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I must ask the women here what they think of the verses below. First is from the Holy Qur'an, the next is from the Hadith compiled by Bukhari. The Qur'an says nothing about the majority of those in Hell Fire were women, only hypocrites (any gender) and rejectors of faith (any gender). Why would the Hadith say something contrary to the Holy Qur'an which makes women seem unequal?

 

 

67. The Hypocrites, men and women, (have an understanding) with each other: they enjoin evil, and forbid what in just, and are close with their hands. They have forgotten Allah; so He hath forgotten them. Verily the Hypocrites are rebellious and perverse.

 

68. Allah hath promised the Hypocrites, men and women, and the rejecters of faith, the fire of hell: therein shall they dwell: sufficient is it for them: for them is the curse of Allah, and an enduring punishment,

 

(The Qur'an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah 9)

 

 

Bukhari Volume 8, Book 76, Number 456:

 

Narrated 'Imran bin Husain:

 

The Prophet said, "I looked into Paradise and found that the majority of its

dwellers were the poor people, and I looked into the (Hell) Fire and found that the

majority of its dwellers were women."

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There is no contradiction. The Hadiths clarify the Qur'an. If the Qur'an says "Group A will go to Hell" and then a Hadith says "Group A is comprised of 60% X, 30% Y and 10% Z", that is called a clarification.

 

Also, do I think it is unfair that there are more women in Hellfire? Not in the least bit. Because the capacity for being in Paradise is equal for both men and women. They are equally capable of greatness.

 

For Muslim men and women,- for believing men and women, for devout men and women, for true men and women, for men and women who are patient and constant, for men and women who humble themselves, for men and women who give in Charity, for men and women who fast (and deny themselves), for men and women who guard their chastity, and for men and women who engage much in God's praise,- for them has God prepared forgiveness and great reward. [33:35]

 

O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other. Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of God is the most righteous of you. And God has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things). [49:13]

 

If women are greater in number in Hellfire, it is a result of their own shortcomings, especially considering that Allah made attaining Paradise so easy for us females. There are many things we are not required to do that men are.

 

Salam.

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Is an addition to the Qur'an truly an explanation.. or an addition or innovation? Majority could be anywhere between 51% up to 99%, no magic formula. However, the Qur'an doesn't even imply that there is any majority at any given time. It does not seem going from from an unknown and open number of people in the Qur'an (by Allah) from Hypocrites and Unbelievers is clarified by the addition by Imran Husain to a majority is this.

 

The verses you quoted from the Qur'an also demonstrate the equality which is shown throughout the Qur'an. The Qur'an, as you quoted, helps explain itself, the verses that I had copied. The narration by Imran Husain (human) is an addition outside the consistency of the Holy, true, clear Qur'an.

 

By the way, this post was moved to anti-Islamic allegations. There is nothing anti-Islamic about promoting the Qur'an.

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Is an addition to the Qur'an truly an explanation.. or an addition or innovation?

 

The same man who brought the Qur'an also gave us the meaning of the Qur'an. Secondly, the Qur'an makes it explicitly clear that the job of the prophet Muhammad was to explain the Qur'an.

 

“And We have also sent down unto you (O Muhammad) the Dhikr [ the Qur’an), that you may explain clearly to men what is sent down to them, and that they may give thought†[16:44]

 

Other translations of the verse:

 

YUSUFALI: (We sent them) with Clear Signs and Books of dark prophecies; and We have sent down unto thee (also) the Message; that thou mayest explain clearly to men what is sent for them, and that they may give thought.

PICKTHAL: With clear proofs and writings; and We have revealed unto thee the Remembrance that thou mayst explain to mankind that which hath been revealed for them, and that haply they may reflect.

SHAKIR: With clear arguments and scriptures; and We have revealed to you the Reminder that you may make clear to men what has been revealed to them, and that haply they may reflect.

 

The prophet Muhammad was sent to explain what was revealed. Meaning, the revelations came, and then it was explained.

 

Majority could be anywhere between 51% up to 99%, no magic formula. However, the Qur'an doesn't even imply that there is any majority at any given time.

 

The Qur'an doesn't need to explain, state or even hint what the ratio of people in Hellfire will be. If Allah revealed every single detail about the Day of Judgment in the text of the Qur'an, it would be twice as big. The thing that makes the Qur'an a great book is its precision. A huge book with too many details is not as effective.

 

Instead, extensive knowledge about the Hereafter was taught to us by the prophet.

 

The verses you quoted from the Qur'an also demonstrate the equality which is shown throughout the Qur'an.

 

The verses demonstrate the equal opportunity men and women have to enter Paradise. They do not, in any way, suggest that the inhabitants of Hellfire will be an even number. It is presumptuous (and rather silly) to think that there will be 50% women and 50% men, magically split right down the middle.

 

Salam.

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So why were women not singled out as a Hell Fire majority in the Qur'an.. but was so by the narrators of the Hadith? Are women more sinful? Are women inclined to be in temptation? Are they more likely to not believe in Allah? Are they more likely to pretend to be religious? For the Hadith to be true, there must be something in women that will make them more Hypocritical or more Unbelieving than men. Is there anything which even suggests this in the Qur'an? Allah's Mercy is offered to all who seek it.

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So why were women not singled out as a Hell Fire majority in the Qur'an.. but was so by the narrators of the Hadith?

 

The narrators of the Hadith did not single out anyone. They narrated words from the prophet, just as they narrated the Qur'an from the prophet.

 

Secondly, why wasn't this mentioned in the Qur'an? Because there is no need, not when the prophet was given the task of explaining the Qur'an. Again, you are placing expectations where there is none.

 

Prophet Muhammad had an experience during which he was taken to the heavens by the might of Allah. It was then that he saw the occupants of Hell.

 

He then shared that knowledge when he saw a group of women and warned them so that they could protect themselves.

 

For the Hadith to be true, there must be something in women that will make them more Hypocritical or more Unbelieving than men.

 

This:

It was narrated that Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah said: “I attended Eid prayers with the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). He started with the prayer before the khutbah, with no adhaan or iqaamah. Then he stood up, leaning on Bilaal, speaking of fear of Allaah (taqwa) and urging us to obey Him. He preached to the people and reminded them. Then he went over to the women and preached to them and reminded them. Then he said, ‘Give in charity, for you are the majority of the fuel of Hell. A woman with dark cheeks stood up in the midst of the women and said, ‘Why is that, O Messenger of Allaah?’ He said, ‘Because you complain too much and are ungrateful to your husbands.’ Then they started to give their jewellery in charity, throwing their earrings and rings into Bilaal’s cloak.â€

 

(Narrated by Muslim, 885)

 

Secondly, the authenticity of the Hadith has nothing to do with whether or not the issue was already mentioned in the Qur'an. The authenticity is based on the chain of narration (just as the Qur'an has chains of narrations).

 

Salam.

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Salaam.

 

I believe that both men and women have equal chances to enter Paradise, but also that, in general, women have more opportunities in our lives to earn this ultimate reward.

 

Because women, generally, are more emotional than men, I believe that it is for this reason that we, as women, have been especially warned (which, I think, is a privilege) and need to be more careful with our choices/decisions in our lives, as hard or unpalatable as they may seem (at the time).

 

It all depends on how we navigate our lives, how consistently devoted we are to our religion, and how important it is to us each to earn and retain Allah's (SWT) pleasure.

 

Its upto us as individuals - to resist evil and temptations, and to make the correct choices.

 

Wassalaam.

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Salaam.

 

I believe that both men and women have equal chances to enter Paradise, but also that, in general, women have more opportunities in our lives to earn this ultimate reward.

 

Because women, generally, are more emotional than men, I believe that it is for this reason that we, as women, have been especially warned (which, I think, is a privilege) and need to be more careful with our choices/decisions in our lives, as hard or unpalatable as they may seem (at the time).

 

It all depends on how we navigate our lives, how consistently devoted we are to our religion, and how important it is to us each to earn and retain Allah's (SWT) pleasure.

 

Its upto us as individuals - to resist evil and temptations, and to make the correct choices.

 

Wassalaam.

 

DeeniGirl.. overall I think this is well said. It is up to us to resist evil and temptations. :sl: As the Qur'an says, temptation is only for those with disease in the hearts.

 

 

52 Never sent We a messenger or a prophet before thee but when He recited (the message) Satan proposed (opposition) in respect of that which he recited thereof. But Allah abolisheth that which Satan proposeth. Then Allah establisheth His revelations. Allah is Knower, Wise;

 

53 That He may make that which the devil proposeth a temptation for those in whose hearts is a disease, and those whose hearts are hardened - Lo! the evil-doers are in open schism -

 

54 And that those who have been given knowledge may know that it is the truth from thy Lord, so that they may believe therein and their hearts may submit humbly unto Him. Lo! Allah verily is guiding those who believe unto a right path.

 

55 And those who disbelieve will not cease to be in doubt thereof until the Hour come upon them unawares, or there come unto them the doom of a disastrous day.

 

(The Qur'an (Pickthall tr), Sura 22 - The Pilgrimage)

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