For Filipino Catholics, the ticket to eternal damnation is to violate the Ten Commandments of Yahweh and forsake the Creator’s forgiveness while living. The good book relates that the road to Hell, or the lake of eternal flame, is wide while the path to heaven is narrow. Hell, pop culture claims is packed with celebrities and the who’s-who of the world (dictators, emperors, kings, Presidents and rock stars).
Interestingly, hell for muslims or Jahannam is more brutal.
According to the Koran, suffering in Jahannam is both physical and spiritual, and varies according to the sins of the condemned. Hell has seven levels (each one more severe than the one above it; seven gates (each for a specific group of sinners); a blazing fire, boiling water, and the Tree of Zaqqum.
Unlike the Christian Bible, the Koran offers detailed descriptions of the methods of punishment in Jahannam. It states the punishments will be: the burning of skin, only to be replaced for reburying; garments of fire to be worn, and boiling water that will scald the skin and internal organs and faces; faces on fire; lips burnt off; backs on fire; from side to side; faces dragged along fire; bound in yokes then dragged through boiling water and fire, and wearing a pair of sandals on fire that will boil your brain.
In the Koran, the punishments of Jahannam (such as burning) are always followed with contrary protection of paradise (such as shade). Hell is said to be filled with venomous snakes/scorpions, the pain from whose venom will last 40 years.
Those who prevent others from following the path of Allah will be punished more severely. Hypocrites are found in the lowest of depths of the fire. Those who spread corruption—on top of having already hindered the path of Allah—will experience harsher punishments.
Surah (chapter) al-Ghashiyah of the Qur’an states that the only food in Hell will be “dari” or a bitter plant. Another surah—Sad—states that sinners in hell will taste “a boiling fluid and a filthy fluid of pus and blood and other penalties of a similar kind to match them”. Verses in four different surah state that hell’s inhabitants food will be the fruit from the Zaqqumtree—a tree that springs out of the bottom of hellfire. The shoots of its fruit-stalks are like the “heads of devils” and eating it is similar to eating molten brass that will boil their insides “like scalding water”. Sinners drink boiling water that will cut their bowels when they consume it. If they call for relief, they shall be given water also described as being like molten brass, which will scald their faces.
According to one Hadith, the least-suffering person in Jahannam will have his/her brain boiling from standing on hot embers.
Types of punishments in Jahannam are often specific to type of sin, for example those who did not pay Zakat, “on the Day of Resurrection, his wealth will be presented to him in the shape of a bald-headed poisonous male snake with two poisonous glands in its mouth and it will encircle itself round his neck and bite him over his cheeks and say, ‘I am your wealth; I am your treasure.'” Another Hadith relates that a person who committed suicide will be punished over and over on the Day of Judgment and later in Jahannam by the very means he/she used to end his/her life.
It is a relief that Christians and Muslims are united in believing that there is indeed payback in the afterlife for a person who has greatly sinned. As such, Jahannam welcomes the following offenders:
1.) The terrorists who killed thousands at the World Trade Center during 9-11.
2.) The terrorists who murdered their innocent hostages.
3.) The terrorists who murdered and raped the hapless victims of the Maguindanao Massacre.
4.) The terrorists who murdered the 44 police officers at Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
5.) The terrorists who slaughter innocent men and women for the sake of propaganda.