Food in general for all creatures is a kind of pleasure but
for the people of Hell-fire it is a fierce kind of torture. In other words, in
Hell-fire food is not food as we know it and does not have the characteristics
of the food we know in life because food in Hell-fire will neither nourish nor
avail against hunger.
Food in Hell-fire is a punishment rather than a source of nourishment.
The first dish served in Hell-fire is the fruit of the tree of Zaqqum, which is
an extremely bitter and horrible tree in
Hell-fire and here we find the Almighty, says, (You verily
will eat of the trees of Zaqqum. Then you will fill your bellies therewith. And
drink boiling water on top of it, so you will drink (that) like thirsty camels!
That will be their entertainment on the Day of Recompense! )
Thus these criminals are worthy of such food and in the
past the dogs of the kings used to eat better kinds of food than the people
Leaving the first dish to the second one we find it even
worst for it is nothing but the filth that results from the washing of wounds.
It is not only disgusting but also its effects the stomach and the intestine.
It is extremely horrible. It is a kind of food that burns the throat and the
esophagus even before reaching the stomach. It is the cause of severe pain and
terrible suffering that goes beyond description.
In addition to this there is nothing called water in
Allah, the Almighty says,)and the dwellers of the Fire
will call to the dwellers of Paradise: "Pour on us some water or anything that
Allah has provided you with." They will say: "Both (water and provision)
Allah has forbidden to the unbelievers. "Who took their religion as an
amusement and play, and the we of the world deceived them. "So this Day We
shall forget them as they forgot their meeting of this Day, and as they used to
reject Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, Verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.).