THE BRIDGE OVER HELL.
There is not one of you but will pass over it (Hell):
this is with your Lord; a Decree which must be accomplished.
( سورة مريم , Maryam, Chapter #19, Verse #71)
Allaah, the Exalted and Glorious, has said:
We would rescue those persons who are God-conscious and we would leave the tyrants to their fate there (xix. 72).
(Muslim Book #031, Hadith #6090)
Abu Sa’id (ra) said:
I have come to know that the bridge would be thinner even than the hair and sharper than the sword;
(Muslim Book #001, Hadith #0353)
On the Day of Resurrection, people will be gathered and He will order the people to follow what they used to worship.
So some of them will follow the sun, some will follow the moon, and some will follow other deities; and only this nation (Muslims) will be left with its hypocrites.
Allaah will come to them and say, ‘I am Your Lord.’
They will say, ‘We shall stay in this place till our Lord comes to us and when our Lord will come, we will recognize Him.
Then Allaah will come to them again and say, ‘I am your Lord.’ They will say, ‘You are our Lord.’
Allaah will call them, and As-Sirat (a bridge) will be laid across Hell and I (Muhammad) shall be the first amongst the Apostles to cross it with my followers.
Nobody except the Apostles will then be able to speak and they will be saying then, ‘O Allaah! Save us. O Allaah Save us.’
There will be hooks like the thorns of Sa’dan in Hell. Have you seen the thorns of Sa’dan?”
The people said, “Yes.”
He said, “These hooks will be like the thorns of Sa’dan but nobody except Allaah knows their greatness in size and these will entangle the people according to their deeds;
some of them will fall and stay in Hell forever;
others will receive punishment (torn into small pieces) and will get out of Hell, till when Allaah intends mercy on whomever He likes amongst the people of Hell,
He will order the angels to take out of Hell those who worshipped none but Him alone.
The angels will take them out by recognizing them from the traces of prostrations, for Allaah has forbidden the (Hell) fire to eat away those traces.
So they will come out of the Fire, it will eat away from the whole of the human body except the marks of the prostrations.
At that time they will come out of the Fire as mere skeletons.
The Water of Life will be poured on them and as a result they will grow like the seeds growing on the bank of flowing water.
(Bukhari Book #12, Hadith #770)
and every person, whether a hypocrite or a believer, would be endowed with a light, and there would be spikes and hooks on the bridge of the Hell, which would catch hold of those whom Allah willed.
Then the light of the hypocrites would be extinguished, and the believers would secure salvation. and the first group to achieve it would comprise seventy thousand men who would have the brightness of full moon on their faces, and they would not be called to account.
Then the people immediately following them would have their faces as the brightest stars in the heaven.
This is how (the groups would follow one after another).
Then the stage of intercession would come, and they (who are permitted to intercede) would intercede, till he who had declared:” There is no god but Allaah” and had in his heart virtue of the weight of a barley grain would come out of the Fire. (Muslim Book #001, Hadith #0367)
Some of the believers will cross the bridge as quickly as the wink of an eye,
some others as quick as lightning, a strong wind, fast horses or she-camels.
So some will be safe without any harm;
some will be safe after receiving some scratches,
and some will fall down into Hell (Fire).
(Bukhari Book #93, Hadith #532s)
By One in Whose hand is my life, there will be none among you more eager to claim a right than the believers on the Day of Resurrection for (saying their) brethren in the Fire who would say:
O our Lord, they were fasting along with us, and praying and performing pilgrimage.
It will be said to them: Take out those whom you recognise.
Then their persons would be forbidden to the Fire; and they would take out a large number of people who had been overtaken by Fire up to the middle of the shank or up to the knees.
(Muslim Book #001, Hadith #0352)
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:
Allaah’s Apostle (Sollallaahu ‘Alayhi wa sallam) said,
“When the believers pass safely over (the bridge across) Hell,
they will be stopped at a bridge in between Hell and Paradise where they will retaliate upon each other for the injustices done among them in the world,
and when they get purified of all their sins,
they will be admitted into Paradise.
By Him in Whose Hands the life of Muhammad is everybody will recognize his dwelling in Paradise better than he recognizes his dwelling in this world.”
(Bukhari Book #43, Hadith #620)