Hardship From The Hardships Of The Day Of Resurrection

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Regarding the statement, “Allah will help him with a hardship from the hardships of the Day of Resurrection,” he  did not say, “…with the hardships of this life and the hereafter,” as he did afterwards in the Hadith with showing leniency towards a believer and concealing his faults.

It is said that the reason for this is because the Arabic word “Kurbah” or hardship refers to extreme hardships and great difficulties and no one actually suffers from these types of difficulties in this life, no matter how important his needs may be, as one deals with problems like financial difficulties and faults that require concealing, from which hardly anyone escapes.

It is also said that the reason is because the hardships of this life compared with those of the hereafter are insignificant. So for this, Allah تعالى saves the reward for helping with these hardships with Him so that He may help such a person with the difficulties of the hereafter. This is understood simply by reflecting upon the statement of the Prophet صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم :

Allah تعالى will gather the people, the first and last of them, together on one plain so that the caller will be heard by them all, and they will all be seen. The sun will come so close to the people that they will suffer such distress and hardship as they will not be able to tolerate and bear it. Then the people will say, “Do you not see to what state you have reached? Will you not look for someone who can intercede for you with your Lord?”

He  then mentioned the rest of this lengthy narration about intercession. The Hadith has been recorded by both al-Bukhari and Muslim by Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه.

They also both collected a Hadith from Aishah رضي الله عنها  that the Prophet صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَل said:

“You will all be resurrected barefooted, naked, and uncircumcised.”

Aishah رضي الله عنها asked, “Oh Messenger of Allah, the men and women each looking at one another?” So Nabi صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم

“The situation will be too severe for them to be concerned with that.”

And they collected the Hadith of Ibn Umar  رضي الله عنهin which he narrated that the Prophet صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم  said regarding the statement of Allah تعالى :

“The Day when mankind will stand before the Lord of all creations.” [Surah al-Mutaffifeen, 83:6]

“Some of them will be standing in their own sweat to the middle of their ears.”

Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه  narrated that the Prophet صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم also said:

The people will sweat so much on the Day of Resurrection that their sweat will sink seventy cubits deep into the earth, and it will raise up until it reaches their ears.”

And the wording in “Sahih Muslim” is:

“Indeed, the sweat will sink into the earth on the Day of Resurrection to the extent of seventy cubits and it would still reach up to the people’s mouths or to their ears.”

Muslim also collected a Hadith from al-Miqdaad رضي الله عنه that the Prophet صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم said:

“On the Day of Resurrection, the sun will be brought so near to the servants that it will be only a mile or two (above them). It will cause them so much heat that they will be covered in their own sweat according to their deeds. From them, there will be some whose sweat reaches to their heels, some to their knees, some up to their midsection, and some will be covered completely.”