Allah, Prophet Muhammad, Muslims and Hell

There has been a lot of discussion about “Hell” lately, courtesy of Rob Bell and his new book Love Wins. I have heard cases the news coverage of this book has made some conversations with non-believers possible.

What does Islam teach about Hell and who goes in it? Prophet Muhammad—the closest Muslim to Allah—said in the Hadith that he did not know if Allah would let him into paradise or send him to Hell. This happened when he was asked whether a pious Muslim man who had died would go to paradise. He didn’t just answer the question but dropped a bombshell. He responded, “As to him, by Allah, death has overtaken him, and I hope the best for him. By Allah, though I am the Apostle of Allah, yet I do not know what Allah will do to me (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 58, Number 266.).”[1] Do ordinary Muslims stand any chance of escaping Hell?

Allah said in the Qur’an, in Suratul Al-Maryam, 19:71, “There is not one of you but shall come to it, that is, [but] shall enter Hell. That is an inevitability [already] decreed by your Lord, [something which] He made inevitable and [which] He decreed; He will not waive it.”

This verse is pretty clear Allah said all Muslims will go to Hell, regardless of their pious lives. Some Muslim scholars disagree. However, they are in disagreement with Prophet Muhammad who said, “The believers, after being saved from the (Hell) Fire, will be stopped at a bridge between Paradise and Hell.”[2] Who are the believers who are “saved from Hell”?

What is this Bridge? A widely used Qur’an commentary written by Abdullah Yusuf Ali states “the Bridge over Hell, the Bridge Sirat, over which all must pass to their final Destiny. This Bridge is not mentioned in the Qur’an.” Yusuf Ali was forthright in bringing to his readers’ attention the bridge Muslims widely believe would stretch over Hell is not mentioned in the Qur’an. Since Allah didn’t reveal it to Prophet Muhammad, where did Muhammad get it? That is another Crack in the Crescent for another time.[3]

 

 

 


[1] Sahih Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 58, Number 266.

[2] Sahih Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 76, Number 542.

[3] Chapter 12 of Cracks in the Crescent.

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 76, Number 542.
  • Khaled

    “O you who believe! Bow down and prostrate yourselves and serve your Lord, and do good that you may prosper.”-(HOLY QURAN 22:77).

    “And he (Jesus) went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed…”-(MATTHEW 26:39).

    “And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship…”-(JOSHUA 5:14).

    “And he (Elijah) cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees.”-(1 KINGS 18:42).

    “And they (Moses and Aaron) fell upon their faces…”-(NUMBERS 20:6).

    “And Abraham fell on his face…”-(GENESIS 17:3).

    • http://www.cracksinthecrescent.com Hussein

      Your comment is off topic. Does it mean you agree even Prophet Muhammad was unsure where he would start off: hell or paradise?

      • Khaled

        What do you mean? You said “Since Allah didn’t reveal it to Prophet Muhammad, where did Muhammad get it? That is another Crack in the Crescent for another time.”

        You explained the issue of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, in the post. Prophet Muhammad who said, “The believers, after being saved from the (Hell) Fire, will be stopped at a bridge between Paradise and Hell.”

        You wondered where he got this info about the Sirat, but I explained this is known as his Sunnah.

        May Allah guide you and I to what He loves and approves of.

        • http://www.cracksinthecrescent.com Hussein

          I know where Prophet Muhammad got “The Bridge over Hell” idea from. Not from Sunnah. How can he get it from Sunnah when they are his mere words and deeds? Allah didn’t reveal the Bridge to Muhammad in the Qur’an. Where did Muhammad get it? I just meant I was going to write later on the plagiarism.

  • Khaled

    “Your companion (the Prophet Muhammad) has not gone astray nor has he erred, nor does he speak of his own desire, it is only revelation being revealed.” [53:2-4]

    “Whatever the Messenger has given you then take it.” [59:7]

    When the Prophet Muhammad, may Allah’s peace and blessing be upon him, tells us something that is not found in the Qur’an, this is known as his Sunnah. The Sunnah is whatever the Prophet Muhammad, may Allah’s peace and blessing be upon him, said, did, or approved of in relation to the Religion. The most famous collection of Prophet traditions (which you quoted from) known as Sahih al-Bukhari, begins with the “Chapter on Revelation” in attempt to show that the Prophet Muhammad’s, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, statements and actions are revelations from Allah.

    May Allah guide you and I to that which He loves and most approves of.

    • http://www.cracksinthecrescent.com Hussein

      Prophet Muhammad borrowed the concept of the Bridge from the Zoroastrians. Here is The Book of Arda Viraf. Please read it and you will be surprised how much Islam’s last prophet plagiarized.