• a • long • and • difficult • day • except • for • the • forgiven • ones •

from an-Nihaayah fil-Fitan wal-Malaahem, pgs 340-343

It is related that Ibn Umar reported that the Messenger of Allah said, “There will be no gloom or loneliness for the people of Laa Ilaaha Illa Allah in their graves, nor on the Day they are raised. It is as if I am witnessing the people of Laa Ilaaha Illa Allah shaking the dirt from their heads as they are saying, ‘All praise is for Allah, Who has removed all grief from us.'”


In Spite of the Length and Severity of the Day of Resurrection, It Will Be Lighter for the Believer Than One of the Compulsory Prayers

From al-imaam Ahmad, Abu Sa’eed said, “It was said to the Messenger of Allah, ‘The day the measurement of which is 50,000 years- that is an extremely long day!’ The Messenger of Allah said, ‘By the One Who has my soul in His Hand, it is made light for the believer, to the extent that it is more light for him than a compulsory prayer he performs in the world‘” [Ahmad].

Ibn Jareer related this in his Tafseer, but two of the narrators of his chain are weak.

Al-Baihaqee related it with a different phrasing. Abu al-Samh related that Abu Sa’eed al-Khudree went to the Messenger of Allah and said, “Inform me of he who is strong enough to stand on the Day of Resurrection, about which Allah said,

يَوْمَ يَقُومُ النَّاسُ لِرَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

The Day when mankind will stand before the Lord of the Aalameen

[al-Mutafiffeen : 6]

The Prophet said, “It is made light for the believer to the extent that it is like a compulsory prayer for him.”

Abudullah ibn Amr said, “On the Day of Resurrection, the believers will have chairs of light upon which they will sit, and they will be shaded by clouds above them. For them the Day of Resurrection will be like an hour from the day or like one if its two limits [i.e. its begining or end]” [related by ibn Abid-Dunyaa in al-Ahwaal].


For Sinners, the Day of Resurrection is Long and Difficult; for the People of Taqwa it is Neither Long Nor Difficult

It will only be long and difficult for one who is not forgiven. As for those who are forgiven, Abu Abdullah al-Haafidh related that Abu Hurairah said, “For the believers, the Day of Resurrection is like the period between adh-Dhuhr and al-Asr.” He then said, “This is what is memorized.”

The same has been related in a narration that is ascribed to the Prophet. It is related by Abu Abdullah al-Haafidh through Ibn Mubaarak with a marfoo’ chain.

Ya’qoob ibn Sufyaan related that Abdullah ibn Umar said, “The Messenger of Allah recited this verse

يَوْمَ يَقُومُ النَّاسُ لِرَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

The Day when mankind will stand before the Lord of the Aalameen

[al-Mutafiffeen : 6]

He then said, “How will you be when Allah gathers you in such a way as arrows are gathered in a quiver, for fifty thousand years, with Allah not looking at you?”

Abu Bakr ibn Abid-Dunyaa said, Abdullah ibn Mas’ood said, “The middle of the day will not arrive on the Day of Resurrection until these and those [people of Hell and people of Paradise] take a day nap [i.e. according to ibn Mas’ood, the people of Hell will take a day nap in the Fire, and the people of Paradise will take a day nap in Paradise]. He then recited

ثُمَّ إِنَّ مَرْجِعَهُمْ لَإِلَى الْجَحِيمِ

Then thereafter, verily, their return is to the flaming fire of Hell

[as-Saafaat : 68].

Ibn Mubaarak said, “This is the recitation of Ibn Mas’ood for this verse” [related by Abu Bakr ibn Abid-Dunyaa].

Abu Ubaydah said, Abdullah ibn Mas’ood said regarding this verse

أَصْحَابُ الْجَنَّةِ يَوْمَئِذٍ خَيْرٌ مُسْتَقَرًّا وَأَحْسَنُ مَقِيلًا

The dwellers of Paradise will, on that Day, have the best abode, and have the fairest places for repose

[al-Furqaan : 24]

“Half of the day will not pass on the Day of Resurrection until both of these take their repose [i.e. the people of Hell in Hell, and the people of Paradise in Paradise]” [related by Abu Bakr ibn Abid-Dunyaa]

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