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.