Mālik, the custodian of hell:
The Angels received me while smiling with delight until I was received by an angel that was greater than anything that I had ever seen, with an unpleasant countenance, and visibly angry. He said the same prayer for me as the others angels, except that he did not smile and I did not see the delight of the other angels in him. I asked: “Who is this, Gabriel? Indeed I am terriﬁed of him.”
He replied: “It makes sense to be terriﬁed of him—we are all terriﬁed of him—because this is Mālik, the custodian of hell. He has never laughed and has remained so ever since God put him in charge of hell. He gets angrier and more infuriated every day at God’s enemies and the people of disobedience, for God takes revenge on them through him. If he were to smile at anyone ever, it would have been you.”
I then greeted him. He greeted me back and gave me glad tidings of heaven.
I asked him [Gabriel]: “Will you not tell him to show me hell?” So Gabriel said to him: “O Mālik! Show Muḥammad hell.” He uncovered it to me and opened one of its gates. A flame blazed out in the sky from it, flared up and rose until I thought that it is going to catch me.
I said: “Gabriel! Tell him to cover it up again.” He told him and he said to the ﬁre: “Go back!” It then returned to its place from which it had come.
The angel of death:
I asked: “Who is this, Gabriel?” He said: “This is the angel of death, who is relentless in capturing the souls.”
I said: “Gabriel, take me close to him so that I can speak to him.” He took me close to him,
I greeted him and Gabriel said to him: “This is Muḥammad, the Prophet of Mercy whom God has sent to His servants.” He welcomed me, prayed for my longevity in peace, and said: “Rejoice, O Muḥammad, for indeed I see that all good is in your nation.” I said: “Praise be to God, the Benefactor, Who has blessed His servants with bounties. This is of my Lord’s blessing and mercy upon me.”
Gabriel then said: “He is the most hardworking angel.” I asked him [the Angel of Death]: “Are you the one who has taken the life of everyone who has ever died or will ever die from now on?” He replied: “Yes.”
I asked: “Do you see them wherever they are and witness them by yourself?”
He replied: “Yes.” The angel of death then added: “God has placed the entire universe under my authority and power just like a dirham in the hand of a person, where he can flip it as he pleases. There is not a single home which I do not peruse ﬁve times every day. I say when the family of a deceased weeps over the deceased: Do not cry for him because I will keep visiting you over and over again until none of you shall remain.”
God’s Messenger then said: “Death is enough of an overwhelming catastrophe (O Gabriel.”
Gabriel replied: “And what comes aﬅer death is a much much greater catastrophe than death.”
Seas of shining bright light, Al-Bayt al-Maʿmūr & Two rivers:
God’s Messenger said: I saw in the seventh heaven seas of shining bright light, with such glitter that could snatch away one’s sight. There were [also] seas of darkness there and seas of snow that were thundering. Whenever I was appalled and saw something frightening I inquired Gabriel [about it] and he would tell me: “Rejoice, O Muḥammad! Give thanks for your Lord’s blessing upon you, and thank God for what he Has made for you.”
Gabriel said: “O Muḥammad! Do you think what you see is great? This this but one creations of your Lord’s creations. What about the Creator Who has created what you see? And what you do not see of your Lord’s creation is greater than this. There are seventy thousand veils between God and His creation. I and Israfil are the closest creatures to God. Between us and Him are four veils: a veil of light, a veil of darkness, a veil of cloud and a veil of water.”
I then passed onwards with Gabriel and entered al-Bayt al-Maʿmūr, where I prayed two units (rakʿah) of prayer.
I then went out and found two rivers flowing before me, one called al- Kawthar (lit. “Abundance of Good”) and another called al-Raḥmah (lit. “Mercy”). I drank from al-Kawthar and washed up from al-Raḥmah.
They both opened up the way for me so I entered al-jannah (the Garden, Paradise). Its earth was like musk, and lo, on its two sides were the houses of me and my household (ahlī).
There I saw a servant-girl dipping in the Garden’s rivers. I asked her: “To whom do you belong, O servant-girl?” She replied: “To Zayd b. Ḥārithah”—I gave him the glad tidings of her when I woke up in the morning.
Its birds were like Bactrian camels (al-bakht), and its pomegranates were like great buckets.
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Then Prophet (sm) had a conversation with Allah SWT, that was discussed in this blog.
Reference: Allamah Tabatabai, Tafsir Al Mizan, Vol 25.
Encouragement for accompanying Good people and the warning from accompanying Bad people
From Bukhari & Muslim:
Ibn Hibban (D 354 H) mentioned: “The wise person is persistent upon accompanying good people and keeping away from bad people, because good people are quick to form relationships and slow to sever relations. On the other hand, bad people are quick to sever relations and slow to form relationships. Accompanying bad people also causes good people to have bad thoughts of a person, and whoever befriends bad people is not safe from becoming one of them.
Therefore, a wise person must keep away from suspicious people so that people will not have suspicions of him. Just as accompanying good people begets good, accompany ing bad people begets bad.”
Malik bin Dinar (He is Malik bin Dinar Abu Yahya, scholar to the righteous scholars, numbered amongst the most reliable of the Tabi’In, and from the notables of the writers of the Quran. He died in 130 AH) said,
“It’s better to move rocks with good people than to eat dessert with wicked people.”
A wise person doesn’t stain his honor or accustom himself to the causes of evil by accompanying bad people, and he doesn’t disregard the preservation of his honor and the spiritual betterment of his soul by accompanying good people.
A wise person must seek refuge in Allah from a companion who does not benefit if Allah is mentioned.
Whoever has bad companions, then he is likewise bad; just as good people will only accompany pious people, likewise bad people will only accompany the wicked.
The Description of the Foolish & Ignorant:
Ibn Hibban Mentioned: “Some of the signs of ignorance that the wise person should recognize in people if he does not know them are: hastily responding to questions, not double-checking, excessive laughter, constantly looking around, backbiting good people, and mixing with bad people.
From amongst the ignorant people are those whose characteristics are not prevented by people remaining QUIET and they don’t stay concealed or they are not benefitted by overlooking their faults.
The wise people should hold on to their integrity by avoiding spying and looking for the faults of others and should be busy himself with fixing faults his own faults.”
Ask for Good Friendship:
Allah Sunhanahu Taalas’ instruction:
A beautiful Hadith (Dua for good friendship & stay away from bad companionship):
In a beautiful hadith reported in Sunan al-Tirmidhī, the Prophet ﷺ said, “The Prophet Dawūd would make this du’a: O Allah! I ask you for your Divine Love, and the love of those who love You, and the deeds that will draw me to Your Love! O Allah! Make [my desire] for your Love more beloved to me than myself, and my family, and cold water!”
Comments: Abu Hurayrah (radee’Allaahu anhu) said that from his (Messenger of Allaah, sallAllaahu alayhee wa aalehee wasalam) supplications were:
“Oh Allaah, I seek refuge with you
· from an evil neighbour; and
· from a wife who causes me to grow old before old age; and
· from a son who will become a master over me; and
· from wealth which will become a punishment for me; and
· from a cunning friend whose gaze is upon me & whose heart is plotting & planning against me, such that if he sees something good, he buries it & if he sees something bad he spreads it.”
(Collected by At Tabaraani in ‘Ad Dua’ (3/1425/1339) and its chain is declared ‘Jayyid’ (Good) by Shaikh Al Albaani in silsilatul Ahaadeethus Saheehah (No#3137)
Book: “Selections From The Garden Of The Wise And The Meadow Of The Virtuous”, by Abu Hatim Ibn Hibban (Author), Authentic Statements Publication, 2017
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