The People will be Submerged in Perspiration

Al-Miqdad (radi Allahu anha) reported that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “On the Day of Resurrection, the sun will come so close to people that there would be left only a distance of one Meel”. Sulaim bin ‘Amir said: By Allah, I do not know whether he meant by “Meel”, the mile of the distance measure or the stick used for applying antimony powder to the eye. (The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) is, however, reported to have said:) “The people then will be submerged in perspiration according to their deeds, some up to their ankles, some up to their knees, some up to the waist and some will have the bridle of perspiration (reaching their mouth and nose) and, while saying this the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) pointed to his mouth with his hand.”

[Sahih Muslim]


It is not clear whether the Arabic word (Meel) in this Hadith is for the mileage or is the stick used for applying antimony. A mile consists of eight furlongs. Some of the commentators of Hadith hold that it comprises four thousand Dhira’. Hafiz Ibn Hajar is of the opinion that it is equal to twelve thousand human steps. (For detail please see the book ‘Mir’atul Mafatih’ Chapter Salat-us-Safar). If it stands for the mileage even then it gives an idea of the heat of the sun. Although it is billions of miles away from the earth but one cannot bear its heat in summer. When the sun shall be at a distance of one mile, its heat shall be so intense that people would be immersed in sweat.

May Allah save us from such a torment! Ameen!

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