273. The reason due to which Allah (azwj) Mighty and Majestic Delays the Punishment from the servants

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أبي رحمه الله قال حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله قال حدثنا القاسم بن محمد عن سليمان بن داود الشاذكوني عن أحمد بن يونس عن أبي هاشم قال: سألت أبا عبد الله (ع) عن الخلود في الجنة والنار قال: انما خلد أهل النار في النار، لان نياتهم كانت في الدنيا لو خلدوا فيها ان يعصوا الله ابدا وإنما خلد أهل الجنة في الجنة لان نياتهم كانت في الدنيا لو بقوا أن يطعوا الله أبدا ما بقوا فالنيات تخلد هؤلاء وهؤلاء، ثم تلا قوله تعالى (قل كل يعمل على شاكلته) قال: على نيته.


1. My father said, ‘Sa’ad Bin Abdullah narrated to us, from Al Qasim Bin Muhammad, from Suleyman Bin Dawood Al Shazkown, from Ahmad Bin Yunus, from Abu Hashim who said, ‘I asked Abu Abdullah (asws) about the eternity in the Paradise and the Fire. He (asws) said: ‘But rather eternity is for the people of the Fire in the Fire because their intentions when they were in the world was such that had they remained therein eternally, they would have disobeyed for ever; and the eternity for the people of the Paradise in the Paradise is because their intentions when they were in the world were such that had they remained they would have obeyed Allah (azwj) forever, for as long as they had remained. Thus the intentions of those ones and these ones were eternal’. Then he (asws) recited the Words of the High [17:84] Say: Every one acts according to his own disposition. He (asws) said: ‘Upon his intention’.