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 I came across the below hadith in which the Prophet salla Allahu aleihi wa sallam was asked about a lady (folanah) who prayed etc but was bad towards her neighbours, and he said that she is of the people of the fire.  But wasn’t all Muslims of the time pious people, destined for jannah if they were sahabas? Maybe the particular lady lived outside Medina and never met the Prophet (saws) and thus wasn’t counted as a sahabiah? Or is there any other explanation for why she is a person of the fire? قيل للنبي صلى الله عليه وسلم : “يا رسول الله إن فلانة تقوم الليل وتصوم النهار وتفعل وتصدق وتؤذى جيرانها بلسانها فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : لا خير فيها هي من أهل النار . قالوا : وفلانة تصلى المكتوبة وتصدق بأثوار ولا تؤذى أحدا ؟ فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم هي من أهل الجنة ” رواه البخاري في الأدب المفرد وصححه الألباني

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Q: I came across the below hadith in which the Prophet salla Allahu aleihi wa sallam was asked about a lady (folanah) who prayed etc but was bad towards her neighbours, and he said that she is of the people of the fire. 

But wasn’t all Muslims of the time pious people, destined for jannah if they were sahabas? Maybe the particular lady lived outside Medina and never met the Prophet (saws) and thus wasn’t counted as a sahabiah? Or is there any other explanation for why she is a person of the fire?

قيل للنبي صلى الله عليه وسلم : “يا رسول الله إن فلانة تقوم الليل وتصوم النهار وتفعل وتصدق وتؤذى جيرانها بلسانها فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : لا خير فيها هي من أهل النار . قالوا : وفلانة تصلى المكتوبة وتصدق بأثوار ولا تؤذى أحدا ؟ فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم هي من أهل الجنة ” رواه البخاري في الأدب المفرد وصححه الألباني

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A: There were all types of people, like we have all types of people. The Qur’aan Shareef speaks of the munaafiqs as well as the kuffar.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

وَإِذَا قِيلَ لَهُمْ آمِنُوا كَمَا آمَنَ النَّاسُ قَالُوا أَنُؤْمِنُ كَمَا آمَنَ السُّفَهَاءُ أَلَا إِنَّهُمْ هُمُ السُّفَهَاءُ وَلَـٰكِنْ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ 

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Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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