Some of the deeds that will cause a person to be in hell temporarily.
4) Consuming Ribaa
One of the sins that will condemn a person to Hell is consuming ribaa. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala) says of those who indulge in this sin after they have come to know that He has forbidden it:
“.. but those who repeat the offence (ribaa) are Companions (dwellers) of the Fire – they will abide therein [forever]”. (2:275)
” O you who believe! Devour not [interest, ribaa] doubled and multiplied, but fear Allah that you may [really] prosper. Fear the Fire, which is prepared for those who reject Faith”. (3:130-131)
According to a hadith whose authenticity is agreed upon, the Prophet (Salallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) counted ribaa as one of the seven sins that would doom the one who committed them to Hell. Al-Bukhaari and Muslim report that Abu Hurayrah (Radiallaahu Anhu) said:
“The Messenger of Allah (Salallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) said, ” Avoid the seven sins that will condemn the one who commits them to Hell” . They asked, “What are they, O Messenger of Allah (Salallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam)?” He said, “Associating anything in worship with Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala); magic and witchcraft; killing anyone whose killing Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala) has forbidden, except in the course of justice; consuming ribaa ; consuming the wealth of the orphan; running away from the battlefield; and slandering the reputation of innocent, chaste believing women”.
5) Consuming People’s Wealth or Property Unjustly
As Allah says: ” O you who believe! Eat not up your property among yourselves in vanities; but let there be amongst you traffic and trade by mutual good will. Nor kill [or destroy] yourselves, for verily Allah has been to you All-Merciful. If any do that in rancour and injustice, soon shall We cast him into the Fire, and easy is it for Allah ” (4:29-30)
The one who consumes the wealth of people unjustly also consumes the property of orphans unjustly. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala) made specific mention of the property of orphans because of their weak position and the ease with which their property may be consumed, and the particular ugliness of this sin:
” Those who unjustly eat up the property of orphans, eat up a Fire into their own bellies, and they will soon be enduring a blazing Fire!” (4:10)
6) Those Who Make Images of Animate Beings
The people who will be most severely punished on the Day of Resurrection are those who make images and seek to imitate the creation of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala). Al-Bukhaari and Muslim narrate that ‘Abdullaah ibn Mas’ud (Radiallaahu Anhu) said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah (Salallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) said, ” The people who will be most severely punished on the Day of Resurrection are those who make images”. (Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh, 2/505)
Ibn ‘Abbaas (Radiallaahu Anhu) said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah (Salallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) say, ” Every maker of images will be in the Fire, and for every image he made Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala) will create for him a soul [i.e. so that the punishment will be multiplied accordingly] and Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala) will punish him in Hell “. (al-Bukhaari and Muslim).
‘Aaishah (Radiallaahu Anha) reported that the Prophet (Salallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) said, concerning a pillow that had pictures on it, ” The makers of these images will be punished on the Day of Resurrection. It will be said to them: “Give life to that which you have created “. (al-Bukhaari and Muslim).
‘Aaishah (Radiallaahu Anha) also reported that the Prophet (Salallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) said ” Those who will be most severely punished are those who imitate the creation of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala)” (Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh)
Abu Hurayrah (Radiallaahu Anhu) said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah says, “Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala) said, ” Who is a greater wrongdoer than the one who tries to create something like My creation? Let them create a grain or let them create a seed or a grain of barley” (al-Bukhaari and Muslim).
7) Inclining to Those Who Do Wrong
One of the reasons why people will enter Hell is inclining towards and supporting those who do wrong, the enemies of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala);
” And incline not to those who do wrong, or the Fire will seize you, and you have no protectors other than Allah, nor shall you be helped” . (11:113)
8) Women Who Are Dressed But Appear Naked, and Those Who Whip the Backs of People
Another type of person who will enter Hell is the corrupt woman who makes a display of herself and tempts men – perhaps this phenomenon has never been quite so widespread as it is now – and never obeys Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala). Abu Hurayrah (Radiallaahu Anhu) reported that the Prophet (Salallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) said: ” There are two types of people of Hell that I have never seen; people with whips like the tails of cattle, with which they strike the people, and women who are dressed but appear naked, walking with an enticing gait, with their heads looking like the humps of camels, leaning to one side. They will never enter Paradise, nor even smell its fragrance, although its fragrance can be discerned from such and such a distance”. (Muslim, al-Bayhaqi, and Ahmad – Silsilat al-Ahadith as-Saheehah, 3/316, no. 1326)
Concerning those who have whips like the tails of cattle, al-Qurtubee said, “This type of whip can be seen among us in Morocco until now”. Commenting on al-Qurtubee’s remark, Siddeeq Hasan Khan said, “Indeed it can be seen in every time and place, and it is increasing day by day among the leaders. We seek refuge in Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala) from all that Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala) despises”. (Yaqadhat uli al-I’tibaar p.113)
And I say: we still see such people in many places, striking the people. May they and their like perish.
9) Those Who Torture Living Beings
Muslim reports in his Saheeh from Jaabir (Radiallaahu Anhu) that the Messenger of Allah (Salallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) said,
“I was shown Hell and I saw a woman of Banu Israa’eel who was being punished because of a cat that she had owned. She tied it up and did not feed it, or let it eat of the vermin of the earth, until it died of hunger”. (Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh, 3/688)
If this is the case for one who tormented a cat, then how will it be for those who use all kinds of methods to torture human beings, especially when it is the righteous who are being tortured for their faith and their Islaam? May Allah curse those who torture the believers – be it in the lands of Chechnya, Kashmir, Maluku, Philippines, Palestine, or in the jails of the Muslim lands.