Translation of Sahih Muslim, Book 36:
The Book of Heart-Melting Traditions (Kitab
Chapter 1: THE MAJORITY IN PARADISE WOULD CONSIST
OF THE POOR PIOUS PERSONS AND THE MAJORITY OF THE DENIZENS
OF HELL WOULD CONSIST OF WOMEN, AND THE TRIAL BY MEANS OF
Book 036, Number 6596:
Usama b. Zaid reported that Allah's Messenger (way
peace be upon him) said: I stood at the door of Paradise
and I found that the overwhelming majority of those who
entered therein was that of poor persons and the wealthy
persons were detained to get into that. The denizens of
Hell were commanded to get into Hell, and I stood upon
the door of Fire and the majority amongst them who
entered there was that of women.
Book 036, Number 6597:
Ibn Abbas reported that Allah's Messenger (may peace
be upon him) said: I had a chance to look into the
Paradise and I found that majority of the people was
poor and I looked into the Fire and there I found the
majority constituted by women.
Book 036, Number 6598:
This hadith has been narrated on the authority of Ibn
'Abbas through another chain of transmitters.
Book 036, Number 6599:
Ibn 'Abbas reported that Allah's Messenger (may peace
be upon him) stated like this: Re looked into the Fire
of Hell. The rest of the hadith is the same.
Book 036, Number 6600:
Imran b. Husain reported that Allah's Messenger (may
peace be upon him) said: Amongst the inmates of Paradise
the women would form a minority.
Book 036, Number 6601:
This hadith has been narrated on the authority of
Mutarrif through another chain of transmitters.
Book 036, Number 6602:
'Abdullah b. Umar reported that Allah's Messenger
(may peace be upon him) supplicated in these words:" O
Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from the withdrawal of
Thine blessing and the change of Thine protection (from
me) and from the sudden wrath of Thine, and from every
displeasure of Thine."
Book 036, Number 6603:
Usama b. Zaid reported Allah's Messenger (may peace
be upon him) as saying: I have not left after me any
(chance) of turmoil more injurious to men than the harm
done to the men because of women.
Book 036, Number 6604:
Usama b. Zaid b. Harith and Sa'id b. Zaid b. 'Amr b.
Naufal both reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be
upon him) as saying: I have not left after me turmoil
for the people but the harm done to men by women.
Book 036, Number 6605:
This hadith has been narrated on the authority of
Sulaiman Taimi with the same chain of transmitters.
Book 036, Number 6606:
Abu Sa'id Khudri reported that Allah's Messenger (may
peace be upon him) said: The world is sweet and green
(alluring) and verily Allah is going to install you as
vicegerent in it in order to see how you act. So avoid
the allurement of women: verily, the first trial for the
people of Isri'll was caused by women. And in the hadith
transmitted on the authority of Ibn Bashshar the words
are:" So that He should see how you act."
Chapter 2: THE STORY OF THE THREE PERSONS OF THE
CAVE AND THEIR MAKING GOOD DEEDS OF THEIRS AS THE MEANS OF
Book 036, Number 6607:
'Abdullah b. 'Umar reported that Allah's Messenger
(may peace be upon him) said: Three persons set out on a
journey. They were overtaken by rain and they had to
find protection in a mountain cave where at its mouth
there fell a rock of that mountain and thus blocked them
altogether. One of them said to the others: Look to your
good deeds that you performed for the sake of Allah and
then supplicate Allah, the Exalted, that He might rescue
you (from this trouble). One of them said: 0 Allah, I
had my parents who were old and my wife and my small
children also. I tended the flock and when I came back
to them in the evening, I milked them (the sheep, goats,
cows, etc.) and first served that milk to my parents.
One day I was obliged to go out to a distant place in
search of fodder and I could not come back before
evening and found them (the parents) asleep. I milked
the animals as I used to milk and brought milk to them
and stood by their heads avoiding to disturb them from
sleep and I did not deem it advisable to serve milk to
my children before serving them. My children wept near
my feet. I remained there in that very state and my
parents too until it was morning. And (0 Allah) if Thou
art aware that I did this in order to seek Thine
pleasure, grant us riddance from this trouble. (The rock
slipped a bit) that they could see the sky. The second
one said: 0 Allah, I had a female cousin whom I loved
more than the men love the women. I wanted to have
sexual intercourse with her; she refused but on the
condition of getting one hundred dinirs. It was with
very great difficulty that I could collect one hundred
dinirs and then paid them to her and when I was going to
have a sexual intercourse with her, that she said:
Servant of Allah, fear Allah and do not break the seal
(of chastity) but by lawful means. I got up. 0 Allah, if
Thou art aware that I did this in order to seek Thine
pleasure, rid us from this trouble. The situation was
somewhat eased for them. The third one said: Allah, I
employed a workman for a measure of rice. After he had
finished his work I gave him his dues (in the form of) a
measure of rice, but he did not accept them. I used
these rice as seeds, and that gave a bumper crop and I
became rich enough to have cows and flocks (in my
possession). He came to me and said: Fear Allah, and
commit no crueltv upon me in regard to my dues. I said
to him: Takeaway this flock of cows and sheep. He said:
Fear Allah and do not make a fun of me. I said: I am not
making a fun of you. You take the cows and the flocks.
So he took them. 0 Allah, if Thou art aware that I did
it for Thine pleasure, case the situation for us. And
Allah relieved them from the rest of the trouble.
Book 036, Number 6608:
This hadith has been transmitted on the authority of
Musa b. 'Uqba but with a slight variation of wording.
Book 036, Number 6609:
Abdullah b 'Umar reported: I heard Allah's Alessenger
(may peace be upon him) as saying: Three persons
belonging to the earlier Ummahs set out on a journey
until they had to spend a night in a cave. The rest of
the hadith is the same and the additional words are:" A
person amongst them said: 0 Allah, I had my aged parents
and I served them milk before I (served that) to my
wife, children and my servants." And in case of the
second one, the words are:" She avoided me until she was
hard pressed because of famine and she came to me and I
gave her one hundred and twenty diiiirs" And in cease of
the third one (the words are):" I invested his wages,
and it brought profit and, as a result thereof, the
merchandise increased and there was abundance of goods."
And he (the narrator said) that they got out of the cave
and began to walk.