Fleeing from the Fire by Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali (d. 795H)
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Hell is the final abode prepared by Allah, the Most High for those do not believe
in Him, those who transgress against His Laws and deny His Messengers. It
epitomises the scourge of punishment, filled with indescribable torment, pain
and grief that has been detailed by Allah and His Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him).
It is often observed from our righteous predecessors that they regularly took
account of themselves lest they become negligent of the Hereafter and fall under
divine retribution that'll be weighed against mankind on the Day of Judgement.
When a fire torch was once lit for 'Umar ibn Al-Khattab, he felt angst at it’s
burning heat, so he reprimanded himself, "How will you be patient if you
encounter this O son of Al-Khattab!" He was of course, making a worldly
parallel with the unparalleled Fire of Hell.
Such self-reprimand was a true recognition reflecting fear of being cast into Hell
as one of its inhabitants. And there is no more poignant way towards reform and
turning back to Allah than learning about Hellfire and its unsettling descriptions.
Mentioning its penalties and punishments entices a wise person to avoid the
means leading to them: "Evil indeed it is as an abode and as a place to dwell."
Imam Ibn Rajab gathered together Prophetic narrations and many statements
from scholars that warn regarding the Fire, means to safeguard against it and the
state of those who truly fear its consequences - with the purpose to practically
awaken our inattentiveness and jolt our beings into positive action and treading
the Path towards its opposite: Paradise.
"Indeed, they who are apprehensive from fear of their Lord... It is these who
hasten to good deeds and they are foremost in them." [Al-Mu'minun, 57-61]
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