Islam itself is an inherently inner peace

Life Now And In Paradise

The pleasures of Paradise as was reported in the Qur’an and the Sunnah are completely different from the pleasures of the world. The common amount between the names of worldly items and the items of Paradise is general and is not determined by the specification as in some worldly creatures agree in names and differ in facts. Of course, the greatest reward in Paradise is receiving Allah’s pleasure and mercy. This honour is saved for those who believe in Allah and strive to live by His guidance. Allah says:

لَا إِكْرَاهَ فِي الدِّينِ ۖ قَد تَّبَيَّنَ الرُّشْدُ مِنَ الْغَيِّ ۚ فَمَن يَكْفُرْ بِالطَّاغُوتِ وَيُؤْمِن بِاللَّهِ فَقَدِ اسْتَمْسَكَ بِالْعُرْوَةِ الْوُثْقَىٰ لَا انفِصَامَ لَهَا ۗ وَاللَّهُ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ

“There shall be no compulsion in the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. Whoever disbelieves in false gods and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold which will never break, for Allah is hearing and knowing.” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:256)

God is full of reminders about the temporary life of this world, and that the undying existence is awaiting us all in the after this. It portrays both the nature of Paradise and Hell and their occupants in a very comprehensive manner as compared to other religious books. Those who enter Paradise will be greeted by angels with words of peace. In Paradise, one will have only positive emotions and experiences; there will be no hatred, anger, or upset of any kind. Allah says:

رَّبُّ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَمَا بَيْنَهُمَا فَاعْبُدْهُ وَاصْطَبِرْ لِعِبَادَتِهِ ۚ هَلْ تَعْلَمُ لَهُ سَمِيًّا

He is the Lord of the heavens and the earth and whatever is between them, so worship Him and have patience in His worship. Do you know of anything similar to Him?” (Surah Maryam 19:65)

They will also remember the evil people who tried to make the people of faith have doubts and call them to kufr. A great reward is God’s pleasure, for that is what any practising Muslim is working toward. Heaven is a result of that pleasure, but ultimately His approval, love, and glad tidings are what we hope to achieve. The world is not a place where one gets what one wants. Many wishes are never realized in this life, but it will not be like that in Paradise. Allah says:

وَجَزَاهُم بِمَا صَبَرُوا جَنَّةً وَحَرِيرًا

“And will reward them because they were patient, (with) a Garden and silk.” (Surah Al-Insan 76:12)

A situation that looks like a hardship, trouble on earth can turn into a beauty that will lead one to Paradise in the hereafter. True believers who are aware of it ward off those negativities which seem to be troubles and hardships they encounter on earth with the help of the power of their faith. They consider every incident they encounter a beauty created by Allah, with the comfort and peacefulness of submitting to Allah and being consent with everything He created.

Let’s take a look at some of these causes about a  unique attraction in Hertfordshire:

  1. Paradise fruits are softer than butter and sweeter than honey
  2. Paradise cups are crystal-clear and made of gold and silver
  3. Paradise has gates through which the believers will enter
  4. Paradise buildings are made of bricks of gold and silver
  5. Paradise will be living the life of the kings in this world
  6. Paradise sky look at the shining star that is visible
  7. Paradise rivers of milk whose taste do not change
  8. Paradise will have ranks according to their piety
  9. Paradise will live in uninterrupted enjoyments
  10. Paradise is located above the seventh sky 
  11. Paradise contains rivers of pure milk
  12. Paradise provides great enjoyment
  13. Paradise contains rivers of pure honey
  14. Paradise rocks are like pearls and jewels
  15. Paradise leaves are softer than the softest cloth
  16. In Paradise, there will not disturb the enjoyment
  17. Paradise roof is like a throne of the Most Merciful
  18. In Paradise, are tents made of a single hollow pear
  19. Paradise ground and its soil is of musk and saffron
  20. Paradise surpass imagination and defy description
  21. Paradise has shown mankind the path of repentance
  22. Paradise contains rivers of pure non-intoxicating wine
  23. Paradise contains the enjoyment by both body and soul
  24. Paradise does not contain a single tree except that its trunk 

Righteous Muslims will be able to ask for anything that comes into their minds and anything they like, and as soon as they ask for it, they will have them with the permission of Allah. Their physical appearance will be as they desire, they will do whatever they like and live amongst the boons they most enjoy, and their environment will physically look as they desire. Allah says:

إِنَّا أَنشَأْنَاهُنَّ إِنشَاءً فَجَعَلْنَاهُنَّ أَبْكَارًا عُرُبًا أَتْرَابًا لِّأَصْحَابِ الْيَمِينِ

“Verily, We have produced the women of Paradise in a new creation and made them virgins, devoted and matched in age, for the companions of the right.” (Surah Al-Waq’iah 56:35-38)

Heaven and Hell are oft-repeated themes in the Quran, for they serve as a reminder to mankind regarding the temporary nature of this world. A person will be taken to task for their actions during their lifetime on this earth, and in the end, he or she will end up in either Heaven or Hell. The mention of these places in the Quran can serve as a motivation for people to do good and avoid bad. Allah says:

وَيَطُوفُ عَلَيْهِمْ وِلْدَانٌ مُّخَلَّدُونَ إِذَا رَأَيْتَهُمْ حَسِبْتَهُمْ لُؤْلُؤًا مَّنثُورًا

“There will circulate among them young boys made eternal. When you see them, you would think of them as beautiful as scattered pearls.” (Surah Al-Insan 76:19)

The true believers will not only get the opportunity to relish the already available blessings of God in Jannah but will acquire whatever they fancy. That is not it, Allah SWT further says that He will grant them even beyond their aspirations, and there are limits of His bounties. They will also be reminded of this life when they see the fruits which will resemble those which they used to eat in this world, but whose size and taste are different.

Account Of Paradise In The Holy Quran

Some of the examples of explanation of Jannah in the Holy Quran are as follows:

  • Variety Of Drinks And Fruits: “Is the description of Paradise, which the righteous are promised, wherein are rivers of water unaltered, rivers of milk the taste of which never changes, rivers of wine delicious to those who drink, and rivers of purified honey, in which they will have from all [kinds of] fruits and forgiveness from their Lord….” (Quran, 47: 15)
  • Comfortable And Soothing Environment: “[They will be] reclining therein on adorned couches. They will not see therein any [burning] sun or [freezing] cold.” (Quran, 76: 13)
  • Fulfilment Of All Desires And More: “They will have whatever they wish therein, and with Us is more.” (Quran, 50: 35)
  • No Feeling Of Dislike Among Each Other: “And We will have removed whatever is within their breasts of resentment, [while] flowing beneath them are rivers. And they will say, “Praise to Allah, who has guided us to this; and we would never have been guided if Allah had not guided us. Certainly, the messengers of our Lord had come with the truth.” And they will be called, “This is Paradise, which you have been made to inherit for what you used to do.” (Quran, 7: 43)
  • Heaven Is Superior to Earth By Unthinkable Times: “A place in Paradise as small as the bow or lash of one of you is better than the entire world and whatever is in it.” (Bukhari)
  • Blessings of Allah Never Experienced By Anyone Before: “I have prepared for My righteous servants what no eye has seen and no ear has heard, nor has it occurred to the human heart.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

“… ‘All praise and thanks be to Allaah, Who has removed from us (all) grief. Verily, our Lord is indeed Oft-Forgiving, Most Ready to appreciate (good deeds and to recompense).” (Faatir 35:34)

The testimony of faith is the key to Paradise, but every key must have ridges that match the lock on the door or else it will not open. Likewise, the testimony of faith has certain conditions which must be met to lead us to Paradise. Every kind of beauty and blessing exists in Paradise and will be revealed with a perfection never seen or known before.  God has prepared such blessings there as a gift, and these will be offered only to people with whom He is pleased. There is evidence in the Qur’an that the people of Paradise will remember the life of this world. Allah says:

يُطَافُ عَلَيْهِم بِصِحَافٍ مِّن ذَهَبٍ وَأَكْوَابٍ وَفِيهَا مَا تَشْتَهِيهِ الْأَنفُسُ وَتَلَذُّ الْأَعْيُنُ وَأَنتُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ

“Will be circulated for their plates of gold and cups. And therein (is) what desires the souls and delights the eyes, and you therein will abide forever.” (Surah Az-Zukhruf 43:71)

Everyone desires to get the most out of worldly pleasures and keeps on searching for unfulfilled wishes. But even one has all the good things in this world; it cannot be compared to those blessings of Allah present in Jannah. So, the settings in heaven will be so peaceful and relaxing that its inhabitants will rest on decked out chaise longue and they will not be bothered by any kind of heat or extreme cold, which is the case with life on earth. Those who will be rewarded with Paradise will never be sent out of it.

Allah Almighty says in the Holy Quran:

  • “Eat and drink at ease for that which you have sent forth (good deeds) in days past!” (Quran 69:24)
  • “The men on the heights will call to certain men whom they will know from their marks, saying: “Of what profit to you were your hoards and your arrogant ways?” (Surah Al-Araf, 48)
  • “Behold! are these not the men whom you swore that Allah with His Mercy would never bless? Enter ye the Garden: no fear shall be on you, nor shall ye grieve.” (Surah Al-Araf, 49)
  • “O, Adam! dwell thou and thy wife in the Garden, and enjoy (its good things) as ye wish: but approach not this tree, or ye run into harm and transgression.” (Surah Al-Araf, 19)
  • “If only the People of the Book had believed and been righteous, We should indeed have blotted out their iniquities and admitted them to gardens of bliss.” (Surah Al-Maida, 65)
  • “And for this, their prayer hath Allah rewarded them with gardens, with rivers flowing underneath,- their eternal home. Such is the recompense of those who do good.” (Surah Al-Maida, 85)
  • “Their Lord doth give them glad tidings of a Mercy from Himself, of His good pleasure, and gardens for them, wherein are delighted that endure.” (Surah At-Tawba, 21)
  • “But those who believe and work righteousness, and humble themselves before their Lord,- They will be companions of the gardens, to dwell therein for aye!” (Surah Hud, 23)
  • “Did ye think that ye would enter Heaven without Allah testing those of you who fought hard (In His Cause) and remained steadfast?” (Surah Al-Imran, 142)
  • “Those who believe, and work righteousness,- their Lord will guide them because of their faith: beneath them will flow rivers in gardens of bliss.” (Surah Yunus, 9)
  • “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)
  • “If any do deeds of righteousness,- be they male or female – and have faith, they will enter Heaven, and not the least injustice will be done to them.” (Surah An-Nisa, 124)

The enjoyments of Paradise are felt with the body and soul, the drink there is a real one and the life of its occupants in real life. The men will be without beards and they will have the beauty of Prophet Yusuf peace be upon him. The believer there would see his believer relatives whenever he willed to see them, and if he had relatives who had died as blasphemers; he will not long for them or miss them because he will be preoccupied with the pleasures and enjoyments of Paradise. Allah says:

وَسَارِعُوا إِلَىٰ مَغْفِرَةٍ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَجَنَّةٍ عَرْضُهَا السَّمَاوَاتُ وَالْأَرْضُ أُعِدَّتْ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ

“And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord and a Garden – its width (is like that of) the heavens and the earth prepared for the pious.” (Surah Al-Imran, 3:133)

As for the remorse felt due to a rift in personal relationships, people will never hear any evil or hurting comments or speech in Paradise. Throughout our lives, Muslims strive to believe in and serve Allah, with the ultimate goal of being admitted to Paradise (Jannah). They hope that their eternal lives will be spent there, so of course, people are curious about what it is like. People will have the best of companions in the Hereafter, who were also the best people in the world. They will only hear good words and words of peace.  Allah says:

ادْخُلُوا الْجَنَّةَ أَنتُمْ وَأَزْوَاجُكُمْ تُحْبَرُونَ

“Enter Paradise, you and your spouses delighted.” (Surah Az-Zukhruf 43:70)

In Paradise there will not be what would disturb the enjoyment, there will not be any hardship. The wives of the human will be everlastingly his. The people of Paradise will live in uninterrupted enjoyments which will be always renewed, so for every fruit which the believer cuts in Paradise another fruit would grow in its place, the fruit there looks like the jar; the trees in Paradise have trunks of gold. Allah says:

إِنَّ أَصْحَابَ الْجَنَّةِ الْيَوْمَ فِي شُغُلٍ فَاكِهُونَ هُمْ وَأَزْوَاجُهُمْ فِي ظِلَالٍ عَلَى الْأَرَائِكِ مُتَّكِئُونَ

“Verily, the companions of Paradise that Day will be busy in amusement, they and their spouses in shade, reclining on adorned couches.” (Surah Ya Seen 36:56)

Every person in Paradise will be in a state of spiritual bliss in which the old worldly experiences of lust, envy, fatigue, and angst will no longer exist. All discontent will be removed from their hearts and they will live in happiness for all of eternity, receiving everything they desire and more. Allah says:

لَّهُمْ فِيهَا مَا يَشَاءُونَ خَالِدِينَ ۚ كَانَ عَلَىٰ رَبِّكَ وَعْدًا مَّسْئُولًا

“For them therein is whatever they wish, abiding eternally, a promise binding upon your Lord that must be fulfilled.” (Surah Al-Furqan 25:16)

There will be water-springs flowing in which the people of Paradise drink water from them out of pleasure rather than out of being thirsty. Because there is no hunger or thirst in Paradise, people there drink out of pleasure. This is the same as when we drink juice in this world not out of thirst, and we might eat fruits after having food not out of hunger, but rather out of pleasure; the same thing applies to the food of the occupants of Paradise. Allah says:

أَإِذَا مِتْنَا وَكُنَّا تُرَابًا وَعِظَامًا أَإِنَّا لَمَدِينُونَ

“Is (it) when we have died and become dust and bones, will we surely be brought to Judgment?” (Surah Al-Saffaat 37:50-53)

The hearts of the people of Paradise will be pure, their speech will be good, their deeds righteous.  There will be no hurtful, upsetting, offensive or provocative talk there, for Paradise is free of all worthless words and deeds. If we were to discuss all the causes of anguish in this life, we would surely find its absence or opposite to be true in Paradise. Allah says:

وَلَقَدْ كَرَّمْنَا بَنِي آدَمَ وَحَمَلْنَاهُمْ فِي الْبَرِّ وَالْبَحْرِ وَرَزَقْنَاهُم مِّنَ الطَّيِّبَاتِ وَفَضَّلْنَاهُمْ عَلَىٰ كَثِيرٍ مِّمَّنْ خَلَقْنَا تَفْضِيلًا

“We have certainly dignified the children of Adam and carried them on the land and sea and provided them with good things and preferred them over much of what We have created with decisive preference.” (Surah Al-Isra’ 17:70)

The existence of Paradise is highly wonderful and delightful, where the true disciples of Islam will reside forever. They will have peace and comfort of all kinds in terms of everything. Hence, it is indeed the best of the places one can ever dream of residing in. May Allah SWT make us all eligible to go into Jannah through our righteous deeds and steadfastness on our religious convictions! Aameen!