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19 July 2018 CE | 07 Dhul-Qadah 1439 AH
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Hadith Explanation


No Light for Hypocrites


The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) was asked: “Where will the people be on the Day when the earth is changed into another earth and the heavens?” He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “They will be in darkness ahead of the Bridge.” [Muslim]

This stage comes after the Reckoning and Weighing of deeds.

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) describes this scene in the Quran:

“On the Day you shall see the believing men and the believing women, their light running forward before them and by their right hands. Glad tidings for you this Day! Gardens beneath which rivers flow (Paradise), to live therein forever! Truly, this is the great success! On the Day when the hypocrite men and hypocrite women will say to the believers, ‘Wait for us! Let us get something from your light!’ It will be said, ‘Go back to your rear! Then search for light!’ Then a wall will be placed between them, with a gate therein. Inside it will be mercy, and outside it will be torment. The hypocrites will call the believers, ‘Were we not with you?’ The believers will reply, ‘Yes! But you led yourselves into temptations, you looked forward to our destruction; you doubted (in faith) and you were deceived by false desires, till the Command of Allah came to pass. And the chief deceiver (Shaitaan) deceived you in respect of Allah.’ So this Day no ransom shall be taken from you (hypocrites), nor of those who disbelieved. Your abode is the Fire. That is your Mawla (friend - proper place), and worst indeed is that destination.” [Surah al-Hadeed: Ayaat 12-15]

Believing men and believing women, who allowed themselves to be guided by the light of Islam in this life, will be given light on the Day of Resurrection, which will show them the way to the Gardens of Delight.

The hypocrites will ask the believers to wait for them so that they can avail themselves of their light. But it will be said to them to go back and seek light. What is behind them is the life of this world. This is where the believers got their light from. The light of the believers is in exchange for the good deeds they performed in the world for Allah’s Pleasure alone.

Another explanation offered, for the hypocrites being told to go back to search for light, is that this is to trick them, just as they used to trick the believers in this world.

So the hypocrites will retreat to the rear and the believers will advance to the front. Thus, the two parties will become distinct. Then Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) will set up between them a wall. The believers, who will be on the inside of that wall, will be enveloped in Allah’s Mercy; while the hypocrites, on the outside, will have to endure Allah’s Punishment.

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