The Place of Gathering

The Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “On the Day of Resurrection, mankind will be gathered on an earth that is reddish white, like a fine loaf of bread.”

[Muttafaqun Alaih]

Commentary:

The Land on which mankind will be gathered on the Day of Resurrection is other than this earth of Ours.

Allah says: On the Day when the earth will be changed to another earth and so will be the heavens, and they (all creatures) will appear before Allah, the One, the Irresistible. (14:48)

The Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) informed us in the above hadith how this new earth will be, he (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “On the Day of Resurrection, mankind will be gathered on an earth that is reddish white, like a fine loaf of bread (made from pure fine flour).” The Narrator of the above hadith added, ” That land (or earth) will have no landmarks for anybody (to make use off). The Scholars (may Allah have mercy upon them) said, ‘arfa (translated above as “reddish”) means dull white. Others said, ‘arfa is white which has a hint of red. While others said, ‘arfa means pure white. Naqiy (translated above as “fine loaf of bread” or “fine flour”) means flour that is free from any contamination or husks. Ma’lam (translated as “landmarks”) means anything which may serve to show the way, such as a mountain or rock, or things such as signposts which are erected by people to show the way, or to mark boundaries.

And Allah knows best!

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