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The Pleasures of Paradise

‘Wish,’ and he will wish and wish...

Allah Ta’ala has said in the Quran (translation of meaning):
“And give good news (O Muhammad) to those who believe and do good deeds, that they will have gardens (Paradise) in which rivers flow.…” (Quran 2:25)

Allah Ta’ala has also said (interpretation) :
“Race one with another for forgiveness from your Lord and for Paradise , whose width is as the width of the heavens and the earth, which has been prepared for those who believe in God and His messengers.. ..” (Quran 57:21)

Allah Ta’ala has said in the Quran (translation of meaning):
“But those who believe and do good deeds, We will admit them to gardens (Paradise) in which rivers flow, lasting in them forever….” (Quran 4:57)

The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) said that a caller will call out in Paradise when people enter it: “Indeed may you be healthy and never be sick again, may you live and never die again, may you be young and never grow feeble again, may you enjoy, and never feel sorrow and regret again.” (Saheeh Muslim)

Allah Ta’ala says (interpretation of meaning):
“They will not hear therein ill speech or commission of sin. But only the saying of: Peace! Peace!” (Quran 56:25-26)

There will be no enmity between people nor ill-feelings:
“And We shall remove from their breasts any (mutual) hatred or sense of injury (which they had, if at all, in the life of this world).” (Quran 7:43)

The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) said: “There will be no hatred or resentment among them, their hearts will be as one, and they will glorify God, morning and evening.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)

“Say: Short is the enjoyment of this world. The Hereafter is (far) better for him who fears Allah.” (Quran 4:77)
As for Paradise , people will live forever. Allah Ta’ala says (translation of meaning):
“…its provision is eternal and so is its shade…” (Quran 13:35)

The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam), may Allah praise him, said: “The space of the bow of any one of you in Paradise is better than all that the sun rises upon” (Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh 3/85, no. 5615)

Anas reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “There is a market in the Garden to which the people go every week. The north wind blows and scatters (fragrance) in their faces and clothes. They are increased in beauty and handsomeness. They return to their families who have also increased in beauty and handsomeness. Their families will say to them, ‘You have increased in beauty and handsomeness?’ They will say, ‘And, by Allah, you have increased in beauty and handsomeness since we left.'” (Muslim)

Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Allah will say to the one among you with the lowest position in the Garden, ‘Wish,’ and he will wish and wish. He will then say to him, ‘Did you wish?’ He will say, ‘Yes,’ and He will say to him, ‘You have what you wished for and the same again with it.” (Muslim)

The wine of Paradise, as described by its Creator, is:
“Crystal-white, delicious to those who drink (thereof), free from intoxication, nor will they suffer intoxication therefrom” (Quran 37:46-47)

The water of Paradise does not become brackish, and its milk never changes in flavor:
“… rivers of water incorruptible; rivers of milk of which the taste never changes …” (Quran 47:15)

What we have mentioned has been a mere comparison in order to understand the nature of Paradise , but as Allah said, its delights are truly hidden:
“No person knows what is kept hidden for them of joy, as a reward for what they used to do.” (The Quran, 32:17)

Paradise: There is Nothing Like It

The delights of Paradise surpass the imagination and defy description. They are like nothing known to the people of this world; no matter how advanced we may become, what we achieve is as nothing in comparison with the joys of the Hereafter. As is mentioned in several reports, there is nothing like Paradise :
“It is sparkling light, aromatic plants, a lofty palace, a flowing river, ripe fruit, a beautiful wife and abundant clothing, in an eternal abode of radiant joy, in beautiful soundly-constructed high houses”. (Ibn Maajah, Ibn Hibbaan)

The Sahabah asked the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) about the buildings of Paradise and he replied with a wonderful description:
“Bricks of gold and silver, and mortar of fragrant musk, pebbles of pearl and sapphire, and soil of saffron. Whoever enters it is filled with joy and will never feel miserable; he will live there forever and never die; their clothes will never wear out and their youth will never fade.” (Ahmad, at-Tirmidhi, ad-Daarimee)

Allah Ta’ala says (explanation of meaning):
“And when you look there (in Paradise) you will see a delight (that cannot be imagined), and a great dominion” (Quran 76:20)
The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasalaam) said that Allah Ta’ala said:
“I have prepared for My slaves what no eye has seen, no ear has heard and no human heart can imagine.” Recite if you wish:
“No person knows what is kept hidden for them of joy as a reward for what they used to do.” (Quran 32:17)

In another report:
“Never mind what Allah has told you; what He has not told you is even greater.” (Saheeh Muslim)

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