Encounters during the Mi'raj: The People with Snakes in Them

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

During the night of the Mi’raj, the Prophet (s.a.w.), accompanied by Jibril (a.s.), travelled until the Prophet (s.a.w.) saw groups of people who had bellies as large as houses, and there were snakes in them which could be seen through their skins.  Every time one of those people stood up he would fall again and he would say, “O Allah, do not Make the Hour of Judgment rise yet!”  Then they met the people of Pharaoh on the road and the latter trample them underfoot.  The Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “I heard them clamouring to Allah.  O Jibril, who are these?”

He replied, “They are those of your ummah who eat up usury.  They cannot stand up except in the manner of those whom the Shaythan touches with possession.”


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