WHAT IS DEATH?
Different opinions about death.
Know, readers, that different people hold different opinions about death.
Some say that death destroys everything and that there is no final
destruction of the world and no Resurrection and that the death of man is
better than that of birds and beasts, plants and trees. This is the opinion
of the unbelievers. Another group of men think that death destroys. man and
from grave to resurrection there will be no reward and punishment. Another
group of men hold the opinion that human soul does not die and that
punishment and reward will be awarded on soul and not on body, and that
there will be no physical resurrection on the Resurrection Day. These
are all void opinions and far from truth.
MEANING OF DEATH: The verses of
the Quran and Hadis (Saying of prophet pbuh) and knowledge gained by
experience show that death means change of condition,
that when soul is separated from body, it receives reward and punishment and
that the separation of soul from body means loss of power of soul over
body. The limbs of the body are instruments of soul. It uses them in
its works. It catches by hands, hears by ears, sees by.eyes and acquire
knowledge of all things. Soul without these things can know'the relation of
everything. For this reason soul suffers sorrows and pangs and enjoys
happiness. There is no connection of these sorrows and happiness with the
body. The body stripped of powers of works by death is like the limbs which
become paralysed owing to rheumatism or serious illness. Soul cannot
exercise influence on them. Knowledge and wisdom remain with soul even after
death. Death means that all the limbs of the body become disobedient to
soul. Each limb is an instrument of soul from which it takes works. By soul
I mean that thing which enjoys happiness and feels sorrow. By death, sense
of happiness and sorrows remains on soul. By man, we mean his soul which
retains the sense,of happiness and sorrow. It does not die and will
not die. Since its creation, it is eternal although it is created.
Death means separation of body from soul and the body ceasing
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to be an instrument of soul, as the paralysis of a limb means its ceasing to
be an instrument of the body. Death means paralysis of all bodily limbs but
the main thing of a man that is soul, remains.
CAUSES OF CHANGE OF CONDITION AT
There are two causes for this
change of conditions. (1) The first cause is that all his limbs, ears, nose,
eyes, tongue etc. are snatched away from him at death, and that he is
snatched away from all his relatives and friends, and from all his wealth
Thus there are pangs of separation of dear things of this world and he is
shifted to another world where he feels pangs of separation in acute form.
Thus there is change of conditions at death.
(2)'The second cause is that the real nature
of things is disclosed to him after death which was kept hidden from him in
his life time as what is not disclosed to a sleeping man is disclosed to one
who is awake. Men are in sleep
now and they rise up after death from sleep.
Then the destroying thing sin and the benefiting
thing virtue appear before him. Those are recorded in the Book of deeds
which are kept secret in his soul.
His engagement in world pursuits kept him
away from its enquiry. When this engagement is cut off by death, all his
deeds are disclosed to him. Acutely grieved at his sins, he even prefers to
throw himself into fire. He
may be said at this stage : Your soul is sufficient for account of yourself.
That becomes vivid at the time of separation of soul and before burial.
The pang of separation keeps him busy at that time but what he has acquired
of virtues necessary to take him to the desired abode gives him happiness at
that time. Such a man does not want but what is actually necessary for him
in this world. Thus he relieves himself from the pangs of separation before
his death. After he is buried, his body is returned to his soul,
so that he may get the taste of punishment and happiness. Some time he is
forgiven of his sins.
MEANING OF LIFE:
In order to understand life, soul and its attributes must be known.
The Prophet did not give permission to discuss about soul except this that
the soul comes from the command of God. Permission has however been
given for discussion how the human soul will face after death. From this it
is known that death does not mean that soul will die with body. There are
proofs that it will not die. Gods says : Don't consider
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those who are killed in God's way as dead, rather they are alive near their
Lord and are given provision.
When some leaders of the Quraish were killed at Badar, the Prophet addressed
them thus. 0 so and so, 0 so and so, I have found true what my Lord promised
me. Have you found true what your Lord promised you? He was said : 0 Prophet
of God, do you address the dead persons? He said : By Him who holds my life,
they are surely hearing these words, but they cannot reply. This is the
proof of Shariat about the immortality of soul.
The Prophet said: Grave is a hole of Hell or a garden of
Paradise. This is the proof of Shariat(Islamic law) that
death means change of condition and entry of the dead man to
fortune or misfortune. At the time of death, it comes suddenly without
delay, but there are some punishments which come late.
The Prophet said: Death is a Qiyamat or doomsday. He who dies meets with his
Qiyamat. The Prophet said : When some one of you
dies, his place is shown to him morning and evening. If he is a dweller of
is included in the dwellers of Paradise. If he is fit for Hell, he is said :
This is your place till you are Resurrected on the Resurrection Day. If one
sees two places, punishment and happiness are not concealed from him. Hazrat
Ali said : It is prohibited for a man to go out of this world till he knows
his place either in Hell or in
Paradise. Abu Hurairah reported
that the Prophet had said : He who dies in journey, dies a martyr. The
punishment of his grave is forgiven and his provision comes morning and
evening from paradise.
There is complete joy and happiness for a martyr-who is killed for the way
and cause of God, as he has cut off all connections of the world and
advanced for Jehad to seek the pleasure of God and being eager to meet Him.
God says: 'What they desire will get'. There is description of all sorts of
happiness in this verse.
The Prophet said to Jaber : 0 Jaber, shall I not give you a good news? He
said : Yes. He said : God gives you good news. He says that He kept alive
your father and keeps him seated before Him and says : 0 My servant, seek
what you desire, I shall give it to you. He said : 0 my Lord. I could not
serve you due to you. I hope that you should return me again in the world
that I may fight a long with your Prophet and again be a martyr for your
pleasure. God said to him: It is my law that you cannot return there again.
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Once when a man died, the Prophet said : This man
has gone from the world and left it for his family members. If he is please
there, he will dislike to return to it again as someone of you dislikes to
return to his mother's womb. The Prophet said : A believer lives in the
world like a foetus in mother's womb. When it comes out of it, it begins to
cry and when it sees light, it dislikes to return to its former place.
Similar is the condition of a believer. When he sees and meets his Lord, he
dislikes to return to the world as a child dislikes to return to his
mother's womb. The companion Abu Sayyed Khodri said : I heard the Prophet
say The dead man sees one who washes him, who carries him and who places him
in the grave.
TALK OF GRAVE TOWARDS A
The Prophet said: When a dead man is placed in the grave, it says : 0 son of
Adam, woe to you! Who kept you forgetful of Me? Don't you know that l am the
abode of sorrows and sufferings, of intense darkness, of worms and insects?
Why did you fear so much when you walked by my side? The Prophet said : A
dead man sits in the grave and hears the footsteps of the living men. He
does not talk with them, but his grave says : 0 son of Adam, woe to you! did
nobody warns you of my narrow space, of stenchy and fearful condition of my
worms and insects? What have you then prepared for me?
PUNISHMENT OF GRAVE AND QUESTIONS OF
MONKAR AND NAKIR (name of 2 angles)
Hazrat Bara'a bin-Ajib reported:
The Prophet came out along with us to pray funeral prayer of an Ansar. He
sat by his grave and said thrice : 0 God, we seek refuge to you from the
punishment of the grave. Then he said : When a believer advances towards the
next world, God sends to him some angels with bright faces like the sun.
They carry for him scent and coffin. They take their seats so far as the
eyesight goes. When his life goes out, every angel of heaven and earth send
blessings on him and the doors of heaven are opened up for him. There is no
such door as does not greet to take his soul through it. It says : 0 Lord,
this is Thy servant. Then He says : Return him, show him the honour I have
prepared for him as I promised it. From this I have created you and unto it
I shall return you. When they depart, he hears their footsteps. He is then
asked : 0 servant, who is your
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Lord! What is your religion? Who is your Prophet? He says : My Lord is
Allah, my religion is Islam and my Prophet is Muhammad. These questions are
asked in a very strong and stern manner. This is the last calamity which
appears to a dead man. When he utters this, a proclaimer says : You have
spoken the truth. To this effect, God says, God confirms those who believe
with established formula.
Then someone with cheerful countenance and dressed with fragrant cloths says
: Take good news of blessings of your Lord and Paradise of lasting peace. He'asked him: May God give you good news, who are you?
He says : I am your pious deeds. By God, I don't know. If you were hasty in
divine service and made delay in committing sins, may God give you reward of
good. Then a proclaimer proclaims : Spread out abed of
Paradise for him and open a door for him towards
Paradise. Then he says : 0 God, bring the Resurrection very soon, so that I may
return to my family members and wealth soon.
When an unbeliever advances towards the next world and cuts off connections
with the world an angel with an hideous and ugly look comes to him with
clothes of fire and shirt of tar to cover him with. When his life comes out,
the angels of heaven and earth curse him and the doors of heaven are closed
against him. When his soul is taken up, it suddenly falls down. Then it is
said : 0 Lord, the heaven and earth do not accept the so-called servant of
yours. God says : Return him and show him the punishment I have kept
prepared for him. From it (earth) I have created him and unto it I will
return him. When they go away, they hear their footsteps. He is then said :
0 servant, Who is your Lord? What is your religion? Who is your Prophet? He
says : I don't know. He says : Has he not communicated to you? Then an angel
with the most ugly face full of stench comes to him and says Take good news
of God's displeasure and lasting chastisement. He then asks : Who are you?
He says : I am your evil deeds. By God, then an angel, blind, dumb and deaf
is fixed for him. In his hand, there is a stiff iron rod. If all men want to
lift it up, they can't do it. If a mountain is beaten therewith, it will be
crushed to pieces. He beats him therewith and he is then crushed to dust.
Then his soul is returned to his body again and he is then beaten on his
face. Then everything except jinn and men hear its sound.
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Then a proclaimer proclaims : Spread out to him two planks of fire and open
a door towards Hell. Then it is complied with.
The Prophet said: The punishment of an unbeliever is is that in his grave,
ninety nine serpents will be biting him and each serpent will have seven
heads. This will continue upto the Resurrection Day.
Your must not express surprise at hearing the number of snakes as their
number will increase according to the misdeeds of the unbeliever-pride,
show, hatred and other evil characters and conducts. These will turn into
snakes. Those who are well aware of soul realise and find these destructive
sins. Those who cannot see them should not deny this, but seek its proofs.
There are three matters to prove it.
PROOFS OF PUNISHMENT OF GRAVE
(1)The cause of your not seeing the sting of a serpent is this that your
outward two eyes of this world were not made for its sight. The thing which
can see the affairs of the next world belongs to the spiritual word. Don't
you see how the companions of the Prophet believed in the descent of Gebrail
although they did not see him with a physical body. They believed him as the
Prophet testified it. If you believe him, then why do you disbelieve
punishment in the grave? As an angel is not like man and animal, so the
serpents which will bite the sinners and unbelievers in the grave do not
belong to the class of serpents of the world. These are serpents of the next
world and this can be understood by the senses of the next world.
(2)Remember the condition of a sleeping person. He sees in dream the sting
of a serpent and feels also its pangs. Even it occurs that he rises up
suddenly with a loud shriek, removes the sweat of his face and shifts
elsewhere. He suffers pangs as a man in wakeful state suffers pangs of
snake-bite. You see his body in a peaceful state and do not see any serpent
around him. Yet it is a fact that he sees the serpents and feels their sting
but it is not true in your case.- Therefore there is no untruth in the
saying of the Prophet.
(3)You know that a serpent itself cannot give you pangs, but the poison
which it throws in you gives you pangs. The poison itself is not pang, but
the reaction which is creates in you gives
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you punishment. If the reaction is caused without poison, it is sufficient
as a punishment. The explanation of the punishment cannot be made without
the relationship of a material object according to long established practice
as pleasure of cohabitation cannot be explained without the relationship of
a woman. The enjoyment of cohabitation can be also gained without
cohabitation with woman. Similarly punishment can be meted out with agencies
or material objects of punishment. The pangs which appear at the time of
death, are like the pangs of snake-bite without the material figure of
snake. The change of nature gives pangs just as separation of the objects of
love or its death gives pain in mind. So death means that what was the
objects of love before death has turned into objects of punishment soon
after death. He who cuts off all connections from the world and does not
love but God and remains anxious to meet with Him, gets release from the
prison house of this world and mixes after death with his Beloved. Thus he
gets happiness which is never cut off and is ever-lasting. The greater the
properties of the world one possesses, the greater will be his punishment in
the next world. The thing left at death, will be a cause of punishment and
If you neglect your good deeds and remain engaged is arguments and
dialogues, you will be like the man mentioned below. A certain king arrests
a man and keeps him in confinement for the purpose of cutting his hands and
ears and taking out his eyes. The arrested man thinks all the nights weather
the king will do these things with sword or with knife or with razor, but he
never thinks of warding off the basic punishment. This is his sheer
ignorance. So a man must think how to ward off punishment after death but
not in what way the punishment will be meted out or happiness awarded. To
enquire about this is to spend time in vain.
CONDITION OF A DEAD MAN EXPRESSED IN DREAM
Know, 0 readers, that the light
of self introspection and the result of experience communicate to us the
condition of the dead and their fortunes and misfortunes, but the condition
of the general masses cannot be known by such methods as it is not known in
what state a man died. His place of fear is heart which is so secret and
subtle that a God fearing man even does not know
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it, not to speak of others. When a man dies, he is removed from this
material world to a world which is unknown and spiritual and it cannot be
seen with this material eye. An eye is created within the mind of every man
but it is covered by him with passions and earthly desires and nothing of
the spiritual world can be seen with that eye of heart unless the screen
over it is removed. As this screen is removed from the eyes of the heart of
the prophets, they can see the things of the spiritual world, and also the
conditions of the dead men. For this reason, the Prophet saw the pressure of
earth in case of Sa'ad-bin-Muaz and his daughter Zainab. Similarly when the
father of Jaber was martyred, he saw his condition and said that God made
him seat in His front and there was no screen between them. This is true in
case of Prophets and God's friends.
The Prophet said: True dream is one-forty sixt part of Prophethood. It is
not possible unless the screen from the heart is removed. For this reason
dreamof men other than that of the pious men, cannot be believed. He who has
got greater falsehoods in him cannot be trusted regarding his dream. He sees
only medley of dreams. The Prophet advised for this to sleep after
performing Wuzu the object of which is to bring internal purity. He whos
soul is pure can see what will occur in future, just as the Prophet said in
dream that he returned to Mecca. God says : God has shown his Prophet's
dream as true. Dream and what is seen in dream about future events are
wonders of God and miracles of men. This is one of the positive proofs of
the existence of the spiritual world, but men do not ponder over it as they
do not look to the wonderful events of soul. The real condition of dream is
included within the subtlities of the spiritual world. A short illustration
of this maybe given below.
SOUL IS A TRANSPARENT THING LIKE MIRROR
Every thing is reflected in the mirror. What will occur from the
beginning of creation up to the end has been recorded by God in Lauhe Mahfuz
( or Guarded Tablet) or Book of Deeds. What has happened or what will happen
in the world has been recorded therein. That cannot be seen with the open
material eye. That Guarded tablctis not a plank or a book, but it is just
like the impresstthdfTe fitters of the Quran in mind and brain. When one
reads it, he looks to it. If his brain or mind is searched for after
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being split up, you will not find any impression of letters in it. As the
impression of letters is not found therein, you will understand that
similarly the affairs of the world are imprinted in the Guarded Tablet. As
the outward figure is seen in the mirror if placed directly before it, sol;
the pictures in the Guarded Tablet are seen if placed directly before the
mirror of human soul. But if there are screens of refuges or uncleanliness
over the mirror, no figure will be reflected in the mirror. Similarly if
there are screen of passions, sins and love of world over the soul, the
things of the Guarded Tablet cannot be reflected therein.
SOUL IS A MIRROR: In the soul effect of knowledge is reflected.
Similarly the Guarded Tablet(where every event from start to end of universe
is written) is a mirror. Therein is reflected all the effects of knowledge.
Passions and temptations are screens between the two mirrors. For this
reason, the things of the Guarded Tablet are nor reflected in soul. That is
included within the spiritual world. If owing to the effect of the blowing
of wind, the screen is partly and' temporarily removed, then something of
the spiritual world is reflected for a short time like the sparkling of
electricity in the mirror of soul. So long as he remains awake, the affairs
of this material world and the five senses keep him engaged. That is the
screen for the spiritual world. The meaning of sleep is that then the senses
remain passive and they do not exercise any influence over soul at the time.
When the soul is free from these senses and their bases are cleared off, the
screen over the Guarded Tablet is lifted up and something therefrom is
reflected in his soul just as a figure of one mirror falling upon another
mirror without figure is reflected.
Sleep keeps the mind free from the working of the senses but does not keep i
t free from the ideas and thoughts of the world. An idea follows what falls
upon heart. Illustration can be given of it. This idea is established in
brain and takes permanent root. When he gets up from sleeps, he remembers
the idea. Take up an example. Once a man said to Ibn-Sirin : I dreamt that I
have got a seal in my hand whereaith I am putting seals on the faces of men
and on female organs. He then said : You are a proslaimer of Azan, you will
proclaim Azan at the time of Fair in the month of Ramazan, He said : You
have spoken the truth. Now look to the meaning of 'seal' which is to
prohibit. That is reflected in the man's soul from what is within the
Guarded Tablet. To prohibit the people from food and drink is that thing.
The meaning of
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closing with seal is to prohibit. Brain contains no figure but a picture of
the figure born out of ideas. This is the better explanation of the sea of
dream which is limitless.
Sleep is the brother of death and death is one of the open mysteries of
creation. There is similarity between sleep and death as in both of them
there is reflection of the spiritual world. Even
a sleeping man can get sign of what will happen in future. By death the
screen is fully removed and man can see rapidly his reward and punishment at
the time of death. The Quran says : You are
unmindful of this. I have removed the screen from you, as a result your
sight to-day is very sharp (50:22). 'And there appeared to them from God
what they could not conjecture before. Now think of the saying of
the Prophet : Love what you like but you shall have to leave it. Live as
long as you wish, but you shall have to die. Do what you like, but you shall
have to get its return.' So live in the world like a sojourner and don't
place one brick upon another and one plank over another for your habitation.
Don't amass wealth, don't take anyone besides God as your bosom friend. The
Prophet said : Had I had taken anyone as my bosom friend, I would have taken
Abu Bakr as such, but your companion is the bosom friend of the Merciful.
This shows that the real friendship with the Merciful was imbedded in his
soul and the love of God filled up his entire heart. The Prophet therefore
said : If you love God, follow me, God will then love you (Quran).
There are in this section the following matters-(1) Blowing of
Trumpet. (2) Discriptions of the Resurrection. (3) Perspiration, (4)
Duration of Resurrection, (5) Fearful events of the day, (6) Questions to
the sinners (7) Balance, (8) The Bridge, (9) Intercession, (10) Fountain,
(11) Paradise, (12) Hell, (13) Divine vision and (14) God's mercy.
(1) Blowing of Trumpet. God says: There will be blowing of Trumpet. As a
result, all in Heaven and earth will fall in swoon except those who are
saved by God. There after there will be another blowing of Trumpet. Then
they will standup, looking on-39:68. God says : When there will be blowing
of Trumpet, it will be a very grievous day, it will not be easy for the
unbelievers. God says in verse 23:101-When the Trumpet will be blown,
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there will be no more relationship between them that day, nor will one ask
another. God says in verse 69:13-When one blast is sounded on the Trumpet
and the earth is moved and its mountains etc. The Prophet said : 'How can I
enjoy happiness when the angel of Trumpet is awaiting and hearing
attentively turning his forehead to one side when there will be order for
the blowing of Trumpet and when he will blow Trumpet ?'The angel Israfil is
keeping his mouth attached to the Trumpet just like a trumpet in war. The
circumference of the mouth of this Trumpet is like that of the heavens and
earth. He is awaitiong order fixing his gaze towards the Throne. Immediately
after receiving order, he will blow the Trumpet for the first time. As a
result of this, all in the heaven and earth will expire except Gebrail,
Michael, Israfil and Izraile (Angles). Then God will order to take the life
of Gebrail and then that of Michael and than that of Israfil. Then the
angel of death will take out his life himself. After the first blowing,
all the created beings will remain in Barzakah for 40 years. Then God will
restore life to Israfil and order him to blow the Trumpet again. The Quran
says : Then there will be second blowing when they will stand up looking
(2) Resurrection. The Prophet said : On the Resurrection Day, men
will be gathered together in such a field which is white, clean and round
like a loaf. There will remain no sign therein. The narrator explained that
the whiteness is not like that of snow. Clean means there will be no
structure or building wherein recourse is taken. There will no distance out
of sight. Think not that the ground will be like this ground. God says :
When this world will be changed into another world and the heavens too, the
whole world will then be full of darkness. The sky will fall down into
pieces and flow like molten silver. Everybody will stand up naked. The
Prophet said : Every man will be raised up naked and circumcised. Their
perspiration will rise up upto their ears. Hazrat Sauda asked a the Prophet
: 0 Prophet of God, if we stand up naked, will not anybody look at others ?
He said 'everybody will be busy with himself. That will be a fearful day.
The hidden things will be disclosed and nobody will be safe. Some will crawl
upon their bellies and some upon their faces. The Prophet said : On the
Resurrection Day, men will be divided into three classes, some will be
coming on riding, some on foot and some on faces. One man asked : 0 Prophet
of God, how will they come walking on their faces ? He said : He who can
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walk on foot, can also make them walk on their faces. Man denies what he is
not accustomed to. If man did not see serpents crawling on their bellies, he
would not have believed it. He who walks without foot would have disbelieved
one who walks on foot.
(3) Perspiration. All the creations before and after will be gathered
together in one place-the creations of seven heavens and seven earths,
angels, jinn, men, devils, birds and beasts. The sun will shed lustre on
them and the lustre will be increased manifold. It will shine very close to
them. There will be no shade on the earth except the shade of the Merciful
destined for the pious. Everybody will therefore give out perspiration. It
will rise up to them according to their actions in the world and upto waists
of some, upto ears of some, and some will be drowned therein. The Prophet
said : Remember the day when the whole mankind will stand up before the
Lord, even some of them will be drowned upto their ears. The Prophet also
said : On the Resurrection Day there will be perspiration of men, so much so
that it will rise upto the height of seventy cubits and upto their ears. The
Prophet also said : They will stand up looking towards the sky for 40 years
and owing to excessive heat perspiration will almost drown them. The Prophet
said : On the Resurrection Day, the sun will come very near the earth and
men will perspire. It will rise upto the waists of some, to the feet of
some, to the knees of some, to the face of some and it will drown some."
This will occur before accounts of actions are taken. Know, 0 men, that
those who did not perspire in the world in the way of God, pilgrimage, fast,
prayer, Jehad, advice to do good and prohibition from evils, will perspire
on the Resurrection Day.
(4). Duration of Resurrection. In the vast field of Resurrection, all the
creations will be looking upwards without any talk and with fearful heart
for a period of 300 years. They will have no food or drink and no breeze.
The Prophet read this verse : What will be your condition on the Day when
God will gather you together ? That day will continue for 50 thousand years
and He will not look to you. The Prophet said when asked about the
Resurrection Day : By One in whose hand there is my life, that day will be
made easy for a believer more easy than the obligatory prayers.
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Try to be one of the believers. You have got freedom of actions till your
last breath. Be prepared for the great Day and take provisions for the Day.
(5) Terrible sufferings of the Day: 0 wreatced man, be prepared for the
terrible day of which the events are most fearful, duration long, judge very
strict and time is near. You will see the sky rent asunder, the stars
seattered all round out of His fear, the sun overturned, the mountains
displaced, the creatures gathered, the oceans swollen, fires of Hell
enkindled, Paradise near, mountains roaming the earth changed with terrible
earth-quakes, the mountains will become like cleaning of cotton, every
suckling woman will forget her child, every pregnaat woman will suffer
abortion and the punishment of God will be most grievous.
The earth will become a vast plain with no unevenness or crookedness. Every
man on that Day will be presented with his good or bad deeds. Tongue will
then be closed and every limb will speak. On hearing the terrible nature of
the day, the Prophet become grey haired. Hazrat Abu Bakr one day asked the
0 Prophet of God, I see you greyhaired. He said : The chapters Hud, Waqeah,
Murselat and such other chapters have made me grey- haired.
(6) Rendering accounts of worldly affairs: On that day, everyone. young or
old will be asked of his deeds in the world. The angels with big bodies and
terrible figures will come down and they will catch hold of the sinners and
bring them to God. The Prophet said : There is such an angel of God, the
distance of whose two eyes is equal to the distance of one hundred years'
journey. God says : I will ask them of what they did including every
Prophet. The Prophet said : There is no such man with whom there will an
interpreter or screen at the time when God will ask him. The Prophet said :
Every man among you will stand before God and there will be no screen
between him and God. He will say to him : Did I not give you gifts ? Did I
not give you wealth and properties ? He will reply : Yes. He will see Hell
on his two sides. So save yourself from Hell giving in charity of a portion
of even a date. Muzahed says : No man will place his feet near God till he
is asked four things, how he spent his life, how he translated his learning
into action, how he wasted his body, in what way he spent his wealth and
wherefrom he earned it.
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(7) Weights and Measures (Balance): After accounts are taken, people will be
divided into three classes-One class of people will have no virtue. A
prolonged neck will come out of Hell and overtake them just as a bird takes
seeds of corn and throw them into Hell. The second class of men will have no
sin. They will enter Paradise. Those who pray at night will be included
among this class. Those who have not been diverted from the remembrance of
God by the worldly affairs will be among this class. Those who have not been
diverted from the remembrance of God by the worldly affairs will be among
them. The third class of men will be the majority and will have good and bad
deeds mixed together. Then the Balance will be set for them to weight which
of the actions good or bad is greater. A great commotion will be created at
Once Prophet's head was lying in the lap of Hazrat Ayesha and she was
weeping remembering the Hereafter and her tears fell on the cheek of the
Prophet. He rose up and asked : 0 Ayesha, why do you weep ? She said : I
remember the Hereafter, Will you remember your wives on the Resurrection Day
? The Prophet said : By One in whose hand there lies my life nobody will
remember anybody in three places : (1) When the Balance will be set up to
weight the deeds, (2) when the books of deed will be given till he sees
whether they are placed in his right hand or left hand, (3) and near the
The Prophet said: God will say to Adam : Rise up and see the number of the
dwellers of Hell He will ask : What is the number of the dwellers in Hell ?
God will say : 999 persons out of every thousand. When the companions heard
it, the clours of their face became completely changed. The Prophet then
said : Go on doing deeds and take good news. By One in whose hand there is
my life, you have got two creations with you-children of Adam and the
children of the devil. One of them destroys the other. The companions asked
: What is that ? He said : Gog and Mogog At this, the comapnions were
pleased. The Prophet said : Do actions and take good news. You will have
such distinction on the Resurrection Day as there are black signs on the
sides of camels or signs in the eyes. of horses.
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RETRIBUTION AND RECOMPENSE
He whose scale will be heavy will live in happiness and he whose scale will
be light will go to Hell. Nobody will be safe there except one who takes
account of himself in this world. He weighs his actions in the scale of
Shariat in this world as Hazrat Omar said Take account of your actions
before your actions are taken account of, weigh your actions before your
actions are weighed upon. The meaning of taking account is to repent with
sincere heart before death for all the sins committed to look to the shgi
tcomings in the obligatory duties, to return the properties to the true
owners taken unjustly or by oppression, to make compensation for the wrongs
done to others by tongue and hands, to redress for wrong notions against
anybody. If he dies without doing these duties, his enemies will surround
him. Some one will say : You have oppressed me. Some one will say : You have
rebuked me. Some one will say : You have put me to jest and back-bited me.
Some one will say : You have engaged me as a labourer but you have not paid
my wages. Someone will say : You have sold me a thing but you have played
fraud with me, you have concealed from me the defects in the sold thing.
Someone will say : You were above want, while I was in want and you have not
given me food. Someone will say : You have flattered the oppressor or did
not remove his oppession from me although you had such power. God says :
Don't think that God is unmindful of what the oppressors do. He puts them
off for a day when their eyes will be sharp. They will flee with raised
heads. They will look to him. Their hearts will be vacant-14:42. The Prophet
once said : Do you know who are really the poor ? We said : 0 Prophet of
God, he among us is poor who has got no money or property. He said : He is
poor among my followers who will bring with him his prayer, fast and Zakat
but on account of his childing others, backbiting others, misappropriating
the properties of others and cheating others, his virtues will be given to
them. If his virtues are found short but still their claims remain fully
unsatisfied, their vices will fall upon him and he will be thrown into Hell.
(8) The subtle Bridge: (one NDE in Dr Moody�s books �life or light beyond ?�confirmed it. I have read
This is a long bridge over Hell which is
sharper than award and more subtle than hair. He who treads on straight and
right path in this world will cross it easily on the Resurrection Day and
will get salvation. He who is misguided and saddled with sins will slip
therefrom at the first step and will fall down into Jahannam below. Below
the Bridge, there is the fire
of Hell. The sinners will fall down below with their heads downwards and
legs upwards. The Prophet will say then : 0, my Lord, make us safe, make us
safe. The wailings and cries of the dwellers of Hell will reach your ears.
What will be your condition then?
The Prophet said: The bridge will be placed over the back of Hell. I will be
the first to cross it along with my followers. None will speak that day
except the apostles. They will cry, 0 Lord, make us afe.
The Prophet said : People will cross the Bridge over Hell. There will be
thorns and iron pegs thereon which will catch the sinners from every side.
Some will cross it like lightning, some like the blowing of wind, some like
running of horse, some will walk, some will walk on their breasts. The
inmates of Hell will not live or die and they will be burnt by fire. The
Prophet said : God will gather together all the creasures from first to last
on a fixed day. They will keep standing in that condition for 40 years
looking towards the sky and waiting for Judgment. Hazrat Annas reported : I
heard the Prophet say : The Bridge will be sharp like sword and thin like
hair. The angels will give salvation to the believing males and females.
Gebrail will catch my waist and I will say : 0 Lord, give us a salvation,
give us salvation. The number of those who will slip down will be numerous.
(9) Intercession: When a party are adjudged to dwell in Hell, God may accept
intercession on their behalf by the Prophets and the truthful ones. Those
who are near God can intereede for their relatives and dear ones. The
Prophet once cried out saying : My followers my followers. God said : 0
Gebrail, go and ask Muhammad why he is weeping. Gebrail came and asked him
accordingly. He said : God knows it best. God said: 0 Gebrail go to Muhammad
and tell him : I will soon satisfy you regarding your followers and will not
forget you. The Prophet said : I have been given five things which were not
given to the Prophets before me. The power of intercession is one of them.
Each Prophet waa sent to a particular nation and I have been sent for the
whole mankind. The Prophet said : On the Resurrection Day, I will be the
leader of the Prophets, their mouth-piece and having right of intercession.
There is no pride in it.
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The Prophet said: God will gather together all the creatures before and
after in one field. The sorrows of some will go to the extreme and some of
them will say to the others : Let us go to Adam. They will come to Adam and
tell him to intercede for them to relieve them of their sorrows and
difficulties. Adam will say to them : Today my Lord grew into such a rage as
had never happened before. He prohibited me not to go to the tree but I
disobeyed it. I am busy with myself.
They will then go to Noah. Noah will say to them : I am busy with myself as
I invoked wrath of God against my people. Go to Abraham, the friend of God.
They will then come to Abraham but he will say that he spoke three lies for
which he is anxious for himself. He will say : Go to Moses. They will then
come to Moses, but he will say : I killed a man without order from God. I am
busy with myself. Go to Jesus. They will then come to Jesus who will say : I
am busy with myself. Go to Muhammad. They will then come to Muhammad. He
will go to the Throne and will fall in prostration and say: 0 my followers,
0 my followers.
(10) Fountain: The Fountain is a honoured gift. It will be given to our
Prophet. There is one special attribute of the Fountain that if a man drinks
a sip therefrom, he will never be thirsty. Anas reported that the Prophet
one day rose from sleep and began to laugh. The companions asked him : Why
do you langh, 0 Prophet of God ? He said : I laugh for only one verse which
has just been revealed to me. Then he recited the verse 108 of the Quran : I
have given you Kausar. So pray for your Lord, and do offer sacrifice. He
asked : Do you know what is Kausar ? The companions said : God and his
Prophet know best. He said That is a river. God promised me to award it to
me. There is abundant good in it. Therein there is a fountain. My followers
will come to it for water on the Resurrection Day. Its pots are numerous
like the stars in heaven. The Prophet said : When I was travelling in
Paradise, I came to a river of which the two sides are woven with jewels. I asked
: 0 Gebrail, what is it ? He said : It is Kausar. Your Lord gifted it to
you. The angel struck it with his hand and it was seen that its earth was
made of musk. The Prophet said: The distance of the two banks of my fountain
is like that of Medina and Sana'a or
Medina and Omman.
The Prophet said with regard to Kausar that it is a river in Paradise whose sides are made of gold. It's waters are whiter
than milk, sweeter than honey, more fragrant than musk. That is flowing upon
the bases of emeralds and jewels.
The Prophet said: The first batch who will come for its water is the poor
refugees. The hairs of their heads will be dishevelled, their clothes
uncleans, no woman married them and no door of honour was opened for them.
The Prophet was asked about the number of its pitchers. He said : By One in
whose hand there is my life, they are numerous as the stars in the sky in a
dark night. He who drinks therefrom will never be thirsty. The Prophet said
: Every Prophet will have a fountain. They will take pride about the number
of people who will come to drink therefrom. I expect that my followers will
be greatest among them.
(11) Paradise: The Prophet said: Some
one will declare : 0 dwellers of Paradise, you will live in Paradise healthy without any ailment. You will live therein forever and you will
never die. You will enjoy therein permanent youth and you will never become
old. You will forever live there in happiness and you will never suffer
troubles. This is the declaration of God. The Prophet said : He who spent
two kinds of property in the way of God will be welcomed to
Paradise from each of its doors. Paradise has got eight doors. He
who prayed will be called from the door of prayer. He who paid Zakat will be
called from the door of Zakat. He who fought will be called from the door of
Jihad. Hazrat Abu Bakr said: It appears that each one will be called from
each door. Is there any person who will be welcomed from all the doors? He
said: someone will get that welcome. I hope I will be one of them.
The Prophet said: When I will come to the door of Paradise and order it to be opened, the guard will say : Who are you ? I will say
: I am Muhammad. He will say : I have been ordered not to open it before you
The Prophet said: The dwellers of Paradise will see the inhabitants
above their heads just as you see the stars in the horizon from east to
west. This is because of their high status. The companions asked : 0
Messenger of God, that is the status of the Prophets and none will get that
position except the Prophets. The Prophet said : That is true. By One in
whose hand there is my life, there are men who believed in God and believed
the Prophet as true. He said : The owners of the high status will be seen
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places just as you see the bright star in the horizon. Among them there will
be Abu Bakr and Omar and they will be given blessings.
The Prophet said once to Jaber : Shall I not give you the news of the
windows of Paradise ? We said : 0 Messenger. of God give us that
information. He said : Those are made of emeralds and jewels. Their inner
parts will be seen from their outer parts. Therein there will be such
enjoyments, amusements and joys as no eye has seen, no ear has heard and no
heart has conceived. I said : 0 Messenger of God, who will be the owners of
those windows ? He said: Those who spread peace, give food, keep fasts, pray
at night when the people remain asleep. We asked : 0 Messenger of God, who
will be able to do that ? He said : My people will be able to do that. I am
saying it to you. He who meets his brother, salutes him and replies to his
salute,' spreads peace; and he who gives food to his wife and members of his
family to their satisfaction gives food. He who keeps fast of Ramazan and
three days every month, keeps fast as it were for the whole year. He who
prays Isha and Fajr in congregation prays as it were the whole night when
the people remain asleep. God says : The fine buildings in Eden Paradise.'
The Prophet said regarding its meanings : These places are builts of
emeralds and jewels and in each building there will be 70 rooms of red
colour and in each room 70 sub-rooms of green colour and in each sub-room
there will be one throne and over each throne 70 beds of varied colours and
on each bed a girl having sweet black eyes. There will be 70 dining cloth in
each room and 70 kinds of food in each dining cloth. There will be seven
girls in each room. Each believe will be given such strength in the morning
as he can cohabit with them.
WALLS OF PARADISE
The Prophet said : The walls of praradise are built of bricks of gold and
silver, its dust of saffron and earth of camphor. The rivers of paradise
flows under the mountains of camphor. If there remains a single ornament of
the dwellers of paradise, that will be equal to all the ornaments of the
world. The Prophet said. There are trees in paradise. Under their shade, a
rider can pass one hundred years' journey without any obstruction. To this
effect, the Quran says-And extended shade.
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DRESSES OF DWELLERS OF PARADISE
God says : They will be given bangles of gold and jewels and dresses of
silk. There are innumerable verses regarding this. The Prophet said : He who
will enter paradise will live in happiness, he will have no want, his
dresses will not grow old and his youth will not end. He will get such
things in-paradise as no eye has seen no ear has heard and no heart has
conceived. He said : Twice fruits will come out of trees every year. He said
: The faces of first group in paradise will be bright like full moon. They
will not spit therein, nor throw cough, no- urinate. Their pots and combs
will be made of gold and silver. Each one of them will have two wives. On
account of their beauty, their hind bones will be seen from the front sides.
They will have no differences, no malice and no hatred. They will proclaim
the glory of God morning and evening. In another narration each wife will
have seventy dresses. God says : They will be dressed with bangles of gold.
The Prophet said : On their heads there will be caps of gold. A small piece
of jewel therein will brighten what is between the east and the west. The
Prophet said : There will be camps made of emeralds. Their height will be
sixty miles. In each corner, there will be girls for the believers who will
not be seen by the other girls.
FOOD OF THE INMATES OF PARADISE
The Quran speaks of the food of
the inmates of Paradise fruits, birds, Manna, Salwa, honey, milk and other
varieties. God says : Whenever they will be given any food, they will say :
similar foods were given to us before. God says about their drink in the
following narration. Once a Jewish learned man came to the Prophet and asked
him : Who will first cross the Bridge ? He said : The poor refugees : The
Jew asked again : When they will enter paradise, what food will be served to
them first ? He said : Roasts of the livers of fish. He asked again : What
will be their morning lunch ? He said : Cows of paradise will be slaughtered
for them. He said : What drink will be given to them ? He said They will be
given drink of Salsabil. The Jew said : You have spoken the truth. Once a
Jew asked the Prophet : Do you think that the inmates of paradise will eat
and drink ? The Prophet said Yes, by One in whose hand there is my life,
each one of them will be given food, drink and strength of one hundred man
to have sexual intercourse. The Jew asked : Will he have any necessity of
passing urine and stools ? The Prophet said : In place of urine and
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stool, perspiration will come out of them like camphor and as a result their
stomach will be cleared therefor. The Prophet said to Ibn-Masud : If. you
wish to eat a bird in paradise, it will fall before you at once cooked and
HURS AND GELMAN (BOYS)
The Prophet said: If a woman of Paradise would have peeped up
into this world everything therein would have been illuminated and filled up
with fragrance. Every hair of her head is better than than the earth and its
treasures. God says : They are like Eakut and Marjan. If their faces are
seen within screen, they will be more clear than mirrors and the smallest
jewel therein will illuminate what is in the heaven and earth. The Prophet
said : In the night in which I was taken to heaven, I entered a place in
Paradise named Baidakh whose camps are of emeralds and green pearls and red Eakut.
They asked : 0 Prophet of God, Salam to you. I asked : 0 Gebrail, whose
sound is there ? He said : of the beautiful women in camps. They seek your
permission to salute you. So give them permission. They will be saying : We
are pleased therewith. We will never be dissatisfied. We will remain here
forever, we will never travel. Then he recited the verse : The beautiful
damsels detained in camps. In another verse : Pure women. Muzaher explained
this by saying that they will be free menstruation, urine, stool, cough and
A man asked the Prophet : 0 Prophet of God, will the inmates of
Paradise have sexual intercourse ? He said: Anybody among them will be given
sexual strength of seven, persons among you. The Prophet said : An inmate of
Paradise will have five hundred hurs, four thousand unmarried women and eight
thousand widowed women. Each of them will keep embracing him for the
duration of his whole worldly life time. He also said: There will be markets
in Paradise in which there will be no buy and sale, but there will be men and women.
If any man will wish to have sexual intercourse with a woman, he will do at
once. The Hurs will sing in Paradise
on divine purity and praise-we are most beautiful Hurs and we are for the
OTHER DESCRIPTIONS OF PARADISE
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be pleased with. The Prophet said : If an inmate of
Paradise will wish to have a son born to him, he will get it. Its stay in womb,
its weaning away from milk and its youth will come to pass at the same time.
He also said : The inmantes of
Paradise will be beardless and hairless. Their colour will be white and
their eyes painted with collyrium. They will be youths of 33 years of age.
They will be sixty cubits long and seven cubits broad. He also said : The
lowest rank of an inmate of Paradise will have eighty thousand servants and
seventy two wives. In short there will be such bliss in Paradise which no eye has seen, no ear has heard and no heart has conceived.
(12) Hell: God says: 'There is nobody among you who will not come to.. it
(Hell). That is an affair decreed by God. Thereafter I will give salvation
to those who are Godfearing and leave those who are sinners.' So it is
certain that you will also go there. What hope have you got for salvation ?
The Prophet said : There are seventy thousand valleys in Hell and in each
valley 70,000 serpents and 70,900 scropoins. The unbelievers and hypocrites
will meet them. He said : Seek refuge from 'Jubbul Hujn". He was asked : 0
Prophet of God, what is Jubbul Hujn ? He said : A valley in Hell. The Hell
seeks refuge from it seventy times. God prepared it for those who do divine
service for show of man. There are seven layers of Hell. The first and
highest layer is called Jahannam, the second layer is called Sakher, lower
than it is jai, lower than it is Hotamah, lower than it is Saierr lower than
it is Jahim and lowest layer is Habiyah.
While we were with Prophet, we heard suddenly a great sound. The Prophet
said : Do you know what this sound is ? We said : God and His Prophet know
it best. He said : It is the sound of a stone. it was falling down from the
topmost portion of Hell for the last 70 years and now it reached the bottom.
The Prophet said : The least punishment that will be meted out to an inmate
of Hell will be two shoes of fire, on account of their heat his brain will
bubble. Now think of the heavy punishments. The Prophet said that the
fire of Hell was washed seventy times by the water of mercy and sent to
this world and it has been made then suitable for its inmantes.
The Prophet said explaining the fire of Hell. God ordered the fire of Hell
to burn for one thousand years. It then became yellow.
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Thereafter it burnt for another one thousand years and it then became white.
It then burnt for another one thousand years. It then became black. It is
now black and full of darkness. The Prophet said : If a basketful pus of
Hell would have been thrown into this world, everything in the world would
have been stenchy. This will be the drinks of the inmates of Hell. Whenever
they will ask for drink, they will be given this stenchy pus. Death will
come to them from every side but they will not die. If they want drink, they
will be given drink like heated molten lead. It will burn their mouths.
Then look to their food. It will be fruits from Zaqqum tree. God says : It
is a tree which will grow from the bottom of Hell and it will have branches
like the hands of the devil. They will eat therefrom and it will fill their
bellies. then heated water will be thrown upon their bodies and then they
will be taken to Jahim. God says : We have got Chains and Jahim and
throat-choking food and severe punishment. The Prophet said : If a drop of
Zaqqum would fall into the sea of this would the inmates of the world would
have found it very difficult to live in it. The Prophet said : The dwellers
of Hell will have hunger. If they want food, they will be given thorns of
poison. It will not give strength nor satisfy hunger. Thereafter they will
ask for food and they will be given food that will choke their throat. They
will then ask for drink and they will be given heated hot water with heated
iron rods. When it will be brought close to their mouth, their mouth will be
burnt. When it will enter their stomach, the entrails will be cut off. They
will say : Call the guard of Hell. When he will come, they will say to him :
Tell your Lord to alleviate our punishment for a single day. He will say :
Did not any Prophet come to you with proofs ? They-will say : Yes, he came.
Then they will say Pray to God. He will say : The prayers of the unblievers
will be turned into nought.
Now think of the serpents and scorpions of Hell. They will be constant
companions of the inmates of Hell. Not a moment will pass on them without
their sting. The Prophet said : The wealth given to a man who did not pay
its Zakat will be turned into serpent on the Resurrection Day. It will cling
to his shoulders in the Resurrection Day. It will say : I am your wealth, I
am your hidden treasure. They he recited this verse : If they are miser with
regard to the wealth which God has given to them don't think
that it will do them good, rather it will do them evil. On the Resurrection
Day, their amassed wealth will cling to their necks. The Prophet said :
There are serpents in Hell like the necks of the camels of Bukht. If one of
them stings once, the effects of its poison will continue for 40 years. They
are so poisonous that if one of them stings once, its effect of poison will
continue for 40 years. These serpents and scropoins will sting those people
who were misers, meted out bad treatment with the peoples and gave them
The Prophet said : The front teeth of the inmates of Hell will be.so big as
the mount Uhud and the thickness of his
skin will be the distance of three days journey. The Prophet said that his
upper lip would fall upon his breast and will cover his face. The Prophet
said : On that day, Hell will be brought. It will have seventy thousand
bridle and with each bridle there will be seventy thousand angels. He also
said. Weeping will be sent to the inmates of Hell. They will continue to
weep till blood comes out. Their faces will become like cultivated ditches.
If any boat is floated therein, it will easily float. The Prophet said :
Death will be brought on the Resurrection Day as if it is a sheep of white
colour and it will be slaughtered between Hell and Paradise. It will be said : 0 inmates of paradise, you will live here permanently
without death. 0 inmatres of Hell, you will live here permanently without
These are in brief the descriptions of Hell and it has got no end. Another
punishment is that they will be deprived of the heavenly bliss and divine
sight and pleasure.
(13) Vision of God: God says : For those who do good there are
rewards and additional rewards. This additional reward is nothing but the
vision of God which is the most tasteful of all rewards. The happiness of
paradise is insignificant in comparison with that gained by the sight of the
Lord. The Prophet said once looking to the full moon : As you see this moon,
so you will see your Lord. You will not be tired of His sight. He said :
Pray before sun-set and sun- rise. Then he read the verse : Glorify your
Lord before the setting and rising of the sun. The Prophet said : When the
dwellers of paradise will enter paradise, some one will proclaim : 0
dwellers of paradise, God wishes to fulfil what He promised you. The
What is that promise ? Has He not filled up our Balance ? Has He not
brightened our faces and admitted us in paradise ? Has He not saved us from
the fire of Hell? At that time, the screen will be lifted and they will be
gazing at the glorious God. Nothing will be dearer to them at that time than
His sight. ?This is the greater reward. At that time they will forget every
enjoyment and happiness. There is no limit to this happiness and no example.
(14) God's mercy
The end of the book "The Revival of religious learning"
We have, by the grace of God, finished the book "The Revival of religious
learning" and we hope for God's grace and blessings. God says : God does not
forgive setting up partnership with Him. But He forgives one besides this
whom He wishes. God says : 0 those who have made oppression on their souls,
don't be deprived of God's mercy. God can forgive all sins. He is forgiving,
We pray to God for forgiveness for the mistakes we committed in this book or
exceeded, for the thoughts mixed advertently in what we wished and intended.
We pray to God for forgiveness for those who read this book write it or hear
it. The Prophet said : God has got one hundred mercies, out of which He
distributed one among men jinn, beasts, birds and lower beings with the
remaining 99 mercies left to Him. He will show them on the Resurrection Day
on His servants.
The Prophet said: On the Resurrection day, God will take out a writing from
undrneth.the Throne wherein it was written : My mercy has defeated My anger.
I am the Most Merciful. The Prophet said: God will laugh for us on the
Resurrection Day and say: Give good news to the Muslims. There is nobody
among them in whose exchange I have not placed a Jew or a Christian in Hell.
Teh Prophet said: God will give the power of intercession to ten crores and
ten thousand men out of the children of Adam. He also said: God will say to
the believers on the Resurrection Day: Did you want My vision? They will
say: 0 our lord, we wanted. He will ask: Why? They say: We hoped for Thy
forgiveness and mercy. Then He will say: l have made My forgiveness sure for
The Prophet said: The Glorious Lord will say on the Resurrection Day: Take
out the man from Hell who remembered
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Me for a single day or feared Me in a critical place. The Prophet said: When
the inmates of Hell will assemble in Hell with those of people of the Book,
the unbelievers will say to the Muslims: Were you not Muslims? They will
say: Yes. They will say: What benefit did you derive by your acceptance of
Islam? You are with us now in Hell. They will say: We committed sins for
which we receive this punishment. On hearing this, God will pass order to
take them out of Hell. They will, then come out of Hell. When the
unbelievers will see it, they will say: Woe to us! would that we were
Muslims, we could have come out of Hell like them. Then the Prophet read
this verse: Those who are unbelievers will wish honestly that how good it
would have been if they were Muslims.
The Prophet said: God will show mercy on the believers much more than a
mother showing affection to her child. The Prophet said: A proclaimer will
proclaim on the resurrection day from behind the Throne : 0 the followers of
Muhammad, I have forgiven the trust which I reposed in you. Now there remain
in your rights. Give them one to another and enter paradise through My
mercy. Hazrat Ibn Obadah reported : I heard the Prophet say : God made Hell
unlawful for one who testifies that there is no deity but God and that
Muhammad is His Messenger,
The Prophet said: God will say to the angels on the Resurrection Day : Take
out the man from Hell in whom you find good even to the measure of a dinar.
They will say : 0 Lord, we have taken them out whom you have ordered us to
take out. Then He will say: Go and take out one in whom you find good to the
weight of half a dinar. Then they will take out many men. They will say : We
have taken out those whom you h ave ordered us to take out. He will say : Go
and take out one in whom you find good to the weight of a mustard seed. Then
they will take out many men. They will then say : 0 our Lord, we have taken
out those whom you have ordered us to take out.
The Prophet said: God will say : The apostles have interceded, the Prophets
interceded and the believers interceded. There is none now except the Most
Merciful. He will take out of Hell by His Hand a party of men who never did
any good deed. They became like burnt coal and they-will be thrown in a
river of life in the mouth of paradise. They will come out of-that river as
straw is swept away by current. Don't you see the trees and stones that face
the sun taking green colour and those that
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remained in shade assume white colour? They said: 0 Apostle of God, you are
as it were wandering in plains. He said : They will come out like jewels
with necklace on their necks.
Ibn Abbas reported : One day the Prophet came out to us and said': All the
nations were presented to me. With a prophet, there was only one man, with
another there were only two, with another there was nobody, and with another
there were a party of men. I found many parties with one Prophet. It was
said to me that he was Moses and those people were his followers. I was said
: Look on and I found numerous people covering the whole horizon. I was said
that these are my followers. Out of these, there are seventy thousand people
who will enter Paradise without account. The Prophet said : God has promised
me that He will aa.nit seventy thousand of my followers in paradise without
account, I prayed for more to Lord and I found Him merciful. He told me to
give salvation seventy thousand men with every man of the above mentioned
seventy thousands. I said : 0 Lord, will my followers reach that limit? He
said : I will give salvation for you numerous persons like the number of the
The Prophet said: Gebrail came to the cave Hira and said to me : Give good
news to your followers that he who dies without setting up a partner with
God will enter paradise. I asked : 0 Gebrail, even if he steals and
fornicates? He said : Even if he steals and fornicates. This was repeated
thrice. The Prophet once recited this verse : From him who fears God, there
are two gardens. The narrator asked : Even if he steals and fornicates? The
Prophet said: Even if he steals and fornicates.
The Prophet said: No Muslim will die till he sees his place in Hell filled
up by a Jew or a Christian. It was
reported that a child was searching his mother in a battle field. Afterwards
finding his mother he came running to her. She took her child in her lap and
cried out : My child, my child, The Prophet said to his companions. God will
show more kindness to you than the mother showing affection to her child.
At this, the Muslims were overjoyed and went away. From this Hadis we may
cherish hope that God will shower His blessings and kindness on us, even
though we are not fit for such favours.