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Punishment for what has been earned

Posted on: September 7, 2008

  • The punishment for those who had taken the Qur’aan and then ignored it and for the one who sleeps through the time of the prescribed prayer.

Samurah bin Jundub narrated that Rasoolillah(SAW) said “…We came upon a man who was lying down, and another standing over him with a rock. He then hit him with the rock, split his head and the rock rolled away. So he followed the rock and retrieved it. When he returned to him his head had returned to how it was previously.The explanation came at the end of the hadeeth by the statement of the two angels to the Messenger of Allah (SAW): As for the first man that you came upon whose head was being split with a rock; this was a man who had taken the qur’aan and then ignored it, and had slept through the time of the prescribed prayers. In another narration, he said:….So this will continue to be done to him until the Day of Resurrection.”

  • The punishment of the liar

We also find in the hadeeth of Samurah bin Jundub: “…We departed until we came upon another man who was lying flat on his back, while another stood over him with an iron hook. He approached the one who was miserable looking. He faced him and ripped open his mouth up to his neck, and his nose up to his neck, and his eye up to his neck. He then went over to the other side and did the same as he had done to the first side. He had hardly completed this side when the other sider eturned to its normal state. He then returned to it and did what he done the first time.” At the end of the hadeeth he said: “…As for the man that you came upon who had his mouth ripped up to his neck, his nose ripped up to his neck, and his eyes ripped up to his neck; this was a man who used to leave his house, spreading lies and circulating them everywhere. In another narration it says: So this will continue to be done to him until the Day of Resurrection.”

  • The punishment of the adulterer and the adulteress.

In the same hadeeth we also find mentioned: “…We departed until we came upon a clay lined pit. I think he said: There was much noise and clamour. We looked into it and saw naked men and women, and a flame was flaring from beneath them. Whenever that flame reached them, they screamed. The explanation about them came in the hadeeth: …As for the naked men and women who were in the clay lined pit; they were men and women who committed adultery.”

  • The punishment for the one who consumes interest.

In the previous hadeeth this is also explained: …We departed until we reached a river. (I think he said: It was red like blood). In this river a man was swimming and on the bank of the river there was a man who had gathered around him many rocks. The one who who was swimming in the river, swam as much as he could, then he came to the one who had all the rocks gathered around him.He opened his mouth for him, and the other man threw a rock into it. He left, and continued to swim. Then he returned to him; and every time he returned to him, he opened his mouth for him and the other man threw a rock into it.at the end of the hadeeth it said: …As for the man whom you came upon swimming in the river, who had rocks thrown into his mouth; he was of those who consumed usury. (Bukhari volume 2, Book 23, Number 468)

  • The punishment for the one who does not protect himself from urine.

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: The most prevalent punishment of the grave is due to urine. [It is in Saheeh al-Jaami’ (3866)]

  • The punishment is increased for the unbeliever because of the weeping of his family over him.

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “Allah increases the punishment for the unbeliever because of the weeping of his family over him.” [Related by an-Nisaa’ee]

  • The dead is punished because of lamentation over him.

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “The dead is punished in his grave because of lamentation over him.” [Related by Bukhari and Muslim. However if he advised them not to lament over him then he is not punished.]

  • The dead is punished because of what some of his family say about him.

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “There is no single person who dies and among his mourners one stands up and cries: O you who we used to rely on! O you who used to support us! Except that two angels will be assigned to him saying: Were you like this.” [Related by Tirmidhee]

  • The punishment for the one who used to carry tales.

It was related from Ibn Abbaas that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) passed by two graves and he said: “Indeed these two are being punished; and they are not being punished for something minor. No, on the contrary it is something very major. As for one of them; he used to carry tales. As for the other, he never guarded himself from his urine.” [Related by Bukhaaree and Muslim]

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