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Jahannam (Arabic: جهنم‎) is the Islamic equivalent to Gei Hinnom, or hell. Its name is similar to the Hebrew word Gehinnom, from which it derives. According to the Qur'an only God knows who will go to Jahannam and who will go to Jannah. Those who ignored, or only pretended to believe in Allah remain in Jahannam after Qiyamat (Judgment Day).

Muslims believe that unfaithful Muslims not true to their religion will be punished in Jahannam, but will eventually be forgiven. However, those who commit shirk, that is, the sin of polytheism, will be condemned to Jahannam for eternity.

Zaqqum is a thorned tree that grows in Jahannam. It has bitter thorned fruit, shaped like devils' heads, which the damned are compelled to eat to intensify their torment. The Qur'an says:

[44.43] Surely the tree of the Zaqqum,
[44.44] Is the food of the sinful
[44.45] Like dregs of oil; it shall boil in (their) bellies,
[44.46] Like the boiling of hot water.[1]

Islamic sources indicate that all evil creatures, both human and jinn (including Satan himself) will be tormented by the angel Maalik and his Zabaniyah.

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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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English

Etymology

From Arabic جهنم (jahánnam).

Proper noun

Singular
Jahannam

Plural
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Jahannam

  1. (Islam) Islamic concept of hell, where unfaithful Muslims not true to their religion will be punished, but will eventually be forgiven.

Related terms

  • Gei Hinnom
  • Zaqqum
  • Jannah

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