The Pond (Al-Hawd)

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The Pond of Hawd Al-Kousar in Islam

Allah will honor His Messenger Muhammad on that great Day by giving him an expansive pond whose water is whiter than milk and sweeter than honey and whose fragrance is more pleasant than musk.

Its mugs are like stars of the sky. The water will come to that pond from al Kawthar River, which Allah will give His Messenger in Paradise.

It shall be visited by the Ummah of Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) and whoever drinks from it shall never be thirsty again.

The scholars differ as regards the place of this pond. Al-Ghazali and Al-Qurtubi believed that it will be before people’s passage over the Bridge on the grounds of the Day of Resurrection.

They cited as evidence the fact that some of those who will visit it will be taken to Hell. This indicates that it will come before people’s passage over the Bridge and not after it.

As for Ibn Hajar, he supported Al-Bukhari’s opinion that the pond will be after the Bridge. This is because, Al-Bukhari mentioned Hadiths about the pond after Hadiths about the intercession and Hadiths about erection of the Bridge.

However, the opinion of Al-Qurtubi is stronger. Ibn Hajar discussed the evidences of the two factions in his valuable work Fath Al Bari”.

Hadiths about the Pond:

‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin Al-‘Aas (may Allah be pleased with him and his father) narrated that the Messenger of Allah, said;

“My Lake-Fount (pond) is as wide as the journey of a month, its water is whiter than milk, its fragrance more pleasant than musk and its drinking vessels are as many as the stars of the sky. Whoever drinks thereof shall never feel thirsty again”.

Recorded by Al-Bukhari and Muslim

‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him and his father) narrated that the Messenger of Allah said;

“My Lake-Fount is as wide as what is between Eden and ‘Amman. Its water is colder than ice, sweeter than honey, and its fragrance is more pleasant than musk.

Its mugs are like stars of the sky. Whoever drinks thereof shall never feel thirsty again.The first ones to come to it are the utterly destitute Emigrants.

Someone said;

“Who are they, O Messenger of Allah?

He answered: They are the ones with disheveled hair, pale faces and dirty clothes. Doors are not opened for them and they are incapable of marrying affluent women.

They give out all that is due upon them but they are not given all that is due to them. (Recorded by Ahmad with a sound chain of narration)

Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah said:

I was endowed with Kawthar (river). When I struck it with my hand, I found it fragranced with musk. The pebbles of that Lake-Fount are pearls and its edges are like domes that move on the earth and do not break.

Recorded by Al-Bazaar 

Abu Barzah (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated that he heard the Messenger of Allah, say:

The distance between the two edges of my Pond is as wide as the distance between Ailah and San,aa the distance of a month’s journey. Its length and breadth are the same.

It has two golden spouts springing out of Paradise. Its water is whiter than milk and colder than ice. It has mugs that are as many as the number of stars of the sky.”

Recorded by At-Tabarani and Ibn Hibbaan 

People who will visit the Lake-Fountain (Al-Hawd) and those who will be driven away from it

Abu Hurayrah (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah said:

While I was sleeping, a group (of my followers were brought close to me), and when I recognized them, a man (an angel) came out from amongst (us) me and them, he said (to them), ‘Come along., I asked, ‘Where?, He said, ‘To the (Hell) Fire, by Allah, I asked, ,what is wrong with them, He said, ‘They turned apostate as renegades after you left., Then behold! (Another) group (of my followers) were brought close to me, and when I recognized them, a man (an angel) came out from (me and them) he said (to them); ‘Come along. I asked, “Where?, He said, ‘To the (Hell) Fire, by Allah. I asked, What is wrong with them? He said, ‘They turned apostate as renegades after you left. So I did not see anyone of them escaping except a few who were like camels without a shepherd.

Recorded by Al-Bukhari and Muslim

 

The Muslim’s version goes thus: “My people would come to me on the Cistern and I would drive away persons (from it) just as a person drives away other people’s camels from his camels. They (the hearers) said: “Apostle of Allah, would you recognize us”? He replied: “Yea, you would have a mark which other people will not have. You would come to me with a white blaze on your foreheads and white marks on your feet because of the traces of ablution. A group among you would be prevented from coming to me, and they would not meet me, and I would say: ‘O my Lord, they are my companions”. Upon this an angel would reply to me saying: ‘Do you know what these people did after you.”

‘Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) narrated that she heard the Messenger of Allah, say while he was in the midst of his Companions: “I would be on the Cistern so that I would be able to see those of you who would be coming to me, but some people would be detained (before reaching me). I would say: “My Lord, they are my followers and belong to my Ummah, and it would be said to me: “Do you know what they did after you? By Allah, they did not do good after you, and they turned back upon their heels. (Recorded by Muslim)

Al-Qurtubi mentioned some of these Hadiths in his Tadhkirah and then said: “Our scholars, may Allah have mercy upon them all say, ‘Anyone who renounces the religion of Allah or introduces to it what Allah is not pleased with or what He has not permitted will be among those who will be driven away from the Lake-Fountain (the Pond). The ones to be kept away farthest are those who opposed the majority of the Muslims and deviated from their way. They are groups such as the Khawarij in their different sections, the Rawafidh in their different erroneous ways and the Mu’tazilites in their various desires. All these groups have bargained away guidance for error. Other people who will be kept away from the Lake-Fountain are the oppressors who have gone to the extreme in their injustice and obstruction of the truth and killing and humiliating the people of the truth. The same will apply to those who flagrantly commit major sins and take them for granted; and those who follow error and desires and promote innovation.