

“Upon them will be green garments of fine silk and heavy brocade. They will be adorned with bracelets of silver, and their Lord will give them a pure drink. ‘Verily, this is a reward for you, and your endeavor has been appreciated.’” (Al Insaan 76:21-22)

“Gardens of eternity they will enter. They will be adorned therein with bracelets of gold and pearls. Their garments will be of silk. They will say, ‘Praise be to Allah who has removed from us, (all) sorrow, for our Lord is indeed oft-forgiving, appreciative, who has settled us in the house of lasting residence out of His bounty. No toil no sense of weariness shall touch us therein.” (Faatir 35:33-35)


THE YOUTHFUL SERVANTS OF PARADISE

“Around them will circulate eternal youths with goblets, beakers and cups filled from clear and flowing fountains, no after, ache will they there from, nor will they suffer intoxication, and also with fruits, any that they may select; and the flesh of fowls, any that they may desire.” (Waaqi’ah 56:17-21)

“Around them will circulate (devoted) youths resembling well guarded pearls.” (Tur 52:24)

“Around them, youths of perpetual (freshness) will serve. If you see them, you will think they are scattered pearls).” (Al Insaan 76:19).


THE ACTIVITIES OF THE PEOPLE OF PARADISE

“Verily, the companions of the Garden are in occupation they enjoy. They and their spouses will be in cool shade, reclining on thrones.” (Yasin 36:55-56).

“Then those who have believed and worked righteous deeds will be in a garden (of happiness), honored.” (Rum 30:15)

“(They will be) facing each other on thrones. Passed around to them will be a cup from a clear, flowing fountain, crystal, white, of a taste so delicious to those who drink from it. It is free from headiness, and they will not suffer intoxication from it. Beside them will be chaste women, restraining their glances, with big eyes of wonder and beauty, as if they were delicate eggs, closely guarded.” (Al Saafaat 37:44-49)

“But on this day the believers will laugh at the unbelievers. On thrones they will command a sight of all things. Are the unbelievers not rewarded (finally) for what they used to do?” (Al Mutaffifeen 83:34-36)

“They will say, ‘Praise be to Allah, who has truly fulfilled His promise to us and has made us inherit the earth. We can dwell in the garden where we will. How excellent a reward for those who work (righteousness)!” (Al Zumar 39:74)

“They will advance to each other, engaging in mutual enquiry. They will say, ‘We used to be fearful of Allah and His punishment among our people. But Allah has been good to us and has delivered us from the penalty of the scorching wind. Truly, we used to call upon Him before. Truly, it is He who is the Beneficent, the Merciful.” (Al Tur 52:25-28).

Abu Hurairah (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) aid: “The (members of the ) first group that will be admitted to Paradise will have their faces as bright as a full moon during the night. They will neither spit nor suffer anything. They will have their utensils and their combs made of gold and silver, and the fuel of their braziers will be aloes, and their sweat will be musk and everyone of them will have two spouses (so beautiful) that the marrow of their shanks will be visible through the flesh. There will be no dissension among them and no enmity in their hearts. Their hearts will be like one heart, glorifying Allah morning and evening.” (Muslim)


THE RANKS OF PARADISE

“Those who believe, emigrate and strive with might and main in Allah’s cause with their wealth and their persons have the highest rank in the sigh of Allah. They are the ones who will achieve (salvation). Their Lord gives them glad tidings of a mercy from Himself and good pleasure and of gardens for them wherein is lasting enjoyment. They will dwell therein forever. Verily, with Allah is a great reward.” (Al Tawbah 9:20-22).

“Look how We have bestowed more on some than on others. But verily in the hereafter is greater difference in rank and preference.” (Al Israa 17:21)

“O you who believe! When you are told to make room in assemblies, (spread out and) make room. (Ample) room will Allah provide for you. And when you are told to rise up, rise up. Allah will raise those of you who believe and who have been granted knowledge in rank. Allah is well – acquainted with all you do.” (Al Mujaadilah 58:11)

“Verily, he who comes to his Lord as a criminal (at judgment), for him is Hell, wherein he shall neither die nor live. But he who comes to Him as a believer who has worked righteous deeds, for them are ranks exalted gardens of eternity, beneath which flow rivers, dwelling therein forever. Such is the reward of those who purify themselves (from evil).” (TaaHaa 20:74-76)

It is narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said: “Whoever believes in Allah and His Apostle (SAW), offers prayer perfectly and fasts the month of Ramadan will rightfully be granted Paradise by Allah, no matter whether he fights in Allah’s cause or remains in the land where he is born.” The people said, “Oh Allah’s Apostle! Shall we acquaint the people with this good news?” He said, “Paradise has one hundred grades which Allah has reserved for the mujaahidoon who fight in His cause, and the distance between each of two grades is like the distance between the Heaven and the earth. So when you ask Allah (for something), ask for al-firdawus which is the best and highest part of Paradise.” (the subnarrator added, “I think the Prophet (SAW) also said ‘Above it (alfirdaus) is the throne of the beneficent (Allah), and from its originate the rivers of Paradise.” (Al Bukhari)

Sahl bin Sa’d (RA) reported that the Messenger (SAW) said: “The people of Paradise will look to the upper apartment of Paradise in the same way as you see the planets in the sky.” (Muslim).

Abu Sa’eed al Khudri (RA) narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said: “The people of Paradise will look at the dwellers of the lofty mansions (a superior place in Paradise) in the same way as one looks at a brilliant star far away in the East or in the West on the horizon. That is because of their superiority over one another (in rewards).” Because of that, the people said, “Oh Allah’s Apostle! Are these lofty mansions the prophets mansions which nobody else can reach?” The Prophet SAW replied, “By Allah, in whose hands my life is, some men who believe in Allah and trust His Apostles will be able to reach them.” (Al Bukhari and Muslim).

Anas bin Maalik (RA) reported that Umm Ar- Rubaa’I bint Al Baraa’h (RA) the mother of Haarithah bin Suraaqah (RA) came to the Prophet (SAW) and said: “OH Allah’s Prophet! Will you tell me about Haarithah?” Haarithah had been killed (martyred) on the day of Badr with an arrow by an unidentified person. She added, “IF he is in Paradise, I will weep bitterly for him.” He said, “Oh mother of Haarithah! There are gardens in Paradise, and your son got the Firdaus at A’laa (the best place in Paradise).” (Al-Bukhari).


THE LOWEST RANK IN PARADISE

Abdullah (RA) said: “The Prophet (SAW) said, ‘I know the person who will be the last to come out of the Hellfire and the last to enter Paradise. He will be a man who will come out of the Hellfire crawling, and Allah will say to him, ‘Go and enter Paradise.” He will go to it, but will imagine that it has been filled, and then he will re turn and say, “Oh Lord, I have found it full.” Allah will say, “Go and enter Paradise, and you will have what equals the world and ten times as much ( you will have as much as ten times the like of the world).” On that, the man will say, “Do you mock at me (laugh at me) though You are the King?” I saw Allah’s Apostle (SAW) (while saying that) smiling that his premolar teeth became visible. IT is said that will be the lowest degree among the people of Paradise.” (Al Bukhari).

Abu Hurairah (RA) said: “Some people said, ‘O Allah’s Apostle! Shall we see our Lord on the Day of Resurrection?’ He said, ‘Do you crowd and squeeze each other on looking at the sun when it is not hidden by clouds?’ They replied, ‘No, Allah’s Apostle’. He said, ‘Do you crowd and squeeze each other on looking at the moon when it is full and not hidden by clouds?’ They replied, No’, Allah’s Apostle’. He said, ‘So you will see Him (your Lord) on the Day of Resurrection similarly. Allah will gather all the people and say, ‘Whoever used to worship anything should follow that thing.’ So he who used to worship the sun, will follow it; and he who used to worship the moon will follow it and he who used to worship false deities will follow them. And then only this nation (Muslims) will remain, including their hypocrites. Allah will come to them in a shape other than they know and will say, “I am your Lord.” They will say, “We seek refuge from you. This is our place (we will not follow you) till our Lord comes to us, and when our Lord comes to us, we will recognize Him.” Then Allah will come to them in a shape they know and will say, “I am your Lord,” They will say, “(No doubt) You are our Lord.” And they will follow Him. Then a bridge will be laid over the Hellfire.” And Allah’s Apostle (SAW) added, ‘I will be the first to cross it. The invocation of the apostles on that day will be, ‘Allahumma sallim, sallim! (O Allah save us, save us!)’ Over that bridge will be hooks similar to the thorns of as’sa’daan (a thorny tree). Didn’t you see the thorns of as’ sa’daan?’ The companions said, ‘Yes, Oh Allah’s Apostle.’ He added, ‘So the hooks over that bridge will be like the thorns of as’-sa’daan, except that their greatness in size is only known to Allah. These hooks will snatch the people according to their deeds. Some people will be ruined because of their evil deeds, and some will be cut into pieces and fall down in Hell, but will be saved afterwards when Allah finished the judgments among His slaves and intends to take out of the Fire whoever He wishes to take out from among those who used to testify that none had the right to be worshipped but Allah.

He will order the angels to take them out. The angels will know them by the mark of the traces of prostration (on their foreheads), for Allah banned the Fire to consume the traces of prostration on the body of Adam’s son. So they will take them out, and by then they will have been burnt (as coal). Then water, called maa’ul hayat (water of life) will be poured on them, and they will spring out like a seed springs out on the bank of a rainwater stream. There will remain one man who will be facing the Hellfire and will say, “OH Lord! Its (Hell) vapor has poisoned and smoked me, and its flame has burnt me. Please turn my face away from the Fire.” He will keep on invoking Allah till Allah says, “Perhaps if I give you (what you want), you will ask for another thing?” The man will say, “No, by Your power, I will not ask You for anything else.” Then Allah will turn his face away from the Fire. The man will say after that, “Oh Lord, bring me near the gate of Paradise.” Allah will say to him, “Didn’t you promise not to ask for anything else? Woe to you, oh son of Adam! How treacherous you are!” The man will keep invoking Allah till Allah will say, “But if I give you that, you may ask me for something else.” The man will say, “No, by Your power, I will not ask for anything else.” He will give Allah his covenant and promise not to ask for anything else after that. So Allah will bring him near to the gate of Paradise. When he sees what is in it, he will remain silent as long as Allah wills, and then he will say, “Oh Lord! Let me enter Paradise.” Allah will say, “Didn’t you promise that you would not ask ME for anything other than that? Woe to you, oh son of Adam! How treacherous you are!” On that, the man will say, “Oh Lord! Do not make me the most wretched of Your creation,” and will keep on invoking Allah till Allah will smile. When Allah smiles because of him, then HE will allow him to enter Paradise. When he enters Paradise, he will be addressed, “Wish from so and so” He will wish until all his wishes are fulfilled. Then Allah will say, “All this (what you have wished for) and as much again therewith are for you.” Abu Hurairah (RA) added, ‘That man will be the last of the people of Paradise to enter Paradise.”

‘Ataaa (RA) narrated while Abu Hurairah (RA) reporting: “Abu Sa’eed (RA) was sitting in the company of Abu Hurairah (RA) and he did not deny anything of his narration till he reached his saying, ‘All this and as much again therewith are for you.” Then Abu Sa’eed (RA) said, ‘I heard Allah’s Apostle say, “This is for you and ten times as much.” Abu Hurairah (RA) said, “In my memory it is as much again therewith.” (Al-Bukhari).


EVERLASTING LIFE IN PARADISE

“But those who have faith and work righteousness, they are companions of the Garden, abiding in it eternally.” (Al Baqara 2:82)

“There, no sense of fatigue shall touch them, nor shall they ever be evicted.” (Al Hijr 15:48)

“They will not taste death therein, except the first death, and He will preserve them from the penalty of the blazing Fire. (It will be) a bounty from your Lord. That will be the supreme achievement!” (Al Dukhaan 44:56-57).

“As for those who believe and work righteous deeds, they will have the gardens of Paradise as hospitality. Eternally therein, they will not desire any other place.” (Al Kahf 18:107-108).

“Their Lord gives them glad tidings of a mercy from Himself and good pleasure and of gardens for them wherein is lasting enjoyment.” (Al Tawbah 9:21).

Abu Hurairah (RA) reported that Alla’s Apostle (SAW) said: “He who gets into Paradise (will be made to enjoy such and everlasting) bliss that he will neither become destitute nor will his clothes wear out nor will his youthfulness decline.” (Muslim)

Abu Sa’eed Al Khudri (RA) and Abu Hurairah (RA) both narrated that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: “There will be an announcer (in Paradise) who will make this announcement, ‘Verily, there is in store for you (everlasting) health. You will never fall ill, and you will live (forever) and never die. You will reamin young and never become destitute.’ (This is explained in) the words of Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, ‘And it will be announced to them, “This is the Paradise you have been made to inherit for what you used to do.”” (Muslim, Quranic quote is from Al Araaf 7:43).

Abu Sa’eed (RA) reported that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: “Death will be brought on the Day of Resurrection in the form of a white – colored ram.” Abu Juraib made the addition, “Then it will be made to stand between Paradise and Hell.” (So far the rest of the hadeeth is concerned, there is perfect agreement between the two narrators.) “It will be said to the people of Paradise. ‘Do you recognize this? They will raise up their necks, look towards it and say, ‘Yes, it is death’ Then a command will be given to slaughter it, and it will be said, “Oh people of Paradise, there is everlasting life for you and no death, Then (Addressing) the people of Hellfire, it is will be said, “Oh people of Hellfire! There is everlasting life for you and no death.” Allah’s Messenger (SAW) then recited the following verse pointing with his hand to this material world. “Warn them of the day of regret, when their affairs will be decided. They are unmindful, and they do not believe!” (Muslim, Surah Maryam 19:39).

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said: “It will be said to the people of Paradise. ‘Oh people of Paradise, eternity for you and no death!’ To the people of the Fire (It will be said), “Oh people of the fire, eternity for you and no death!’” (Al-Bukhari).


THE GREATEST THING IN PARADISE

“Say, ‘Shall I bring your attention to things far better than those? For the righteous are gardens in nearness to their Lord, with rivers flowing beneath, eternal therein, with pure companions and the good pleasure of Allah. For within Allah’s sight are all His servants – especially those who say, “Our Lord, we have indeed believed, so forgive us our sins and protect us from the agony of the Fire.” Those who are patient, are truthful, who worship devoutly, who spend in the way of Allah and who prays for forgiveness in the pre-dawn hours.’” (Aali-Imraan 3:15-17).

“Allah has promised to believers, men and women, gardens under which rivers flow to dwell therein eternally and good homes in gardens of everlasting bliss. But the pleasure of Allah is greatest. That is the supreme triumph.” (Al Tawbah 9:72).

“Those who believe, emigrate and strive with mighty and main in Allah’s cause with their wealth and their persons’ have the highest rank in the weight of Allah. They are the ones who will achieve salvation. Their Lord gives them glad tidings of a mercy from Himself and good pleasure and of gardens for them wherein is lasting enjoyment. They will dwell therein forever. Verily, with Allah is a great reward.” (Al Tawbah 9:20-22)

“Their salutation on the day they meet Him will be ‘Peace!; and He has prepared for them a generous reward.” (Al Ahzaab 33:44)

“Peace!’ a word of salutation from a Lord most Merciful!” ( Yasin 36:58).

“Some faces that day, will beam in happiness, looking at their Lord.” (Al Qiyaamah 75:22-23) (This ayah is used as proof by ohl us sunnah that the people of Paradise will actually see their Creator).

Abu Sa’eed al Khudri (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said: “Allah will say to the inhabitants of Paradise, ‘Oh inhabitants of Paradise! They will say, Oh our Lord, we present ourselves and are at Your pleasure, and good ness rests in Your hands.’ Then He will say, ‘Are you contented?’ They will reply, ‘And how should we not be contented, oh Lord, when You have given to us that which You have given to no one else of Your creation?’ Then He will say, ‘Would you not like Me to give you something better than that?’ They will answer, ‘Oh Lord and what thing is better than that?’ He will say, “ shall cause My favor to descend upon you and there you shall never be displeased with you.’” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim and At-Tirmidhi)


DESCRIPTIONS OF HELL

ITS CREATION

“Fear the fire, which is prepared for the disbelievers.” (Ali Imran 3:131)

“Truly Hell is lying in wait- a destination for the transgressors.” (An-Naba 78:21-22) (One’s rejection of faith is transgression against Allah and himself).

‘Abdullah bin Umar (RA) narrated: “Allah Messenger (SAW) said, ‘When someone dies, he is shown his destination morning and evening and if he belongs to the people of Paradise, (he will be shown his place) among the people of Paradise, and if he is from the people of Hell, (he will be shown his place) among the people of Hell.’” (Al Bukhari).

Abu Hurairah (RA) reported that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: “There was a dispute between Hell and Paradise during which Hell said, ‘The haughty and the proud will find abode in me.’ And Paradise said, ‘The meek and the humble will find their abode in me.’ Thereupon, Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, (addressing Hell) said, ‘You are the means of My punishment by which I punish those of My servants whom I wish.’ (and addressing Paradise), He said, ‘You are My mercy by means of which I will show mercy to those whom I wish. And each one of you will be full.’” (Muslim).


GATES

“The unbelievers will be led to Hell in crowds until, when they arrive there, its gates will be opened..” (Az-Zumar 39:71).

“And verily, Hell is the promised abode for them all. It has seven gates: to each of those gates is a specific class of sinners assigned.” (Al Hijr 15:43-44).

“To them will be said, ‘Enter you the gates of Hell to dwell therein. And how evil is this abode of the arrogant.’” (az Zumar 39:72).

“But those who reject Our signs are the companions of the left hand – on them will be fire vaulted over.” (al Balad 90:19-20).

In Arabic, the phrase “on them will be fire vaulted over” indicates that the gates of Hell be closed. In other words, the fire will encompass the companions of the Fire, and the gates of Hell will imprison them within. As well, the gates of Hell will be locked, vaulted all around, and outstretched columns will cover the doors.

“It is the fire of Allah, kindled to a blaze, which mounts right to the hearts. It will be a vault over them in outstretched columns.” (al Humaza 104:6-9).

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: ‘When the month of Ramadan begins and the gates of Heaven are opened, the gates of Hell are closed, and the devils are chained.” (Al Bukhari).


LEVELS

“To all are degrees or ranks according to their deeds.” (An-am 6:132).

“Is the man who follows the good pleasure of Allah like the one who draws upon himself the wrath of Allah and whose abode is in Hell – an evil refuge? They are varying grades in the sight of Allah, and Allah sees well all that they do.” (Ali Imran 3:162-163).

“Indeed the hypocrites are in the lowest depths of the Fire; you will find no helper for them.” (an Nisa 4:145)


CAPACITY AND DEPTH

On the Day of Judgment the inhabitants of Hell will see their destined abode face to face and will realize the error of their ways. But, of course, it will be too late. The Qur’an states: “No! When the earth is pounded to powder, and your Lord comes with His angels, rank upon rank, and Hell, that Day, is brought [face to face] – on that Day will man remember? But how will that remembrance profit him?” (al Fajr 89:21-23)

“On the Day We will say to Hellfire, ‘have you been filled?’ it will say, ‘Are there some more?’” (Qaf 50:30)

Ibn Mas’ud (RA) reported that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “Hell will be brought on that Day. IT will have seventy thousand reins with seventy thousand angels drawing it by each rein.” (Muslim).

Abu Hurairah (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said: “And his (the disbeliever’s) seat in Hellfire is as much as (the distance) between Makkah and Madinah.” (At Tirmidhi and al-Hakim).

Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: “While we were in the company of Allah’s Messenger (SAW), we heard a terrible sound. Thereupon, Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said, ‘Do you know what that sound is?’ When we answered, ‘Allah and His Messenger know best.’ He said. “That is a stone which was thrown into Hell seventy years ago and has been constantly falling until now when it finally reached the bottom.’” (Muslim).

Abu Hurairah (RA) reported that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: “Hell and Paradise fell into a dispute during which Hell said, ‘I have been distinguished by the proud and the haughty.’ And Paradise said, ‘What is the matter with me that only the meek and the humble and the downtrodden and the simple enter me?’ Thereupon, Allah said to Paradise, ‘You are the means of My mercy whereby I show mercy to those of My servants whom I wish.’ Then HE said to Hell, ‘You are the means of punishment whereby I punish those of My servants whom I wish. Both of you will be full.’ Hell will not be filled up until Allah puts His foot over it. Then Hell will say, ‘Enough, enough, enough,’ at which point it will be filled up, all of its parts integrated together.” (Muslim).

Anas bin Malik (RA) reported that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: “Hell will continue to ask, ‘Is there anything more?’ until Allah, the Exalted, and High will place His foot thereon, Then it will say, ‘Enough, enough, by Your honor,’ and some of its parts will draw close together.’” (Muslim).


FUEL
People:

“Those who has disbelieved – their wealth and their children will never benefit them anything with Allah. And those are the ones who are the fuel of Hellfire.” (Ali Imran 3:10).

Jinn:

“And there are among us Muslims (in submission to Allah) and others who deviate from justice. And whoever accepts Islam has sought out the right path. As for those who deviate, they will be firewood for the Hellfire.” (al-Jinn 72:14-15).

Stones:

“But if you cannot – and of a surety you cannot – then fear the fire whose fuel is men and stones, which is prepared for those who reject faith.” (al Baqara 2:24)

“O you who believe, save yourselves and your families from a fire whose fuel is men and stones, over which are appointed angels, stern and severe, who do not disobey Allah in what He orders them and who do precisely what they are commanded.” (Al Tahreem 66:6)

False Gods

“Verily, you (unbelievers) and what you worship besides Allah are fuel for Hellfire, You will surely come to it. If those had (truly) been gods, they would not have come to it. But all will abide therein eternally.” (Al-Anbiya 21:98-99).

“And the Fierce Fire will be brought out before those straying in evil, and it will be said to them, ‘Where are those you worshipped besides Allah? Can they help you or help themselves?’ Then they will be thrown into it (the Hellfire) on their faces – they and those straying in evil and the soldiers of Iblees, all together.” (ash Shu’ara 26:91-95).


INTENSITY OF ITS FIRE

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated: “When Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said, ‘Your ordinary fire is one of the 70 potions of the Hellfire,’ someone commented, ‘O Messenger of Allah, would it (ordinary fire) not be sufficient (to burn the wrongdoers)?’ At that, Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said, ‘The Hellfire has 69 more portions than ordinary (worldly) fire, and all of them are as hot as this (worldly fire).’” (Al Bukhari)

“Verily, Allah has cursed the disbelievers and prepared for them a Blazing Fire. Dwelling therein forever, and they will find no protector or helper.” (Al Ahzab 33:64-65)

“But he who is given his record behind his back will soon cry for destruction, and he will enter a blazing Fire.” (al Inshiqaq 84:10-12).

“No, they deny the Hour (of the judgment to come), but We have prepared a blazing fire for such as deny the Hour. When it sees them from a far off place, they will hear its fury and its raging sigh. And when they are cast, bound, in chains, into constricted place therein, they will plead therein for destruction. Do not plead today for a single destruction; plead for destruction oft-repeated.” (Al Furqan 25:11-14)

“The companions of the left hand – what are the companions of the left hand? (They will be) in the midst of a fierce blast (of fire) and in boiling water.” (al Waqi’ah 56:41-42)

“But, he whose scales are light his home will be a pit. And what will make you understand what that is? (It is ) a fire, blazing fiercely.” (al Qari’ah 101:8-11).

“Soon will I cast him into Saqar (the Hellfire). And what will explain to you what Saqar is? It permits nothing to endure, and it leaves nothing alone, darkening and changing the color of man.” (al Muddaththir 74:26-29).

“Their abode will be Hell. Every time it abates. We will increase for them the blaze (the fierceness) of the fire.” (al Isra 17:97)

“Those are the ones, who have exchanged the Hereafter for the gains of this worldly life. The punishment will not be lightened for them, and they will not be aided.” (al Baqarah 2:86)

“So taste, (the result of your deeds), for We will not increase you except in punishment.” (an Naba 78:30)

Anas (RA) reported that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “The most favored man among the dwellers of the Earth will be brought from among the people of the Fire on the Day of Resurrection. He will be dyed in the Fire but once, and then it will be said to him, ‘O son of Adam, have you ever seen good at all? Has any pleasure ever come to you?’ He will say, ‘No, by Allah, O Lord.’ Then the most miserable people in the world will be brought from the people of Paradise and will be dyed with the dye of Paradise. It will be said to him, ‘O son of Adam, have you ever seen any misery, and has any hardship ever come to you? ‘ He will say, ‘No, by Allah, O my Lord. No misery ever came to me, nor did I see any hardship.’” (Muslim).


ITS SHADE

“The companions of the left hand – what are the companions of the left hand? (They will be) in the midst of a fierce blast (of fire) and in boiling water and in the shades of black smoke – nothing cool and nothing beneficial.” (Waqi’ah 56:41-44).

“And woe that Day to the deniers (of truth). ([It will be said], ‘Depart to a shadow [of smoke ascending] in three columns, [which yields] no shade of coolness and is of no use against the fierce blaze.’” (Mursalat 77:28-31).


SPARKS OF ITS FIRE

“Indeed, it throws about sparks [as huge] as a palace, as if they were yellow camels.” (Mursalat 77:32-33).


NAMES
Jahannam:

“Truly Jahannam (the Hellfire) is lying in wait.” (Naba 78:21)

Latha:

“By no means! For it is Latha (the fire of Hell) burning away right to the skull.” (Ma’arij 70:15-16).

Al-Hutamah: (Crusher which Smashes or Breaks to Pieces):

“By no means! He will certainly be thrown into al-Hutamah. And what will make you understand what al-Hutamah is? It is the fire of Allah, kindled to a blaze, which mounts right to the hearts.” (al Humazah 104:4-7).

Sa’eer (the Brning Fire):

“…a group in Paradise and a group in Sa’eer.” (ash-Shura 42:7).

Saqar:

“Soon will I cast him into Saqar. And what will explain to you what Saqar is? It permits nothing to endure and it leaves nothing alone, darkening and changing the color of man.” (al Muddaththir 74:26-29).

Al-Jaheem (The Fierce Fire):

“And al-Jaheem will be brought out before those straying in evil.” (ash-Shu’ara 26:91)

Al-Hawiyah (The Pit)

“But he whose scales are light – his home will be a pit. And what will make you understand what that is? (It is) a fire, blazing fiercely.” (al Qar’iah 101:8-11).


ITS KEEPERS

“Those in the Fire will say to the keepers of Hell, ‘Pray to your Lord to lighten for us the penalty for a day (at least).’ They will say, ‘Did there not come to you your messengers with clear signs?’ They will say, ‘Yes.’ They will reply, ‘Then pray as you like. But the prayer of those without faith is not but in error.’” (Ghafir 40:49-50).

“O you who believe, save yourselves and your families from a fire whose fuel is men and stones, over which are (appointed) angels, stern and severe, and who do not disobey Allah in what He orders them and who do precisely what they are commanded.” (at-Tahreem 66:6)

“Over it are nineteen. And We have not made the guardians of the Fire except angels. And We have made their number only as a trial for the unbelievers – in order that the People of the Book may be certain and that the believers may increase in faith, and so that the People of the Book and the believers would not doubt, and that those in whose hearts is a disease and the unbelievers would say, ‘What example does Allah intend by this?’ Thus does Allah leave to stray whom he pleases and guides whom He pleases. And none can know the soldiers of your Lord except He. And this is nothing other than a warning to mankind.” (Muddaththir 74:30-31)

“They will cry out, ‘O Malik, let your Lord put an end to us.’ He will say, “Surely, you will stay (as you are).’” (Az-Zukhrub 43:77).

Samurah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said: “Last night I saw [in a dream] two men coming to me. One of them said, ‘The one who lights the fire is Malik, the gatekeeper of Hell; I am Jibreel, and this is Mika’eel.’” (Al Bukhari)

Ibn Abbas (RA) related: “The Prophet (SAW) said, ‘On the night of my ascent to Heaven. I saw Musa ( who was a tall, brown, curly-haired man) as if he was one of the men of the Shan’awah tribe. Then I saw ‘Isa, a man of medium height, of moderate complexion inclined to the red and white colors, and of lank hair. I also saw Malik, the gatekeeper of the Hellfire.’” (Muslim).


EFFECTS UPON THE PRESENT WORLD

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “The Hellfire complained to its Lord, saying, ‘O my Lord, my different parts eat each other up.’ So Allah allowed it to take two breaths – one in the winter and the other in the summer. This is [the cause pf] the severe heat and the bitter cold you experience.’” (Al Bukhari)

Ibn ‘Umar (RA) narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said: “Fever is from the breath of the Hellfire; so cool it with water.” (Al-Bukhari)

Abu Dharr (RA) narrated: “While the Prophet (SAW) was on a journey, he said [regarding the performance of the thuhr prayer], ‘Wait until it gets cooler.’ He said the same thing again until the shade of the hillocks extended, and then he said, ‘Delay the [thuhr] prayer until it gets cooler, for the severity of heat is from the breath of Hell.’” (thuhr period is just before ‘asr) (Al-Bukhari).


GREAT NUMBER OF INHABITANTS

“And most of the people are not believers even though you take great care in this respect.” (Yusuf 12:103)

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated: “The Prophet (SAW) said, ‘The first man to be called on the Day of Resurrection will be Adam, who will be shown his descendants. And it will be said to them, “This is your father, Adam.” Adam will say, [responding to the call], “Labbayk wa sa’dayk.” Then Allah will say [to Adam], “Bring forth from your descendants the delegations of the Fire.” He will say, “O Lord, how many should I bring?” Allah will answer, “From every hundred, ninety-nine.’” The companions said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, if ninety-nine out of every one hundred of us are brought forth , then what will remain of us?’ The Prophet (SAW) stated, ‘My nation among other nations is like a white hair on a black bull.’” (Al-Bukhari).


SIZE OF ITS INHABITANTS

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “The molar tooth of an unbeliever or the canine tooth of an unbeliever will be like [Mount] Uhud, and the thickness of his skin will be like a three night’s journey.” (Muslim)

Abu Hurairah (RA) that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “The distance between the two shoulders of the non-believer in Hell will be like a three day’s journey for a swift rider.” (Muslim).

Abu Hurairah (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said: “Indeed, the thickness of the disbeliever’s skin will be the length of forty-two forearms of those of giants, his molar tooth like [Mount] Uhud, and his seat in Hellfire [the distance] between Makkah and Madinah.” (At-Tirmidhi and al-Hakim)


SOME OF ITS INHABITANTS

‘Imran bin Husayn (RA) narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said: “I looked into Paradise and saw that the majority of its inhabitants were the poor, and I looked into Hell and saw that the majority of its inhabitants were women.” (Al-Bukhari)

Usamah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (SAW) stated: “I stood at the gate of Paradise and saw that the majority of the people who entered it were the poor, while those of means were held [for account], except the companions of the Fire, who were already ordered to [be taken to] the Fire. And I stood at the gate of the Fire and [saw that] the majority of those who entered it were women.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).

Ibn ‘Abbas (RA) stated: “The Prophet (SAW) said, ‘I looked into the Hellfire, and the majority of its dwellers were women who were ungrateful.’ It was asked, ‘Did they disbelieve in (i.e. were ungrateful to ] Allah?’ He replied, ‘They were ungrateful to their husbands and were ungrateful for favors and the good deeds done for them. If you had always been good to one of them and then she saw something in you not to her liking, she would say, ‘I have never seen any good from you at all.”’” (Al-Bukhari).

Pharaoh:

“And We sent Musa with Our clear [signs] and an authority manifest unto Pharaoh and his chiefs, but they followed the command of Pharaoh. And the command of Pharaoh was no right guide. He will go before his people on the Day of Judgment and lead them into the Fire. And how evil will be the place to which they are led. And they are followed by a curse in this [life] and on the Day of Judgment. And evil is the gift which will be given [to them].” (Hud 11:96-99)

“The Fire – they will be exposed to it morning and evening, and on the Day that judgment will be established [it will be said], ‘Cast the people of Pharaoh into the severest punishment.’” (Ghafir 40:46)

The Wives of Nuh and Lut:

“Allah has given an example of those who disbelieve: the wife of Nuh and the wife of Lut. They were under two of Our righteous servants but betrayed them; so they [the two prophets] did not benefit them [the wives] before Allah at all, and they were told, ‘Enter the Fire with those who enter.’” (At-Tahreem 66:10)

Abu Lahab and His Wife:

“May the hands of Abu Lahab be ruined, and ruined is he. His wealth will not avail him nor that which he gained. He will enter a flaming fire and his wife [as well] – the carrier of firewood – around her neck a rope of palm fiber.” (Masad 111:1-5).

‘Amr bin Luhayy:

Abu Hurairah (RA) reported that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: “I saw ‘Amr bin Luhayy bin Qam’a bin Khindif, brother of Bani Ka’b, dragging his intestines in the Fire.” (Muslim)

‘Amr bin ‘Amir al-Khuya’i:

Abu Hurairah (RA) stated that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: “I saw ‘Amr bin ‘Amir al-Khuya’I dragging his intestines in the Fire; he was the first who dedicated to animals to false deities.” (Muslim)

Abu Talib:

Ibn ‘Abbas (RA) reported that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “Of the inmates of the Fire, the one with the easiest punishment will be Abu Talib; he will be wearing a pair of shoes which will cause his brain to boil.” (Al-Bukhari).

“He will say, ‘Enter into the company of communities who passed away before you – of jinn and men – into the Fire.’” (al-A’raf 7:38)

“If your Lord had so willed, He could have make mankind one people, but they will not cease to dispute except those on whom your Lord has bestowed His mercy. And the word of your Lord will be fulfilled: ‘Certainly I will fill Hell with jinn and men all together.’” (Hud 11:118-119).

“Then they will be thrown into it [the Hellfire] on their faces – they and those straying in evil and the soldiers of Iblees, all together.” (ash-Shu’ara 26:94-95).


CATEGORIES OF ITS INHABITANTS
Disbelievers:

“But those who disbelieve and deny Our signs will be companions of the Fire; they will abide therein.” (al-Baqarah 2:39)

“Those who have disbelieved and died while they are disbelievers will have the curse of Allah upon them and the [curse of the ] angels and all of mankind. [they will abide] eternally therein. The punishment will not be lightened for them, nor will the punishment be postponed.” (al-Baqarah 2:161-162).

Hypocrites:

“Indeed the hypocrites will be in the lowest depths of the Fire; you will find no helper for them.” (an-Nisa 4:145)

“The hypocrites are afraid that a surah be sent down about them, showing them what is [really] in their hearts. Say, ‘Ridicule you! But verily, Allah will expose all that you fear.’ If you question them, they declare, ‘We were only talking idly and playing.’ Say, ‘Is it Allah and His signs and His messengers that you were mocking?’ Make no excuses that you were rejected faith after having accepted it. IF We pardon some of you, We will punish others because they were criminals. The hypocrites – men and women are of one another. They enjoin evil and forbid what is just and close their hands [in stinginess]. They have forgotten Allah, so He has forgotten them. Verily, the hypocrites are rebellious and perverse. Allah has promised the hypocrites men and women and the rejecters of faith the fire of Hell; they will dwell therein. It is sufficient for them. And Allah will curse them, and they will have an enduring punishment.” ( at-Tawbah 9:64-68).

Polytheists (Those who Associate Something with Allah):

“Those who reject [truth] among the People of the Book and the polytheists were not going to depart [from their ways] until there comes to them clear evidence – a messenger from Allah, rehearsing pure scriptures, wherein are upright laws [or decrees]. Nor did those who had been given the scripture make schisms until after there had come to them clear evidence. And they were not commanded except to worship Allah, sincere in religion to Him, to establish regular prayer, and to pay zakah. And that is the upright religion. Those who reject [truth] among the People of the Book and the polytheists will be in the fire of Hell, dwelling therein forever. They are the worst of creatures.” (al-Bayyinah 98:1-6)

People of the Book (Who Reject Islam):

“Those reject [truth] among the People of the Book are the polytheists will be in the fire of Hell, dwelling there therein forever. They are the worst of creatures.” (al-Bayyinah 98:6)

Arogant Rejecters of the Truth:

“But those who reject Our signs and treat them with arrogance – they are the companions of the Fire, dwelling therein forever.” (al-‘A’raf 7:36)

Sinners and Criminals:

“Indeed the criminals will be in the punishment of Hell, dwelling therein forever. It will not be lightened for them, and they will be overwhelmed there in despair. And We have not wronged them, but it is they who have wronged [themselves].” (az-Zukhruf 43:74-76).

The Unjust:

“Then it will be said to those who were unjust, ‘Taste the eternal punishment. Are you recompensed except for what you used to earn?’” (Yuns 10:52)

Transgressors:

“But when there comes the Greatest Event – the Day when man will remember what he strove for and the Hellfire will be brought forth for [all] to see – then for him who had transgressed and preferred the life of this world, indeed Hellfire will be his shelter.” (an-Nazi’at 79:34-39).

Concealers of Allah’s Revelations:

“Those who conceal what We have sent down of proofs and guidance after We have made it clear to the people in the scripture- those are cursed by Allah and cursed by those who [are entitled to] curse.” (Surah al Baqara 2:159) (those who curse” refers to the angels and believers.)

Tyrants:

“But they asked victory, and disappointment is the lot of every obstinate tyrant. In front of him is Hell, and he is given pus to drink. He will gulp it but will hardly be able t oswallow it, and death will come to him from every place, yet he will not die. And in front of him will be a heavy punishment.” (Ibrahim 14:15-17)

“[It will be said to the two angels], ‘Throw into Hellfire every obstinate rejecter [of Allah] – who prevented good, transgressed, and doubted, who set up another god besides Allah – throw him into the severe punishment.’” (Qaf 50:24-26).

Murderers:

“And whoever kills a believer intentionally – his recompense is Hell to abide therein forever, and the warth and the curse of Alllah is upon him, and He has prepared for him a great punishment.” (an-Nisa 4:93)

Persecutors of Believers:

”Those who presect [or draw into temptations] the believers – men and women – and then do not turn in repentance will have the punishment of Hell, and they will have the punishment of the Burning Fire.” (al-Buruj 85:10)

Those who Prefer this world and Neglect the Hereafter;

“Whoever wishes for the immediate – We hasten to grant him such things as We will to whom We will. Then We have mark for them hallmark they will burn therein, disgraced and rejected.” (al-Isra 17:18)

Those who Commit Suicide:

Abu Huraiarh (RA) that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: ‘He who kills himself with a steel [weapon] will be eternal inhabitant of Hell, and he will have that [weapon] in his hand and will be thrusting it into his stomach forever and ever; he who kills himself by drinking poison will sip in the fire of Hell, forever and forever. He will kills himself by throwing himself from a the top of a mountain and will constantly fall in the fire of Hell forever and ever.” (Muslim).

Other Inhabitants:

Harithah bin Wahb narrated (RA) that he heard the Messenger of Allah (SAW) say: “Shall I not inform you who the people of Paradise are? [They are comprised of] every person who is weak and taken advantage of, but if he swore that Allah would do something, He (suhanahu wa ta’ala) would comply. And shall I not inform you who the people of Hell are? [They are comprised of ] every one who is cruel, proud and arrogant.” (Muslim & Bukhari)

It is narrated: “The Prophet (SAW) said, ‘The inhabitants of Hell are five: 1) the weak who lack self-restraint, who follow blindly and do not care for family or property (i.e. they care neither for the benefits of the Hereafter nor of this world); 2) the treacherous who does not show himself but his greed is such that he is deceitful even in small things; 3) a person who would betray you morning and evening regarding your family and your property.’ He also made mention of 4) the miser of the liar and 5) one who is in the habit of abusing people and using obscene and foul language.” (Muslim).

It is narrated that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “Paradise and Hell fell into a dispute for, accommodating the haughty and proud, and Paradise said, ‘What is the matter with me that only the meek and the humble and the downtrodden and simple will find abode in me?’ Thereupon, Allah said to Paradise, ‘You are a means of My mercy. I will show mercy through you to whom I will from among My servants.’ Then He said to Hell, ‘You are a sign of My chastisement, and I will chastise through you whom I will from among My servants. Both of you will be full.’ And as regards to Hell, it will not be full until Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, places His foot over it. Then Hell will say, ‘Enough, enough, enough!’ at which point it will be full and will be compressed. Allah will not treat unjustly anyone among His creation. As for Paradise, He will create another creation to fill it.” (Muslim)

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “There are two types of inhabitants of Hell whom I have not seen in my lifetime: People who have whips like the tails of oxen with them and will be beating people, and women who will be dressed yet undressed, who will be inclined to evil and will make others incline towards it. Their heads will appear like the humps of Persian camels inclined to one side. They will not enter Paradise, nor will they even smell its odor, although will be smelled from long distances away.” (Muslim) (When the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) saw Hell, many different kinds of people were there; however, there were two types whom he did not recognize because they did not exist at the time when he was alive, (seventh century). These two types of people are the following: 1) those carrying whips who were beating others (oppressors) 2) women wearing revealing outfits much like the fashionable clothing of today. These women have unusual hairstyles, perhaps like the ones worn by modern-day women. Through this hadith the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) predicted the nature of women’s clothing in the future- he foretold that clothing considered fashionable would reveal much of the body – and he also predicted the nature of the hairstyles and wigs of modern times worn by those women who will be among the inhabitants of Hell.).


FOOD

“No food will there be for them except bitter dhari (a thorny plant), which will neither nourish nor satisfy hunger.” (Surah al-Ghashiyah 88:6-7).

“Verily, the tree of Zaqqum will be the food of the sinful. Like molten brass it will boil in their insides like the boiling of scalding water.” (ad-Dukhan 44:43-46)

“Is that (Paradise) the better hospitality or the tree of Zaqqum? For We have truly made it as a torment for the wrongdoers. For it is a tree that springs out of the bottoms of Hellfire; the shoots of its fruit-stalks are like the heads of devils. Truly they will eat from it and fill their bellies with it. Then on top of that they will be given a mixture of boiling water.” (As-Saffat 37:62-67).

“Then will you truly –O you who have gone astray an denied – you will surely eat of the trees of Zaqqum. Then will you fill your stomachs with it and drink boiling water on top of it, and you will drink boiling water on top of it, and you will drink like diseased camels, raging with thirst. Such will be their hospitality on the Day of Requital.” (Al-Qaqi’ah 56:51-56).

“With Us are yokes (to bind them) and fire (to burn them) and food that chokes and a grievous punishment.” (al-Muzzammil 73:12-13)

“So he has no friend here this Day, nor does he have any food except what comes from the washing of wounds, which none will eat except the sinners.” (al Haqqah 69:35-37)

“Thus, All this. But indeed for the oppressors will be an evil place of final return. It is Hellfire – they will burn therein, and how evil is that bed, Thus, then will they taste it – a boiling fluid and a filthy fluid of pus and blood and other penalties of a similar kind to match them.” (Sad 38:55-58)

Ibn ‘Abbas (RA) reported: “The Messenger of Allah (SAW) recited the following verse: ‘Fear Allah with the fear due to Him, and do not die except as Muslims.’ Then he said, ‘If a drop of Zaqqum would have fallen into a house in this world, it would have spoiled all the provisions of the people of this world. Then how will it be with one whose food it has become?’” (At Tirmidhi, Surah ali-Imran 3:102)

“Those who unjustly eat up the property of orphans are only eating fire into their bellies. They will soon be driven into a blazing fire.” (an Nisa 4:10)

“Truly, those who conceal what Allah has revealed from the scripture and exchange it for a small price – they are not taking into their stomachs except fire. Allah will not speak to them on the Day of Judgment, and He will not purify them. And they will have a painful punishment.” (al Baqara 2:174)


DRINKS
Hameem (Boiling Water):

“Here is a parable of the Garden which the righteous are promised. In it are rivers of water, incorruptible; rivers of milk of which the taste never changes; rivers of wine, delicious to those who drink; and rivers of honey, pure and clear. In it there are for them all kinds of fruits and forgiveness from their Lord [Can those in such bliss] be compared to such as will dwell forever in the Fire and be given boiling water to drink that will cut up their bowels?” (Muhammad 47:15)

“This is the Hell which the criminals deny. They will go back and forth between it and boiling hot water.” (ar Rahman 55:43-44)

“Thus. Then will they taste it – a boiling fluid and a filthy fluid of pus and blood and other penalties of a similar kind to match them.” (Sad 38:57-58)

“Has the story reached you of the Overwhelming Event? Some faces, that Day, will be humiliated, laboring hard, weary. They will be driven into a blazing fire. They will be given drink from a boiling spring.” (al Ghashiyah 88:1-5)

“To Him will be your return all of you. The promise of Allah is true. It is He who begins the process of creation and repeats it that HE may reward those who believe and work righteousness with justice. But those who reject Him will have a drink of boiling fluids and a painful punishment because of their rejection.” (Yunus 10:4)

“Then will you truly – O you who have gone astray and denied – you will surely eat of the trees of Zaqqum. Then will you fill your stomachs with it and drink boiling water on top of it, and you will drink like diseased camels raging with thirst. Such will be their hospitality on the Day of Requital.” (al Waqi’ah 56:51-56)

“Truly they will eat from it and fill their bellies with it. Then on top of that they will be given a mixture of boiling water. Then their return will be to Hellfire.” (as Saffat 37:66-68)

Ghassaq (a Fluid of pus & blood which has oozed from their skins)

“Thus, then will they taste it – a boiling fluid and a filthy fluid of pus and blood and other penalties of a similar kind to match them.” (Sad 38:57-58).

“In front of him is Hell, and he is given pus to drink. He will gulp it but will hardly be able to swallow it, and death will come to him from every place, yet, he will not die. And in front of him will be a heavy punishment.” (Ibrahim 14:16-17)

Water Like Molten Brass:

“Say, The Truth is from your Lord, so let him who will, believe, and let him who will, reject it.’ Indeed We have prepared for the wrongdoers a fire whose walls surround them. If they call for relief, they will be relieved with water like molten brass that will scald their faces. How dreadful the drink. How evil the resting place.” (al Kahf 18:29)


GARMENTS
Garments from Fire:

“These two opponents dispute with each other about their Lord. But those who disbelieve will have garments of fire cut out for them. Over their heads will be poured boiling water.” (al Hajj 22:19)

Garments from Black Pitch:

“And you will see the criminals that Day bound together in chains and yokes- their garments of liquid pitch and their faces covered with fire.” (Ibrahim 14:49-50)


BEDS AND BEDCOVERS

“They will have from Hellfire a bed and over them from it coverings. Thus do We reward the unjust.” (al-Araf 7:41)

“It may be that your Lord may show mercy unto you, but if you revert to your sins. We will revert to Our punishments. And We have made Hell a mat for the disbelievers.” (al Isra 17:8)


YOKES, CHAINS AND MACES

“Do you not see those who dispute concerning the signs of Allah – how they are turned away from truth? Those who reject the Book and that with which We sent Our messengers – soon they will know. When the yokes will be round their necks and the chains. They will be dragged in the boiling water. Then in the Fire they will be burned.” (Ghafir 40:69-72)

“They will conceal their regret when they see the penalty. And We will put yokes on the necks of the unbelievers. Are they recompensed except for what they used to do?” (Saba 34:33)

“For the disbelievers We have prepared chains, yokes and a blazing fire.” (al Insan 76:4)

“With Us are yokes to bind them and fire to burn them.” (al Muzzammil 73:12)

“And you will see the criminals that Day bound together in chains and yokes.” (Ibrahim 14:49)

“It will be commanded, ‘Seize him and bind him. Then drive him into the Hellfire. Then in a chain whose length is seventy cubits bind him.’ For indeed, he would not believe in Allah, Most Great, and would not encourage the feeding of the poor. So he has no friend here this Day.” (al Haqqah 69:30-35).

“And for them are maces of iron to punish them. Every time they wish to get out from it and from anguish, they will be returned to it, and it will be said, ‘Taste the punishment of the Burning Fire!’” (al Hajj 22:21-22).


VARIANCE IN DEGREE OF PENALTIES

“Indeed the hypocrites are in the lowest depths of the Fire; you will find no helper for them.” (an Nisa 4:145)

“The Fire – they will be exposed to it morning and evening, and on the Day, that judgment will be established [it will be said], ‘Cast the people of Pharaoh into the severest punishment.’” (Ghafir 40:46)

“Those who disbelieved and hindered [mankind] from the path of Allah – We will increase them in punishment over [their] punishment, for they used to spread corruption.” (an Nahl 16:88)

Samurah bin Jundub (RA) reported that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: “There will be some to whose ankles the fire will reach, some to whose knees the fire will reach, some to whose waists the fire will reach, and some to whose collarbones the fire will reach.” (Muslim).

Nu’man bin Basheer (RA) reported that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “Verily, of the inmates of the Fire, the one with the easiest punishment will be one who will have a pair of sandals and s traps of fire. His brain will boil from them as a kettle boils. He does not see that anyone is suffering a punishment more severe than him, while he is the one with the easiest punishment.” (Al Bukhari and Muslim).

Ibn ‘Abbas (RA) reported that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “Of the inmates of the Fire, the one with the easiest punishment will be Abu Talib; he will be wearing a pair of shoes which will cause his brain to boil.” (Al Bukhari).


EXAMPLES OF PUNISHMENTS

“No, but stain has covered their hearts from that which they have earned. Verily, they will be concealed [and prevented] from their Lord that Day. Then they will enter Hellfire. Then it will be said to them, ‘This is [the reality] which you used to deny.’” (al Mutaffifeen 83:14-17)

Skins Will be Roasted:

“Those who have disbelieved in Our signs – We will burn them in fire. As often as their skins are roasted through, We will exchange them for other skins so that they may taste the punishment. Indeed, Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise.” (Surah an-Nisa 4:56)

Skins and Intestines will be Scalded:

“These two opponents dispute [with each other] about their Lord. But those who disbelieve will have garments of fire cut out for them. Over their heads will be poured boiling water. With it will be scalded what is within their bellies as well as [their] skins.” (al-Hajj 22:19-20)

Faces will be Burned:

“And you will see the criminals that Day bound together in chains and yokes – their garments of liquid pitch and their faces covered with fire.” (Surah Ibrahim 14:49-50).

“But those who scales [of good] are light, those are the ones who have lost their souls; [they will abide] in Hell eternally. The fire will burn, their faces, and they will [appear to] grin therein, their lips displaced.” (al Mu’minun 23:103-104)

“If only the unbelievers knew [about] when they will not be able to ward off the fire from their faces, nor from their backs, and [that] they will not be helped. No, but it will come to them suddenly and confound them. And they will not be able to avert it, nor will they be given respite.” (al Anbiya 21:39-40)

“The Day that their faces will be turned from side to side in the fire, they will say, ‘We wish that we had obeyed Allah and obeyed the Messenger.’” (al-Ahzab 33:66)

“Is, then, one who will confront with his face the evil of the punishment on the Day of Judgment [like one protected from it]? It will be said to the wrong-doers, ‘Taste what you used to earn.’” (az-Zumar 39:24)

Sinners will be Dragged:

“Truly, the criminals are in error and madness. The Day they will be dragged through the Fire on their faces, [they will hear], ‘Taste the touch of Hell.’” (al Qamar 54:47-48)

“Do you not see those who dispute concerning the signs of Allah – how they are turned away [from truth]? Those who reject the Book and that with which We sent Our messengers – soon they will know. When the yokes [will be] round their necks and the chains. They will be dragged in the boiling water. Then in the Fire they will be burned.” (Surah Ghafir 40:69-72)

Faces will Be Darkened:

“Do not be like those who are divided among themselves and fall into disputes after receiving clear proofs, for those will have a great punishment on the Day when some faces will be white and some faces will be black. As for those who faces are black, [it will be said], ‘Did you reject faith after accepting it? Taste, then, the punishment for what you used to reject.’” (Ali Imran 3:105-106).

“For those who do good is good – and extra! No darkness or shame will cover their faces. They are companions of the Garden. They will abide in it forever. But those who have earned evil will have a reward of like evil; humiliation will cover their faces. They will have no defender from [the wrath of] Allah. Their faces will be covered with pieces of the darkness of night. They are the companions of the Fire. They will abide in it forever.” (Yunus 10:26-27)

Fire will Surround Them from All Directions:

“On the Day that the punishment will cover them from above them and below them, layers. With this Allah warns His servants, ‘O my servants, then fear Me!’” (az-Zumar 39:16)

“Say, ‘The Truth is from your Lord, so let him who will, believe, and let him who will, reject [it].’ Indeed We have prepared for the wrongdoers a fire whose walls surround them. If they call for relief, they will be relieved with water like molten brass that will scald their faces. How dreadful the drink. How evil the resting place.” (al Kahf 18:29)

Fire will Mount Right up to the Hearts:

“[It is] the fire of Allah kindled [to a blaze], which mounts right to the hearts. It will be a vault over them in outstretched columns.” (al Humazah 104:6-9).

Intestines will come out of Bellies:

Abu Hurairah (RA) stated that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: “I saw ‘Amr bin ‘Amir al Khuya’I dragging his intestines in the Fire; he was the first who dedicated animals to false deities.” (Muslim)

Abu Hurairah (RA) reported that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: “I saw ‘Amr bin Luhayy bin Qam’a bin Khindif, brother of Bani Ka’b, dragging his intestines in the Fire.” (Muslim)

Abu Zayd Usamah bin Zayd bin Haritha (RA) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “On the Day of Judgment a man will be brought and thrown into Hell. As a result of this, his intestines will come out of his belly, and he will circumambulate, holding his intestines like a donkey running a mill. His companions in Hell will say to him, ‘O so and so, what is this? Did you not ask people to do good and avoid evil?’ He will say, ‘That is true. However, I told others to do good but did not do it myself, and I forbade them to do evil, but did it myself.’” (Al Bukhari and Muslim).

No Defense:

“Upon you, [O jinn and mankind], will be sent a flame of fire [to burn] and [molten] brass. You will have no defense!” (ar-Rahman 55:35)

Weeping, Sighing and Sobbing of Its Inhabitants:

“Those who are wretched will be in the Fire. In it there will be for them the sound of exhaling and inhaling. They will dwell in it for all the time that the heavens and earth endure, except for what your Lord wills. For your Lord is the sure accomplisher of what He intends.” (Hud 11:106-107)

“Verily, you [unbelievers] and what you worship besides Allah are fuel for Hellfire. You will surely come to it. If those had [truly] been gods, they would not have come to it. But all will abide therein eternally. There, for them will be heaving, deep signs, and they will not hear there [anything else].” (al Anbiya 21:98-100)

“Therein they will cry out [for assistance], ‘Our Lord, remove us [and ] we will work righteousness – other than what we used to do.’ But did We not give you long enough life that whoever would be reminded therein could be reminded, and the warner had come to you? So taste [the result of your deeds]. There is no helper for the wrongdoers.” (Fatir 35:37)

Regret, Grief and Self-Recrimination:

“They will conceal their regret when they see the penalty. And We will put yokes on the necks of the unbelievers. Are they recompensed except for what they used to do?” (Saba 34:33)

“For those who reject their Lord is the penalty of Hell, and evil is such a destination. When they are cast therein, they will hear the terrible drawing in of its breath even as it blazes forth. It is almost bursting with fury. Every time a group is cast therein, its keepers will ask, ‘Did no warner come to you?’ They will say, ‘Yes, a warner had come to us, but we denied and said, ‘Allah has revealed nothing. You are but in great delusion.’ And they will say, ‘Had we listened or used our intelligence, we would not now be among the companions of the Blazing Fire.’ So they will confess their sin, but far will be forgiveness from the companions of the Blazing Fire.” (al Mulk 67:6-11)

“If only you could see when the criminals hang their heads before their Lord, [saying], ‘Our Lord, we have seen and we have heard, so sent us back [to the world]; we will work righteousness, for we are indeed certain [now].’ If We had willed, We could certainly have brought every soul its guidance, but the Word will be realized: ‘I will fill Hell with jinn and men all together. Taste, then- for you forgot the meeting of this, your Day, We, [too], will forget you. And the taste the punishment of eternity for what you used to do.’” (as Sajdah 32:12-14)

“They will say, ‘Our Lord, our misfortune overwhelmed us, and we were a people astray. Our Lord, remove us from this; if ever we return [to evil], then we will indeed be wrongdoers.’ He will say, ‘Remain humiliated therein, and do not speak to Me!’” (al Mu-minun 23:106-108)

“For We had certainly sent unto them a Book which We had detailed with knowledge, a guide and a mercy to a people who believe. Are they waiting for it to be realized? On the Day it is realized, those who disregarded it before will say, ‘Indeed, the messengers of our Lord came with the truth. Are there no intercessors [now] to intercede on our behalf? Or could we be sent back to do other than we used to do?’ They will have lost their souls, and lost from them is [all] that which they used to invent.” (Al-A’raf 7:52-53)

“They will say, ‘Our Lord, you have made us lifeless twice and You have given us life twice. Now we have confessed our sins, so is there any way to get out?’ [The answer will be], ‘That is because when Allah was invoked alone you rejected [this], but if partners were associated with Him, you believed. The ruling [judgment] is with Allah, the Exalted, Most Great.’” (Ghafir 40:11-12)

“How clearly they will see and hear the Day that they will come to Us. But the unjust today are in manifest error. But warn them of the Day of Regret, when the matter will be determined; yet, they are unmindful, and they do not believe.” (Maryam 19:38-39).

Abu Sa’eed (RA) reported: “Allah Messenger (SAW) said, ‘Death will be brought on the Day of Resurrection in the form of a white-colored ram. [Abu Kurayb added: “Then it will be made to stand between Paradise and Hell.”] It will be said to the inhabitants of Paradise, ‘DO you recognize this?” They will stretch forth their necks and look towards it, saying, ‘Yes, it is death.” Then it will be said to the inhabitants of the Hellfire, ‘Do you recognize this?” And they will stretch forth their necks, look, and say, ‘Yes it is death.” Then the command will be given for slaughtering the ram, and it will be said, ‘O inhabitants of Paradise, [there is now] eternity and no death.” And then it will be said to the inhabitants of Hellfire, “O inhabitants of Hell, [there is now] eternity and no death.”’ Allah’s Messenger (SAW) then recited the following verse, pointing with his hand to this material world: ‘But warn them of the Day of Regret, when the matter will be determined; yet, they are unmindful, and they do not believe.’” (Muslim, surah Maryam 19:39)

Abu Hurairah (RA) related that the Prophet (SAW) said: “None will enter Paradise except that he will be shown the place that he would have occupied in Hellfire if he had been evil – so that he will be more thankful; each one of those who enter Hellfire will be shown the place that he would have occupied in Paradise if he had been good – so that he will increase in regret.” (Al Bukhari).


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