Among the many ways in which they were blessed, the Companions were informed of their ranking through revelation. This verse was revealed about Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him):
(And Al-Muttaqoon [the pious and righteous] will be far removed from it [Hell]. He who spends his wealth for increase in self-purification.) (Qur’an 92: 17-I8)
‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) was given glad tidings in this hadith:
"l saw a white castle in Paradise. l asked who it belonged to, and l was told that it belonged to ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab."
ln the case of ‘Uthmaan (may Allah be pleased with him), the Messenger of Allah (bpuh) made this supplication:
“O’ Allah, forgive ‘Uthmaan for his past and future sins."
The Messenger of Allah (bpuh) described ‘Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) with the following:
"(He is) a man who loves Allah and His Messenger, and Allah and His Messenger love him."
Concerning Sa’ad ibn Mu’aadh (may Allah be pleased with him), the Messenger of Allah (bpuh) said:
"The Throne of the Most-Merciful quaked for him."
And he said of Handhalah (may Allah be pleased with him) after he died:
“The angels of the Most-Merciful washed him."
The wretchedness of the disbelievers
As for Fir’aun (Pharaoh):
The Fire; they are exposed to it, morning and afternoons. (Qur’an 40: 46)
As for Qaaroon (Korah):
(We caused the earth to swallow him and his dwelling place.) (Qur’an 28: 81)
As for Al-Waleed ibn al-Mughirah:
(I shall oblige him to [climb a slippery mountain in the Hellfire called As-Sa’ood, or to] face a severe torment) (Qur’an 74: 17)
As for ‘Umayyah ibn Khalaf:
(Woe to every slanderer and hackbiter.) (Qur’an 104: 1)
As for Abu-Lahab:
(Perish the two hands of Abu Lahab [an uncle of the Prophet], and perish he!) (Qur’an 111: 1)
And as for Al-‘Aas ibn Waa’il;
(Nay! We shall record what he says, and we shall increase his torment [in the Hell].) (Qur’an 19: 79)