My brothers: Allah has warned us in His book about the Hellfire, and informed us about the different punishments it contains, that which terrifies the believer, as a mercy to us so that we may fear Him and be cautious. So listen to what has come in the Qur’an and ahadeeth of it’s punishments so that you may remember. And repent to Allah and submit to him before the punishment comes.
Allah (subhanahu wa taala) says: “Fear the Fire, which is prepared for those who reject Faith.” “For the Rejecters we have prepared chains, yokes, and a blazing Fire.” “for the wrong-doers We have prepared a Fire whose (smoke and flames)” “And verily, Hell is the promised abode for them all!, To it are seven gates: for each of those gates is a (special) class (of sinners) assigned.” “The Unbelievers will be led to Hell in crowd: until, when they arrive, there, its gates will be opened.” “For those who reject their Lord (and Cherisher) is the Penalty of Hell: and evil is (such), Destination. When they are cast therein, they will hear the (terrible) drawing in of its breath even as it blazes forth Almost bursting with fury: Every time a Group is cast therein, its Keepers will ask, “Did no Warner come to you?” “On the Day that the Punishment shall cover them from above them and from below them, and (a Voice) shall say: “Taste ye (the fruits) of your deeds!” “They shall have Layers of Fire above them and Layers (of Fire) below them: with this doth Allah warn off his servants: “O My Servants! Then fear ye Me!” “The Companions of the Left Hand, – what will be the Companions of the Left Hand? In hot wind and boiling water and in the shades of Black Smoke Nothing (will there be) to refresh, nor to please” “they said, “Go not forth in the heat.” Say, “The fire of Hell is fiercer in heat.” If only they could understand!” “And what will make you know what it is? a Fire Blazing fiercely!” “Surely the guilty are in error and distress. The Day they will be dragged through the Fire on their faces, (they will hear) “Taste ye the touch of Hell” “And what will explain to thee what Hell-Fire is? It leaveth naught; it spareth naught, Darkening and changing the colour of man!” “O you who believe! save yourselves and your families from a fire whose fuel is men and stones; over it are angels stern and strong, they do not disobey Allah in what He commands them, and do as they are commanded.” “Surely it sends up sparks like palaces, As if they were tawny camels.” “And you will see the guilty on that day linked together in chains, Their shirts made of pitch and the fire covering their faces” “When the fetters and the chains shall be on their necks; they shall be dragged, Into boiling water, then in the fire shall they be burned” “then (as to) those who disbelieve, for them are cut out garments of fire, boiling water shall be poured over their heads. With it shall be melted what is in their bellies and (their) skins as well And for them are whips of iron Whenever they will desire to go forth from it, from grief, they shall be turned back into it, and taste the chastisement of burning.” “Those who reject our Signs, We shall soon cast into the Fire: as often as their skins are roasted through, We shall change them for fresh skins, that they may taste the penalty: for Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise.” “Verily the tree of Zaqqum, Is the food of the sinful, Like dregs of oil; it shall boil in (their) bellies, Like the boiling of hot water.” “For it is a tree that springs out of the bottom of Hell-Fire, The shoots of its fruit-stalks are like the heads of devils.” “Then shall you, O you who err and call it a lie! Most surely eat of a tree of Zaqqoom And fill (your) bellies with it; Then drink over it of boiling water; And drink as drinks the thirsty camel.” “for the wrong-doers We have prepared a Fire whose (smoke and flames), like the walls and roof of a tent, will hem them in: if they implore relief they will be granted water like melted brass, that will scald their faces, how dreadful the drink! How uncomfortable a couch to recline on!” “In front of such a one is Hell, and he is given, for drink, boiling fetid water. In gulps will he sip it, but never will he be near swallowing it down his throat: death will come to him from every quarter, yet will he not die: and in front of him will be a chastisement unrelenting.” “Surely the guilty shall abide in the chastisement of hell. It is not relaxed for them, and they despair therein. And We are not unjust to them, but they themselves were unjust. They will cry: “O Malik! would that thy Lord put an end to us!” He will say, “Nay, but ye shall abide!”” “their abode will be Hell: every time it shows abatement, We shall increase from them the fierceness of the Fire.” “Those who reject Faith and do wrong,- Allah will not forgive them nor guide them to any way-Except the way of Hell, to dwell therein for ever. And this to Allah is easy” “Verily Allah has cursed the Unbelievers and prepared for them a Blazing Fire,- to dwell therein for ever: no protector will they find, nor helper.” “For any that disobey Allah and His Messenger,- for them is Hell: they shall dwell therein for ever.” “And what will explain to thee that which Breaks to Pieces? It is the fire kindled by Allah Which rises above the hearts Surely it shall be closed over upon them, In extended columns.”
And the verses describing the painful punishment of Hell are many.
As for the ahadeeth, the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallaam) said: “Hell will be brought on the Day of Judgment, it will have 70,000 ropes, with 70,000 angels pulling on each rope.” (Muslim) “Your (ordinary) fire is one of 70 parts of the (Hell) Fire.” Someone asked, “O Allah’s Apostle This (ordinary) fire would have been sufficient (to torture the unbelievers),” Allah’s Apostle said, “The (Hell) Fire has 69 parts more than the ordinary (worldly) fire, each part is as hot as this (worldly) fire” (Agreed Upon) Abu Hurayrah said, “We were with the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) and we heard a noise. The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) said, “Do you know what that was?” They said, “Allah and His Messenger know best.” He said, “It was a stone that Allah sent to Hell 70 years ago, and know it finally reached the bottom.” (Muslim)
Utbah Bin Gharwan (radiallaahu `anhu) said in a speech, “We know that it takes the stone 70 years to reach the bottom of Hell, By Allah the entire Hell will be filled, does that surprise you?” (Muslim) The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) said, “If just a small piece of Zaqqum was released on the earth, it would have ruined the lives of the people.” (Nisaee, Tirmidhee, Ibn Majah) The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) said, “indeed the least of punishments in Hell is that someone will have sandals of fire, that will boil their brain like boiling water, and they will not think that anyone is getting punished more than they are, and this is the least of the punishment.” (Muslim, similar in Bukhari)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) said, “Allah will send to the people of Hell clouds, and once the clouds reach them, it will be said to them, “Oh people of Hell, is there any thing you ask?” They will think that they are the clouds of the dunya with water that used to come to them, so they will say, “We ask O Lord, the drink.” So it will rain on them boiling water, which will increase them in their boling, and chains which will increase their chains, and coal that will increase the fire on them.”
Also, “Allah promised for the person who drinks alcohol that they will drink from “Teenatul Khabaal” They asked “What is that?” He said, “The sweat from the people of Hell.”
Ibn Al-Jawzi (rahimahullaah) said about the Hellfire: a place its inhabitants are banished to, where they are forbidden from tasting any pleasure, their cleanliness is changed to blackness on their faces, and they are beaten by hammers stronger than mountains, over it are angels, harsh and severe, if you only saw them. So their sadness is permanent, no happiness after it, and their state is unchangeable, they will never leave, living there forever and ever. Upon it are angels, harsh and severe. What sadness for them, that the Creator is angry with them! They are exposed in front of all the people, they cry over wasting their lives, and every time they cry the punishment increases! What happened to their chasing of the dunya!? What happened to them striving in sins?! It seems like only a dream…then their bodies are burned, and then healed, then burned. Upon it are angels, harsh and severe…
Oh Allah save us from the Fire and protect us from it, and enter us by your mercy with the righteous and pious in Jannah.