Commentary on the Hadith of “Woe to the heels from the Fire.

Praise be to Allah,


It was narrated that Abdullaah ibn Amr  said: The Messenger of Allaah (PBUH ) said,

“Woe to the heels from the Fire! [Do Wudoo’ properly].”[i]


Context of the Hadith


In the narration of Abdullah Ibn Amr, they were with the Prophet (PBUH) on a journey. They went ahead and the prophet (PBUH) caught up to them when the time for Asr prayer had reached them and they had begun to make Wudoo and wipe their feet. Then he (PHUB) shouted with his loudest voice saying, “Woe to the heels from the fire,” two or three times. As for its reason in the hadith of Abu Hurayrah, it is as is mentioned in Saheeh Muslim that the Prophet (PBUH) saw a man who did not wash his heels so he said,’ Woe to the heels from the fire.”


Benefits from this Hadith:


1.The obligation of giving attention to the parts of the body washed in Ablution, and not being neglectful of any of them. The hadeeth has clearly pointed to taking care when one washes his feet during Wudoo’. The rest of the parts of the body washed in Wudoo’ is included by Qiyas (analogy), based on texts in other hadeeths, which mention each of these parts.

2. The severe threat for the one who is neglectful in the performance of Wudoo’.

3. The obligation, in reference to the two feet during Wudoo’, is washing them. This is confirmed in numerous authentic hadeeths, as well as the consensus (Ijmaa’) of the Muslim Ummah. This is in contradiction to the strange and deviant position of the Shee’ah, who opposed the whole of the Ummah as they have rejected the confirmed and authentic hadeeths which report the action of the Prophet (PBUH), as well as his teaching and instructions to the Companions.

4. Washing the feet in Wudoo is obligatory when they are uncovered.

5. Being negligent in any of the limbs of at-Taharah is a major sin.

6. The confirmation of the recompense of the deeds and that the recompense is in accordance with the deed.



Arousing the Intellects with the Explanation of Umdatul Ahkaam. The Book Of At-Taharaah by Allama Sheikh Salih Ibn Uthaymeen (May Allah have mercy on him). page 19

Tayseer al-Allaam Sharh Umdatul-Ahkaam by Shaykh Abdullah ibn Abdur – Rahmaan Aal Bassaam. Page 9


[i] [Saheeh Bukhaari, Volume 1, Book 4, Hadeeth Number 163, p. 148; Saheeh Muslim, Volume 1, Book 2, Hadeeth Number 572, p. 372; The addition, in brackets, is recorded in Saheeh Muslim, Volume 1, Book 2, Hadeeth Number 570, p. 371]




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