‘Description of Paradise Jannah’
There is Nothing Like It
MENTIONED 200+ TIMES IN THE QURAN
Allaah (swt) indeed spoke the truth when He (swt) said:
“And when you look there [in Paradise] you will see a delight [that cannot be imagined]. and a great dominion“ [76:20]
Verily admittance to Paradise and salvation from the Fire are according to Allaah’s will and judgement, it is a great victory and tremendous success, as Allaah (swt) says:
Also is mentioned in several reports, there is nothing like Paradise. In a hadith qudsi it is narrated “I have prepared for My righteous slaves that which no eye has seen, no ear has heard and has never crossed the mind of any human being”.
The joys of Paradise are far greater than the pleasures of this world, which pale into insignificance in comparison. al-Bukhaari reports that the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ said:
The Sahabah asked the Prophet ﷺ about the buildings of Paradise and he ﷺ 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].
The Gates of Paradise
Paradise has gates through which the believers, like the angels, will enter:
The number of gates in Paradise is eight, one of which is called ar-Rayyaan, which is exclusively for those who fast. (Bukhari & Muslim)
In addition to ar-Rayyaan, there are also gates for those who pray much, those who give in charity and those who fight in for the Sake of Allah.
Paradise consists of levels, some of which are above others, and its people will be of differing levels and categories according to their position in Paradise. The Prophet ﷺ explained in a hadeeth narrated by Bukhari & Muslim that, “The people of Paradise will look at the people dwelling in the chambers above them in the same way that people look at a brilliant star shining far away on the horizon, in the East or West, because of their superiority [in reward] over them.” The people asked, “O Messenger of Allaah, are these the dwellings of the Prophets which no one else can attain?” He replied, “No by the One in Whose Hand is my soul, they are for the men who believed in Allaah, and also in His Messengers.”
Those Who Take their Positions in the Highest Levels
The last man to enter Paradise
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “I know of the last of the inhabitants of the Hell to be taken out from there and the last one to enter Jannah. He is a man who will come out of the Fire, crawling on all fours. Allah, the Rubb of glory and honour will say to him: `Go and enter Jannah.’ He will go to it and think that it is full up. He will then come back and say: `O my Rubb, it is full up.’ Allah will say to him: `Go and enter Jannah.’ He will again go to it and think that it is full up. So he will turn back. Allah will again say: `Go and enter Jannah. For you have what is equal to ten times the world.’ He will say: `Are You making fun of me while You are the King?” At this I (i.e., the narrator) saw the Messenger of Allah ﷺ laugh till his premolars were visible and he said, “Such man will be the last dweller of Jannah in its lowest rank.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
The Soil of Paradise
The Messenger of Allaah ﷺ said, “I entered Paradise where I saw lights of pearl and its soil was musk” (Bukhari & Muslim). In another narration he ﷺ said, “It is a fine white powder of pure musk“. (Muslim & Ahmad)
Rivers of Paradise
Allaah (swt), may He be Blessed and Exalted, has told us that rivers flow from beneath Paradise:
The rivers of Paradise do not just contain water. There are rivers of water, of milk, of wine and of clear honey. Allaah (swt) says:
“The description of Paradise which the Muttaqoon have been promised is that in it are rivers of water the taste and smell of which are not changed; rivers of milk of which the taste never changes; rivers of wine delicious to those who drink; and rivers of clarified honey [clear and pure]..“ [47:15]
One of the rivers of Paradise is al-Kawthar, which Allaah has given to His Messenger ﷺ, “Verily We have granted you [O Muhammad] al-Kawthar [a river in Paradise]“ [108:1]
The Prophet ﷺ saw it and told us about it (in authentic narrations recorded in Bukhari).
The Springs of Paradise
In Paradise there are many springs that provide drinks of different tastes:
Concerning the two Gardens which Allaah (swt) has prepared for those who fear their Rabb, Allaah (swt) said,
In Paradise there are two springs from which al-Muqarraboon will drink pure and undiluted (Kafoor), whilst the Abraar will drink their water mixed with something else (Tasneem).
The Palaces and Tents of Paradise
Allah (swt) will build good and beautiful dwellings for the people of Paradise:
The Prophet ﷺ said,
BUILD A PALACE IN JANNAH
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said:
The Couches of the People of Paradise
The palaces of Paradise have been prepared, and in their gardens are places to sit and recline, beautiful couches of delightful colours and high beds whose interiors are lined with silk brocade, let alone how magnificent their outward appearance must be. There are cushions and splendid carpets laid out in the most delightful fashion. Allaah (swt) says:
This reclining on those thrones and couches will be one of the luxuries that the people of Paradise will enjoy when they gather together, as Allaah (swt) says,
The Light of Paradise
The scholars said there is no night and day in Paradise, rather they will be in eternal everlasting light. They will know when night comes because curtains or screens will be put up and doors will be closed, and they will know when day comes because the curtains or screens will be taken down and the doors will be opened.
The Fragrance of Paradise
Paradise is filled with a pure and beautiful fragrance, which the believers will be able to discern from a great distance (a distance of forty years’ travelling). (Ahmad, an-Nasaa’ee, Ibn Maajah and al-Haakim reported with a saheeh isnaad)
The Trees and Fruits of Paradise
(i) Its trees and fruits are of many kinds and everlasting
The trees of Paradise are abundant and good and of many kinds. Allaah has told us that there are grapevines, datepalms and pomegranate trees in Paradise, as well as lotus trees and acacia trees. All these are thornless in Paradise.
What Allaah (swt) has told us about the trees of Paradise is only a small part of what Paradise contains. Hence Allaah told us
(ii) Some of the trees of Paradise
(iii) The trunks of the trees of Paradise are of Gold.
The Messenger of Allaah ﷺ said: “There is no tree in Paradise that does not have a trunk made of gold“ [Ibn Hibbaan, at-Tirmidhi]
How can the Believer increase his/her share of the trees of Paradise?
The Food and Drink of the People of Paradise
Allaah (swt) will permit them to take whatever they want of the good food and drink of Paradise: “Eat and drink at ease for that which you have sent on before you in days past!”[69:24]
In Paradise there will be a sea of water, a sea of wine, a sea of milk and a sea of honey, and the rivers of Paradise will flow out of these seas. There will be also many springs in Paradise, and its people will drink from these seas, rivers and springs.
The Wine of the People of Paradise
The wine of Paradise is free from all faults; it is pure and beautiful:
“Round them will be passed a cup of pure wine; white, delicious to the drinkers. Neither will they have ghoul [any kind of hurt, abdominal pain, headache, etc] from that, nor will they suffer intoxication therefrom“ [37:45-47]
The food and drink of the people of Paradise does not produce any impure excrement.
Paradise is a place that is free from all impurities, and its people are free of all the blemishes of people of this world. According to hadeeths mentioned in Sahih Muslim
The Vessels and Cups of the People of Paradise
Allaah (swt) says:
The Clothing, Jewellery and Incense-Burners Of the People of Paradise
The people of Paradise will wear the most luxurious clothes, amongst other things, garments of silk and bracelets of gold, silver and pearls. Allaah (swt) says:
The Prophet ﷺ also told us that the people of Paradise will have combs of gold and silver, and that they will perfume themselves with ‘Ud at-Teeb, even though the scent of musk will be emanating from their pure bodies.
Their jewellery will include crowns one ruby of which is better than this world and all that is in it. (at-Tirmidhi and Ibn Maajah)
The clothing and jewellery of the people of Paradise will never wear out or fade.
The Servants of the People of Paradise
The People of Paradise will be served by boys whom Allaah (swt) will create to serve them and who will be most beautiful and perfect in form:
If you saw them going around to attend to the needs of their masters, with their beautiful faces and splendid colourful clothes and jewellery, you would think that they were scattered pearls. There is no more beautiful description than the picture of pearls scattered in a place of beauty.” [Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 7/184]
The Market of the People of Paradise
The Messenger of Allaah ﷺ said, “In Paradise there is a market to which the people will come every Friday, then a wind will come from the north and blow on their faces, and clothes, and they will increase in beauty. Then they will return to their wives, who will also have increased in beauty. Their wives will say to them, “By Allaah, you increased in beauty after you left us.” And they will say, “And you too, by Allaah, you have increased in beauty since you left us.“ [Saheeh Muslim]
an-Nawawi commented on this hadith, “What is meant by a market is a gathering place where the people will come together, just as they gather in marketplaces in this world.”
The Gatherings and Conversations of the People of Paradise
The people of Paradise will visit one another, in delightful gatherings where they will remember their lives in this world and how Allaah (swt) has blessed them by admitting them to Paradise.
The Wishes of the People of Paradise
Some of the People of Paradise will wish for things that will be fulfilled in the strangest ways, unlike anything that happens in this world. The Prophet ﷺ said: “A man from the people of Paradise will ask his Rabb for permission to grow things. Allaah will ask him, “Do you not have what you want?” He will say, “Of course, but I love to grow things.” So he will sow the seeds and in the blinking of an eye the plant will grow and its fruit will ripen and become like mountains. Allaah (swt) will say, “Here it is. O son of Aadam nothing satisfies you!“
The Wife Of The Believer In This World Will Be His Wife In The Hereafter If She Is Righteous
Allaah (swt) will marry the believers in Paradise to beautiful women who were not their wives in this world, as Allaah (swt) says: “So [it will be] and We shall marry them to Houris with wide lovely eyes.” [44:54]
al-Hoor is the plural of Hooraa’, which is a woman, the white parts of her eyes intensely white, and the black is intensely black. al-‘Eeyn is the plural of ‘Aynaa, which is the woman whose eyes are wide.
The Qur’aan describes al-Hoor al-‘Eeyn:
al-Hoor are also described as restraining their gaze upon their husbands i.e. they restrict their gaze and don’t let their eyes wander to others. Allaah (swt) has stated that they are very beautiful, and it is sufficient to know that Allaah (swt) said: “In them will be fair [companions] good and beautiful; then which of the favours of your Rabb will you deny? Companions restrained [as to their glances] in [goodly] pavilions” [55:70-72]
The women are not like the women of this world. They are free of al-Hayd [menstruation], an-Nifaas [post-natal bleeding], spittle, mucus, urine and stools. This is what is referred to in the aayah: “..And they shall have therein Azwaajun Mutahharatun [purified mates]“ [2:25]
The Prophet ﷺ told us about the beauty of the wives of the People of Paradise.
The Song of al-Hoor al-‘Eeyn
The Messenger ﷺ said, “The wives of the people of Paradise will sing to their husband in the most beautiful voices that anyone has ever heard. What they will sing is: “We are good and beautiful, the wives of a noble people, who look at their husbands content and happy.” And they will sing, “We are eternal, and will never die, we are safe and will never fear, we are remaining here and will never go away.”“ [Tabarani with sahih isnad]
The Jealousy of al-Hoor al-Eeyn over their Husbands in this World
The Messenger of Allaah ﷺ said, “No woman in this world upsets her husband but his wife from among al-Hoor al-‘Eeyn will say, “Do not upset him, may Allaah kill you! For he is with you only temporarily, and soon he will leave you and come to us.“” (Tirmidhi & Ahmad)
Women in Paradise
A lot of the times with this question is brought up by non-Muslims and now a days even Muslim sisters that all these ayahs mention men, what do we get. As Muslimahs the first and foremost thing to remember is…
[VERSE 40, SURAT AN-NISA (THE WOMEN)]
Also note that Allah has sent this Law of Islam (Shari’ah) for both men and women. All address to men in the Quran is address to women, and all rules affecting men affect women as will unless evidence is established that one of them is meant and not the other as in the rules relating to menstruation, custodianship, rule etc.
In terms of the rewards, Allah specifically mentions women in some ayaat, we state here some of them:
If the men have wives in Paradise what do we get?
The believing woman will have whatever her heart desires and will delight her eyes, such as has never even crossed her mind in this world, as Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):
It is not appropriate or befitting to the modesty and dignity of women, to speak of what there will be for them in Paradise, in a manner similar to what a man will have of al-hoor al-‘een. Undoubtedly the Muslim character and modesty respects women too much to mention what they will have in that regard. It is sufficient to note that she will have of bliss in Paradise whatever her heart desires and will delight her eyes.
So be rest assured, Allah is The Most Just, do not let Shaytaan play his tricks and cast doubts in the minds/hearts.
It will be The Pleasure of Allaah (swt) and to see His Face
Allah says, “Some faces that Day will be Nadhirah [shining, radiant], Looking at their Rabb.” [75:22-23]
Seeing Allaah is the ultimate joy in the Hereafter, the most precious gift of Allaah. May Allaah (swt) help us reach that goal.
The Prophet ﷺ said
May Allah make us all amongst the Muhsinoon.
Prophet ﷺ said: –
Allahuma adkhilni Jannat-il-Firdaus
Oh Allah! Grant me Jannah – Al–Firdaus
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