Islam stands and falls on the person of Muhammad. The entire structure of Islam is built upon the belief that Muhammad was God’s greatest prophet. As such, Muslims will naturally expect Allah to resurrect him to a heavenly Paradise immediately upon his death. However, it may come as a shock for them to learn that according to the most authentic Hadith in the Muslim world and substantiated by a verse in the Qur’an, their beloved Prophet is in Hell. Yes! Allah’s perfect Qur’an clearly states that Muhammad is in Hell along with his pious followers who have passed away in death. Even more troubling for Muslims today is the fact that the very same destiny awaits them. Unbelievable? We will now consider the evidences from both the Qur’an and from authentic Islamic sources to substantiate our case.
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…,”
The vast majority of the Muslims are ignorant of their religion. Many who read this account may find it shocking. Shocking as it may be, it is nonetheless based on the true teachings of Islam. There is no ambiguity in the meaning of this Hadith. According to the clear teaching of this Hadith, Muhammad descended straight into Hell following his death. He did not ascend to any heavenly Paradise as Muslims claim. At this very moment, Muhammad is in Hell waiting to be rescued by Allah. And the account continues on to state that a “bridge” (As-Sirat) will be “laid across Hell” for the pious to escape from there on the “Day of Judgment.” And the Hadith clearly states that Muhammad will be amongst “the first to cross it” with his followers. Since the “bridge” is “laid across Hell,” Muhammad has to be in Hell in order to exit from that fiery place through that “bridge.”
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. Even pious Muslims who pray regularly will be consumed by the fires of Hell, leaving only the “marks of their prostration” untouched. The above Hadith reveals that the bodies of Muslims 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 full agreement with the teachings of 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 Arabic term “Thumma” (Then or Afterwards) used in this Qur’anic verse exemplifies that there is a chronological order of events. First the entry into Hell. And “Then” being saved from it. Note carefully the wordings of Surah 19:72 regarding those pious Muslims who are sent there:
“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 the fires of Hell. 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 years of countless 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, and the water of life would be poured over them, and they will sprout as seed does in the silt carried by flood.”
Al-Jalalayn’s Tafsir gives the following important clarification on the meaning of 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.”
“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 emphasizes further on the certainty of Hell for all Muslims:
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 shows that Muslims who deny this “inevitable decree” of Allah are liars:
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.
Ibn Abbas (618 C.E.–687 C.E.) was a paternal cousin of the Prophet Muhammad. He is revered by Muslims for his knowledge on Islam. 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 into Hell. The Qur’an gives us a description 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)
It is tragic to learn that all Muslims – even the pious – will be destined to taste the burning fires of the Islamic Hell. This is the “inevitable decree” of Allah. As Islam itself admits, Muhammad is in Hell. But what about Jesus Christ? What does Islam reveal about the immediate destiny of Jesus after the end of his life on earth? Concerning Jesus Christ, the Qur’an itself testifies:
Surah 4:158 “But Allah took him (Jesus) up unto Himself and he is in the heavens.” (Hilali-Khan)
And what about the followers of Jesus Christ? Concerning the true 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)
Another translation renders it as follows:
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 followers of Jesus Christ are Christians. This is indeed a very profound statement in the Qur’an. It reveals the superiority of those who follow Jesus Christ. It does not say those who believe in Jesus will be made superior but those who follow him. Therefore, this does not apply to those who are Christians in name only but to those who are truly his faithful followers. These are the ones who will be exalted. They are exalted on account of their faithful submission to the true teachings of Christ as it is revealed in the Holy Bible. Let us analyze this Qur’anic verse a little further.
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, the true Christian faith must exist in this world until the time of the end.
- For the true Christian faith to exist in this world until the time of the end, true Christians must be present in this world until the time of the end.
- For true Christians to be present in this world until the time of the end, Christians must have a righteous standing with God until the time of end.
- For Christians to have a righteous standing with God until the time of end, Christians must be guided righteously until the time of the end.
- For Christians to be guided righteously until the time of the end, the Bible which is in their possession must remain true until the time of the end.
- For the Bible to remain true until the time of the end, the Bible must remain unchanged and free from corruption until the time of the end.
- Only then, can Christians have a righteous standing with God and be exalted until the “Day of Resurrection.”
Surah 3:55 is one of the strongest testimonies in the Qur’an which prove that the Holy Bible in our possession today is the uncorrupted Word of God. It will be logically impossible for the Bible to remain uncorrupted until the time of the end if it is already a corrupted book as Muslims claim. 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,” each successive stage enumerated above in the progression must be accomplished precisely as stated. And this would vitally include the integrity of the Bible which is in our possession today.
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 has become corrupted is a deliberate lie concocted by Muslims. 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 is able to provide such an encompassing knowledge of salvation for Christians, would we then need 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.
It is interesting to note that both the Qur’an and the Hadiths state that Jesus will return to earth to restore true worship.
Surah 43:61: Coming events cast their shadow before, and so will Isa (Jesus) whose return to earth shall be the sign of impending Judgement and that the Final Hour is indeed imminent. (Al-Muntakhab)
“And (Jesus) shall be a Sign for the coming of the Hour of Judgment: therefore have no doubt about the Hour, but follow ye Me: this is a Straight Way.” (Yusuf Ali)
And the Hadiths and the Tafirs (Commentaries) of great Muslim scholars explain the true meaning of the above Qur’anic verse.
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 3, Number 656:
Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until the son of Mary (i.e. Jesus) descends amongst you as a just ruler.”
Tafsir Ibn Abbas:
And lo! Verily in the coming of Jesus the son of Mary (there is knowledge of the Hour) there is an indication of the coming of the Hour; it is also said that this means: his coming is a sign of the advent of the Hour. (So doubt ye not concerning it) so have no doubt in the coming of the Hour, (but follow Me) by professing Allah’s divine Oneness. (Tanwîr al-Miqbâs min Tafsîr Ibn ‘Abbâs)
Islamic sources testify that the purpose for the return of Jesus to earth will be to eradicate unbelief and usher in the “Final Hour.” During that time where will Muhammad be? He will be in Hell awaiting to be rescued. Right now, Jesus is in Heaven while Muhammad is in Hell. Therefore, the difference between Jesus and Muhammad is the same as the difference between Heaven and Hell. And the distinction between Allah and Jehovah is that while Allah promises “Hell-fire” for his worshippers, Jehovah promises “Eternal life” for all those come to him for salvation.
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 a destiny in Hell 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, this 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 from the Holy Bible and quoted it partially 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)
Muslims should turn to Jesus Christ who said:
“I am the resurrection and the life. He that exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.” – John 11:25
And Jesus Christ will lead you to the only true God whose name is Jehovah:
Psalms 83:18: “May people know that you, whose name is Jehovah, You alone are the Most High over all the earth.”
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