The Haudh of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam and Al Kauthar

Narrations related about the Haudh (Lake) Of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam – May Allah Ta’ala give us to drink from it on the Day Of Resurrection

 

Narrations about the Haudh have been related from a large number of Companions (Radiallahu Anhum)

 

The Narration Of Ubai ibn Ka’ab Al-Ansaaree Radiallahu Anhu:

“Whoever drinks from the Haudh (Lake) will be quenched, and will never thereafter be thirsty; and whoever is forbidden from drinking it is forbidden from ever being quenched again.”

 

Ubai ibn Ka’ab Radiallahu Anhu related that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam mentioned the Haudh (Lake), upon which Ubai Ibn Ka’ab Radiallahu Anhu said, “O Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), what is the Haudh?”

Rasulullah Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam  said,

“It is whiter than milk, colder than ice (or snow), sweeter than honey, and it has a sweeter fragrance than musk. Whoever drinks from it will be quenched, and will never thereafter be thirsty; and whoever is driven away from it will never be quenched again.” (Related by Abu A!-Qaasirn At­ Tabaraanee).

 

Anas ibn Maalik Radiallahu Anhu related that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said,

“The size of my Haudh (Lake) is as the distance between Ailah  and San’ aah from Yemen. In it are jugs (which in quantity) are like the stars of the sky.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

 

Anas ibn Maalik Radiallahu Anhu reported that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said,

“People from my Companions will be rejected (or turned back). When I recognize them, they will quiver before me (they will be dragged and prevented from him (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)), and I will say, ‘My Companions?’ It will be said, ‘You do not know what they invented (perpetrated in terms of sins) after you. (Bukhari and Muslim)

 

Al-Kauthar

 Al Kauthar is a river in paradise, which the Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam was given. The word kawthar in Arabic refers to great abundance.

 

Anas ibn Maalik Radiallahu Anhu said, “Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam slept lightly, and then he raised his head, smiling. Either he said or they said to him, ‘Why did you laugh?’ Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said,

‘Indeed, just now, a Surah (Chapter from the Quran) was revealed to me.’ And he recited: “Verily, We have granted you (0 Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam Al-Kauthar (a river in Paradise)'”

When he completed it, he said, ‘Do you know what Al-Khauthar is?’ The Companions said, ‘Allah and His Messenger know best.’ He said,

‘It is a river in Paradise which my Lord ‘Azza Wa-Jall (to Him belongs Might and Majesty) gave to me. Upon it is much goodness. On the Day of Resurrection, my nation will come to it (and drink from it). Its cups are the number of the stars. A slave from them will quiver (and will be prevented from me), and I will say: 0 my Lord, indeed he is from my Nation. Then it will be said, ‘Indeed, you do not know what they invented (perpetrated in terms of sins) after you.'” (Ahmad, Muslim, Abu Daawood, and An­ Nasaaee related it as well)

 What this means is that the drink will flow through two canals from Al-Kauthar in Jannat to the Haudh. And the Haudh is in Al-‘Arafaat (wide open space where people will be on the Day of Resurrection), before the Siraat. People will be pulled away and prevented from it; they are a people who turned back on their heels (i.e. they invented things in the Deen and apostatized after having accepted Islam). Such as these will not cross the Siraat.

In al-Musnad it was narrated from Anas Radiallahu Anhu that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam  said:

“I have been given Al-Kauthar, and it is a river that flows on the face of the earth 9from Jannat). Its banks are domes of pearls and it is not covered. I struck its dust with my hand and its dust was the most fragrant (or pure) musk, and its pebbles were pearls.”

 

‘Umar Ibn ‘Abdul-‘Azeez’s Fear Of Allah Ta’ala

 Al-‘ Abbaas ibn Saalim ibn AI-Lakhmee said, “‘Umar ibn ‘Abdul­ , Azeez sent for Abu Salaam Al-Habashee, asking him about the  Haud … He went to ‘Umar, who asked him. He said, “I heard Thaubaan say, ‘l heard the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam say:

“Indeed my Haudh is from ‘Adn to ‘Ammaan Al-Balqaa. Its water is whiter than milk and sweeter than honey. Its drinking glasses are equal in number to the stars. Whoever drinks a dose from it will never thereafter be thirsty. The first of people to come and drink from it are the poor Muhaajireen (those who migrated from Makkah to Madeenah).”‘

‘Umar lbn Al-Khattaab Radiallahu Anhu asked, “Who are they, 0 Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam?” He said:

“They are the ones with disheveled heads and dirty garments, those who do not marry Al­Mutana’imaat AI-Mutamattai’aat (comfortable, soft, pleasurable etc.), those for whom closed doors are not opened.” 

‘Umar ibn ‘Abdul­ ‘ Azeez said, “I indeed married and closed (doors) were opened for me … unless Allah has mercy on me. By Allah, I will not apply oil to my hair until it becomes- disheveled, and I will not wash my garment, which has worn out my body, until it becomes dirty.” (Ahmad, At-Tirrnidhee and Ibn Maajah related it as well)