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Friday, May 28, 2004  

The Fire ‘Hunger will be cast upon the people of the Fire, until it equals their other torments. They will cry for help and help will come in the form of bitter thorn fruit, which neither nourishes nor releases from hunger. [88:7] They will cry for help and will be given food that they choke on. They will then remember that in the world they used to relieve choking by drinking; and so they will cry for a drink and boiling water will be raised to them with iron hooks. When it nears their faces it scorches them. They will say: “Call the guards of Jahannam!” And the guards will say: “Did the Messenger of your Lord not come to you with clear signs?” “Yes!” they reply. And the guards say: “Call then, but the call of the disbelievers can only go astray!” They will then say: “O Malik! Let your Lord make an end of us!” But he will reply: “You shall remain!” [43:77] Al-A’mash has said: ‘Between their calls and Malik’s reply will be a thousand years.’ They will then say [to each other]: “Call on your Lord, none is better for you than your Lord!” and then: “Our Lord! Our wretchedness has overcome us, we were a people gone astray. Our Lord! Bring us out of it, and if we repeat [our sin] we will indeed be unjust!” [23:106-7] He will answer them: “Begone therein! And speak not to Me!” [23:108] When this happens, they will lose hope for anything good, and begin to sigh, to lament and to wail.’ [Hadith] It has been related that in the Fire there are snakes as large as the necks of Bactrian camels, and scorpions as big as mules, the sting of which produces painful fevers for forty autumns. Were a bucket of rotting drink [ghassaq] of Hell to be spilt into the world its stench would affect all the world’s inhabitants; and should a drop of the Tree of Zaqqum be dropped onto the world it would spoil the means of livelihood of all people in the world. And should one of the people of the Fire come out into the world, all the world’s inhabitants would die because of his stench and disfigurement. The Fire’s gates are seven, as He has said (Exalted is He!): It has seven gates, and each gate has an appointed portion of them. [15:44] It also has seven layers. The first is called Jahannam, which is for those among the people of tawhid who were sinners. The second is called Saqar, the third Laza, the fourth al-Hutama, the fifth al-Sa’ir, the sixth al-Jahim, and the seventh al-Hawiya. This is the lowermost one, which has neither bottom nor end. These seven layers are filled with agonizing torments, hideous tortures, and great humiliation, and each layer is worse than the one above it. May God protect us, our parents, our loved ones and all Muslims from it through His grace and generosity! Know that the people of the Fire are of two kinds: those who are people of tawhid and enter it because of their sins, and those who are disbelievers [kafirun], polytheists [mushrikun], and hypocrites [munafiqun], who outwardly announce their faith but who conceal disbelief within their hearts. The first group will not remain in the Fire forever, for they will leave it through intercession [shafa’a] and God’s mercy, but they will nevertheless differ in this: some being taken out before the end of their sentences, and some not. It is said that the last to emerge from it will do so after seven thousand years, which is—according to one opinion—the age of the world. No person of tawhid will stay in the Fire forever, for those who have as much as an atom’s weight of faith will be allowed out, as is stated in sound hadiths. People in the second category will remain in the fire forever: they include the Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians and others who are all to remain in the Fire permanently. Those who disbelieve and die as disbelievers, upon them is the curse of God, and of the angels and men combined. Eternally therein: the torment will not be lightened for them, nor will they be reprieved. [2:161-6] God forgives not that a partner be ascribed unto Him, but He forgives all else to whomsoever He will. [4:48] Whoso ascribes partners to God, for him God has forbidden the Garden; and his abode shall be the Fire. The unjust shall have no helpers. [5:72] The hypocrites shall be in the lowest layer of Fire. [4:145] It has been said that the molar tooth of a disbeliever in the Fire shall be as big as Mount Uhud, while the thickness of his skin will be forty-two arm lengths, and they will drag their tongues, which will be one and two leagues long, while people tread on them. God shall enlarge their bodies in the Fire so that their torments may be multiplied and their chastisement made more intense. When the sinners among the people of tawhid are brought out from the fire, until not one of them remains in it, its gates will be locked, and it will close on the disbelievers. It is indeed closed in on them, in outstretched columns. [104:8-9] Some of them will be locked in coffins full of fire and left there for eternity, in God’s torment, under His abhorrence and wrath, unendingly. We ask God for wellbeing, to die in Islam and for protection from the states of the people of the Fire! -Imam ‘Abdallah ibn ‘Alawi al-Haddad, Lives of Man

posted by Abubak'r | 5/28/2004 06:16:00 AM |
As for him who fears to stand before his Lord and restrains the ego its desires, the Garden is shelter.
(The Snatchers:40)
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "The Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions, while Paradise is surrounded by all kinds of disliked, undesirable things."
Whoever does good at night is rewarded during the day and whoever does good during the day is rewarded at night. Whoever is sincere in abandoning a desire is saved from catering to it. God is too noble to punish a heart that has abandoned a desire for His sake.
(Abu Sulayman ad-Darani)
Beware of your ego, and trust not its mischief;
The ego is worse than seventy devils.
(Arabic Poem)
Abu Bakar Balkhi
Md Mubaraq
Md Firdaus

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