Beliefs in Hell

Chapter Seven

 

DOZAKH (HELL)

 

This is an abode in which is the clear demonstration of the wrath of Allah (The Exalted). Just as there is no end to his mercy and grace, which can not be understood by the human mind, in the same way, there is no limits to his wrath. All the pain, suffering and torment that a person can imagine is very unparalleled compared to the wrath of Allah (The Exalted). That which has been mentioned in the Qur’aan and Hadith concerning the wrath of Allah (The Exalted) is being briefly explained in this discussion, so that Muslims may read this and ask refuge from the wrath of Allah (The Exalted) and that they should abstain from those practices which will lead them towards hell. It is in the Hadith that when a person asks for refuge from hell, then hell requests Allah (The Exalted) to grant him refuge. The Qur’aan has warned us on many occasions to fear Hell and stay away from those things which lead one towards hell. As a means to educate us, our beloved, Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) would often ask refuge from the fire of Hell. The flames and sparks of hell will be as high as huge mansions. When leaping into the sky, the flames will seem like a caravan of yellow camels. Man and stone are the fuel of Hell. The fire of the world is one portion of the seventy portions of the fire of hell. The lowest form of punishment is this, that a person will be made to wear shoes of fire and this will cause his brains to boil like a copper pot boils. He will think that he is receiving the worst punishment, whereas he will be facing the least punishment. Allah (The Exalted) will ask him if he had the entire earth, would he give it in return for refuge from this torment. He will reply in the positive. Allah (The Exalted) will say that when he was in the spine of Nabi Adam (upon whom be peace) then Allah (The Exalted) asked him only obey one thing and that was never to make kufr and he did not take heed to this. The fire of Hell has been fanned for a thousand of years until it became red. It was then fanned for another thousand years until it became white. It was then fanned for another thousand years until it turned black. It is now completely black, wherein there is no sign of light. Jibraeel (upon whom be peace) took and oath to the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) and said, ‘If the doors of Hell are opened even equivalent to the point of a needle, then all the people on earth will die due to the intensity of the heat.’ He then swore an oath and said, ‘If the warden of Hell had to appear to the people then all of them would die due to his fierce appearance.’ He also took and oath and said, ‘If one link from the chains of a person from hell has to be placed on a mountain, it would begin to tremble and it will not be able to bear this until it will finally sink deep into the earth.’

The fire of this world is so intense and there is none who can dispute this. In hot weather it is extremely difficult to stand near a fire. This fire, begs Allah (The Exalted) never to enter it into the fire of hell again and amazingly man seems to have no fear and does all that which will lead him into hell. Man does not fear that fire which even the fire fears. Allah (The Exalted) alone knows the dept of Hell. It is in the Hadith, that if pillar of rock is thrown into Hell from outside it, then even after travelling for seventy years, it will not reach the bottom of hell, whereas if a person throws a ball from the heights of the sky in the morning will reach earth by night. Hell has numerous valleys, levels and wells. There are certain dungeons in hell from which even hell itself asks refuge seventy times a day or even more than this. There are numerous punishments which the Kaafirs will face in Hell. The Angels will beat them with such heavy iron rods that if one rod has to be kept on earth, all the humans and jinns together will not be able to lift it off the ground. There are massive snakes and scorpions in hell that look like long necked camels. Their stings and bites are so venomous and painful, that the pain and effect will be felt for a thousand years. The person in hell will be given so hot water, like oil that has been boiled to its highest intensity. When they bring it close to their mouths, the intense heat will cause the skin on their faces to fall off. Boiling water will be poured onto their heads. They will be given the matter to drink which passes from the body of the people from hell. They will be given thorny fruits to eat. The foul smell of these fruits is so intense, that if one piece of it falls on earth the entire cycle of humanity will be effected. When they are hungry, they will be given these fruits to eat. When they eat it, its thorny nature will cause it to be lodged in the throat. They will ask for water and they will be given water that is so hot, that when it reaches their bowl, it will cause the intestines to disintegrate and flow out of the body. They will rush towards water like camels that are tired due to intense heat.

When the kufaar become weary of the punishment, they will discuss with one another and agree to summon Maalik (upon whom be peace), who is the gate keeper of Hell. They will say, ‘Please end our lives’ Maalik (upon whom be peace) will not reply to them for one thousand years. After a thousand years he will say, ‘Do not call to me. Call out to Him, Whom you have disobeyed.’ They will then call out to Allah (The Exalted) with his merciful names for a thousand years. Allah (The Exalted) will not reply to them for a thousand years. After this time, He will say, “Be off. Remain in Hell and do not call out to me.” The Kufaar will become disillusioned and will scream and wail like donkeys. They will cry so bitterly that deep scars will form on their faces. They will cry blood and matter instead of tears. The blood and matter will be so much that ships would be able to sail in them. The people of hell will be so ugly that if one person from hell has to be brought onto earth all the people on earth will die due to his ugliness and foul odour. The bodies of the people of hell will be inflated to such an extent, that to travel from one shoulder to the other shoulder will take three days on fast horse. Their skins will become forty two yards thick and their tongues will hang out of their mouths for one to two miles distance. The place, where they sit, will be like the distance between Makkah and Madinah. They will sit in Hell with twisted faces. Their upper lip will stretch up to the top of their heads and their lower lip will hang over their navels. The form of the kufaar in Hell will not be the form of humans, because Allah (The Exalted) created the form of humans as the best of moulds and more so, because it is the example of the appearance of the beloved Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace). The form of the people from hells will be that which has been explained above.

Finally the kufaar will be placed into caskets of fire equivalent to their heights. A lock of fire will be placed onto this casket and this casket will be placed into another casket of fire with fire between it and a lock on it. These will then be placed into a third casket and then thrown into the depths of Hell. The person in each casket will think that he is the only one left in hell. This will be the most intense punishment and it will be forever. When the people of paradise enter it and those that are to remain in hell are in hell, death will be brought in the form of a ram on a bridge between heaven and hell. All the dwellers of heaven and hell will be summoned. The people from paradise will fear that they are to be removed from paradise and the people from hell will think that they have received refuge from hell. They will be asked if they recognised the ram and all will say that it is death. The ram will be slaughtered and it will be said, ‘Death is no more. O people from paradise remain in paradise forever and O people from hell remain in Hell forever. The people from paradise will be ecstatic with happiness and the people from hells will be sad forever.

“We pray that Allah (The Exalted) pardons us and favours us with His Mercy in this world and in the hereafter”