Fleeing from the Fire
By Imam Ibn Rajab
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." [Al-Furqan, 66]
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."