Q: In these Ahaadith:
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam went to the (Baqi`) cemetery and said, “May you be secured from punishment, O dwellers of abode of the believers! We, if Allah wills, will follow you. I wish we see my brothers.” The Companions said, “O Messenger of Allah! Are not we your brothers?” He said, “You are my Companions, but my brothers are those who have not come into the world yet.” They said; “O Messenger of Allah! How will you recognize those of your Ummah who are not born yet?” He said, “Say, if a man has white-footed horses with white foreheads among horses which are pure black, will he not recognize his own horses?” They said; “Certainly, O Messenger of Allah!” He said, “They (my followers) will come with bright faces and white limbs because of Wudu’; and I will arrive at the Haud (Al-Kauthar) ahead of them.” [Muslim]
and this: “On the Day of Resurrection, my followers (or Ummah) will be summoned ‘Al-Ghurr Al-Muhajjalun‘ from the traces of Wudu’.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
In these hadith, it says limbs will be shining white on the day of judgement. In an earlier hadith, you say that people will be white in complexion in jannah? I was wondering, does this mean people will be white in complexion on the day of judgement or just simply shine due to the light?
1. The people of Jannah will be fair in complexion.
2. This Hadith refers to the time before entering Jannah. On the plains of hashar, people will be in their original forms and descriptions as they used to be in the world. On account of honour for the ummat of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), Allah Ta’ala will cause the limbs of wudhu of the ummatis to shine with radiance.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)