The angel finished his words and said, "I think it is
time now to introduce you to Saqar. Let the veils be raised from before the
fire its dwellers have arrived."
The veils were raised, the fire almost burst up with fury
and the flames rose high, twisted and then devoured the criminals one by one
until nobody was seen anymore.
Let us show the difference between the fire of life and the
fire of the Afterlife. The first is neutral, it does not intentionally burn
anyone in particular and it can be extinguished with water or other certain
substances. However, the fire of the Afterlife is completely loyal to its
Creator and is so glad to have the chance to punish the criminals and is never
Almighty Allah says, (On the Day when we will say to Hellfire:
'Are y0u filled?" It will say: 'Are there any more (to come)?"
Besides this it can never be extinguished except with a direct
command from Allah.
Only minutes after the veils were raised from this awesome fire
the group of criminals vanished. They were standing outside, then the flames
quickly rose high and carried them inside it while saying, "Taste you the
touch of Hell-fire."
Here came the Divine Justice, the terrified yells of the heartless
criminals filled the whole space just as the yells of their victims used to
fill the earth.
Another characteristic of this great fire is that it
neither gives life nor does it cause death. In life, when man's skin is burnt
the man dies immediately after suffering great pain. However, in the Afterlife
the case is different because when the skin is burnt, it causes great pain but
it does not lead to death.
Almighty Allah says,) as often as their skins are roasted through,
We shall change them for other skins.)
This means that man will have a different nature in the Afterlife.
Death itself will die in the Day of Judgment and all human beings will become
eternal. So those who are in Paradise will live in bliss forever and those who
are in Hell-fire will live in torment forever.