Belief in Paradise

Chapter Six

 

PARADISE

Paradise is an abode which Allah (The Exalted) has created for the believers. He has placed such splendours in Paradise, that no eye has ever seen this before and no ear has ever heard of it and nor has the thought of these splendours even passed through the mind of any person. None can ever experience the true realities and bounties of Paradise (in this world). The only one that has been blessed with experiencing all the bounties and all the beauties of Paradise is the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace).

Whatever has been explained about Paradise is only to give one an idea of the beauties and splendours of Paradise. The most beautiful things on this earth can not be compared in any way to anything in Paradise. There is no doubt, that nothing can be compared to Paradise, but the Ka’ba is greater in status than Paradise and as for the Blessed Grave of the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace), this is even greater than the Ka’ba and more majestic than the ‘Arsh of Allah (The Exalted) which is the most Majestic station in the skies.

The ‘Arsh is a creation of Allah (The Exalted) and the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) is the greatest of all creation. It is thus very evident that the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) being the greatest of Allah’s creation is without doubt more exalted in position than the ‘Arsh.

One can therefore not compare the pleasures and tranquillity of Paradise. If one of the maidens of Paradise has to peep into the world, through her beauty, the entire skies and earth will be lit up and be filled with fragrance. Her beauty will surpass the brightness of the sun and the moon. Her head gear is greater than the world and all its possessions. If a Hoor (maiden of Paradise) has to show her palm between the skies and the earth, the creation will be plunged into turmoil due to her beauty. If she reveals her head gear, its beauty will be more than that of the sun. The sun compared to the beauty of her headgear will be like a candle in front of the sun. If anything from Paradise equivalent to a finger nail has to fall onto earth the entire skies and earth will be adorned by it. If the comb of a person from Paradise is revealed, the brightness of the sun will be hidden. The smallest space in Paradise (even an amount of space that one needs to keep a dustbin) is greater than the world and all its possessions. Only Allah (The Exalted) and His Messenger (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) know how vast Paradise is. The explanation for understanding is that it has one hundred levels. The distance between every two levels is the distance between the skies and the earth. As for the issue of how vast each level is, no such narration comes to mind right now. It is mentioned in Tirmidhi, that if all the worlds have to put into one level, this one level is sufficient for everything.

There is a tree in Paradise that if a fast horse has to ride in its shade for a hundred years, it will still remain under its shade. The doors of Paradise are so broad that from one end to the other of one door is the distance that a fast horse will travel in seventy years. With all this, the amount of people that will enter Paradise will be so many, that they will be touching elbows struggling to enter. Because of the crowds, the doors will start to make noises. There are all types of Mansions therein, which are made of precious stones. They are so beautiful and pure, that the inside can be seen from outside and the outside can be seen from inside.

The walls of Paradise are made from gold and silver bricks, which are fixed together by musk. One brick will be made of gold followed by a silver one. The ground will be made of saffron and instead of stones; there will be pearls and other precious stones. It is in one narration that the bricks of Paradise are of white pearl, reddish diamonds, green emeralds. These bricks have been placed alternately and are bound by musk. Instead of grass, there is saffron, pearls instead of stones and sand made from amber. There is a tent in Paradise, made from pearls. The height of this tent will be sixty miles. There are four rivers in Paradise. One of water, one of milk, one of honey and one of heavenly wine. There are streams which flow from each river into the homes of every person. The streams in Paradise do not flow after being dug up, but they flow on the surface. The banks of each stream are of pearls and rubies and the sand below the water is made from musk.

The wine of Paradise is not like the wine of this world, which is overcome with a foul odour and a bitter taste and causes a person to become drunk and lose his sense of judgment. The wine of Paradise is pure of all the above mentioned shortcomings (which are found in the wine of the world).

The people in Paradise will eat all delicacies. Whatever they desire for will appear before them. If a person sees a bird and wishes to taste its flesh, immediately it will appear well cooked before him. If he thinks of water etc. the Jug will come by itself in his hand. The jugs will have the exact amount of water, milk or honey in it that the person desires. There will not be one drop more or less than desired. After the person drinks from it, it will return to where it came from. In Paradise there will be no impurities, such as urine, stool, nose fluid or ear fluid etc. The people of Paradise will only burp a fragrant and comfortable burp. Ones perspiration will be fragrant and comfortable and this will cause all the food eaten to be digested. The scent of musk will be present in ones burp and perspiration. Every person will have the strength of one hundred men, to eat, drink and gain sexual satisfaction. Those in Paradise will continuously make Tasbeeh with intent and without intent like the flow of ones breath. There will be ten thousand servants standing at the head side of every person. Each one of them will have a bowl of gold and a bowl of silver in their hands, which will be full of all exalted and splendid things. No matter how much a person eats, the taste will never become less. In reality the taste will increase. Every morsel will have seventy tastes and each taste will be better than the previous, which will be felt simultaneously. The clothes of the people of Paradise will never become old and they will remain young forever. When the first group of Muslims enters Paradise, their faces will be as bright as the full moon. The second group of people, their faces will be as bright as the brightest star. They will all live in harmony and there will be no disunity or jealousy amongst them.

From amongst the maidens of Paradise given to the men, there will be at least two such maidens, that even though they will be wearing seventy sets of clothes, there ankles will be seen through these clothes like red wine is seen through a clear glass and this is because Allah (The Exalted) has compared them to rubies. If one makes a hole in a ruby and threads a string through it, the string will be clearly seen through the precious gemstone. A man will see his face in her face more clear than seeing in a mirror. The smallest pearl that she wears will be so beautiful, that it will give brightness from the east right up to the West. One narration says that if a man places his hand on her back, he will be able to see it through her clothes and flesh. If the clothes of Paradise have to be worn in the world, all those who see it will fall unconscious and the sights of the people will not be able to bear its powerful rays. When a man goes to a maiden of Paradise, he will find her pure and chaste as the first time, but there will be no discomfort for the male or female. If a maiden of Paradise has to drop her saliva into the sea, because of the sweetness of her saliva, the entire see will become sweet.

It is in one narration that if the maidens of Paradise have to drop there saliva into the seven seas, then the seven seas would become sweeter than honey. When a person enters Paradise, two maidens will sing to him at his head side in a very beautiful voice. There singing will not be the shaytaani songs of this world, but it will be the Praise of Allah (The Exalted). They have such sweet voices, that the creation has never heard such a sweet voice. They will also sing a song in which they will say, ‘We are to live for ever and will never die. We are those in comfort and will never be trapped in discomfort. We are happy and will never be sad. Congratulations to those who have become ours and we have become theirs. With the exception of hair on the head, eye lashes and eye brows, the people of Paradise will not have any other hair. An ordinary person in Paradis will receive 80,000 servants and seventy two wives. He will be given such a crown that the smallest pearl in it will illuminate the entire east and west. If a person wishes to have a child, they will become pregnant and have a child within a moment. They will not be older than thirty years of age. They will not feel the need to sleep, since sleep is a kind of death. When the people of Paradise enters Paradise, each will receive a status according to his or her deeds.

After a week, the people of Paradise will be given the permission to see Allah (The Exalted). The ‘Arsh of Allah (The Exalted) will appear in one of the gardens of Paradise and the people of Paradise will see Allah (The Exalted). Pulpits of Light, pearls, rubies, emeralds, gold, silver, musk and camphor will be laid for the people of Paradise to sit on. None of them will feel inferior to another. They will see Allah (The Exalted) so clearly, as every person sees the sun or the full moon from wherever He is (this is an example without comparison). Allah (The Exalted) will address some of the people of Paradise reminding of their sins and wrongs. He will say, ‘O certain person, the son of certain! Do you remember that which you did on such and such a day’ the person being addressed will humbly say, ‘O Allah (The Exalted), have you not pardoned me? Allah (The Exalted) will say, ‘Yes I have pardoned you. It is through my Mercy that you have received this position. ‘Everyone will still be in this highly special condition, when the sky will become overcast with clouds and a fragrance will rain upon them and it will be a fragrance that they have never smelt before. Allah (The Exalted) will say, ‘Go towards the place of respect which I have prepared for you and take as you desire.’ They will go towards a special market place which will be guarded by Angels. They will see those items, which they had never seen or heard off and nor did it cross their thoughts. They will be given whatever they desire. There will be no buying and selling. The people of Paradise will meet with one another in this market place. The one with a less status will see the clothes of the one with higher status and admire it. All of a sudden he will feel that his own clothes are the best. This is because there is nor sadness in Paradise. From there, they will each go to their respective homes. Their wives will welcome them and say that their beauty has increased and is now more than when they had left their homes. They will say that they have been blessed with the honour of sitting before Allah (The Exalted). It is for this reason that we have become so illuminated.

When the people of Paradise wish to meet with each other, either their thrones will move to wherever they desire or they will be transported by very swift animals. If they intend to visit any person or place, their desire will be instantly fulfilled. The people of Paradise who will be of the lowest order will have wives, orchards etc. that will stretch out for a distance of a thousand years. The most chosen ones in Paradise will be blessed with seeing of Allah (The Exalted) morning and evening. When the people of Paradise enter Paradise, Allah (The Exalted) will ask if they desire anything else. They will say, ‘You brightened our faces and entered us into Paradise. You freed us from Hell. There is nothing else we desire.’ Then, the veils will be removed and the people of Paradise will see Allah (The Exalted). Could they receive anything greater and more valuable than the opportunity of seeing Allah (The Exalted)?

‘O Allah Almighty, Bless us with the great opportunity of seeing You through the blessings of Your Beloved, Generous and Merciful Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace).