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20 May 2019 CE | 16 Ramadhan 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Like Lightning or Crawling

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said about crossing over the Siraat (bridge over Hell): “The first of you will cross it like lightning.” Abu Hurayrah (radi Allahu anhu) asked: “May my father and my mother be sacrificed for you! How can it be like lightning?” He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Have you not seen lightning, how it goes and comes back in the blinking of an eye? Then (some will pass) like the wind, or like birds and fast horses, and the speed at which people cross will be according to their deeds…. until the people’s deeds will be failing in strength, and a man will come who can only move by crawling. At the edges of the Siraat will be hooks, hanging ready to catch anyone whom they are commanded (to catch).” [Muslim]

In life we have choices: We can choose to travel on Siraat-e-Mustaqeem, Allah’s prescribed Path to Jannah, or we can keep off it and live as we please.

Even if we choose to stay on Siraat-e-Mustaqeem (the Straight Path), we choose the speed with which to move on it. Some people rush to obey Allah (subhana wa ta’ala), some go crawling, some stand still on it, hardly moving, and some sometimes hit reverse.

Pay heed to what you are doing! The manner and speed with which you travel on Siraat-e-Mustaqeem in life, will determine the manner and speed with which you will cross the Siraat over Hell.

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