THOSE WHO SAY ‘OUR LORD! AVERT FROM US THE TORMENT OF THE HELL’
“And those who say: ‘O our Lord avert from us the torment of the Hell-fire, indeed its torment adheres and persists’. Evil indeed it (Hell) is an abode and as a place to rest in.” surah-furqaan(25): 65-66.
Shaikh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Naasir as Sa’dee said,
“And those who say, ‘O our Lord avert from us the torment of the Hell-fire…”Meaning, avert it from us by safeguarding us from its causes, and by forgiving us whatever we have done which would deserve punishment.
“Its torment clings and persists.” The meaning is that it persists and clings to its people, just as a debt persists and clings to the debtor.
“It is an evil abode and residence.” They say this out of humility to their Lord, to make manifest their extreme need for Him, to acknowledge that it is not within their capacity to bear this torment and in order to remind each other of Allah’s favor upon them. For indeed the averting of a calamity will vary in accordance with its severity and enormity. Thus, the greater it is, the greater will be the impact of its being averted and the greater will be the joy which this produces.
Source: “The Characteristics of The Slave of The Merciful” Shaikh Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Naasir as SA’dee