Food, drink and clothing of the people of Hell

Updated 05 December 2013
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Food, drink and clothing of the people of Hell

The food of the people of Hell is Ad-Daree and Az-Zaqqum, and their drink is Al-Hameem, Al-Ghasleen and Al-Ghassaaq. Allah Almighty says: “No food will there be for them but a bitter Daree obnoxious thorny plant, which will neither nourish nor satisfy hunger.” (Qur’an, 88:6-7)
Ad-Daree is a thorny plant know as Ash-Shubruq that grows in the Hijaz. Ibn Abbas said, “It is a low-growing thorny plant; when it grows tall it is called daree.” Qatadah said, “It is one of the very worst types of food” (Ibn Rajab, At-Takhweef min An-Naar, p.115). This food of the people of Hell will be of no benefit whatsoever to them, and they will not enjoy it in the least; this is one of the forms of punishment that they will suffer. Allah Almighty says: “Verily the tree of Zaqqum will be the food of the sinful, like molten brass, it will boil in their insides, like the boiling of scalding water.” (Qur’an, 44:43-46)
Zaqqum is described in another ayah: “Is that the better entertainment or the tree of Zaqqum? For We have truly made it a trial for the wrongdoers. For it is a tree that springs out of the bottom of Hellfire, The shoots of its fruit-stalks are like the heads of devils; Truly they will eat thereof and fill their bellies therewith. Then on top of that they will be given to drink a mixture made of boiling water. Then, shall their return by to the blazing Fire of Hell.” (Qur’an, 37:62-68)
Elsewhere in the Qur’an, Allah Almighty says: “You will surely taste of the tree of Zaqqum. Then you will fill your insides therewith, and drink boiling water on top of it. Indeed you will drink like diseased camels raging with thirst! Such will be their entertainment on the Day of Requital!” (Qur’an, 56:51-66)
What we may understand from these aayaat is that this tree is a repulsive tree, whose roots go deep into the bottom of Hell, and whose branches stretch forth all over. Its fruits are so ugly that they are likened to the heads of devils, so that everyone may easily understand just how ugly they are, even though they have never seen them. Although this tree is so vile and obnoxious, the people of Hell will become so hungry that they will have no choice but to eat from it until they are full. When they have filled their bellies, this food will start to churn like boiling oil, which will cause a great deal of suffering to them. At that point they will rush to drink Al-Hameem, which is an extremely hot water, and they will drink it like camels that drink and drink but their thirst is never quenched because of some disease. Then it will tear their innards: “... will be given to drink, boiling water, so that it cuts up their bowels.” (Qur’an, 47:15)
This is the hospitality that will be offered to them on that awesome Day. May Allah Almighty protect us from this by His Grace and Mercy!
When the people of Hell eat this vile food of Ad-Daree and Az-Zaqqum, they will choke because of its foulness: “Verily with Us are fetters and a raging Fire, And a food that chokes and a Penalty grievous.” (Qur’an, 73:12-13)
The food that makes people choke is the food that sticks in the throat.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) portrayed for us the ugly and terrifying nature of Az-Zaqqum: “If one drop from Az-Zaqqum were to land on this world, the people of earth and all their means of sustenance would be destroyed. So how must it be for the one who must eat it?” It was reported by At-Tirmidhi, who said, it is a Sahih Hasan Hadith. (Mishkat Al-Masaaabih, 3/105, narrated by Ibn Abbaas)
Another kind of food that will be eaten by the people of Hell is Al-Ghasleen. Allah Almighty says: “So no friend has he here this Day, Nor has he any food except corruption from the washing of wounds (Al-Ghasleen), which none do eat but those in sin.” (Qur’an, 69:35-37)
“Yea, such! Then shall they taste it — a boiling fluid and a fluid dark, murky, intensely cold! And other penalties of a similar kind, to match them!” (Qur’an, 38:57-58)
Al-Ghasleen and Al-Ghassaaq mean the same thing, which is the festering pus that oozes out of the skin of the people of Hell. It was suggested that it refers to the offensive discharge that flows from the private parts of adulterous women, and the decaying skin and flesh of the kuffar. Al-Qurtubi said, “It is the juice of the people of Hell” (Yaqhadhat uli Al-I’tibar, p. 86)
Allah Ta’ala tells us that Al-Ghasleen is just one of many similarly obnoxious punishments. The drink of the people of Hell will be Al-Hameem. Allah Almighty says: “...and if they implore relief, they will be granted water like melted brass that will scald their faces. How dreadful the drink! How uncomfortable a couch to recline on!” (Qur’an, 18:29)
“...and he will be made to drink boiling, festering water. He will sip it unwillingly, and he will find great difficulty in swallowing it...” (Qur’an, 14:16-17)
These verses mention four kinds of drink that the people of Hell have to endure: Al-Hameem: 1. An extremely hot water; 2. Al-Ghassaq: As discussed above; 3. Al-Sadeed (pus): What flows from the flesh and skin of the sinners; and 4.Al-Muhl: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “It is like boiling oil, and when it is brought near a person’s face, the skin of the face falls off into it.” Ibn Abbas said, “It is like very thick oil.” Some of the sinners will be fed the burning coals of Hell as an appropriate punishment: “Those who unjustly eat up the property of orphans, eat us a Fire into their own bellies, and they will soon be enduring a blazing Fire!” (Qur’an, 4:10)
“Those who conceal Allah’s revelations in the Book, and purchase for them a miserable profit — swallow into themselves naught but Fire...” (Qur’an, 2:174)
As for the dress of the people of Hell, Allah Almighty said: “...But for those who deny for them will be cut out a garment of Fire; over their heads will be poured out boiling water.” (Qur’an, 22:19)
When Ibrahim At-Taymi recited this Aayah he used to say, “Glory be to Allah, Who has created garments out of fire” (At-Takhwif min An-Naar, p.126)
Allah Almighty says, “And you will see the sinners that Day bound together in fetters. Their garments of liquid pitch and their faces covered with Fire.” (Qur’an, 14:49-50)
The Fire is an intense punishment, in which there are different types of torment, to escape which people would give the dearest possessions that they own: “As for those who reject Faith, and die rejecting, never would be accepted from any such as much gold as the earth contains, though they should offer it for ransom. For such is a penalty grievous and they will find no helpers.” (Qur’an, 3:91)
Muslim reports from Anas ibn Malik that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “One of the people of Hell who found the most pleasure in the life of this world will be brought forth on the Day of Resurrection, and will be dipped into the Fire of Hell. Then he will be asked: ‘O son of Adam, have you ever seen anything good? Have you ever enjoyed any pleasure?’ He will say, ‘No, by Allah Almighty, O Rabb’.” (Muslim, Mishkat Al-Masabih, 3/102)
The horror and intensity of the Fire will make a man lose his mind, and he would give up everything he holds dear to escape it, but he will never be able to: “...the sinner’s desire will be: Would that he could redeem himself from the Penalty of that Day by his children, his wife and his brother, his kindred who sheltered him, and all, all that is on earth, so that it could deliver him. By no means! For it would be the Fire of Hell! Plucking out right to the skull.” (Qur’an, 70:11-16)
This horrendous ongoing punishment will make the life of these evildoers one of continual sorrow and pain.

- Courtesy: magicalprincessdiaries.blogspot.com


The beauty of prayer in Islam

Updated 23 September 2016
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The beauty of prayer in Islam

GOING deeper into our spiritual state during prayers (salah) requires that we have a presence of heart and are mindful of the words being said during the prayers.
Our prayer will feel shorter, yet when we look at how much time we actually spent, we will think, “Did I just spend 10 minutes?” or even 15 and 20 minutes.
A person who began applying this said he wished the prayer would never end.
A feeling that Ibn Al-Qayyim describes as “what the competitors compete for… it is nourishment for the soul and the delight of the eyes,” and he also said, “If this feeling leaves the heart, it is as though it is a body with no soul.”

The love of Allah
Some people’s relationship with Allah is limited to following orders and leaving prohibitions, so that one does not enter hell. Of course, we must follow orders and leave prohibitions, but it needs to be done out of more than fear and hope; it should also be done out of love for Allah. Allah says in the Qur’an: “… Allah will bring forth [in place of them] a people He will love and who will love Him.” (Qur’an, 5:54)
We often find that when a lover meets the beloved, hearts are stirred and there is warmth in that meeting. Yet when we meet Allah, there is not even an ounce of this same feeling. Allah says in the Qur’an: “And (yet) among the people are those who take other than Allah as equals (to Him). They love them as they (should) love Allah. But those who believe are stronger in love for Allah.” (Qur’an, 2:165)
And those who believe are stronger in love for Allah. There should be a feeling of longing, and when we raise our hands to start the prayer, warmth and love should fill our hearts because we are now meeting with Allah. A dua of the Prophet (peace be upon him): “O Allah, I ask You for the longing to meet You” (An-Nisa’i, Al-Hakim)
Ibn Al-Qayyim says in his book Tareeq Al-Hijratain that Allah loves His Messengers and His believing servants, and they love Him and nothing is more beloved to them than Him. The love of one’s parents has a certain type of sweetness, as does the love of one’s children, but the love of Allah far supersedes any of that. The Prophet, peace be upon him, said: “Any person who combines these three qualities will experience the sweetness of faith: 1) that God and His messenger are dearer to him than anything else; 2) that his love of others is purely for God’s sake; and 3) that he hates to relapse into disbelief as much as he hates to be thrown in the fire.” (Bukhari)
Thus, the first thing he mentioned was: “… that God and His messenger are more beloved to him than anything else…”
Ibn Al-Qayyim says: “Since ‘there is nothing like unto Him’ (Qur’an, 42:11), there is nothing like experiencing love for Him.”
If you feel this love for Him, it will be a feeling so intense, so sweet, that you would wish the prayer would never ever end.
Do you truly want to feel this love? Then ask yourself: ‘why do you or should you love Allah?’
Know that you love people for one (or all, in varying degrees) of three reasons: For their beauty, because of their exalted character or/and because they have done good to you. And know that Allah combines all of these three to the utmost degree.

All-embracing beauty
We’ve all been touched by beauty. It is almost fitrah (natural disposition) to love what is beautiful. Ali ibn Abi Talib, may Allah be pleased with him, said about the Prophet, peace be upon him, that it was “as if the sun is shining from his face.” Jabir (may God be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allah was more handsome, beautiful, and radiant than the full moon” (Tirmidhi)
Allah made all His Prophets have a certain beauty so that people would have a natural inclination toward them.
And beauty is more than what is in the face, because beauty is in all of creation and somehow has the ability to take our breath away and give us peace simultaneously. The glimmer of the crescent moon on a calm night, the intensity of a waterfall as the water drops for thousands of feet, the sunset by the sea … certain scenes of natural unspoiled beauty stirs something in us. As Allah is the One Who made it beautiful, so what of Allah’s beauty?
Ibn Al-Qayyim said: “And it is enough to realize Allah’s Beauty when we know that every internal and external beauty in this life and the next are created by Him, so what of the beauty of their Creator?”
This fitrah for loving what is beautiful is because Allah is beautiful. One of His Names is Al-Jameel (the Most Beautiful). Ibn Al-Qayyim states that the beauty of Allah is something that a person cannot imagine and only He knows it. There is nothing of it in creation save for glimpses.
Ibn Al-Qayyim says if all of creation were the most beautiful they could be (so let’s imagine, ever single human being looked as beautiful as Yusuf, peace be upon him, and the whole world was like Paradise), and all of them combined from the beginning of time until the Day of Judgment, they would not even be like a ray in comparison to the sun when compared to Allah. Allah’s beauty is so intense that we will not even be able to take it in this life. In the Qur’an, Allah describes Musa’s (peace be upon him) request: “And when Moses arrived at Our appointed time and his Lord spoke to him, he said, ‘My Lord, show me (Yourself) that I may look at You.’ (Allah) said: ‘You will not see Me but look at the mountain; if it should remain in place, then you will see Me.’ But when his Lord appeared to the mountain He rendered it level, and Moses fell unconscious.” (Qur’an, 7:143)
Even the mountain could not bear the beauty of Allah and crumbled, and when Musa, peace be upon him, saw this (he did not even see Allah), he fell unconscious. This is why on the Day of Judgment it is Allah’s light that will shine on everything. We talk about breathtaking beauty, but we have yet to experience Allah’s beauty. While things in this world can be beautiful or majestic or if they combine both they are finite, true majesty and beauty are for Allah: “And there will remain the Face of your Lord, Owner of Majesty and Honor.” (Qur’an, 55:27)
Keeping all of this in mind, the Prophet, peace be upon him, said: “Allah directs His Face toward the face of His servant who is praying, as long as he does not turn away” (Tirmidhi).
Remember this in your prayer, and ask Allah to allow you the joy of seeing Him in Paradise.