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1,001 Sayings and Deeds of the Prophet

Hell

(The following should be read in conjunction with Boreal Books' The Islamic Hereafter - Hell!)

One quarter to a one third of the Koran is about Judgement Day, Paradise and Hell. With so many revealed truths about Allah’s torture chamber, hadiths about Hell, and how you get there might appear superfluous. Nonetheless, following are a few which may hold some interest.

Hell, in both the Koran and the Hadiths is an enormous  living thing which will have to be dragged to its appointed place on Judgement Day.

Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The Hell would he brought on that day (the Day of judgment) with seventy thousand bridles and every bridle would be controlled by seventy thousand angels.

Sahih Muslim 40.6810

From what he saw of Hell, God's Messenger drew interesting conclusions; for instance, that Hell’s Fire has an impact on the weather. The Prophet may not have been aware that in the southern hemisphere the seasons are reversed when he made the following observation:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, "In very hot weather delay the Zuhr prayer till it becomes (a bit) cooler because the severity of heat is from the raging of Hell-fire. The Hell-fire of Hell complained to its Lord saying: O Lord! My parts are eating (destroying) one another. So Allah allowed it to take two breaths, one in the winter and the other in the summer. The breath in the summer is at the time when you feel the severest heat and the breath in the winter is at the time when you feel the severest cold."

Bukhari 10.512

How hot is Hell's Fire?

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah's Apostle said, "Your (ordinary) fire is one of 70 parts of the (Hell) Fire."

Someone asked, "O Allah's Apostle this (ordinary) fire would have been sufficient (to torture the unbelievers)."

Allah's Apostle said, "The (Hell) Fire has 69 parts more than the ordinary (worldly) fire, each part is as hot as this (worldly) fire."

Bukhari 54.487

Is it Allah or His Messenger who can’t pass up an opportunity to denigrate women? His Messenger reached for some fruit from a tree in Paradise and was treated to an appalling vision of women burning in Hell.

It may be telling that on a number of occasions, as Allah reveals in His Koran, His Messenger had to call on Him to discipline his boisterous young spouses (the relevant revelations are in Women and the Koran, Boreal Books 2013). The experience may have tainted their views about women to such an extent that both would see most of them burn in Hell for an eternity. The following is quoted in its entirety in the chapter Eclipses.

Narrated Abdullah bin Abbas:

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The people say, "O Allah's Apostle! We saw you taking something from your place and then we saw you retreating."

The Prophet replied, "I saw Paradise and stretched my hands towards a bunch (of its fruits) and had I taken it, you would have eaten from it as long as the world remains.

I also saw the Hell-fire and I had never seen such a horrible sight. I saw that most of the inhabitants were women."

The people asked, "O Allah's Apostle! Why is it so?"

The Prophet replied, "Because of their ungratefulness."

Bukhari 18.161

Both murdered and murderer in a fight go to Hell.

Al-Ahnaf bin Qais:

While I was going to help this man (Ali Ibn Abi Talib), Abu Bakra met me and asked, "Where are you going?"

I replied, "I am going to help that person."

He said, "Go back for I have heard Allah's Apostle saying, 'When two Muslims fight (meet) each other with their swords, both the murderer as well as the murdered will go to the Hell-fire.'"

I said, "O Allah's Apostle! It is all right for the murderer but what about the murdered one?"

Allah's Apostle replied, "He surely had the intention to kill his companion."

Bukhari 2.30

What about one dead child saving a mother from Hell's Fire?

Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:

Some women requested the Prophet to fix a day for them as the men were taking all his time. On that he promised them one day for religious lessons and commandments. Once during such a lesson the Prophet said, "A woman whose three children die will be shielded by them from the Hell fire."

On that a woman asked, "If only two die?"

He replied, "Even two (will shield her from the Hell-fire)."

Bukhari 3.101

Was there ever any doubt?

Narrated Ali:

The Prophet said, "Do not tell a lie against me for whoever tells a lie against me (intentionally) then he will surely enter the Hell-fire."

Bukhari 3:106

Be kind to your cat, and let it eat all the insects it wants.

Narrated Abdullah bin 'Umar:

Allah's Apostle said, "A woman was tortured and was put in Hell because of a cat which she had kept locked till it died of hunger."

Allah's Apostle further said, "(Allah knows better) Allah said (to the woman), 'You neither fed it nor watered when you locked it up, nor did you set it free to eat the insects of the earth.'"

Bukhari 40.553

To be on the safe side, I would get rid of the silverware.

Narrated Um Salama (the wife of the Prophet):

Allah's Apostle said, "He who drinks in silver utensils is only filling his abdomen with Hell Fire."

Bukhari 69.538

Always be careful what you say. Better still, be quiet!

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet; said, "A slave (of Allah) may utter a word which pleases Allah without giving it much importance, and because of that Allah will raise him to degrees (of reward): a slave (of Allah) may utter a word (carelessly) which displeases Allah without thinking of its gravity and because of that he will be thrown into the Hell-Fire."

Bukhari 76.485

Adoptive parents, fathers actually for it is their decision, make sure the child you adopt does not confuse you with his natural father. If he does, your pride and joy is going to Hell.

Narrated Abu Dhar:

The Prophet said, "If somebody claims to be the son of any other than his real father knowingly, he but disbelieves in Allah, and if somebody claims to belong to some folk to whom he does not belong, let such a person take his place in the (Hell) Fire."

Bukhari 56.711

If you cause God's Messenger to make a bad decision you will pay for it later.

Narrated Um Salama (a wife of the Prophet):

Allah's Apostle heard some people quarreling at the door of his dwelling. He came out and said, "I am only a human being, and opponents come to me (to settle their problems); maybe someone amongst you can present his case more eloquently than the other, whereby I may consider him true and give a verdict in his favor. So, If I give the right of a Muslim to another by mistake, then it is really a portion of (Hell) Fire, he has the option to take or give up (before the Day of Resurrection)."

Bukhari 43.638

One of the more substantial benefits of fasting (a camel’s journey is assumed):

Narrated Abu Said:

I heard the Prophet saying, "Indeed, anyone who fasts for one day for Allah's Pleasure, Allah will keep his face away from the (Hell) fire for (a distance covered by a journey of) seventy years."

Bukhari 52.93

That fever you are experiencing ...

Narrated Aisha:

The Prophet said, "Fever is from the heat of the (Hell) Fire, so cool it with water."

Bukhari 54.485

Another besides Lahai (see Eclipses) who will be dragging his intestines around Hell:

Narrated Abu Wail:

Somebody said to Usama, "Will you go to so-and-so (i.e. Uthman) and talk to him (i.e. advise him regarding ruling the country)?"

He said, "You see that I don't talk to him. Really I talk to (advise) him secretly without opening a gate (of affliction), for neither do I want to be the first to open it (i.e. rebellion), nor will I say to a man who is my ruler that he is the best of all the people after I have heard something from Allah's Apostle."

They said, "What have you heard him saying?"

He said, "I have heard him saying, a man will be brought on the Day of Resurrection and thrown in the (Hell) Fire, so that his intestines will come out, and he will go around like a donkey goes around a millstone.

The people of (Hell) Fire will gather around him and say: 'O so-and-so! What is wrong with you? Didn't you use to order us to do good deeds and forbid us to do bad deeds?'

He will reply: "Yes, I used to order you to do good deeds, but I did not do them myself, and I used to forbid you to do bad deeds, yet I used to do them myself.'"

Bukhari 54.489

The Koran is okay with you killing yourself in Allah's Cause, and for your sacrifice you will be granted instant access to Paradise no questions asked. The following is for those who would contemplate leaving this world at a time of their choosing for no good reason.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, "Whoever purposely throws himself from a mountain and kills himself, will be in the (Hell) Fire falling down into it and abiding therein perpetually forever; and whoever drinks poison and kills himself with it, he will be carrying his poison in his hand and drinking it in the (Hell) Fire wherein he will abide eternally forever; and whoever kills himself with an iron weapon, will be carrying that weapon in his hand and stabbing his abdomen with it in the (Hell) Fire wherein he will abide eternally forever."

Bukhari 71.670

Who will be in Hell with his brain boiling away after Judgement Day?

That would be the Prophet's uncle Abu-Talib who took in the infant Muhammad whose own father died before he was born, looked after him, loved and sheltered him, protected him from his enemies when he grew into Prophethood. It is just too bad that he refused his nephew's entreaties to become a Muslim and died an unbeliever.

Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:

That he heard the Prophet when somebody mentioned his uncle (i.e. Abu Talib), saying, "Perhaps my intercession will be helpful to him on the Day of Resurrection so that he may be put in a shallow fire reaching only up to his ankles. His brain will boil from it."

Bukhari 58.224

Rubbing it in!

Narrated Anas:

The Prophet said, "Allah will say to that person of the (Hell) Fire who will receive the least punishment, 'If you had everything on the earth, would you give it as a ransom to free yourself (i.e. save yourself from this Fire)?'

He will say, 'Yes.'

Then Allah will say, 'While you were in the backbone of Adam, I asked you much less than this, i.e. not to worship others besides Me, but you insisted on worshipping others besides me.'"

Bukhari 55.551

Thank goodness Paradise will remain open after Hell is full.

Narrated Anas:

The Prophet said, "(The people will be thrown into Hell (Fire) and it will keep on saying, 'Is there any more?' till the Lord of the Worlds puts His Foot over it, whereupon its different sides will come close to each other, and it will say, 'Qad! Qad! (enough! enough!) By Your 'Izzat (Honor and Power) and YOUR KARAM (Generosity)!' Paradise will remain spacious enough to accommodate more people."

Bukhari 93.481.