Clothes of fire and boiling water
Their hands are tied to their necks… They are chained… Their faces are ablaze… Their food is thorny plants and Zaqqum… Their drink is boiling water and pus… Their clothes are made of fire… Their shirts are made of tar… Their whips are made of iron… Their beds are made of iron… Boiling water is poured onto their heads; their skins and abdomens are melt by it… They try to leave that place and to be saved but there is no way out!.. They have only one desire and hope: to die and to disappear…
Who are they?
“When hellfire sees them from a place far off, they will hear its fury and its raging sigh. (al-Furqan:12)
“And when they are cast, bound together, into a constricted place therein, they will plead for destruction there and then.” (al-Furqan:13)
“(They are addressed) “This day plead not for a single destruction: plead for destruction oft-repeated!” (al-Furqan:14)
“Say: "Is that best, or the eternal Garden, promised to the righteous?" (al-Furqan:15)
“For them that is a reward as well as a goal (or attainment).” (al-Furqan:15)
In this work, we will try to describe Hell with the help of God Almighty. We will address our own soul. We will talk to the soul and try to show it the result of its heedlessness and rebellion. We hope that it will take lessons, repent and worship modestly the Being who has a prison like Hell. We will show our soul the verses of the Quran and the hadiths of our Prophet (pbuh) and talk to it. As we have said our addressee is our soul. We are talking to nobody but with our soul. We know that we are the ones that need to take lessons from the verses that will be mentioned. If you want to make your soul classmates with our soul, watch this work by regarding yourselves as addressees. May Allah give complete guidance to us and to you, and make this work as a means of salvation for us!
Now it is time to listen to the Quran… O my soul! Look! Listen to what the Quran says and take lessons:
“For them will be cut out a garment of Fire: over their heads will be poured out boiling water. With it will be scalded what is within their bodies, as well as (their) skins. In addition there will be maces of iron (to punish) them. Every time they wish to get away therefrom, from anguish, they will be forced back therein, and (it will be said), "Taste ye the Penalty of Burning!” (al-Hajj 19-22)
The Prophet (pbuh) states the following for the phrase "boiling water" mentioned in the verse: The boiling water will definitely be thrown onto their heads and it will penetrate their skulls. Consequently, it will reach their abdomens. It will tear into pieces what is in their abdomens and reach their feet. This is called melting. Then, they will be returned to their previous state. (Tirmidhi Jahannam 4 / Ibn Kathir)
The Prophet (pbuh) states the following for the phrase "maces of iron" mentioned in the verse: “If a mace of iron were sent to the earth and if all people and jinn came together to lift it, they would not be able to lift it.” (Imam Ahmed Ibn Hanbal / Ibn Kathir)
He states the following in another hadith: If a mountain were hit by a mace of iron, the mountain would be broken into pieces. If a pail of blood and pus coming from the people of Hell were to be poured onto the earth, it would make the people of the world stink horribly. (Imam Ahmad, Abu Said al-Khudri / Ibn Kathir)
Ibn Abbas states the following for "maces of iron": They will be hit by the mace of iron; every organ that is hit will break apart. Then, they will pray Allah to be destroyed. (Ibn Kathir)
Said b. Jubayr states the following for "garments of fire": Of fire means of copper. These garments are made of molten copper. No pan of metal causes more heat than copper when it is heated. (al-Jamiu li-l Ahkami-l Qur’an)
Oh my soul! You have heard about the torture of your Lord from the verses. You have also heard the hadiths describing the torture. Can you put up with wearing a garment of fire? Can you bear boiling water being poured onto your head and your body being melted with it? How will you be able to resist the mace of iron that breaks a mountain into pieces with one blow? Or, do you have any doubts about the words of Allah and the news of the Quran? If you say, "I am a Muslim", you cannot have any doubts. Then, what do you rely on? Come on! Come to your senses; repent now, not tomorrow; promise that you will never commit sins again. If Allah wills, your promise will be regarded as repentance for your previous sins and a means of salvation from the torture described above…
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