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19:71 The Bridge of Hell

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Not one of you but will pass over it: this is, with thy Lord, a Decree which must be accomplished.

This means that everybody – be he a believer or an infidel – will go
across Hell. However, this does not mean that they would go to stay in it;
they would only go across it. But even if the word means “entry”, then
the pious believers on entry into Hell will feel no discomfort because its
fires will cool down and will do no harm to them. Sayyidna Abii Sumayya
(RA) has related that The Holy Prophet (S) once said that:
“Everybody whether he is a pious man or a sinner will initially
enter Hell, but for the pious believers the fire will cool down just
as the fire of Namrud cooled down when Sayyidna Ibrahim
was cast into it. Thereafter, the believers will be taken to

This view is confirmed by the next sentence which
means then We will save those who feared Allah – 19:72. A similar view
has also been expressed by Sayyidna Ibn ‘Abbas (RA), thus even if the
word occurring in the Quran is taken to mean (entry), then the
word will be interpreted as synonymous with the word (going
across). Thus there is no contradiction in the meaning of the word.


Shafi, Muhammad (2008). Maariful Quran. (Vol .5 surah 19 verse 71). English-MaarifulQuran-MuftiShafiUsmaniRA-Vol-6.pdf (

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