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Complete Hadith regarding Jannah, Jahannam, and the detrimental characteristics of women

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Kindly provide the complete Arabic, translation and authenticity of the following Hadith:

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) has said: ‘The majority of those I saw therein [i.e. in the fire] were women who spread secrets when entrusted; when they are asked, they are stingy, and when they ask others, they do so in a demanding way.’

Husayn [ibn Muhammad, when narrating this Hadith] said [that Rasulullah – sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam – also added]: ‘And when they are given something, they are not appreciative.’

 

Answer

Imam Ahmad and others (rahimahumullah) have recorded this narration on the authority of Sayyiduna Jabir (radiyallahu ‘anhu)

(Musnad Ahmad, vol. 3 pgs. 352-353)

 

See the authenticity here.

 

Arabic wording

عن جابر رضي الله عنه قال : بينما نحن مع رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم في صفوفنا في الصلاة صلاة الظهر أو العصر فإذا رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم يتناول شيئا ثم تأخر فتأخر الناس فلما قضى الصلاة قال له أبي بن كعب شيئا صنعته في الصلاة لم تكن تصنعه قال عرضت علي الجنة بما فيها من الزهرة والنضرة فتناولت منها قطفا من عنب لآتيكم به فحيل بيني وبينه ولو أتيتكم به لأكل منه من بين السماء والأرض لا ينقصونه شيئا ثم عرضت علي النار فلما وجدت سفعها تأخرت عنها وأكثر من رأيت فيها النساء اللاتي إن اؤتمنّ أفشين وإن يسئلن بخلن وإن يسألن ألحفن – قال حسين: وإن أعطين لم يشكرن – ورأيت فيها لحيّ بن عمرو يجر قصبه في النار وأشبه من رأيت به معبد بن أكثم الكعبي قال معبد يا رسول الله أيخشى عليّ من شبهه وهو والد فقال لا أنت مؤمن وهو كافر – قال حسين: وكان أول من حمل العرب على عبادة الأوثان قال حسين تأخرت عنها ولولا ذلك لغشيتكم

 

Explanatory Translation

Hereunder is an explanatory translation of the entire narration.

 

Sayyiduna Jabir (radiyallahu ‘anhu) has narrated:

“Whilst we were with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) in our rows in Salah, [either] Zuhur or ‘Asar Salah, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) suddenly reached for something and then stepped back, after which the people [also] stepped back.

When he completed the Salah, ‘Ubayy ibn Ka’b (radiyallahu ‘anhu) [inquiringly] said to him: “You did something in the Salah which you never used to do.”

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) replied: ‘Jannah, with all the beauty and splendor within, was presented to me, so I reached for a cluster of grapes to give you all, but was prevented from doing so.  Had I brought it to you, all those between the Heaven and Earth would have eaten from it, being unable to diminish it in the least!

The fire was then presented to me! When I experienced its blaze, I withdrew from it.

The majority of those I saw therein were women who spread secrets when entrusted; when they are asked, they are stingy, and when they ask others, they do so in a demanding way. –Husayn [ibn Muhammad, when narrating this Hadith] mentioned [that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) added]: And when they are given something, they are not appreciative. –

And I saw, therein, Luhayy ibn ‘Amr dragging his entrails in the fire! The closest one I’ve seen to resemble him is Ma’bad ibn Aktham Al-Ka’bi [radiyallahu ‘anhu].’

Ma’bad [radiyallahu ‘anhu] then said: “O Rasulullah, Am I in danger/should I be scared/worried due to resembling him whereas he was a forefather of mine?”

Nabi (sallallalhu ‘alayhi wasallam) replied: ‘No, you are a believer whilst he is a disbeliever!’

Husayn [when narrating this Hadith] mentioned [that Rasulullah – sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam – said]: ‘I withdrew from it, and had I not done so, it would have engulfed you.’”

(Musnad Ahmad, vol. 3 pgs. 352-353; Also see: Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 4 pg. 605, Al-Isabah, vol. 1 pg. 258, Number: 240, and Hashiyatus Sindhi, vol. 3 pg. 430)

 

And Allah Ta’ala knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Farhan Shariff

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

This answer was collected from HadithAnswers.com. The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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