Description of 'Jahannam' in the Quran

Islamic Desk
20 December 2020, Sun
Published: 06:30

Description of 'Jahannam' in the Quran

Jahannam (Hell) is a real place that is prepared for those who reject the truth after it became apparent to them and do evil deeds. Just like the pleasures of paradise are real and experienced with the body, so is the suffering of hell. 

The pain of hell can only be compared to any pain in this world. Because the description of hell is abundant in the Qurān, this article will allow the Qurān to speak for itself. 

It will consist of quoting verses that provide certain descriptions of Jahannam (hell). 

There remains plenty more details in the teachings of the Prophet peace be upon him, but this article will be limited to the Qurān.

Quranic Verses about Jahannam جَهَنَّمُ.
The word Jahannam جَهَنَّمُ mentioned 77 times in the Quran.

٢٠٦  وَإِذَا قِيلَ لَهُ اتَّقِ اللَّهَ أَخَذَتْهُ الْعِزَّةُ بِالْإِثْمِ ۚ فَحَسْبُهُ جَهَنَّمُ ۚ وَلَبِئْسَ الْمِهَادُ

206  And when it is said to him, “Fear Allah,” pride in the sin takes hold of him. Sufficient for him is Hellfire, and how wretched is the resting place.


١٢  قُلْ لِلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا سَتُغْلَبُونَ وَتُحْشَرُونَ إِلَىٰ جَهَنَّمَ ۚ وَبِئْسَ الْمِهَادُ

12  Say to those who disbelieve, “You will be overcome and gathered together to Hell, and wretched is the resting place.


١٦٢  أَفَمَنِ اتَّبَعَ رِضْوَانَ اللَّهِ كَمَنْ بَاءَ بِسَخَطٍ مِنَ اللَّهِ وَمَأْوَاهُ جَهَنَّمُ ۚ وَبِئْسَ الْمَصِيرُ

162  So is one who pursues the pleasure of Allah like one who brings upon himself the anger of Allah and whose refuge is Hell? And wretched is the destination.


١٩٧  مَتَاعٌ قَلِيلٌ ثُمَّ مَأْوَاهُمْ جَهَنَّمُ ۚ وَبِئْسَ الْمِهَادُ

197  [It is but] a small enjoyment; then their [final] refuge is Hell, and wretched is the resting place.