Description of Hellfire: The Food of Hell
Allah (swt) says: “For them there will be no food except from a poisonous, thorny plant, which neither nourishes nor avails against hunger” [Qur’an, 88:6-7]. The food will neither nourish nor taste good. It will only serve as a punishment to the people of Hell.
The food is further described here. The people WILL be eating and drinking in Hellfire to satisfy their hunger and thrist:
“Indeed, the tree of zaqqum, is food for the sinful. Like murky oil, it boils within bellies, like the boiling of scalding water.” [Qur’an, 44: 43-46]
and “Is Paradise a better accommodation or the tree of zaqqum? Indeed, We have made it a torment for the wrongdoers. Indeed, it is a tree issuing from the bottom of the Hellfire, its emerging fruit as if it was heads of the devils. And indeed, they will eat from it and fill with it their bellies. Then indeed, they will have after it a mixture of scalding water.” [Qur’an, 37: 62-67]
and “Then indeed you, O those astray [who are] deniers, will be eating from trees of zaqqum, and filling with it your bellies, and drinking on top of it from scalding water, and will drink as the drinking of thirsty camels.” [Qur’an, 56: 51-55]
So can you imagine what this tree will be like? The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “If a drop from zaqqum were to land in this world, the people of earth and all their means of sustenance would rot. So how must it be for one who must eat it?” [Tirmidhi]