Most Of Those Who Will Enter Hell Will Be Women

Most of Hell’s inhabitants are women

In the khutbah given during the solar eclipse, the Prophet (saw) said;

I saw hell and I saw that most of its dwellers/inhabitants were women.” [Bukhaaree & Muslim, via Ibn ‘Abbaas]

Most of Hell’s inhabitants are women! (Another narration)

The Prophet (saw) mentioned;

I stood by the gate of Hell and saw that most of those who entered (it) were women.” [Bukhaaree & Muslim, via Usaamah Ibn Zayd]

Because they (women) are ungrateful to their husbands

The prophet (aw) said;

O women, give in charity, for I have seen that you form the majority of the people of Hell.

They asked, “Why is that, O Messenger of Allaah?

He (saw) answered, “Because you curse too much and are ungrateful for the good treatment (done to you by your husbands).” [Bukhaaree & Muslim, via Abu Sa’eed al-Khudree]

In another narration

The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “I was shown Hell and I have never seen anything more terrifying than it. And I saw that the majority of its people are women.

They asked, “Why, O Messenger of Allaah?

He (saw) said, “Because of their ingratitude (kufr).

It was said, “Are they ungrateful to Allaah?

He (saw) said, “They are ungrateful to their companions (husbands) and ungrateful for good treatment. If you are kind to one of them for a lifetime then she sees one (undesirable) thing in you, she will say, ‘I have never had anything good from you.’

[Bukhaaree (#1052), via ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Abbaas]

In yet another narration

It was narrated that Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah said: “I attended Eid prayers with the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). He started with the prayer before the khutbah, with no adhaan or iqaamah. Then he stood up, leaning on Bilaal, speaking of fear of Allaah (taqwa) and urging us to obey Him. He preached to the people and reminded them. Then he went over to the women and preached to them and reminded them. Then he said, ‘Give in charity, for you are the majority of the fuel of Hell’.

A woman with dark cheeks stood up in the midst of the women and said, ‘Why is that, O Messenger of Allaah?

He (saw) said, ‘Because you complain too much and are ungrateful to your husbands.’ Then they started to give their jewellery in charity, throwing their earrings and rings into Bilaal’s cloak.”

[Muslim (#885), via Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah]

Very few women will enter Paradise

The Prophet (saw) mention;

Few of the inhabitants of Paradise are women.” [Muslim, via ‘Imraan Ibn Husayn]

How rare are the women of Paradise amongst us

‘Amr Ibn al-‘Aas mentioned ‘Whilst we were with the Messenger of Allaah (saw) in this valley (on this mountain path), he (saw) said;

Look, can you see anything?

We said, ‘We se crows, and one of them stands out because its beak and feet are red.

The Messenger of Allaah said; “No women will enter Paradise except those who are as rare among them as this crow is among the others.” [Ahmad & Abu Ya’la, via ‘Amr Ibn al-‘Aas, see also Silsilat al-Ahaadeeth as-Saheehah, 4/466. hadeeth # 1851]


Qurtubee mentions in his ‘At-Tadhkhirah’ (1/369):

Women will be few among the inhabitants of Paradise because in most cases they prefer the immediate pleasures of this life, as they are (generally) less wise and unable to keep the hereafter in mind.

They are too weak to strive (alone) and prepare themselves for it, and are more inclined towards this world.

In spite of all this, they are the strongest factor in this world that distracts men from the Hereafter, because men are inclined to desire them and they are not concerned with the Hereafter.

They are quick to follow those who call them to deviate from Islaam, and reluctant to follow those pious people who call them to the Hereafterand righteous deeds.”

Another factor why many people will be driven to hell (in a thirsty state) is mentioned in a hadeeth collected by Bukhaaree and Muslim  on the authority of Aboo Hurayrah, where the Messenger of Allaah said;

Hell is surrounded with desires, and Paradise is veiled (in another narration ‘surrounded’) by hardships.

May Allaah protect us all from the Fire of Hell, whose fuel is mankind and stones.

3 thoughts on “Most Of Those Who Will Enter Hell Will Be Women

  1. Did you know most of the people in paradise may also be women!!

    it is observed that people entering Jannah will all have two wives. When some people were discussing the issue of whether there will be more men or women in Jannah, Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه assessed that there will be more women in Jannah and this narration is reported in Sahih Muslim as follows:

    حدثني عمرو الناقد ويعقوب بن إبراهيم الدورقي جميعا عن ابن علية واللفظ ليعقوب قالا حدثنا إسمعيل ابن علية أخبرنا أيوب عن محمد قال إما تفاخروا وإما تذاكروا الرجال في الجنة أكثر أم النساء فقال أبو هريرة أو لم يقل أبو القاسم صلى الله عليه وسلم إن أول زمرة تدخل الجنة على صورة القمر ليلة البدر والتي تليها على أضوإ كوكب دري في السماء لكل امرئ منهم زوجتان اثنتان يرى مخ سوقهما من وراء اللحم وما في الجنة أعزب۔ مسلم، كتاب الجنة وصفة نعيمها وأهلها، باب أول زمرة تدخل الجنة على صورة القمر ليلة البدر وصفاتهم وأزواجهم

    “Muhammad reported that some (people) stated with a sense of pride and some discussed whether there would be more men in Paradise or more women. It was upon this that Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه reported that Abu’l Qasim ﷺ said: The first group to get into Paradise would have their faces as bright as full moon during the night, and the next to this group would have their faces as bright as the shining stars in the sky, and every person would have two wives and the marrow of their shanks would glimmer beneath the flesh and there would be none without a wife in Paradise.” (Muslim; Book Pertaining to Paradise, Its Description, Its Bounties and Its Intimates, Chapter of First Group to Enter Paradise will have Faces Bright as Moon, Their Description and Their Wives)

    This shows that the number of women will be higher than the men in Jannah. However, a question arises that how can women be majority in both Hell and Heaven. Imam Nawawi رحمة اللہ علیه in Sharh Muslim (First Edition; al-Matba’ah al-Misriyyah bil Azhar, v.17 pg 172) has written:

    قال القاضي : ظاهر هذا الحديث أن النساء أكثر أهل الجنة . وفي الحديث الآخر أنهن أكثر أهل النار ، قال : فيخرج من مجموع هذا أن النساء أكثر ولد آدم

    “Al-Qadhi said: ‘It is apparent from this Hadith that most of the people of Jannah are women, and from the other Hadith most of the people of Hell are women. What one can understand from both these Ahadith is that majority of the children of Adam are women.’”

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  2. “that distracts men from the Hereafter, because men are inclined to desire them and they are not concerned with the Hereafter.”

    Yawn yawn yawn. Blame it to the women. Nice move. Men should look after their hearts, and women look after their hearts. If one of them deviates, men or women, it’s their own problem. Not the other gender’s. It make me laugh out loud when reading statement like for example “hijab is created to protect men from women fitnah”. LOL wut?? Sorry….If I wear hijab, then the only reason I do is because I submit to Allah’s command, not to fulfill human’s (men’s) interests. I know it’s off topic a bit, but to just give picture. Every person should look after their hearts, instead of blaming it to the other gender.

    I can blame men too for causing war, mass destructive weapons, domestic violence, bleeding tragedies, capitalism, interest (riba), and misogynist practices around the globe. So why women only are to blame? Islam lifts the degree of both women and men. Stop being one sided.

  3. As pointed by some experts, “sometimes we quote one hadith and thinks that’s the end of the story… But you can only get the end of the story when you combine all ahadith that are relevant to that hadith and make a serious analysis and study to find out the real end of the story”.

    A number of explanations has been given for that particular verse, including the following:
    • Regarding the Prophet’s statement that more women are in Hell than men, this is in the context of admonishing a specific group of women due to their lack of generosity in giving charity.

    • women were the majority of the children of Adam and therefore the reference to ‘more women in Hell’ might simply reflect that there were more women than men in the population at that time. (see details at )

    However it would be misleading to assume from that verse that women are more sinful than men are inferior to men, as it is clearly stated in the Quran that there is absolutely no difference between men and women as far as their relationship to Allah is concerned, as both are promised the same reward for good conduct and the same punishment for evil conduct. Men and women are seen in the Quran as allies and counterparts of one another (see verses provided at )

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