Belief: Pul Siraat (The Bridge) is Haq. This is a bridge which is constructed over the fire of Hell. It is thinner than a hair and sharper than a sword. This is the only route that can be taken to enter Jannat. The Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم will be the first to cross the Pul Siraat followed by all the Ambia and Mursaleen thereafter followed by the Ummat of the Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم and then the Ummats of all the other Prophets. One will pass over Pul Siraat as per his deeds. Some will pass over with swiftness of the flash of lightning. Some will pass over like wind travelling at high speeds. Some will pass over as fast as birds whilst others will pass over with the speed of a fast horse. Some will pass over with the speed of a running man whilst others will do so dragging themselves on their bottoms. There will also be those who will pass over as slow as ants. There are two massive iron rods with curved ends like hooks on either side of Pul Siraat. They will seize whomsoever they have been commanded to seize. Some of those seized will be severely wounded, but will still manage to cross over Pul Siraat, whilst others will be plunged by them into the fire of hell. Whilst all will be struggling to pass over Pul Siraat, our pure master, the intercessor for the sinful Hazrat Muhammad عليه السلام will be waiting on the other end of Pul Siraat praying for his Ummah to pass safely. He will be saying: ‘O Allah grant them safe passage’
Rasoolullah عليه السلام will not remain in one place on the day of reckoning. He will be at the Mizaan interceding for those whose good deeds are few, allowing them to be pardoned, and immediately he will be at the Pond of Kauthar quenching the thirst of his thirsty Ummat. From there, he will move to Pul Siraat, lifting those who fall on their way to Jannat. In other words, the Prophet صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم will be at every juncture comforting his Ummah. Everyone will be calling out to him for his assistance, and who else will there be to respond our calls in such a critical moment? He عليه السلام will be the only one not concerned about himself. He عليه السلام will be carrying the responsibility of the entire Universe. This day of Qiyaamat will take 50 000 years to pass and it will be a day with the most testing torments and difficulties. This day will be made trouble-free for the pious and chosen servants of Allah. For these pious servants, the 50 000 year day will pass in the amount of time that it takes to complete one Fard Salaah. Actually, it will pass even faster than this. For some, this day will pass as fast as the blink of an eye. Allah says: “The Day of Qiyaamat for the righteous is like the blinking of an eye and even less than that.”
The greatest and most cherished privilege afforded to the Muslims on that day will be the blessed opportunity of seeing Almighty Allah. There is no blessing greater than this. Once a person sees Almighty Allah once, he will be drowned in scintillating pleasure of the Divine Vision forever. It is something that he shall never forget. The first person to be granted the Divine Vision on this day will be the Holy Prophet عليه السلام.
Up to this point; we have briefly discussed the issues relating to the day of resurrection. When the day of reckoning comes to a close, we will each enter our final abodes, wherein we shall live forever. Some will be blessed with entering the abode of peace and tranquillity called Jannat (Paradise) whilst others will enter the abode of pain and suffering, called Jahanum (hell).
Belief: Jannat and Jahanum are true and a reality. One, who rejects this, is a kaafir.
Belief: Jannat and Jahanum have been created by Allah hundreds of thousands of years ago and are in existence even now. It is not correct to say that Jannat and Jahanum do not exist and will only be created close to or just before the last day.
Belief: Qiyaamat, resurrection, the reckoning, accountability on the last day, reward, punishment, Jannat and Jahanum mean the same as it is generally understood by the Muslims at large. Any person, who claims these to be true, yet shows different meanings for them. For example, he says that reward refers to acquiring satisfaction after seeing ones good deeds, or punishment refers to being saddened after observing your bad deeds or that the day of resurrection only pertains to the souls etc., then such a person is in reality rejecting all the above-mentioned beliefs and such a person is termed a kaafir. A brief account of Jannat and Jahanum will be discussed in the forthcoming chapter.