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The different punishments for the women of Jahannam

Question

The Women of Jahannam.

Rasulullah (Sallallah alayhi wa sallam) said:

‘O Ali, on the night of my ascension (Mi’raj) I saw women of my ummah who were being severely punished that I became concerned for them and started cyring.

1) I saw a woman who had been hung by her hair and her brains were boiling,

2)  I saw a woman who was hanging by her tongue and boiling water was being poured down her throat,

3) The third was bent over, her hands and feet were tied together,and snakes and scorpions were crawling all over her,

4) A fourth woman was hung by her breast,

5) The fifth had the head of a swine, body of a donkey and she had various different types of punishment,

6) The sixth woman had the face of a dog, fire was entering her body from her posterior and come out of her mouth and the angels were beating her with rods made of fire.

 

Sayyidatuna Faatimah (radiyallahu ‘anha) then enquired of her father,

‘Please, tell me, what did these women do to deserve such punishment?’

Then the Prophet Sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam said : ‘Listen my dear:

1) The one who was hung by her hair didn’t bother covering her hair from strange men,

2) The one who was hung by her tongue use to harm her husband

3) The one hanging by her breasts was disloyal to her husband

4) As for the one who was bent over, her hands and feet were tied together,and snakes and scorpions were crawling all over her, she chose not to take an obligatory bath after relations/ her haidh (monthly periods) and she use to scoff at salah

5) The woman whose head was transformed into a swines head and had the body of a donkey, she was a liar and use to carry tales,

6) And finally the woman who had the face of a dog and fire was entering her body from her posterior, she was a jealous woman and use to remind of her favours.

 

Answer

‘Allamah Ibn Hajar Al Haytami (rahimahullah) has quoted this narration in his ‘Az Zawajir ‘An Iqtirafil Kabair’ without a chain of narrators (sanad).

(Az Zawajir, Vol. 2 pg. 79)

It is not permissible to quote a narration until its authenticity can be verified. Since the above narration is cited without a chain of narrators it cannot be verified. The above narration therefore is not suitable to quote, especially since it exaggerates the punishments for the mentioned sins. Such exaggeration is usually found in fabrications.

(See: Tadribur Rawi)

Another reason for the above ruling, is that some contemporaries have also claimed to have located this narration in the books of the Shi’ah.

Cautionary note:

The above narration is also found in some unreliable editions of Hafiz Dhahabi’s Al Kabair. This narration is not found in the reliable editions of Al Kabair.

(Refer: Al Kabair of Hafiz Dhahabi, edition of Muhyud Din Mustu)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar