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Hadith on Words: A person may descend into Hell because of a single word

February 9, 2011

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, the servant may speak a single word for which he plummets into the Hellfire farther than the distance between East and West.”

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 6112, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2988

Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِنَّ الْعَبْدَ لَيَتَكَلَّمُ بِالْكَلِمَةِ يَنْزِلُ بِهَا فِي النَّارِ أَبْعَدَ مَا بَيْنَ الْمَشْرِقِ وَالْمَغْرِبِ

6112 صحيح البخاري كتاب الرقاق باب حفظ اللسان

2988 صحيح مسلم كتاب الزهد والرقائق باب التكلم بالكلمة يهوي بها في النار