Description of Hell


Description of Hell

Depth of Hell “If a stone is dropped into hell, it will keep falling for 70 years before reaching the bottom of hell” (ibn Hibban)

The prophet said

“Four walls have been surrounding Hell, The width of every wall is a distance of 40 years walking”

The prophet(salla  Allah ‘alaihi wa salam) said

“Hell was blown for one thousand years so that its fire turned red, it was then blown for another thousand years so that it became white, it was again blown for one thousand years and it turned black. At present Hell looks black and dark”

There are 7 levels to Hell

As Allaah says:

“Verily the hypocrites will be in the lowest depths [grade] of the Fire”(4:145)

7th levelFor monotheists (is the belief in the existence of one deity or God ) (Top of hell) called Jahanam

(For Muslims)

6th levelFor Christians called Sakhah

5th levelFor Jews it is called al-Hutamah

4th levelFor Iblis and associates , called Nati

3rd levelthe Magians (who worship fire) in the fifth level called Saqar

2nd levelthe polytheist Arabs (belief in many gods) in the sixth level called al-Jaheem

1st levelthe hypocrites (is the act of pretending to have morals or virtues that one does not truly possess

or  practice) in the seventh level called al-Hawiyah (bottom of hell)

• Lowest point of hell is the hottest

• The levels in Hell go down level 1(Jahanam)-level 7(al-Hawiyah)

• The levels in paradise go up

salla  Allah ‘alaihi wa salam ) said

“On the day of resurrection, a neck will come out from Hell, having two eyes, two ears and one tongue, to see, hear and speak. It will say that it has been appointed on three kinds of persons”:

a)on every rebellious and stubborn
b)on everyone associating with Allah
c)On a painter of picture

The prophet(salla  Allah ‘alaihi wa salam ) said

“Verily, there are long necked camel- like snakes in Hell that if anyone of them  stings a Hellish person will feel pain for 40 years” (Ahmad)

“…Then I saw the (Hell) Fire, and I have never before, seen such a horrible sight as that, and I saw that the majority of its dwellers were women.” The people asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! What is the reason for that?” He replied, “Because of their ungratefulness.” It was said. “Do they disbelieve in Allah (are they ungrateful to Allah)?” He replied, “They are not thankful to their husbands and are ungrateful for the favors done to them. Even if you do good to one of them all your life, when she sees some harshness from you, she will say, “I have never seen any good from you.’ ”
Hadith – Sahih Bukhari 4:464, Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Abbas , see also Bukhari 4:464, 7:124

Allah’s Messenger (salla  Allah ‘alaihi wa salam ) said:

There dominate ninety-nine dragons over the unbeliever in the grave. They (constantly) bite him and sting him till there comes the hour (of resurrection). (These dragons are so poisonous) that if one of them exhales on the Earth, no verdure (green vegetation) will ever grow upon it. Hadith – Reported by Darimi, Narrated Abu Sa’id , Tirmidhi



Standing over Hell are MIGHTY and STERN angels who never disobey Allaah
subhaanahu wa ta’ala Who has created them. They do whatever He commands them, as Allaah subhaanahu wa ta’ala says:

“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 Allaah, but do [precisely what] they are commanded.” (66:6)

Their number is nineteen as Allaah (swt) says:

“Soon I will cast him into Hellfire. And what will explain to you what Hellfire is? Naught does it permit to endure, and naught does it leave alone! Darkening and changing the colour of man! Over it are  nineteen [angels as guardians and keepers of Hell]” (74:26-30)

– Only Allah Knows

Hell is huge and vast and immensely deep, as is proven by several things:

“On the Day when We will say to Hell: “Are you filled?” It will say: “Are there any more to come?” (50:30)

“We were with the Messenger of Allaah (saw) and we heard the sound of something falling. The Prophet (saw) said, “Do you know what that was?” We said, “Allaah and His Messenger know best”. He said, “That was a stone that was thrown into Hell seventy years ago and it was falling through Hell until now”. (Muslim, Kitaab al-Jannah, Baab fi shiddat haar an-naar, 4/2184 no. 2844)

The Prophet ( salla  Allah ‘alaihi wa salam ) said,

“Hell will be brought forth that Day by means of seventy thousand ropes, each of which will be held by seventy thousand angels.”
• (reported by Muslim from ‘Abdullaah ibn Mas’ud, 4/2184 no.2842)

We can only image the vastness of this terrifying creation that requires such a huge number of strong and powerful angels whose strength is known only to Allaah!

Allaah has told us that Hell has seven gates, as He (swt) said:

“And surely, Hell is the promised place for them all. It [Hell] has seven gates, for each of these gates is a [special] class [of sinners] assigned”. (15:43-44)

– When the disbelievers come to Hell, its gates will be opened, and they will enter it, to remain there forever.

The gates of Hell may be opened and closed before the Day of Judgement.
The Prophet ( salla  Allah ‘alaihi wa salam ) told us that the gates of Hell are locked during the month of

The Prophet ( salla  Allah ‘alaihi wa salam ) said:

“When the first night of Ramadhan comes, the Shayaateen and evil jinns are chained up. The gates of Hell are closed and not one of them is opened. The gates of Paradise are opened and not one of them is closed.” (Ibid, p.66)

Stones and the rebellious disbelievers are the fuel of Hell, as Allaah says:

“O you who believe! Save yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is men and stones!” (66:6)

The Prophet (
salla  Allah ‘alaihi wa salam ) told us:

“Fire as we know it is one-seventieth part of the Fire of Hell.” Someone said, “O Messenger of Allaah (saw), it is enough as it is!” He said, “It [the fire of Hell] is as if sixty nine equal portions were added to the fire as we know it.” (al-Bukhaari)

This Fire never dies down, no matter how much time passes:

“So taste you [the results of your evil actions]; no increase shall We give you, except in torment”. (78:30)

The disbelievers will not taste the luxury of respite, and the torment will not be lessened for them no matter how long it lasts:

“Their torment shall not be lightened nor shall they be helped”. (2:86)

The Prophet( salla  Allah ‘alaihi wa salam ) said,
“When it becomes very hot, wait until it cools down to pray, because the intense heat is a breeze from Hell”.

“When it [Hell] sees them from a far place, they will hear its raging and roaring”. (25:12)

al-Bukhaari reports in his saheeh that Abu Hurayrah said:

“Hell complained to its Rabb, saying “O my Rabb, some parts of me have consumed others.” So He allowed it to exhale twice, once in the winter and once in the summer. That is why you find extreme heat (in the summer) and extreme cold (in the winter)”.

If muslims sins outweight their good deeds they will go to hell for a period of time to wipe off their sins and then enter jannah. May Allah save us from entering jahannam at all.

Many texts indicate the large numbers of the children of Aadam will enter Hell, and the few who will enter Paradise.

Many texts indicate that nine hundred and ninety-nine out of every thousand of the children of Aadam will enter Hell, and only one (in a thousand) will enter Paradise.

The Prophet ( salla  Allah ‘alaihi wa salam ) said,
“I saw Hell and I saw that most of its inhabitants were women”.

the Prophet ( salla  Allah ‘alaihi wa salam ) said,
“O women give in charity, for I have seen that you form the majority of the people of Hell.” They asked, “Why is that so, O Messenger of Allaah (saw)?” He said, “Because you curse too much and are ungrateful for good treatment”.

Allah says

“..[they] will be given to drink, boiling water, so that it cuts up their bowels [to pieces]” (47:15)

“The Messenger of Allaah ( salla  Allah ‘alaihi wa salam ) said, “By Allaah (swt), Allaah will never throw one whom He loves into the Fire” (sahih, See Sahih al-Jaami’ 6/104)

Fasting is also a source of protection from the Fire, as Ahmad reports in al-Musnad and al-Bayhaqi in Shu’ab al-Imaan, with a hasan isnaad from Jaabir ibn ‘Abdullaah:

“The Prophet ( salla  Allah ‘alaihi wa salam ) said, “Allaah (swt) says, “

Fasting is a shield with which one may protect oneself from the Fire”. (Sahih al-Jaami, 4/114)

After the Believers have passed over as-Siraat (the bridge over Hell), they will be kept on a bridge between  Paradise and Hell, where they will be purified by means of their settling any wrongs that existed between any of
them in this world. Then when they enter paradise they will be pure and clean, none of them bearing any ill-will towards another or demanding anything of another.

Our Prophet (saw) will be the first to ask for the gates of paradise to be opened after Aadam, the father of mankind, and all the other great Prophets refuse this task.

source (editted)

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    December 13, 2009 at 3:32 am


    • Huda said,

      December 28, 2009 at 8:15 pm

      wow!!!! thnx sis!!!!! JazakAllah Khairan!!!
      May Allah (SW) guide us all. Ameen:)

  2. abubasheer said,

    January 17, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    all praise is due to…ALLAH (SW)…for giving me another chance to redeem myself after failing the tests he presened to me.i now realize that tramatic events occur in all our lives,(therefore), i have no valid excuse or reason for acting in the foolish manner that i did(dealing in haram things)as i truely intend to find my way back home to the halaal things(MASHA ALLAH).i also found out that if u dont use the blessings ALLAH…(SW) has bestowed upon you …you will start to forget them…and its almost like im starting over again…so i plan on taking my shahada asap!!! thank you so much for making this material available to me…as salaam alaikum…abu basheer

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