Face to Face : Masrur of Paradise & Maqrur of Fire
The great fire
Masrur was walking among the tyrants and oppressors towards the Hell-fire while being escorted by the angels. He was dragging his feet and was feeling stunned because of all the
successive surprises. He imagined himself in a nightmare that had come true.
The first of these surprises was the resurrection. In the worldly life, he did not believe in the Day of Resurrection. When he heard about monotheism and the final reckoning, he laughed boisterously.
Ironically he asked, "When we are dead and have become dust and bones, shall we indeed be resurrected? Verily, this we have been promised, we and our fathers before (us)! This is only The tales of the ancients!"
The second was his book of reckoning. All the details_ of his life, from his birth to death, were recorded in pages.
The third surprise was the trial in which he was judged to abide in Hell-fire forever.
One of the angels pointed to a wide gate and said, "This is the widest gate of the seven gates of Hell-fire. It leads to the great fire wherein you will neither die nor live."
Masrur thought about the angel's words and his fear reached extreme heights. He knew two features of existence; life and death but the angel talked about a new feature in which there is neither life nor death. What a horrible feature!
They reached the gate.
An angel received them and asked them, "Did there not come to you Messengers from amongst you, reciting unto you Allah's verses and warning you of the meeting of this Day of yours?"
They tried to reply but could not.
Masrur thought to escape and the angel said ironically, "I read your minds! Masrur wants to escape and it is impossible.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Saqar."