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Journey to Eternity 2
Muhammad 09/26/2019 06:12 PM CST

Test of the Believers:

By: Firdaws Academy

 At the end of the Day of Gathering, the disbelievers will

follow behind the gods and idols which they used to worship. They will take their

followers to the Hellfire in groups like flocks of sheep, either on their feet or being

dragged on their faces. Then only the believers and the hypocrites (pretending to be

of them) will be left waiting, and Allah will come to them and ask: “What are you

waiting for?” They will reply: “We are waiting for our Lord.” He will reveal

Himself to them by exposing to them His Shin (Al-Saag -the promised sign)

whereupon they will all fall down in prostration except for the hypocrites, as Allah

said of them: “The day that he reveals the Shin, and they are called to prostrate

but they will not be able...”[68:42] Then they will follow Him, and the Bridge

(Siraat) will be established (over the Hellfire), and Allah will give the believers

their lights and darken the lights of the hypocrites.

 

 

>» The Bridge (Siraat): It is a bridge extending over Hellfire which the believers

must pass over to reach Paradise The Prophet (#%) has described it as “that which

confounds and makes one lose his step and trip. On it there are clamps and hooks

like the thorns of a Sa’daan tree...It is narrower than a hair, and sharper than the

edge of a sword...” (Muslim) The believers will be given their light according to their

deeds, the largest being as great as a mountain and the least being as small as the tip

of the finger.

 

 

 

This will light their way, and they will then pass over the Way in

accordance to their deeds, the believer passing like the blink of an eye, flash of

lightning, a wind, a bird, fast horse, or a rider (or walking and crawling). Some will

reach safely while others are scratched by the hooks, and others will be pulled into

Hellfire. (A\-Bukhari and Muslim) The hypocrites will not have any light; they will turn

back, but a wall will be erected between them and the believers. Even though they

will desire to cross over the bridge to safety, they will fall into the Hellfire.

 

 

 

>» The Hellfire: The disbelievers, the hypocrites and some of the disobedient

believers will enter the Hellfire. Out of every thousand, 999 will enter the Hellfire.

It has seven gates. The heat of the Hellfire is seventy times more severe than the

hottest fire of this world. The body of the disbeliever will be made to grow so that

he will taste the torture more: the space between his shoulders will be like three

days’ journey, and the size of his molar tooth will be like the mountain of Uhud.

 

 

 

His skin will be made thick and it will be repeatedly exchanged after being

thoroughly burnt with a new skin in order to increase the pain of the scorching

punishment. Their drink will be boiling water that will scald their stomachs. Their

food will be Zagqum, excessively bitter, in addition to the flushing of wounds and

the pus of the inhabitants of Hellfire. The least punished among them will have two

burning coals placed on the soles of his feet, and by this his brain will boil.

 

 

 

 

 In

Hellfire, their skins will burn and there will be melting, ripping, pulling and usage

of chains and locks. The lowest dreg of its depth takes seventy years of the falling

of a body to reach. The fuel of the Hellfire 1s disbelievers and stones (of idols), its

wind is poison, its shade is fierce heat, and its clothes are the fire. It will devour

everything and leave nothing. It will growl and moan grotesquely burning the outer

skins and reaching down to the bones and depths of the mind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Boundary: The Prophet ( #3) said: “The believers will eventually be saved

from the Hellfire and come to a boundary (Qantarah) between Paradise and

Hellfire. Here they will recompense one another for the injustices and crimes with

which they transgressed each other in this world. Then when they are refined and

cleansed, they will be admitted into Paradise. By Him in whose hand is the soul of

Muhammad, one of you will know his place of residence in Paradise better than his

place of residence in this world.” (A\-Bukhari)

 

 

 

>» Paradise (Jannah): Paradise is the final abode of the believers. Its bricks are of

gold and silver and its mortar of musk. Its pebbles are pearls and the dust is saffron.

It has eight gates, and each opens to the size of a three-day journey, even then it will

be thronging with those entering it. It has one hundred degrees, between each

degree and the next like what is between the heaven and the earth. The ‘Firdous’ is

the highest part, and from it the rivers of Paradise gush. The roof of Paradise is the

Throne of Allah, the Most Merciful in Benevolence.

 

 

 

Its rivers are of honey, milk,

wine and water, gushing without channels, and the believer will be able to make

them flow as he wishes. The fruits of Paradise are permanent, close by and easy to

reach. In it there are tents of carved pearls the width of each is sixty miles, and the

believer will have a wife in each corner. Men will be fully grown but youthful

without beards. Their youth will never disappear and their clothes will never

become threadbare. They will not urinate, defecate or have any impurity emitting

from them. Their combs will be of gold and their perspiration like musk. The

women of Paradise are all beautiful virgins of similar ages of their companions.

 

 

 The

first to enter Paradise will be Muhammad (pbuh) and then the other Prophets. The

lowest of the inhabitants of Paradise will wish and be given what they desire

tenfold. Their servants are eternal youths like treasured pearls. Indeed, among the

greatest bliss of Paradise will be the seeing of their Lord Allah (88), and Allah’s

pleasure upon them, and their abode of eternity in Paradise.