Realising The Agony Of Hell
The message about punishment in Hell has been mentioned in the Al-Quran, as essentially a form of threat and warning from Allah SWT, directed at those who are careless, disbelieving and disobedient. It is a reminder for us to be careful in carrying out our daily tasks and worship.
Allah SWT declared in Surah al-Tahrim, verse 6 Which means: “O, you who believe! Save yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is Men and Stones, over which are (appointed) angels stern (and) severe, who flinch not (from executing) the Commands they receive from Allah, but do (precisely) what they are commanded.”
According to al-Qurtubi r.h, in respect of this verse, the angels referred to are the Zabaniyah angels, or guardians of Hell, who possess harsh disposition. They will not show mercy on anyone, even if we appeal for clemency.
Not only that, Allah SWT has also described Hell in more detail, through Surah al-Hijr, verses 43 to 44:Which means: “And verily, Hell is the promised abode for them all! To it are seven gates: for each of those gates is a (special) class (of sinners) assigned.”
Allah SWT also described the condition of those who receive the punishment of Hell, in Sura an-Nisa ', verse 56:Which means: “Those who reject our Signs, We shall soon cast into the Fire: as often as their skins are roasted through, We shall change them for fresh skins, that they may taste the penalty: for Allah is Exalted in Power and He is Wise.”
Even though the world population since Prophet Adam AS has increased tremendously, nevertheless Hell created by Allah SWT shall never be full. Allah SWT stated in Surah Qaf, verse 30:Which means: “One Day We will ask Hell, "Are you filled to the full?" It will say, "Are there any more (to come)?"
The verse is clear proof that there will always be space and room in Hell, fit to be inhabited by those who reject and disobey Allah SWT. Similarly, in relation to the enormity of Hell, as narrated by Imam al-Bukhari Rahimahullah, from Abu Huraira r.a, Rasulullah SAW had once said:Which means: "The fire you feel (in this world) is only a part of seventy parts of the fire of hell. Rasulullah SAW was asked: Messenger of Allah, one part of it alone is enough (to punish the perpetrators). He said: Duplicate that with sixty nine times as hot."
There are a number of criteria and characteristics of people who will occupy Hell.
First Group: People who are adamant and stubborn in their disobedience
Allah SWT stated in Surah Qaf, verse 24ہ Which means: "Throw, throw into Hell every stubborn Rejecter (of Allah)!”
Second Group: People who often prevent good, violate religious laws, and are in denial of the truth.
As a continuation of the verse read just now, Allah SWT stated in Surah Qaf, verse 25: Which means: "Who forbade what was good, transgressed all bounds, cast doubts and suspicions.”
Third Group: People who worship those other than Allah SWT
Allah SWT declared in Surah Qaf, verse 26: Which means: "He Who worships another god besides Allah SWT: Throw him into a severe penalty."
To conclude today’s sermon, the khatib would like to present some of the conclusions, as reflection and consideration for all of us.
First: Every bad deed or action committed by us on this earth shall receive its fitting punishment in the Hereafter.
Second: Allah SWT’s descriptions of Hell in the Al-Quran, in the form of warnings and admonitions, are intended as reminders for us.
Third: As Muslims, we must always multiply our good deeds and pray to Allah SWT in order to avoid punishment in the Hereafter.
Allah SWT declared in Surah al-Talaq, verse 8.Which means: “How many populations that insolently opposed the Command of their Lord and of His messengers, did We not then call to account,- to severe account?- and We imposed on them an exemplary Punishment.”