The ‘Siraat’ is a slippery slope, yet it is sharper than a sword

بســـم اللــه الرحــمــن الـرحـــيــم

▪️The ‘Siraat’ is a slippery slope, yet it is sharper than a sword▪️

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

📩 Question:

I have an issue combining between the prophet ﷺ’s description of the Siraat (the bridge that will be suspended over Hellfire) as being, “Sharper than a sword” and his statement, “It is a slippery slope.”

📝 Answer:

[As a point of benefit] the addition, “it is finer than a strand of hair” is not authentic.

The first Hadeeth (i.e. “It is sharper than a sword”) has been reported from various routes, and these reports strengthen one another; such as the Hadeeth of ‘Aisha, Abu Hurayrah, Anas and Ibn Mas’ud.

As for the second Hadeeth (i.e. “It is a slippery slope”), then this is reported in the Saheehayn (Bukhaari & Muslim) from the Hadeeth of Abu Sa’eed.

And just becuase it’s a slippery slope, this doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be wide in size. So although it is sharper than a sword, it remains a slippery slope for those who Allah has not granted steadfastness. And on the sides of this bridge there will be pronged hooks made of spikes, so it doesn’t mean people will slip off, rather these hooks have been commanded to seize those who Allah has not granted steadfastness.

So there’s no inconsistency between the two Hadeeths, and affairs of the unseen are not like the things we see and perceive.

Translated by:
Abu Ishaq Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ba Alawi

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