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The Prophetic Fountain is a great fountain – a tank for holding water – which will be set up in the place of gathering on the Day of Resurrection, to which the Ummah of Muhammad-peace be upon him- will come. Its water will come from the river of al-Kawthar which is in Paradise, hence it is called the fountain of al-Kawthar. The evidence for that is the hadeeth narrated by Muslim in his Saheeh (4255) from Abu Dharr, that “into the fountain will flow two pipes from Paradise.” The apparent meaning of this hadeeth is that the fountain will be next to Paradise so that the water from the river that is inside Paradise will be able to flow into it, as Ibn Hajar said in al-Fath 11/466. And Allaah knows best.

There are many other traditions of the Prophet-peace be upon him- with vivid description of the Prophetic fountain. Below are some of them:

-      Huzaifa reported that the Messenger of Allah-peace be upon him-said: my fountain is bigger than the space between Aila and Aden. By Him in whose hand is my life, its vessels are more numerous than the number of stars, and it is whiter than milk and sweeter than honey. By Him in whose hand is my soul, I will drive away persons (from it) just as a person drives away unknown camels from his fountain. They (the companions) said: Messenger of Allah, would you recognize us? He said: yes, you would come to me with radiant faces, hands and feet on account of the traces of ablution. None but you would have this mark. (reported by Ibn Majah)

-      Abdullah narrated that the Prophet- peace be upon him- said: “I am your Predecessor at the Lake-fount.” (reported by Bukhari).

-   Anas bin Malik reported that the Messenger said: my fountain will be as extensive as the distance between Aila and San’a of Yemen, and there would be in it jugs like stars in the sky. (reported by Muslim).

 

-   Abdullah bin ‘Amr al-‘As reported that the Messenger of Allah said: “ My fountain (is as wide and broad that it requires) a month’s journey (to go round it) all, and its sides are equal and its water is whiter than silver, and its scent is more fragrant than the fragrance of musk, and its jugs (placed round it) are like stars in the sky; and he who would drink from it would never feel thirsty after that. Asma’, daughter of Abubakar said: Allah’s messenger said: I would be on the fountain and I would be seeing those who would be coming to me from you, but some people would be detained (before reaching me). I would say: My Lord, they are my followers and they belong to my ummah, and it would be said to me: Do you know what they did after you? By Allah, they did not do good after you, and they turned back upon their heels. (reported by Muslim).

With regard to where the fountain will be located in the land of gathering: 

The scholars differed concerning this matter. Some said that it will be after the Siraat (bridge across Hell). Others said that it will be before the Siraat. This is the view of the majority and is more likely to be correct – and Allaah knows best – because some of those who come to it will be taken to Hell, and if it were to be after the Siraat they would not be able to reach it because they would already have fallen into Hell – we seek refuge with Allaah

 

 

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