Do Muslims believe animals can go to hell?

“I am going to be thrown in hell? Wait! Noooooooo!”

“When they see it, the criminal will wish he can ransom himself from the chastisement of that day by sacrificing his children.” (Holy Qur’an 70:11)

“And the request of forgiveness of Ibrahim for his father was only because of a promise he had made to him. But when it became apparent to Ibrahim that his father was an enemy to Allah, he disassociated himself from him. Indeed was Ibrahim compassionate and patient.” (Holy Qur’an 9:114)

In this short entry we will be discussing a very curious hadith found in ‘Sahih‘ Bukhari.

I like to call this the: TO BE CONTINUED….hadith.

I call this hadith the: TO BE CONTINUED hadith

You know some times you get wrapped up in watching a series on netflix and suddenly they cancel season three just when it was getting really interesting!

That’s the case with the following hadith:

“Ibrahim will meet his father on the Day of Resurrection, and Azar’s face will be dark and covered with dust. Ibrahim will say to him, “Did I not tell you not to disobey me?’ His father will say, ‘Today I will not disobey you.” Ibrahim will say, ‘O Lord! You promised me not to disgrace me on the Day of Resurrection; and what will be more disgraceful to me than cursing and dishonoring my father?” Then Allah will say, ‘I have forbidden Paradise to the disbelievers.’ Then he will be addressed, ‘O Ibrahim, what is beneath your feet?’ He will look and there will be a sacrificial animal (Dhahb) WHICH WILL BE CAUGHT BY THE LEGS AND THROWN INTO THE FIRE!”

“He will look and there will be a sacrificial animal (Dhahb) which will be caught by the legs and thrown into the fire!”

Personally when you look at this text it is sensible that it stops at this part: “Then Allah will say, ‘I have forbidden Paradise to the disbelievers.” This concludes the matter.

Now the messy part.

The following part Is all to to easily an accretion by a redactor:

“Then he will be addressed, ‘O Ibrahim, what is beneath your feet?’ He will look and there will be a sacrificial animal (Dhahb) which will be caught by the legs and thrown into the fire!”

So we saw that the hadith had a sensible conclusion. Yet theology won’t have it that way….we need it to continue…. “THEN….” From this part on the redactor just lets the imagination run wild…..

This becomes more interesting when you consider that in Islamic history both the Shi’a Muslims and the Ash’ari Sunni Muslims have had a real problem with the idea of the parents of the Prophet (saw) being in hellfire or even the father of Ibrahim being in the hellfire.

The Shi’a have made some very wild attempts to assert that Azar is not the father of Ibrahim but his uncle instead. Not to be outdone no other than Jalal Al-Din Al-Suyuti, threw his weight behind the idea as well.

(insh’Allah perhaps these are subjects for future articles) ..

So there are two things to be immediately said about the hadith above.

First point.

If Prophet Ibrahim (a.s) gets to ask privileges on behalf of his father than this means that all the Prophets will get to ask privileges for their wives, sons, daughters, uncles. Noah (a.s) gets to ask for his sons. Lut (a.s) gets to ask for his wife.

Second point.

This will indicate double standards. The Prophet’s get special treatment from Allah (swt) -astaghfirullah and the rest of us if we go to the Jannah can we ask the same for our family members” Will Allah (swt) be just and give this same treatment to everyone or only to the Prophets?

“And certainly We know best those who are most worthy of being burned therein.” (Holy Qur’an 19:70)

So what did the sacrificial animal do to be burned by the fire?

Was this (let’s say a goat) was he:

Among the Mujrimun-criminals?

Among the Fasiq-defiantly disobedient?

Among the Munafiq-hypocrites?

Among the Mushrik-those who associate partners with Allah (swt) ?

May Allah (swt) forgive us. May Allah (swt) deal justly with those who forge narrations and put words in the mouth of the Blessed Messenger (saw).

Our understanding in the Ibadi school is that the animals are the creations of Allah (swt) they are created according to their fitra and they do not rebel against Allah (swt). They are not subject to any punishment, certainly not hellfire.

To believe that the Blessed Messenger (saw) would not over burden camels or that he would cut his robe so as not to disturb a sleeping cat and than turn around and think that he narrated something like this is certainly wanting.

All praise be to Allah. Al hamdulillah.

“And the request of forgiveness of Ibrahim for his father was only because of a promise he had made to him. But when it became apparent to Ibrahim that his father was an enemy to Allah, he disassociated himself from him. Indeed was Ibrahim compassionate and patient.” (Holy Qur’an 9:114)

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5 responses to “Do Muslims believe animals can go to hell?

  1. Abdullah

    Salaam alaykum akhi,

    May Allah bless you and your family.

    I loved the part where you said:
    “Was this (let’s say a goat) was he:

    Among the Mujrimun-criminals?

    Among the Fasiq-defiantly disobedient?

    Among the Munafiq-hypocrites?

    Among the Mushrik-those who associate partners with Allah (swt) ?”

    This reminds me of another Sahih hadeeth which mentions a She-monkey getting stoned to death by other monkeys because apparently it committed adultery. “Lahwal-hadeeth” at it’s finest I say!

    If people keep upholding Lahwal-Haddeth (Qur’an 31:6), then there’s not much that can be done about brainless people.

    keep up the good work bro!

    Peace 🙂

    Andullah

    • Walakum Salam wrwb my brother! MashAllah you see how Abdullah initiates greetings?

      That is how it’s done people. 🙂

      Please keep me in your dua noble brother.

      That poor goat!

  2. Abdullah

    Thank you for your kind words akhi.

    Yes, indeed this is how we should initiate greetings according to the Qur’an! But this yet again reminds me of another spectacular Sahih hadeeth which tells Muslims not to initiate greeting with Jews and Christians! Ohh dear me! I wonder how we are supposed to invite non-muslims to Islam and yet we’re not even allowed to even greet them with peace.

    Especially the second part of the Sahih hadeeth which tells us we should push them (Jews and Christians) to the narrowest part of the road! Wow! It’s Sahih brother! Sahihhh!

    What utter nonsense! Look at the rubbish these Sahih hadeeths have attributed to our Noble Messenger (pbuh). I’ll stick with the description that Allah (SWT) gave him by saying:

    And indeed, you are of a great moral character.
    Wa Innaka La’alla khuluqin Atheem.
    {Qur’an 68:4}

    Peace 🙂

    Abdullah

  3. What an illogical article this is;
    If you think you are convincing anyone with your war on the sunnah that was collected BY THE EARLY MUSLIMS who speak the truth and strove against the Haruruya and the Azariqa and all the innovators who denied the Sunnah; then you are wrong. A slight cursory look of the opinion of the masses in the Arab world confirms that the people are no longer fooled by these “revisionist” projects sponsored by the Arab governments.
    Any child can pick out the fallacies in this article with ease.

    • Bismillah ir rahman ir raheem,

      Many assumptions here.

      For example that I am against the Sunnah.

      You said,

      “Any child can pick out the fallacies in this article with ease.”

      If you count yourself among such children perhaps you can pick out the fallacies.

      Out of all the articles you chose to respond to this one. You must feel it’s easy to debunk.

      Bismillah.

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