Names of Naar: Jahannam and Jaheem
Allah ta’ala discusses both Hell-Fire and Jannah equally in the Qur’an, displaying the balance of this deen. The two wings of a believer are fear and hope, and just as a bird cannot fly without balanced wings, the believer cannot either. InshaAllah we will be following this example for our Jannah and Naar series; posting one topic about hell-fire and the next about Paradise and the first topic to be completed will be the names of Hell-Fire and Paradise inshaAllah.
The first two names are Jahannam and Jaheem.
With proper reminders and teachings of the true nature of the aakhirah, we will realize what this life holds for us and inshaAllah will help us to strive for good deeds to reach Jannah and keep away from disobedience to be saved from the Fire.
So, how scary is Hell-fire?
قُل لِّلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا سَتُغْلَبُونَ وَتُحْشَرُونَ إِلَىٰ جَهَنَّمَ ۚ وَبِئْسَ الْمِهَادُ
“Say to those who reject Faith: “Soon you will be vanquished and gathered together to Jahannam,-an evil bed indeed (to lie on)!” (3:18)
Jahannam (جهنم) is mentioned in the Qur’an 77 times. It is from jeem haa meem (ج ه م), and contains many meanings. Of those meanings are:
- the literal meaning, to meet with a frowning face and to have a stern look. When you look at a person who has jahm, you become fearful.
- Darkness: and jahm is used for the darkest part of the night. Aren’t you scared in darkness? Jahannam is a dark place where you don’t want to be alone.
- A waterless cloud
Put these meanings together–Jahannam is a place when you look at it you’re scared–you want to run away and stay away from it because it has that frowning look and it is waterless. When Allah ta’ala says in the Qur’an about the disbelievers, “fahasbahu jahannam,” meaning “then Jahannam is sufficient for him”–THIS is what they deserve, a waterless, scary, dark punishment that will break their ego.
And what about Al-Jaheem?
وَبُرِّزَتِ الْجَحِيمُ لِلْغَاوِينَ
“”And to those straying in Evil, Al-Jaheem will be placed in full view.” (26:91)
Al-Jaheem (الجحيم) appears 23 times in the Qur’an. It is from (ج ح م) jeem ha meem, and contains many meanings. Of those meanings are:
- The literal meaning, to light and stir up a fire–you add fuel and ensure it keeps burning.
- The word jahama means to stare with sharp eyes, and refers to the way a lion stares at its prey.
- The word ajham, also from the same root, means someone who has red eyes.
- Jaheem is also used to mean a pit with blazing fire–and not just any fire, but an extremely hot, intense, and fiercely-burning fire.
Next time Shaytan whispers to you and you are inclined to commit a sin, remember this description of Hell-Fire… like a lion staring at its prey.
Indeed, Rasul Allah sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam spoke the truth when he said, “O Allah, there is no life except for the life of the Hereafter, and there is no good except for the good of the Hereafter.” [Saheeh Muslim]