Will the Prophet Adam not be sorry that most of his descendants will go to Hell?

The Details of the Question

- Since the Prophet Adam is our first father, will he not be sorry that most of his children will go to Hell?
- Imagine our own children going to Hell; will he not be sorry?

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

It is unthinkable that the Prophet Adam will not be sad because of his children going to Hell.

As a matter of fact, the following is stated in the narration about the Miraj (Ascension) Incident: “Adam laughed when he looked to his right, and wept when he looked to his left. It was explained by Gabriel (Jibril) that he laughed because the people on the right were people of Paradise and he wept because the people on the left were people of Hell.” (see Bukhari, Salah, 1)

However, this sadness will not be in question in the Gathering Place and Paradise because there are clear verses of the Quran regarding the issue. As an example, the expressions of the following verses can be read:

“We send the apostles only to give good news and to warn: so those who believe and mend (their lives),- upon them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.” (al-Anam, 6/48)

It is stated in the verse above that there is fear or grief in the hereafter for those who believe and do righteous deeds.

(In the conversation in Paradise) Then they will turn to one another and question one another. One of them will start the talk and say: ‘I had an intimate companion (on the earth), who used to say, ‘What! Art thou amongst those who bear witness to the Truth (of the Message)? When we die and become dust and bones, shall we indeed receive rewards and punishments?’ (A voice) said: ‘Would ye like to look down?’ He looked down and saw him in the midst of the Fire. He said: ‘By Allah. Thou wast little short of bringing me to perdition! Had it not been for the Grace of my Lord, I should certainly have been among those brought (there)! Is it (the case) that we shall not die, Except our first death, and that we shall not be punished?" Verily this is the supreme achievement! For the like of this let all strive, who wish to strive.’” (as-Saaffat, 37/50-61)

It is stated in the verses above that a person who is in Paradise will not be sad to see his friends in Hell.

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