From every thousand… May 30, 2008Posted by Muhajirah in General, Heart Softners, Hereafter, Qur'an, Qur'an and Tafsir, Reflections.
O mankind! Fear your Lord and be dutiful to Him! Verily, the earthquake of the Hour (of Judgement) is a terrible thing. The Day you shall see it, every nursing mother will forget her nursling, and every pregnant one will drop her load, and you shall see mankind as in a drunken state, yet they will not be drunken, but severe will be the Torment of Allah.
[Surah al-Hajj, 22:1-2]
At-Tirmidhi recorded from Imran bin Husayn that when this verse was revealed, the Prophet was on a journey, and he said:
“Do you know what Day that is?” They said, “Allah and His Messenger know best.” He said: That is the Day on which Allah will say to Adam, “Send forth (those of your progeny) who are to be sent to the Fire.” He will say, “O Lord, how many are to be sent to the Fire” He will say, “From every thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine will be in the Fire and one will be in Paradise.” The Muslims started to weep, then the Messenger of Allah said:
Be close in your rank and be straight forward, for there was never any Prophet but there was a time of ignorance just before his advent, so the number will be taken from that time of ignorance, and if that is not enough, it will be made up from the hypocrites. A parable of yours in comparison to the other nations is that, you are like a mark on the foreleg of an animal, or a mole on the flank of a camel. [Taken from Tafsir ibn Kathir]
Unfortunately we don’t have the Prophet here to reassure us; neither can we be compared to the Sahabah. So what makes us think that from every thousand we’re going to be the one going to Jannah?