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Is There Anyone in Hell Now?

13 February, 2024
Q During the night journey of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), he saw some people being punished in the hellfire. How should we understand these hadiths?


In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

In this fatwa:

1- Al-Isra and Al-Miraj, the Ascension and Night Journey of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) from Makkah to Jerusalem is from the matters of the Unseen (ghayb).

2- Some scholars view that Prophet Muhammad was shown the future when he saw people burning in the Hellfire.

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3- It could be that the Prophet saw the souls of those who are already condemned, but the reality of that is known only to Allah the Almighty.

Sheikh Yahya Ibrahim answers your question in the following video:

Almighty Allah knows best.


About Imam Yahya Ibrahim
Imam Yahya Ibrahim started his knowledge journey with the memorisation of Quran in his teens and then pursued his studies in exegesis, jurisprudence and hadith with scholars from the Hijaz, and in Egypt as well. He is Canadian by birth, Egyptian through ancestry, Turkish via marriage, and Australian by choice of residence and migration. Imam Yahya Ibrahim is currently the Head of Islamic Studies and Assistant Principal at Langford Islamic College, Senior Imam at Thornlie Mosque, Islamic Chaplain at Curtin University and the University of Western Australia and lecturer for the internationally acclaimed al-Maghrib Institute. Imam Yahya is also a Minister of Religion, empowered to officiate marriages for the Australian Islamic community.