Q:) Respected Scholars in Islam! I have heard
the following abridged hadith:
Imam Muslim (r) narrated that Abu Hurayrah (RA) said: The Messenger of
Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “There are two
types of the people of Hell whom I have not seen…” one of whom was,
“women who are clothed yet naked…” According to Imam Ahmad (r) he said:
“Curse them, for they are cursed.”
Can you please narrate the whole hadith and explain its true meaning and
A:) In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,
The Hadith in full is as follows:
Sayyiduna Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the
Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said: “There
are two types of people who will enter the Hell-fire, whom I have not
(as yet) seen: People having whips similar to ox-tails with which they
will beat people, and (secondly) women who will be dressed yet appear to
be naked. They will seduce men and be inclined towards them. Their heads
will be like the swaying humps of bacterial camels. They will neither
enter paradise, nor smell its fragrance, even though its fragrance can
be smelt from such and such distance.” (Sahih Muslim, no. 2128)
In this Hadith, the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him
peace) describes two types of people who will enter the fire of Hell,
whom he had not seen. In other words, these two types of actions lead
one to punishment and Hell in the Hereafter. May Allah Almighty save us
The meaning of “women who will be dressed yet appear to be naked” (as
explained by Imam al-Nawawi and others) is that they will be semi-nude.
Part of their body will be covered whilst the other will remain exposed.
This is clearly manifested today; in that many women wear short skirts
and expose their arms, neck, hair, etc.
Imam al-Nawawi (Allah have mercy on him) mentions some scholars stating
that the meaning is, women will wear see-through and transparent
clothing in a way that the colour of their body will be visible. This,
again, is quite common today, in that many women wear very thin
clothing, thus exposing their skin-colour.
A third interpretation, also recorded by Imam al-Nawawi (Allah have
mercy on him), is that they will be blessed in abundance with the
various gifts and bounties of Allah, yet they will not be grateful.
The meaning of “They will seduce men and be inclined towards them” is
that they will walk and act in order to seduce strange men.
The meaning of “Their heads will be like the swaying humps of bacterial
camels” is that they will style their hair to certain stylish hairdos,
or style their hair like a hump. (See: Sharh of Nawawi on Sahih Muslim,
In summary, the above Hadith is one of the marvels (mu’jizah) of the
Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace). Imam al-Nawawi
(Allah have mercy on him) states:
“This Hadith is from the miracles of prophet-hood (nubuwwah), for these
two types of people now exist. This Hadith also condemns these two
The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) envisaged the
situation of certain individuals and their actions, thus informed his
companions (Allah be pleased with them) and us about them. Thus, the
moral of the Hadith is to abstain and refrain from these actions, for
they lead one to the fire of Hell.
And Allah knows best
Muhammad ibn Adam
Leicester , UK .
Article Taken (with Thanks) from Daruliftaa.org
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