Those Banished From the Lake : An Excerpt from the Book At-Tadhkirah (The Reminder)


Al-Bukhari1 cites that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “Some people from my nation will come to my Lake, and after I recognize them, they will then be taken away from me, whereupon I will say, ‘My companions! Then it will be said, ‘You do not know what they innovated in the religion after you.'”

Muslim2 cites on the authority of ‘Asma daughter of Abu Bakr who said, “The Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, ‘I will be standing at the Lake so that I will see whom among you will come to me, and some people will be taken away from me, and I will say, ‘My Lord, they are from me and from my followers.’ Then it will be said, ‘Did you notice what they did after you? By Allah, they kept turning on their heels away from the religion.'”

Our scholars – may Allah have mercy on them – have mentioned that anyone who turns away from the religion of Allah or introduces a matter that displeases Allah that He has not permitted will be from those who are banished and distanced from the Lake. Those who experience the greatest degree of banishment are those who oppose the main body of the Muslims and splinter from them, such as the Khawarij and their offshoots, the Rafida in their varying levels of misguidance and the Mu’tazilah in their various forms. All of these groups have altered the religion, and they are matched by the oppressors who exceed all boundaries in their transgression, injustice and concealment of the truth and the murder and humiliation they inflict on those who are true to their religion, along with those who publicize major sins, those who deem sins to be insignificant and generally the people of misguidance and innovation.

1 Al-Bukhari (6582)
2 Muslim (2293)

Source: The Book, At-Tadhkirah – The Reminder About The Conditions Of The Dead And The Events Of The Hereafter, 2020 First Edition, Hikmah Publications, Translation: Osman Hamid, pp. 167-168.

Note: Permission was granted by the publishers of this book to use this excerpt on this site.

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