Most of Those Who Enter Hell Will be
Most of the sinners amongst the monotheists who enter Hell will
be women, as is reported in as-Saheehayn, via Ibn 'Abbaas: in the
khutbah given during a solar eclipse, the Prophet (saw) said,
"I saw Hell and I saw that most of its inhabitants were women".
al-Bukhaari and Muslim report from Abu Sa'eed al-Khudri
that the Prophet (saw) said, "O women give in charity, for I
have seen that you form the majority of the people of Hell."
They asked, "Why is that so, O Messenger of Allah (saw)?" He said,
"Because you curse too much and are ungrateful for good
al-Bukhaari and Muslim report from Usaamah ibn Zayd that
the Prophet (saw) said "I stood at the gate of Hell, and saw
that most of those who entered were women".
Muslim reports from 'Imraan ibn Husayn (ra) that the
Prophet (saw) said, "Few of the inhabitants of paradise are
This does not contradict the fact that every man in
Paradise will have more than one wife. What is referred to by the
women who will be the majority of the inhabitants of Hell is women
who are descendants of Aadam: the inhabitants of Paradise will have
many wives from among al-Hoor al-'Iyn.
"Women will be few among the inhabitants of Paradise
because in most cases they prefer the immediate pleasures of this
life, as they are less wise and unable to keep the Hereafter in
mind. They are too weak to strive and prepare themselves for it, and
are more inclined towards this world. In spite of all this, they are
the strongest factor in this world that distracts men from the
Hereafter, because men are inclined to desire them and they are not
concerned with the Hereafter. They are quick to follow those who
call them to deviate from Islaam, and reluctant to follow those
pious people who call them to the Hereafter, and righteous
deeds". (al-Qurtubee, at-Tadhkirah, 1/369)
In spite of all this, there are many righteous women
among them, who stay within the limits set by Allah (swt), adhere
to His laws, and obey Allah (swt) and His Messenger. Many of these
women will enter Paradise, and many of them excel over men in their
faith and righteous deeds.