The Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions

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Abu Huraira (RA) reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying, “The (Hell) Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions, while Paradise is surrounded by all kinds of disliked undesirable things.”  [Sahih al-Bukhari 6487]

In another hadith reported by Abu Hurairah (RA), the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) also said:

“When Allah created Paradise, He said to Gabriel: ‘Go and look at it.’ He went and looked at it, then came and said: ‘O my Lord! By Thy (Your) might, no one who hears of it will fail to enter it.’

He (i.e. Allah) then surrounded it with disagreeable things and said: ‘Go and look at it, Gabriel.’ He went and looked at it, then came and said: ‘O my Lord! By Thy might, I am afraid that no one will enter it.’

When Allah created Hell, He said: ‘Go and look at it, Gabriel.’ He went and looked at it, then came and said: ‘O my Lord! By Thy might, no one who hears of it will enter it.’

He then surrounded it with desirable things and said: ‘Go and look at it, Gabriel.’ He went, looked at it, then came and said: ‘O my Lord! By Thy might and power, I am afraid that no one will remain who does not enter it.'”  [Sunan Abu Dawood 4744, graded Hasan Sahih by al-Albani]

The deniers will not be permitted to put forth any excuse on the Day of Resurrection

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{ (It will be said to the disbelievers): “Depart you to that which you used to deny!”) }  Al-Mursalaat 77:29

{ “Depart you to a shadow in three columns,” } 77:30

{ “Neither shady nor of any use against the fierce flame of the Fire.” }  77:31

{ Verily, it (Hell) throws sparks (huge) as Al-Qasr, }  77:32

{ As if they were Sufr camels. }  77:33

{ Woe that Day to the deniers (of the Day of Resurrection)! }  77:34

{ That will be a Day when they shall not speak (during some part of it), }  77:35

{ And they will not be permitted to put forth any excuse. }  77:36

{ Woe that Day to the deniers (of the Day of Resurrection)! }  77:37

{ That will be a Day of Decision! We have brought you and the men of old together! }  77:38

{ So, if you have a plot, use it against Me (Allah)! }  77:39

{ Woe that Day to the deniers (of the Day of Resurrection)! }  77:40

Allah informs about the disbelievers who deny the final abode, the recompense, Paradise, and the Hellfire. On the Day of Judgement it will be said to them:

{ “Depart you to that which you used to deny! Depart you to a shadow in three columns, } meaning, a flame of fire when it rises and ascends with smoke. So due to its severity and strength, it will have three columns.

{ Neither shady nor of any use against the fierce flame of the Fire.” } meaning, the shade of the smoke that comes from the flame — which itself will not have a shade, nor will it benefit against the flame. This means it will not protect them from the heat of the flame.

Allah said, { Verily, it throws sparks as Al-Qasr, } meaning, its sparks will shoot out from its flame like huge castles. Ibn Mas`ud said, “Like forts.” Ibn `Abbas, Mujahid, Qatadah and Malik who reported from Zayd bin Aslam and others said, “This means the trunk of trees.”

{ As if they were Sufr camels. } means, black camels. This is the view of Mujahid, Al-Hasan, Qatadah, and Ad-Dahhak, and Ibn Jarir favored this view.

Ibn `Abbas Mujahid, and Sa`id bin Jubayr said about, { Sufr camels. } “Meaning ropes of ships.”

{ Verily, it (Hell) throws sparks as Al-Qasr. } Imam Al-Bukhari recorded from Ibn `Abbas that he said: “We were directed to the timber a length of three cubits or more in order to use it for construction of buildings. We used to call it Al-Qasr.

{ As if they were Sufr camels. } These (Jimalat) are ropes of ships that are bundled until they resemble the intestines of men.”

{Woe that Day to the deniers! }

Then Allah says, { That will be a Day when they shall not speak, } meaning, they will not speak.

{ And they will not be permitted to put forth any excuse. } meaning, they will not be able to speak, nor will they be granted permission to speak so that they can make excuses. Rather, the proof will be established against them, and they will be called upon to speak about the wrong that they did, but they will not be able to say anything. The courts of the Day of Judgement will occur in stages. Sometimes the Lord informs of this stage and sometimes He informs of that stage. This is to show the terrors and calamities of that Day. Thus, after all the details of this discussion, He says: { Woe that Day to the deniers! }

Then Allah says, { That will be a Day of Decision! We have brought you and the men of old together! So if you have a plot, use it against Me! } This is an address from the Creator to His servants.

He says to them, { That will be a Day of Decision! We have brought you and the men of old together! } meaning, He will gather all of them by His power on one common plane, He will make them hear the caller and He will cause them to see.

Then He says, { So, if you have a plot, use it against Me! } This is a serious threat and a harsh warning. It means, `if you are able to save yourselves from being seized by Me, and rescue yourselves from My ruling, then do so. But you are certainly not able to do so.’ This is as Allah says,

This is as Allah says, {O assembly of Jinn and men! If you have power to pass beyond the zones of the heavens and the earth, then pass beyond (them)! But you will never be able to pass them, except with authority (from Allah)! } (55:33) Allah also says,

Allah also says, { And you will not harm Him in the least. } (11:57)

It is narrated in a Hadith (that Allah said), “O My servants! You all can never attain My benefit and thereby benefit Me, and you all can never attain My harm and thereby harm Me.”

[Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Surat al-Mursalaat (77), verses 29-40]

A salah without Al-Fatihah is deficient

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On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) from the Prophet (PBUH), who said:

“A prayer performed by someone who has not recited within it, the Essence of the Qur’an [1], is deficient (and he repeated the word three times), incomplete.”

Someone said to Abu Hurayrah: “[Even though] we are behind the imam?” [2]

He said: “Recite it to yourself, for I have heard the Prophet (may the blessings and peace of Allah be up on him) say:

‘Allah (mighty and sublime Is He), had said:

“I have divided prayer between Myself and My servant into two halves, and My servant shall have what he has asked for.

When the servant says: Al-hamdu lillaahi rabbi l-`aalameen [3], Allah (mighty and sublime Is He) says: My servant has praised Me.

And when he says: Ar-rahmaani r-raheem [4], Allah (mighty and sublime Is He) says: My servant has extolled Me.

And when he says: Maaliki yawmi d-deen [5], Allah says: My servant has glorified Me (on one occasion He said: My servant has submitted to My power.)

And when he says: Iyyaaka na`budu wa iyyaaka nasta`een [6], He says: This is between Me and My servant, and My servant shall have what he has asked for.

And when he says: Ihdina s-siraata l- mustaqeem, siraatal lazheena an`amta alayhim ghayril-maghdoobi alayhim wa la d-daalleen [7], He says: This is for My servant, and My servant shall have what he has asked for”‘.”

Related by Muslim (also by Maalik, at-Tirmizhi, Abu-Dawood, an-Nasaa’i and Ibn Maajah)

Hadith Qudsi 8

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[1] Surah al-Faatihah, the first surah (chapter) of the Qur’an.

[2] i.e. standing behind the imam (leader) listening to him reciting al-Faatihah.

[3] “Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds.”

[4] “The Merciful, the Compassionate”.

[5] “Master of the Day of Judgement”.

[6] “You do we worship and You do we ask for help”.

[7] “Guide us to the straight path, the path of those upon whom You have bestowed favors, not of those against whom You are angry, nor of those who are astray”.

Protect yourselves against hellfire

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On the authority of Adiyy ibn Haatim (may Allah be pleased with him), who said:

“I was with the Messenger of Allah (may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) and there came to him two men: one of them was complaining of penury (being very poor) while the other was complaining of brigandry (robbery).

The Messenger of Allah (may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said:

‘As for brigandry, it will be but a short time before a caravan will [be able to] go out of Mecca without a guard. As for penury, the Hour (Day of Judgement) will not arrive before one of you takes his charity around without finding anyone to accept it from him.

Then [1] one of you will surely stand before Allah, there being no screen between Him and him, nor an interpreter to translate for him.

Then He will say to him: ‘Did I not bring you wealth?’

And he will say: ‘Yes.’

Then He will say: ‘Did I not send to you a messenger?’

And he will say: ‘Yes.’

And he will look to his right and will see nothing but Hell-fire, then he will look to his left and will see nothing but Hell-fire.

So let each of you protect himself against Hell-fire, be it with even half a date – and if he finds it not, then with a kind word.’

Related by al-Bukhaari.

Hadith Qudsi 13


[1] i.e. on Judgement Day.