Whoever reads the descriptions of Hell in the Qur’aan and hadiths will discover that it is a creation that can see, speak and complain. The Qur’aan tells us that Hell will be able to see its people from afar when they are coming towards it, and it will start to utter terrifying cries that will indicate how much anger and hatred it feels towards these evildoers:
“When it [Hell] sees them from a far place, they will hear its raging and roaring”. (25:12)
Ibn Jareer reports that Ibn ‘Abbaas said:
“A man will be dragged towards Hell, which will shrink into itself. Allaah (subhanahu wata’ala) will say: “What is the matter with you?” It will say, “He is seeking refuge with you from me”. He will say, “Release My slave”. Another man will be dragged towards Hell and it will send out a gust of air like a mule snorting at a camel, then it will take in a gust of air and there will be no-one left except it will terrify him”.
(Ibn Katheer quoted this report in an-Nihaayah, 2/21, and said that its isnaad is saheeh).
Imaam Ahmad and at-Tirmidhi report from Abu Salih from Abu Hurayrah (radiAllahu anhu) that the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said:
“On the Day of Resurrection a neck will stretch forth from Hell; it will have two eyes to see, two ears to hear, and a tongue to speak. It will say, “I have been appointed to take care of three types of people:
1) every arrogant tyrant,
2) every person who called on some deity other than Allaah (subhanahu wa ta’ala)
3) and those who made pictures”
(at-Tirmidhi stated that this hadith was saheeh – at-Takhweef min an-Naar, p.179, See also Jaami’ al-Usool, 10/518, the editor said its isnaad is hasan).
[Source: al-Jannah wa an-Naar by Dr. Umar Sulaiman al-Ashqar]