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There is a hadith where after the prayer،
Prophet (saw) got up and said ask me anything and I
will answer so one of the companions got up and asked
"Where will I be in the Hereafter?" and the Prophet
(saw) said "In the Hellfire." My question is who is
this companion and how can one of the companions be in
the Hellfire? Can you clarify this hadith?.
Praise be to Allaah.
Al-Bukhaari (7294) and Muslim (2359) narrated from
Anas ibn Maalik that the Prophet (blessings and peace
of Allah be upon him) went out and prayed when the sun
passed the meridian, then when he said the salaam, he
stood on the minbar and mentioned the Hour and
momentous events that would occur ahead of it. Then he
said: "Whoever would like to ask about anything, let
him ask about it, for by Allah, you will not ask me
about anything but I shall tell you of it so long as I
am standing here." Anas said: The people wept a great
deal and the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace
of Allah be upon him) said repeatedly: Ask me. Anas
said: A man stood up and said: Where will I be, O
Messenger of Allah? He said: In the Fire. ‘Abd-Allah
ibn Hudhaafah stood up and said: Who is my father, O
Messenger of Allah? He said: Your father is Hudhaafah.
Then he kept saying, Ask me, ask me. ‘Umar knelt up
and said: We are content with Allah as our Lord, Islam
as our religion and Muhammad (blessings and peace of
Allah be upon him) as our Messenger. Then the
Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be
upon him) fell silent when ‘Umar said that. Then the
Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be
upon him) said: "By the One in Whose hand is my soul,
Paradise and Hell were shown to me just now in this
garden whilst I was praying, and I have never seen
anything of good or evil like I have seen today."
As for the name of that man who asked about where he
would be and the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah
be upon him) said that he would be in the Fire, al-Haafiz
Ibn Hajar (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
I did not find the name of this man in any of the
reports; it is as if they omitted it deliberately so
as to conceal him. al-Tabaraani narrated from the
hadeeth of Abu Firaas al-Aslami a similar report and
added: A man asked him: Will I be in Paradise? He
said: In Paradise. And I did not find the name of this
other man either. End quote.
This is in addition to the fact that there is no
interest to be served in finding out the exact name of
this person who asked, and there is no adverse effect
on one's religious commitment if one does not know it.
Hence no report of this hadeeth gives this
With regard to this questioner entering the Fire even
though he was one of the Sahaabah, there may be three
It may be that he was one of the hypocrites and Allah,
may He be exalted, informed His Prophet (blessings and
peace of Allah be upon him) of his situation.
At the time of the Prophet (blessings and peace of
Allah be upon him) there were a number of the
hypocrites who used to pray with him and fast and
worship Allah outwardly, but in fact they were
hypocrites. Allah says (interpretation of the
"And among the bedouins round about you, some are
hypocrites, and so are some among the people of Al-Madinah,
who persist in hypocrisy; you (O Muhammad SAW) know
them not, We know them. We shall punish them twice,
and thereafter they shall be brought back to a great
It may be that he will enter the Fire because of a sin
that he committed, then Allah will save him from it
and he will enter Paradise by the grace and mercy of
It may be that what is meant is that he will be in the
Fire if Allah does not forgive him, and so he comes
under the will of Allah. But perhaps the last two
possibilities are more likely, and this is possible
according to the principle of Ahl al-Sunnah concerning
sinners among those who affirm the Oneness of Allah
Al-Bukhaari (3074) narrated that ‘Abd-Allah ibn ‘Amr
(may Allah be pleased with him) said: A man called
Kirkirah was in charge of the luggage of the Prophet
(blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) and he
died. The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of
Allah be upon him) said: "He is in the Fire." They
went and looked at him and they found an abayah that
he had stolen from the war booty.
Muslim (114) narrated a similar report from the
hadeeth of ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him).
Al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar (may Allah have mercy on him)
The words "He is in the Fire" mean he is being
punished for his sins, or what is meant is that he
will be in the Fire if Allah does not forgive him. End
The Sahaabah (may Allah be pleased with them) were
human beings and some of them committed sins and make
mistakes, but on the whole they are the best of
mankind after the Prophets and Messengers, and they
are the best of generations, and all of them are
trustworthy and of good character according to the
consensus of the Muslims. But, also according to
consensus, they were not infallible and free from sin,
and with regard to what was narrated about some of
them having committed a sin or having been warned
about committing a sin, we should think of them in the
best manner with regard to that and understand that
this does not mean that he is not of good character or
that Allah is not pleased with him.
Rather Abu Muhammad Ibn Hazm (may Allah have mercy on
All the Sahaabah are definitively people of Paradise.
Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the
"Not equal among you are those who spent and fought
before the conquering (of Makkah with those among you
who did so later). Such are higher in degree than
those who spent and fought afterwards. But to all,
Allâh has promised the best (reward)"
"Verily those for whom the good has preceded from Us,
they will be removed far therefrom (Hell)"
And it is proven that all of them are among the people
of Paradise. End quote.
Quoted from him by al-Ameer al-San‘aani in Tawdeeh al-Afkaar
li Ma‘aani Tanqeeh al-Anzaar, 2/245
What we advise you to do is not to indulge in such
matters; rather you should affirm the virtue of the
virtuous. We testify to their goodness and
righteousness, and we refrain from indulging in
speaking about them without knowledge; rather we
should focus on our own selves.
See also the answer to question no. 13713.
And Allah knows best.
Slandering a Sahaabi by saying
that he did not know anything about politics
What is the ruling on who says that the great
companion Abdullah Ben ‘Umar, May Allah be pleased
with them, does not know anything about politics. This
sentence is insulting.
Praise be to Allaah.
‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him)
is a great Sahaabi, one of the greatest scholars of
the Muhaajireen (those who migrated from Makkah to
Madeenah). We should love him and all the Sahaabah,
and be pleased with them. It is not permissible to
criticize them or any one of them, because the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Do
not revile my companions, for by the One in Whose hand
is my soul, if one of you were to spend the equivalent
of Uhud in gold, it would not amount to a mudd of one
of them, or half of that."
And Allaah is the Source of strength. May Allaah send
blessings and peace upon of our Prophet Muhammad and
his family and companions. End quote.
Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa'imah li'l-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah