Will every child born from Zina end up in the Hellfire?

بســـم اللــه الرحــمــن الـرحـــيــم

▪️Will every child born from Zina end up in the Hellfire?▪️

Our Shaykh, Muhammad ibn Hizaam -may Allaah preserve him- was asked the following question:

? Question:

Concerning the narration of ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr that the prophet ﷺ said:

«لَا يَدْخُلُ الْجَنَّةَ عَاقٌّ لِوَالِدَيْهِ، وَلَا مُدْمِنُ خَمْرٍ، وَلَا مَنَّانٌ، وَلَا وَلَدُ زِنًا»

“No one who is disobedient to his parents, no drunkard, no one who reminds others of his favors and no child born out of wedlock will enter Paradise”, what sin has this child committed for him to be admitted into Hellfire?

? Answer:

The scholars explained that this Hadeeth means, he will not enter paradise if he follows the example set by his parents (i.e. Being unchaste). Others have explained that (most often) children born out of wedlock are not granted Tawfeeq (success/guidance) and they end up becoming evil people; because their origin is evil.

It doesn’t mean that they will be punished without sin. Rather, the intent is that most grow up to become evil individuals – except those on whom Allaah has mercy. So the Hadeeth is general.

As for the one who rectifies himself and is dutiful to Allaah’s commands then for him is the finest reward (paradise).


Translated by:

Abu Ishaq Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ba-‘Alawi

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