The ways in which people will pass over the Siraat=Bridge over Hellfire will vary according to their deeds

 Explanation= Tafsir of Surah Maryam= Chapter Mary (19:71-72)

“Not one of you but will pass over it: this is, with thy Lord, a Decree which must be accomplished.

But We shall save those who guarded against evil, and We shall leave the wrong doers therein, (humbled) to their knees.” Surah Maryam= Chapter Mary (19:71-72)

Allah did not say that all mankind –including the pious people –will enter Hellfire, and this is not mentioned in any text in the Book of Allah, or the Sunnah of the Prophet peace be upon him; rather, it is the opposite that is mentioned. Allah Says about the Hellfire (what means): {Indeed, those for whom the best [reward] has preceded from Us- they are from it [Hellfire] far removed.} [Quran 21:101]

Furthermore, the Prophet peace be upon him said: “Allah has protected from the Hellfire whoever said ‘La ilaaha illa Allah’ (None has the right to be worshipped but Allah) seeking the reward from Allah for saying it.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

However, we have not come across the narration which you mentioned in the question that it was reported by Al-Bukhari may Allah be pleased with him. The numbering of the narrations may differ according to the difference of 

copies unless you mean the narration on the authority of Abu Hurayrah may Allah be pleased with him that the Prophet peace be upon him said: “No Muslim whose three children die will enter Hellfire except for Allah’s oath [i.e. everyone has to pass over the Siraat (the bridge over Hellfire)].

“This is the same as the Saying of Allah (which means): {And there is none of you except he will come to it. This is upon your Lord inevitability decreed.} [Quran 19:71]

What is meant by the verse is the passing over the Sira at which is an extended bridge over Hellfire upon which the people will pass, and Allah will save the pious and they will not be harmed whereas the criminals (disbelievers) will fall into it.

Allah is the Most Just and He does not wrong anyone. Even the scholars may Allah be pleased with him who said that what is meant by the verse is that the people will enter Hellfire, they are of the view that they will not enter it as a means of punishment, but the Fire will be on them cool and safe.

Additional explanation:

These noble verses were interpreted by Prophet Muhammed, and the Prophet explained it by saying it means going over, passing and attending to hellfire.

The attending, meaning Muslims pass over hellfire to paradise and it does not harm them. Their deeds are carried out with them and they do not enter Hell itself, the Muslim believer does not enter Hell, rather a passage passes that does not harm him.

The Path is a bridge on the board of Hell, upon which people pass, and some Muslim sinners who committed grand sins and lots of sins and died without repenting  may fall due to the severity of their  sins and to the large number of their sins, and he is punished as much as his transgressions, then Almighty Allah takes him out of the Fire if he is a monotheist=Muwahid=died on pure Tawhid without shirk=polytheism.

And as for the unbelievers=Non-Muslims they do not pass over hellfire but drop into hellfire and are driven to Hellfire and they will be gathered to it – we seek refuge in Almighty Allah from that destination -.

But some of the disobedient Muslim sinners who committed grand sins and died on Tawhid, whom Almighty Allah did not forgive initially , may abide by his sins that he died for which he did not repent, such as fornication, drinking alcohol, disobedience to parents, consuming usury=Riba, and similar to that are major sins, whose owner is under the will of Almighty Allah, which means it is up to Almighty Allah to forgive them or not, as Almighty Allah said:

“Surely, Allah does not forgive that a partner is ascribed to Him, and He forgives anything short of that for whomsoever He wills. Whoever ascribes a partner to Allah commits a terrible sin.”
 Surah Al Nisa = Chapter the women (4:48)

As we all know Almighty Allah, Glory be to Him, does not forgive polytheism=shirk for the one who died upon it, but he forgives what is less than that of sins for whom he wills, and some people of sins do not forgive him who enters Hell, as the hadiths of Almighty Allah’s Messenger Prophet Muhammed, may blessings and peace be upon him, have been repeated.

Some of the disobedient of Muslim sinners enter Hell and abide therein whatever Almighty Allah wills, so his stay may be prolonged due to the large number of his sins that he did not repent of and may decrease.

The Prophet intercedes as well for the disobedient of Muslim sinners several intercessions, Almighty Allah limits the intercession of Prophet Muhammed to a limit and takes the forgiven of Muslim sinners out of the fire in favor of him for them because they died on monotheism=Tawhid and Islam, but they had sins from which they did not repent, and so the angels intercede, the believers intercede, he interceded excesses, and people remained in Hell from the

disobedient who did not go out with intercession So God Almighty will bring them out as a bounty of Him, and He will bring them out of Hell thanks to Him. Because they died over monotheism, they died on Islam, but they had sins that they died over which they did not repent, so they were tortured for it.

Then after the time that Almighty Allah has written for them has passed, and after purifying them with fire, God will bring them out of Hell and into Heaven, in virtue of it.

And with what we have mentioned above, the meaning of attending to hellfire is clear now, and that Almighty Allah says “Not one of you but will pass over it.”

Glory be to Him. Are clear now and means Passing only to Muslims whose Good deeds/Hasanat made them eligible to go directly to Paradise of course with Almighty Allah mercy, and that some of the disobedient Muslim sinners may fall into Hellfire, and therefore in the hadith: 

A Muslim’s salvation is piled up in the fire, so the good Muslim avoids hellfire and some of the disobedient Muslim sinners as well, and some of the disobedient Muslim sinners may fall because of their grand sins.

The ways in which people will pass over the siraat=Bridge over Hellfire will vary according to their deeds

The siraat is a bridge that will be set up over Hell – may Allah protect us from it – over which people will pass according to their deeds. Some will pass like the blink of an eye, or like lightning, or like the wind, or like swift horses.

Some will cross running, some walking, some crawling, and some will be snatched and thrown into the Fire, each according to his deeds.

In Saheeh al-Bukhaari (7439) and Muslim (183) it is narrated from Abu Sa‘eed al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) in a lengthy hadith: “……Then the bridge will be laid across Hell.’ We said, “O Messenger of Allah! What is the bridge?’ He said, ‘It is a slippery (bridge) on which there are clamps and (hooks like) thorns which are wide at one side and narrow at the other and have bent ends.

A plant with such thorns is found in Najd and is called al-Sa’daan. Some of the believers will cross the bridge as quickly as the wink of an eye, some others as quick as lightning, a strong wind, or fast horses or she-camels.

So, some will be safe without any harm; some will be safe after receiving some scratches, and some will fall down into Hell (Fire). The last person will cross by being dragged (over the bridge).”

Muslim added: Abu Sa‘eed said: I heard that the bridge is narrower than a hair and sharper than a sword.

An-Nawawi said:

The words “So some will be safe without any harm…” mean that they will fall into three categories: one category will be safe without experiencing any harm at all; another category will be scratched, then released and will be saved; and a third category will be snatched and thrown and will fall into Hell.

End quote from Sharh an-Nawawi ‘ala Muslim (3/29)

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

The siraat is a bridge that will be set up over Hell; it is narrower than a hair and sharper than a sword. People will pass over it according to their deeds. Whoever used to hasten to do good deeds in this world will pass quickly over the siraat; whoever was slow to do good deeds and whoever used to mix righteous deeds with bad deeds, and his bad deeds were not forgiven by Allah, may slip into the Fire; may Allah protect us.

People will vary in the ways in which they pass over the siraat. Some will pass in the blink of an eye, some will pass like lightning, some will pass like the wind, some will pass like swift horses, some will pass like fast camels, some will walk, some will crawl, and some will be thrown into Hell. No one will pass over this siraat except the believers only. As for the disbelievers, they will not pass over it, because on the Day of Resurrection they will be driven directly to Hell.

End quote from Sharh Riyaadh as-Saaliheen (1/470)

This is a summary of what has been narrated concerning the passing of the people over the siraat, which will vary according to their deeds.

Whoever used to hasten in this world to obey and worship Allah will be quickest in passing over the siraat.

Whoever was slow (to obey and worship Allah) will pass over it slowly. 

Regarding what is mentioned in the question about passing over it is taking one thousand years to ascend and one thousand years to descend, we do not know of any basis for that. What one must do is stick to the texts and what they indicate.

Allah knows best.

Almighty Allah is the highest and most knowledgeable, and the attribution of knowledge to him is the safest.

Right from Almighty Allah and wrong from me and Satan

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