All Muslims hope to spend their eternal life in heaven (jannah), but many will fall short of expectations. Unbelievers and evildoers face another fate: Hellfire (jahannam). The Qur’an contains many warnings and descriptions of the gravity of this eternal punishment.
The Burning Fire
The consistent description of Hell in the Qur’an is like a blazing fire that is fueled by “men and stones”. It is so often called “hellfire”.
“… BEWARE OF FIRE, WHOSE FUEL IS MEN AND STONES. WHICH IS PREPARED FOR THE RENEGADES OF THE FAITH. ” [HOLY QURAN 2:24]
“… And enough for Geena by burning fire. Certainly, to those who deny Our signs, we will make them enter Fire… Certainly, Allah is Almighty, Wise. ” [Holy Quran 4: 55-56]
“And as for the one, whose weights in good deeds are light. Your abode will be the Abyss. And what makes you aware of what this Abyss is? It is incandescent fire! ” [Holy Quran 101: 8-11]
Cursed by Allah
The worst punishment for unbelievers and wrongdoers will be the realization that they have failed. They paid no attention to Allah’s guidance and warnings and thus won His wrath. The Arabic word, jahannam, means “a black storm” or “a severe expression”. Both exemplify the seriousness of this punishment. The Qur’an says:
“Certainly, those who deny the Faith and die, while deniers of the Faith, will be the curse of Allah and angels and all mankind on them. In it, they will be eternal. The punishment will not be eased or extended. [Holy Quran 2: 161-162]
“THESE ARE THE ONES THAT ALLAH CURSED. AND FOR WHOM ALLAH CURSED, YOU WILL NOT FIND ANY HELP FOR HIM. ” [HOLY QURAN 4:52]
Usually water brings relief and puts out the fire. The water in hell, however, is different.
“… To those who deny the Faith, garments of fire will be cut off. Over their heads, boiling water will spill; With it, what is in their wombs, and also the skins will melt. And for them, there will be curved iron shafts. Every time they want to get out of it, out of anguish, they will make you return to it. And they will be told: “Try the punishment of the Burn!” [Holy Quran 22: 19-22]
“In front of him, there will be Geena, and he will be given to drink putrefied water.” [Holy Quran 14:16]
“THEY WILL CIRCULATE BETWEEN IT AND BOILING, SCALDING WATER.” [HOLY QURAN 55:44]
While Heaven’s rewards include abundant and fresh fruit and milk, the inhabitants of Hell will eat from the Tree of Zaqqum. The Qur’an describes this:
“Is this better for lodging or the Zaqqūm tree? We certainly did it as a trial for the unjust. Certainly, it is a tree that arises from the bottom of Hell. Their spats are like the heads of demons. And they will certainly eat of it and fill their bellies with it. Then, over it, they will have a mixture of boiling water. Then, your return will be to Hell. ” [Holy Quran 37: 62-68]
“Certainly, the Zaqqum tree. It will be the sinner’s food. It will be the sinner’s food. Like molten metal, it will boil in the womb. Like the boiling of boiling water. ” [Holy Quran 44: 43-46]
No Second Chance
When they are dragged into Hellfire, many people immediately regret the choices they have made in their lives and beg for another chance. The Qur’an warns these people:
“AND THE FOLLOWERS WILL SAY,“ IF WE WERE TO RETURN TO LIFE, WE WOULD BREAK WITH THEM, AS THEY BROKE WITH US. ”THUS, ALLAH WILL MAKE THEM SEE THAT THEIR WORKS ARE AFFLICTIONS FOR THEM. AND THEY WILL NEVER LEAVE FIRE. ” [HOLY QURAN 2: 167]
“Certainly, those who deny the Faith, if they had everything on earth and so much more, in order to rescue themselves from the punishment of the Day of Resurrection, none of this would be accepted. And they will have painful punishment. They will want to leave the Fire, and they will not leave it. And they will have permanent punishment. ” [Holy Quran 5: 36-37]