Hadith-e-Qudsi # 38

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Messenger of Allah (Sal Allahau Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam) said:

When Allah created the 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 (Sal Allahau Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam) said: So he came to it and looked at it and at what Allah had prepared therein for its inhabitants.

The Prophet (Sal Allahau Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam) 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 (Sal Allahau Alaihi Wa Aalihi Wasallam) said: So he returned to it and found that it was encompassed by the 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 fount 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 there 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.

It was related by at-Tirmidhi who said that it was a good and sound Hadith (also by Abu Dawud and an-Nasa’e).

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