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Forever (A Journey Through Heaven and Hell)

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For me time has stopped, clocks no longer tick or tock

I can feel my body rot, bugs eating through this cloth

I now live in this little box; my bones are stiff and cold

And I now know the truth of the message I was told

I wasn’t prepared, and now I am getting very scared

For what’s left to come, eternal bliss or despair

My final home, the scales will ultimately measure

Goodbye Dunya and Welcome to...


A Journey Through Heaven and Hell

Taught by Shaykh Riad Ouarzazi


Death is only the beginning

It’s not a choice, decision or debate. When the angel of death comes there will be no discussions or room for opinions, every soul will taste it wither it wants to or not. Our graves are patiently waiting to be filled and the day of resurrection is closer than we think.

The dunya is your home away from home, and the world to come is your everlasting home for eternity. Eventually you will return to your final residence but will this be a place of bliss, serenity and eternal happiness or sorrow, regret and never ending misery?


 “Everyone shall taste death. Then unto Us you shall be returned” [ 29:57]

 “There was a dispute between Hell and Paradise during which Hell said, ‘The haughty and the proud will find abode in me.’ And Paradise said, ‘The meek and the humble will find their abode in me.’ Thereupon, Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, (addressing Hell) said, ‘You are the means of My punishment by which I punish those of My servants whom I wish.’ (and addressing Paradise), He said, ‘You are My mercy by means of which I will show mercy to those whom I wish. And each one of you will be full.’” [Muslim]

Ultimate reward or ultimate loss?

For some the hereafter marks the moment of sweet victory, as they are paid in full for the good they used to do on this earth. While for others, the next life will be a place of doom, dismay and wretchedness.

What makes these two worlds so unique and what is the reality that each of its inhabitants will face?  Join Al Maghrib’s single weekend journey to the land beyond and get a glimpse and taste of the world which is yet to come. 

In this course, students will learn about:

  • Aqeedah and theological issues surrounding Heaven and Hell
  • The meaning of “Khulood” (Eternity)
  • The metaphysical and physical realities of Heaven and Hell
  • The Description of the inhabitants of Heaven and Hell
  • The comparison of Heaven and Hell in other beliefs

“Shaykh Riad is the man mashAllah, an excellent teacher and motivator. For those people who like the hardcore style of teaching, or for those who prefer a more relaxed style, Shaykh Riad gives you both!” - Danial Malik (Birmingham, UK)

Meet the Fire

Imagine you are walking across “As-Siraat,” the bridge which is as sharp as a knife and as thin as a hair, on which there are clamps and hooks swinging below. With your eyes focused on this slippery path, you slip and stumble and just for a moment, underneath your feet, you eyes catch a glimpse of this black fuming pit of fury and destruction, throwing sparks as huge as palaces.

In it are huge, vast amounts of people bound together in chains and yokes- their garments of liquid pitch and their faces covered with fire. And for them are maces of iron to punish them. Every time they wish to get out from it and from anguish, they will be returned to it, and it will be said, “Taste the punishment of the Burning Fire!”


“But if you do not - and you will never be able to - then fear the fire whose fuel is men and stones, which is prepared for those who reject faith.” [2: 24]

In this course, students will explore:

  • The description, names and ranks of Hell
  • The speech of the inhabitants of Hell
  • The acts that lead people to the Hell fire
  • The degrees of punishment in the Hell fire
  • The people of Hell and the myth about the number of women


 “Masha'Allah this seminar had been the best one I've been to! Sh Riad took us on a roller-coaster ride each day and it was from these highs and lows that ultimately increased our eemaan. I've never felt more spiritually energized after this course!”  - Shahirah Mohamed Salleh (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Garden with rivers

But you made it across safely, and now are joined by the other believers at the most blessed gates of Jannah. You are surrounded by the most righteous and pious throughout time, and the people are covered with joy. The angels receive the command to open the gates and its keepers say: 


"But those who feared their Lord will be driven to Paradise in groups until, when they reach it while its gates have been opened and its keepers say, "Peace be upon you; you have become pure; so enter it to abide eternally therein," (39:73)

Delights and pleasures that no eye has seen, no ear has heard and no heart on this earth could contain. Gardens with rivers that flow underneath, purified spouses and everything in between. Alhamduillah, they will call out in glee, all praises be to the One who has granted them ecstasy and serenity.

In this course, students will discuss:

  • The description, names and ranks of Heaven
  • The march to Heaven and the Standing of the Prophets
  • The deeds that lead people to Heaven
  • The people of Heaven and the rewards they will receive
  • Longing for the Divine

Are you ready to take a journey to the hereafter and witness what awaits us all after we leave this earth? Join Sh. Riad Ouarazi on what promises to be an amazing emotional iman boosting single weekend, as we get closer to Allah and ultimately our final destinations.

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Course Outline


Chapter One: On Judgment Day

  1. Standing before Allah
  2. The meezan, the scale of deeds
  3. Waiting in limbo at Al-A’raaf


Chapter Two: Aqeedah and theological issues

  1. Jahannam and Jannah are real and already exist
  2. The meaning of Khulood – Eternity
  3. The reward and punishment, are they real and physical?
  4. Ultimate success or ultimate loss?
  5. Which one has more inhabitants, Jannah or Jahannam?


 Chapter Three: Paradise and Hell in other beliefs

  1. Judaism
  2. Christianity
  3. Other faiths


Chapter Four: A tribute to Ibnul Qayyim’s works

  1. Nooniyat ibnul Qayyim
  2. Haadi’l Arwaah ila Biladil Afrah


Part One: Jahannam, Hellfire

Chapter One: The march towards Jahannam

  1. People who are taken away before judgment
  2. People who are taken away before reaching “as-Siraat”
  3. Arrival at as-Siraat


Chapter Two: Description of Jahannam

  1. Names of Jahannam
  2. Igniting Jahannam
  3. The reins of Jahannam
  4. Gates of Jahannam
  5. Malik, the gatekeeper of Jahannam
  6. Ranks of Jahannam
  7. The depth of Jahannam
  8. Chains of Jahannam
  9. Fuel of Jahannam
  10. The breathing of Jahannam
  11. Heat of Jahannam
  12. Blizzard “Zamhareer” of Jahnnam
  13. The tree of Jahannam “az-Zaqqoum”
  14. The talking of Jahannam


Chapter Three: People of Jahannam

  1. Humans and Jinn
  2. First group entering Jahannam
  3. The man who has the least punishment
  4. Those who have the greatest punishment
  5. Abu Lahab and his wife
  6. Sinners of the Ummah
  7. Women and Jahannam
  8. Prophecy about future people of Jahannam


Chapter Four: Punishment of Jahannam

  1. Food and drink of Jahannam
  2. Clothes of Jahannam
  3. Cushions of Jahannam
  4. Beasts of Jahannam
  5. Specific punishments


Chapter Five: Crimes and sins that lead to Jahannam

  1. Acts of disbelief
  2. Acts of disobedience


Chapter Six: Events occurring in Jahannam

  1. The arrival at Jahannam “ala wujoohihim”
  2. The regret of the inhabitants of Jahannam
  3. The crying of the people of Jahannam
  4. The argument with Iblis
  5. The arguments between the different ranks “Takhaasoum”
  6. People of Jahannam calling the people of Jannah
  7. People of Jahannam calling Malik the guardian of Jahannam


Part Two: Jannah, Paradise

Chapter One: The march to Jannah

  1. Crossing and passing over as-Siraat
  2. The standing of the Prophets
  3. Taking some of the people out of Jahannam
  4. Waiting at the gates of Jannah
  5. The scene of entering Jannah


Chapter Two: Description of Jannah

  1. Names of Jannah
  2. Gates of Jannah
  3. Ridwan, the gatekeeper of Jannah
  4. Ranks of Jannah
  5. Highest level of Jannah “al-Firdous”
  6. The structure of the mansions in Jannah
  7. The rivers of Jannah
  8. The trees and fruits of Jannah
  9. Food and drink of Jannah
  10. Cushions of Jannah
  11. Jewlery of Jannah
  12. The fair ladies of Jannah “al-hoor” (the what, the why, and misconception)


Chapter Three: People of Jannah

  1. General description of the people of Jannah
  2. First group entering Jannah “as-Sabiqoun”
  3. Prophets, Siddiqueen, martyrs and pious ones
  4. Those entering Jannah without reckoning
  5. Those promised with Jannah, only ten?!
  6. Women given glad tidings of Jannah
  7. The laughter of the people of Jannah
  8. The sweat of the people of Jannah
  9. The wishes of the people of Jannah


Chapter Four: Rewards in Jannah

  1. The greatest reward “Allah’s Forgiveness”
  2. The ultimate reward “Seeing Allah”
  3. No fear, not regret
  4. No envy, no hatred
  5. Highest rewarded person in Jannah
  6. Lowest rewarded person in Jannah
  7. The closest seats from the Prophet


Chapter Five: Deeds that lead to Jannah

  1. The bare minimum
  1. The greatest race


Chapter Six: Events occurring in Jannah

  1. The debate with the people of Jahannam
  2. The market of Jannah
  3. Visitation of one another
  4. The recitation of the Qur’an


Part Three: Longing for the divine

  1. The race to Jannah and salvation
  2. The price of Jannah is high
  3. Entering Jannah by the Grace of Allah
  4. Sayings of the righteous about Jannah and Jahannam
  5. A call to repentance and to the pathway to Jannah
  6. Action item and a final word



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