Ahadith on the Day of Judgement
1. And Abu Huraira (ra) says the Prophet (saws) said: “No one will enter Paradise but he will be shown his place in the Fire – had he been evil –in order that he may thank God more. And no one will enter the Fire but he will be shown his place in Paradise – had he done well –in order that it may increase his distress” i
i. Thus, both pleasures of Paradise, as well as pains in the Fire, will not be physical alone but also mental and spiritual. He who is in Paradise will feel relieved that he didn’t enter the Fire, and he who will enter the Fire will feel the torturous pain of having lost the pleasures of Paradise.
2. Abu Darda (ra) says the Prophet (saws) said: “A man’s feet will not be able to move until he has been questioned about four things: (One) about his life‑span – where he spent it, (two) his deeds – what they were like, (three) his wealth – how he earned it and how he spent it, and (four) his body – doing what did he wear it out.”
3. (In another version) Ibn Mas`ud (ra) reports the Prophet (saws) as having said: “A man’s feet will not move until he has been questioned about five things: (One) about his life‑span – where he spent it, (two) his youth – where he destroyed it, (three) his wealth – how he earned it and (four how he spent it) and (five) how well did he live by what he knew.
4. Abu Huraira (ra) says the Prophet (saws) said: “The luckiest of men on the Day of Judgement will be he who earned my intercession because he would have said, ‘There is no god but Allah,’ with a pure heart and mind.” ii
ii. That is, he would have believed in it and would have said it in all sincerity, not from the fear of the people, and not because his parents and people around him used to say that.
5. `Uthman ibn `Affan (ra) says the Prophet (saws) said: “Three kinds of people will intercede for another on the Day of Judgement: the Prophets, then scholars, and then the martyrs.” iii
~ (Ibn Majah)
iii. In this, there is great hope for the sinners. Nevertheless, it must be remembered that one has to have good relationship with his Lord to be able to draw help and support from these three categories of people, for no one will be able to intercede without Allah’s leave as Qur’anic verses ascertain. Also, it should be obvious that the three categories of people will only intercede on behalf of those whom they deem worthy in order that they use the authority delegated to them properly.
6. And Abu Sa`id (ra) says the Prophet (saws) said, “There will be people from among my followers who will intercede on behalf of a very large number of people. Others there will be who will do it on behalf of a whole tribe. Yet others will on behalf of a family. And yet some will intercede on behalf of a single man until they have all entered Paradise.”iv
iv. The extent to which one can intercede on behalf of others in the Hereafter, after Allah (swt) has granted him, or her, the permission, will depend on how virtuous a life one would have led in this life.