How did the Prophet see the states of the people of Paradise and Hell on the night of Miraj (Ascension) though people were not in Paradise and Hell (Doomsday did not strike and gathering place was not established) yet?

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According to what Ahl as-Sunnah accepts, Paradise and Hell were created as places and they exist. However, there are no people in them now. Both of them will receive their inhabitants after Doomsday strikes and people are called to account.

The Prophet saw the states of the people of Paradise and Hell on the night of Miraj because Allah probably showed him their states in the future. God Almighty has knowledge that encompasses everything. In some science fiction films, the world of the future is shown imaginarily; similarly, the future states of the people of Paradise and Hell were shown to the Prophet (pbuh) in the form of a scene.     

A discrimination about time like the present and the future is something valid for humans who are limited with time and space. Such a discrimination is not valid for the Being who created time and space.

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