Al Huda gem from Ayah 24 of Surah Baqarah. Allah Subhanahu wata’ala says: فَإِن لَّمْ تَفْعَلُواْ وَلَن تَفْعَلُواْ فَاتَّقُواْ النَّارَ الَّتِي وَقُودُهَا النَّاسُ وَالْحِجَارَةُ أُعِدَّتْ لِلْكَافِرِينَ: The first part of the Ayah, Allah establishes the fact that the disbelievers can never, and will never be able to come up with a even one ayah or surah like what Allah has sent down. Then He azzawajal tells such people to fear the fire, and save themselves from it. Waqud is that which keeps the fire burning continuously–fuel. How does it continue burning? Allah says that it is because it’s fuel is men and stones. According to Ibn Mas’ood (ra), Hijarah is referring to black sulfur which has 5 important characteristics. 1. It speeds up the burning process 2. It has a foul smell 3. Produces much smoke 4. Clings to human flesh 5. Produces a great amount of heat. If we think about the elements in the human body, we are composed of hair, fat, calcium, phosphorous and many other substances. If you’ve been in a chem lab, you know that when water is poured over calcium, it produces heat and phosphorous easily catches on fire. So in addition to the present elements of the human body that will serve as the waqud, the types of stones in Jahannum will further that process even more. The word U’iddat comes from ‘adad, which means to count, also means numbers. This gives the meaning of preparing something in such a way so that everything is precisely calculated. What is counted in Jahannum? The levels of the hell fire, the number of people, the temperature-degrees. All this indicates complete preparation for a specific task.
I know most people prefer to learn/read about verses that are about rahmah and Jannah, but I find that learning about the hell fire increases my desire to give da’wah and I hope it does the same for you.InshaAllah, I’ll post gems from time to time. There are just soo many SubhanAllah. Just look at how short this ayah is and how much can be derived from it, and there’s even more! We shouldn’t say a Surah small, they’re bigger than you and I because of how much is packed in them. Say concise or short instead. :)
Allahumma inni a’udhu bika min ‘adhabi jahannam, wa min ‘adhabil-qabr, wa min fitnatil-mahya wal-mamat, wa min fitnatil-masihid-Dajjal.
O Allah! I seek Your protection from the torture of hell, and I seek Your protection from the torture of the grave, and I seek refuge with You from the mischief of life and death, and I seek Your protection from the mischief of Dajjal pretending as Messiah.