The entire structure of Islam is built upon the belief that Muhammad was the greatest prophet in history. As such, it would only be natural for Muslims to expect Allah to reward him with heavenly bliss immediately upon his death. It may come as a shock to Muslims that according to the most authentic Hadith in the Muslim world and substantiated by a Qur’anic verse, their beloved Prophet is in Hell along with his pious followers who have passed away in death. Even more troublesome is the fact that the very same destiny awaits them.
Each time when Muslims make a reference to Muhammad, they say “Peace be upon him.” They say this to bless and honor Muhammad. The command to add this blessing after mentioning Muhammad’s name is based on the Qur’anic injunction that is found in the following Qur’anic verse:
Surah 33:56: Lo! Allah and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet. O ye who believe! Ask blessings on him and salute him with a worthy salutation. (Pickthall)
However, in order for Muslims to send their blessings upon Muhammad, they must know exactly where their Prophet is right now. It might come as a shock for the majority of Muslims to know that according to the most authentic Hadith in the Muslim world and substantiated by a Qur’anic verse, their beloved Prophet is in Hell (Jahannam). Yes! The Prophet of Islam is in Hell. And together with him are his pious followers who have passed away in death till now. And Muslims who are living now will also share the very same destination when they die. Unbelievable? Examine now for yourself what the Qur’an, as well as the most authentic Islamic sources, teach on this very crucial subject.
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 12, Number 770:
Narrated Abu Huraira: The people said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Shall we see our Lord on the Day of Resurrection?” He replied, “Do you have any doubt in seeing the full moon on a clear (not cloudy) night?” They replied, “No, O Allah’s Apostle!” He said, “Do you have any doubt in seeing the sun when there are no clouds?” They replied in the negative. He said, “You will see Allah (your Lord) in the same way. On the Day of Resurrection, people will be gathered and He will order the people to follow what they used to worship. So some of them will follow the sun, some will follow the moon, and some will follow other deities; and only this nation (Muslims) will be left with its hypocrites. Allah will come to them and say, ‘I am Your Lord.’ They will say, ‘We shall stay in this place till our Lord comes to us and when our Lord will come, we will recognize Him. Then Allah will come to them again and say, ‘I am your Lord.’ They will say, ‘You are our Lord.’ Allah will call them, and As-Sirat (a bridge) will be laid across Hell and I (Muhammad) shall be the first amongst the Apostles to cross it with my followers. Nobody except the Apostles will then be able to speak and they will be saying then, ‘O Allah! Save us. O Allah Save us.’
There will be hooks like the thorns of Sa’dan in Hell. Have you seen the thorns of Sa’dan?” The people said, “Yes.” He said, “These hooks will be like the thorns of Sa’dan but nobody except Allah knows their greatness in size and these will entangle the people according to their deeds; some of them will fall and stay in Hell forever; others will receive punishment (torn into small pieces) and will get out of Hell, till when Allah intends mercy on whomever He likes amongst the people of Hell, He will order the angels to take out of Hell those who worshipped none but Him alone. The angels will take them out by recognizing them from the traces of prostrations, for Allah has forbidden the (Hell) fire to eat away those traces. So they will come out of the Fire, it will eat away from the whole of the human body except the marks of the prostrations. At that time they will come out of the Fire as mere skeletons. The Water of Life will be poured on them and as a result they will grow like the seeds growing on the bank of flowing water…”
Muslims may find the above narration incredible. Again, this shows the ignorance of Muslims regarding their religion. There is no ambiguity in this Hadith. It clearly states that Muhammad and his followers are in “Hell.” According to this Hadith, Muhammad is not in heaven but in “Hell,” awaiting for the arrival of the “Day of Judgment” to get into heaven. And he will be the first to cross the bridge with his followers to go to heaven. Please note, this bridge (As-Sirat) is “laid across Hell” and serves as an exit to heaven. Since the bridge is “laid across Hell,” Muhammad has to be in “Hell” for the Hadith to speak of him as being among the first to use it to come out from there.
The “Day of Resurrection” or “Qiyamah” refers to the time of the end. This means, even as you are reading this article, Muhammad is in “Hell” awaiting to be rescued. This fact is further substantiated by the admission that even pious Muslims who pray regularly will be consumed by fire, leaving only the “marks of their prostration” untouched. According to the above Hadith, the bodies of those in “Hell” will be consumed by fire. “At that time – the Day of Resurrection – they will come out of the Fire as mere skeletons.”
In corroboration with the above Hadith, the Qur’an says that all Muslims – every single one of them – will be taken to Hell.
Surah 19:71: “It is the inevitable decree of your Lord that every one of you will be taken to hell.” (Sarwar)
“There is not one of you who shall not pass through the confines of Hell.” (Dawood)
And the very next verse tells us:
Surah 19:72: “Then (Thumma) We shall rescue those who kept from evil, and leave the evil-doers crouching there.” (Pickthall)
“Afterwards (Thumma) we will deliver those who shall have been pious, but we will leave the ungodly therein on their knees.” (Sale)
The word “Then” (Thumma) used in this verse exemplify that there is a chronological order of events. First the entry into Hell. “Then” being saved from it. Note the wordings of Surah 19:72: “We shall rescue those who kept from evil, and leave the evil-doers crouching there.” You only “rescue” someone who is in some kind of danger. However, this rescue operation will only take place on “Judgment Day.” Until then – for centuries – pious Muslims will be consumed by fire. Only the dark spots on the skin of their foreheads caused by years of prostration to Allah will escape the effects of the fire. This is Allah’s reward for their faithful prayers to him.
Sahih Muslim, Book 001, Number 0349:
“They (the angels) would recognise them in the Fire by the marks of prostration, for Hell-fire will devour everything (limb) of the sons of Adam except the marks of prostration. Allah has forbidden the fire to consume the marks of prostration. They will be taken out of the Fire having been burnt…”
Al-Jalalayn’s Tafsir on Surah 19:71 (“Not one of you but will pass through it: this is, with thy Lord, a Decree which must be accomplished”), gives the following clarification:
“Not one” means that there will be none. “Of you” means all people. “But will pass through” means the entry into hell. “A decree which must be accomplished” means it is a certainty and a judgment from which Allah will not relent. (Translated from Arabic) Source: http://www.al-islam.com.
Tafsir by Ibn Kathir on Surah 19:71:
Surah 19:71: “Not one of you but will pass through it: this is, with thy Lord, a Decree which must be accomplished.”
Imam Ahmad narrated that Sulaiman Ibn Harb narrated that Khalid Ibn Sulaiman narrated that Kathir Ibn Ziad Al- Barsani narrated that Abu Sumaya said, “We differed about the meaning of ‘Passing through it’ (wari-duha). For some of us said that no believer will enter hell and others said all (people) shall enter it and then Allah will save those who have done righteousness. Then I met Jabir Ibn Abdallah and I informed him that we differed about the meaning of, ‘Pass through it,’ and he replied that, “Everyone shall enter it.” (Tafsir by Ibn Kathir on Surah 19:71, Translated from Arabic)
Another Tafsir by Ibn Kathir on Surah 19:71:
Narrated by Abdel Razak, narrated by Ibn Ayena narrated by Amru who told us that he heard Ibn Abbas feud with Nafi Ibn Al-Azraq regarding the meaning of, ‘Entering (Al-wurood).’ He said it meant ‘Entering (Hell),’ but Nafi disagreed. Thus Ibn Abbas read (Surah 21:98) “‘Verily ye, and the gods that ye worship besides Allah, are but fuel for Hell! To it will ye surely will enter (Wardan),’ and asked did they enter or not? He also read (Surah 11:98) ‘He will go before his people on the Day of Judgment, and lead them (Awrada-hum) into the fire: but woeful indeed will be the place (Wird) to which they are led (Al-mawrud)!’ Did they enter or not? As for you and I, we will enter it but let us see if we will exit from it and I don’t see Allah taking you out of it because you lie (regarding its meaning).” Nafi then laughed.
Narrated by Ibn Jarir, narrated by Atta who stated that Abu Rashid Al-Harury, who is called Nafi Ibn Al-Azraq, said, “They (the believers) will not hear hell’s roar.” So Ibn Abbas responded, “Woe to you! Are you insane? What of Allah’s verse (Surah 11:98) ‘He will go before his people on the Day of Judgment, and lead them (Awrada-hum) into the fire,’ and also the verse (Surah 19:86) ‘And We shall drive the sinners to hell being lead (Wirdan)’? And also the verse (Surah 19:71) ‘Not one of you but will pass (Waridu-ha) through it’? By Allah, the supplication of those who lived previously used to be, ‘O Allah take me out of hell fire peacefully and allow me to enter paradise victorious.’” (Tafsir by Ibn Kathir on Surah 19:71, Translated from Arabic) Source: Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Saudi Arabia.
Who is Ibn Abbas? Ibn Abbas (618 C.E.–687 C.E.) was a paternal cousin of the Prophet Muhammad. He is revered by Muslims for his knowledge. He was an expert in Tafsir (exegesis of the Qur’an), as well as an authority on Islamic Sunnah. He knew exactly how Islamic terms are understood and applied. And according to him, all Muslims, including Muhammad, will enter and taste Hell-fire.
Let the Qur’an itself give us a classification of the Islamic Hell:
Surah 74:28-30: “It leaveth not (any thing unconsumed), neither doth it suffer (any thing) to escape: It scorcheth men’s flesh: Over the same (are) nineteen (angels appointed).” (Sale)
The difference between Allah and Jehovah is that Allah promises Hell-fire for his worshippers while Jehovah promises Eternal life. It is a tragic that all Muslims are waiting for this “fiery destiny.” As noted, Muhammad is in Hell. But what about Jesus Christ? Concerning Jesus Christ, the Qur’an itself testifies in Surah 4:158:
“But Allah took him (Jesus) up unto Himself and he is in the heavens.” (Hilali-Khan)
Jesus is in Heaven while Muhammad is in Hell. Thus, it can be seen that the difference between Jesus and Muhammad is the same as the difference between Heaven and Hell. And concerning the followers of Jesus Christ, the Qur’an states:
Surah 3:55: “Behold! Allah said: ‘O Jesus! I will take thee and raise thee to Myself and clear thee of the falsehood of those who blaspheme; I will make those who follow thee superior to those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection.” (Yusuf Ali)
Allah said: “O Jesus! I am going to recall you (from your mission) and raise you up to Myself. I will clean you of those who rejected you and exalt your followers above the unbelievers until the Day of Resurrection; then to Me shall be your return and I shall judge those matters in which you have been disputing. (F. Malik)
The above statement in the Qur’an reveals the superiority of those who follow Jesus Christ. Those who follow Jesus are Christians. Of course, this does not apply to those who are Christians in name only but to those who are his true faithful followers. These are the ones who will be exalted. They are exalted, not because of any personal superiority on their part but on account of truly submitting to the teachings of Christ as it is revealed in the Holy Bible.
According to the above Qur’anic verse, Christians will be “exalted” or made “superior” until the Day of Resurrection. The Day of Resurrection or Qiyamah refers to the “time of the end.”
For Christians to be exalted until the time of the end, true Christianity must be present in this world until the “time of the end.”
For true Christianity to be present in this world until the time of the end, true Christians must remain in this world until the “time of the end.”
For true Christians to remain in this world until the time of the end, they must have a righteous standing with God until the “time of the end.”
For them to have a righteous standing with God until the time of the end, they must be guided righteously until the “time of the end.”
For them to be guided righteously until the time of the end, the Holy Book in their possession must remain true until the “time of the end.”
For the Qur’an to testify that the followers of Jesus Christ will be made “superior to those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection,” the above detailed stages regarding the favorable standing of Christians must be accomplished precisely. And this would vitally include the integrity of the Bible which is in their possession.
The above Qur’anic verse proves beyond any doubt that the Holy Bible is indeed sufficient for the outworking of the Christian’s salvation, both now and in the future. Thus, we can be confident that the teachings of the Bible will remain as the authoritative guidance for mankind for all eternity. Therefore, the claim that the Qur’an was sent to replace the Bible or that the Bible is corrupted is a deliberate lie. Concerning the Holy Bible, it is stated:
2 Timothy 3:16-17: “All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.”
If the Bible can provide such an encompassing knowledge of salvation for mankind, would there then be a need for another book to show us the truth about God? Islamic leaders discourage their followers from reading the Bible. Muslims will do well to consider the teachings of the Bible. Their eternal salvation depends on it. The path to salvation cannot be found in the path that leads you to Hell, even momentarily.
Sadly, most Muslims have chosen to follow the recitation of a single, 7th century illiterate whose book is the direct opposite of how God chose to reveal the way of salvation over a period of 1600 years by means of the inspired accounts of numerous prophets and legions of witnesses in the Holy Bible. Surah 19:71 must be extremely disturbing to Muslims, who can only look forward to Hell-fire immediately upon their death.
If Christians are made superior until the Day of Resurrection as the Qur’an itself testifies, where do you think will be their final destination? Muslims should seriously consider whom they want to follow, the one who is in Hell or the one who is raised up to be with God in heaven? And they must also consider whom they want to worship – Allah who promises “Hell-fire” or Jehovah who promises “Eternal life”? Allah, Muhammad, Islam and the Qur’an make it clear that Hell-fire is a certainty for all Muslims. However, it does not have to be your destiny. You can choose to follow the true God who will show you the way to “everlasting life.”
John 3:16: “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, in order that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life.”
John 17:3: “This means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge of you, the only true God, and of the one whom you sent forth, Jesus Christ.”
Psalms 37:29: The righteous themselves will possess the earth, And they will reside forever upon it.
Muhammad plagiarized the above Psalms in the Qur’an without understanding the full implication of this verse:
Surah 21:105: “Before this We wrote in the Psalms, after the Message given to Moses: My servants the righteous shall inherit the earth.” (Yusuf Ali)
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