Hadith Qudsi 38

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“When Allah created Paradise and Hell-fire, He sent Gabriel to Paradise, saying: ‘Look at it and at what I have prepared therein for its inhabitants.'” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “So he came to it and looked at it and at what Allah had prepared therein for its inhabitants.” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “So he returned to Him and said: ‘By your glory, no one hears of it without entering it.’ So He ordered that it be encompassed by forms of hardship, and He said: ‘Return to it and look at what I have prepared therein for its inhabitants.'” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “So he returned to it and found that it was encompassed by forms of hardship (1). Then he returned to Him and said: ‘By Your glory, I fear that no one will enter it.’ He said: ‘Go to Hell-fire and look at it and what I have prepared therein for its inhabitants;’ and he found that it was in layers, one above the other. Then he returned to Him and said: ‘By Your glory, no one who hears of it will enter it.’ So He ordered that it be encompassed by lusts. Then He said: ‘Return to it.’ And he returned to it and said: ‘By Your glory, I am frightened that no one will escape from entering it.’

(1) The Arabic word used here is “makarih”, the literal meaning of which is “things that are disliked.” In this context it refers to forms of religious discipline that man usually finds onerous.

[At-Tirmidhi, who said that it was a good and sound Hadith (also by Abu Dawud and an-Nasa’i).]

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