Question: Some Hadeeth reported by Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim say that Aboo Taalib will be the least punished person on the Day of Resurrection. There are also other Hadeeth that say that the members of the Prophet’s family, who did not believe in him, will be in Hellfire, and others that say that the Prophet’s father will be in Hellfire. Would you please explain whether this means that they will abide eternally in Hellfire?
Answer: Aboo Taalib is the person who will receive the least punishment on the Day of Resurrection, due to the Prophet’s intercession for him for this. Thus, Allaah will reduce his punishment due to the Prophet’s intercession, as recorded in a Hadeeth by Muslim, on the authority of Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them) stating that the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said… read more here.