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The Concept of Paradise in Islam

Paradise 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:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُدْخِلُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ يُحَلَّوْنَ فِيهَا مِنْ أَسَاوِرَ مِن ذَهَبٍ وَلُؤْلُؤًا وَلِبَاسُهُمْ فِيهَا حَرِيرٌ

“Indeed, Allah will admit those who believe and do the righteous deeds, (to) Gardens flow from underneath it the rivers. They will be adorned therein with bracelets of gold and pearl, and their garments (will be of) silk.” (Surah Al-Hajj 22:23)

The true believers will not only get the opportunity to relish the already available blessings of God in Paradise but will acquire whatever they fancy. Paradise was created before the creation of mankind by the Almighty, and this ethereal place will never end or cease to exist. One will never grow tired in Paradise, where delights and pleasures will only increase each time as they indulge in them. Allah says:

لَا يَسْتَوِي أَصْحَابُ النَّارِ وَأَصْحَابُ الْجَنَّةِ أَصْحَابُ الْجَنَّةِ هُمُ الْفَائِزُونَ

“Not equal (are the) companions (of) the Fire and (the) companions (of) Paradise. (The) companions (of) Paradise they (are) the achievers.” (Surah Al-Hashr 59:20)

Islamic values that take a person towards Paradise and away from Hell are the most significant factors in motivating a Muslim’s behaviour and in contributing to his or her sense of happiness. However, in Paradise, Allah Almighty has promised its adherents to have no feeling of dislike among one another whatsoever. Allah says:

وَنَادَىٰ أَصْحَابُ النَّارِ أَصْحَابَ الْجَنَّةِ أَنْ أَفِيضُوا عَلَيْنَا مِنَ الْمَاءِ أَوْ مِمَّا رَزَقَكُمُ اللَّهُ قَالُوا إِنَّ اللَّهَ حَرَّمَهُمَا عَلَى الْكَافِرِينَ

“And (will) call out (the) companions (of) the Fire (to the) companions (of) Paradise [that], “Pour upon us [of] (some) water or of what Allah has provided you.” They (will) say, “Indeed, Allah has forbidden both to the disbelievers.” (Surah Al-A`raf 7:50)

The desire to achieve Paradise in the afterlife puts the meaning back into life, superseding all other desires, to bring a sense of direction. A person is focused on pleasing Allah even at the cost of our fellow human beings’ disapproval. One must remember that the jewel of Paradise is veiled by hardships.

Let’s take a look at some of these causes about a  Paradise:

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

The people of Paradise will live in pure delight without pain and suffering. No one will feel any anger, sadness, sorrow, emptiness, resentment, envy, jealousy, or bitterness towards others; regardless of any differences or disagreements, they may have experienced in their life. The hearts of the dwellers of Paradise will be clean and pure. All speech and actions will be good. Allah says:

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ كَانَتْ لَهُمْ جَنَّاتُ الْفِرْدَوْسِ نُزُلًا

“Indeed, those who believed and did righteous deeds, for them will be Gardens (of) the Paradise (as) a lodging.” (Surah Al-Kahf 18:107)

A person in Paradise will find their company in the righteous, with many families reuniting. Paradise will be free of emptiness, sorrow, hate, boredom, jealousy, handicap, illness, uneasiness, fatigue, disease, hurt, distress, and anxiety. The shade of Jannah will be a shelter of protection and security, and no fear or sadness will afflict its residents. Allah says:

تِلْكَ الْجَنَّةُ الَّتِي نُورِثُ مِنْ عِبَادِنَا مَن كَانَ تَقِيًّا

“This (is) Paradise, which We give (as) inheritance [of] (to) Our slaves (the one) who is consciously reverent.” (Surah Maryam 19:63)

Paradise is exalted, a place of absolute peace and contentment. A person will attain his or her complete fulfilment in this Paradise, where their wishes will be granted with no restrictions. Inhabitants will see only what they desire and listen to sounds that give them pleasure. Unlike the joys of the world we inhabit, the joys and pleasures of Paradise will never fade away and are pure and everlasting.

Allah Almighty says in the Holy Quran about Paradise:

  • “…its provision is eternal and so is its shade…” (Quran 13:35)
  • “[Some] faces that Day will be radiant, Looking at their Lord.” (Quran 75:22–23)
  • “What is with you must vanish, and what is with God will endure …” (Quran 16:96)
  • “(It will be said to them): This is Our Provision, which will never finish.” (Quran 38:54)
  • “Indeed, We have produced the women of Paradise in a [new] creation. And made them virgins. Devoted [to their husbands] and of equal age.” (Quran 56:35–37)
  • “They will be adorned therein with bracelets of gold and pearl, and their garments therein will be silk.” (Quran 22:23)
  • “No person knows what is kept hidden for them of joy, as a reward for what they used to do.” (Quran 32:17)
  • “[They will be told], “Eat and drink in satisfaction for what you put forth in the days past.” (Quran 69:24)
  • “…rivers of water incorruptible; rivers of milk of which the taste never changes…” (Quran 47:15)

Every society, no matter how much pious people are living in it, consists of sentiments of hatred and abhor among its individuals. They will also recall their du’a’s in times of hardship when they raised their hands to heaven asking for their deeds to be accepted and for help to do righteous deeds and to be included among those who would inherit blessings. Allaah says:

وَمَن يَعْمَلْ مِنَ الصَّالِحَاتِ مِن ذَكَرٍ أَوْ أُنثَىٰ وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ فَأُولَٰئِكَ يَدْخُلُونَ الْجَنَّةَ وَلَا يُظْلَمُونَ نَقِيرًا

“And whoever does [of] [the] righteous deeds from (the) male or female, and he (is) a believer, then those will enter Paradise and not they will be wronged (even as much as) the speck on.” (Surah An-Nisa` 4:124)

Nothing will be more beloved and enjoyable than the vision of Allah, the Glorious. The Ultimate Pleasure one will experience in Paradise is the ability to see their Lord; there is no greater joy than seeing Allah’s Face, and this experience will stand as the Almighty’s most precious gift to his servants who entered Paradise. Allah says:

وَقَالُوا الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَذْهَبَ عَنَّا الْحَزَنَ إِنَّ رَبَّنَا لَغَفُورٌ شَكُورٌ

“And they (will) say, “All praises (be) to Allah the One Who (has) removed from us the sorrow. Indeed, our Lord (is) surely Oft-Forgiving, Most Appreciative.” (Surah Fatir 35:34)

Paradise consists of seven levels, with each level divided into many stages, levels, and categories. Each level up in Paradise comprises greater joys and pleasures and is more amazing than the level beneath it. The lowest level of Paradise is ten times the size of this whole Universe. The highest level of Paradise is called Jannat Ul-Firdous. Allah says:

إِنَّ أَصْحَابَ الْجَنَّةِ الْيَوْمَ فِي شُغُلٍ فَاكِهُونَ

“Indeed, (the) companions (of) Paradise this Day [in] will be occupied (in) amusement.” (Surah Ya-Sin 36:55)

Paradise comprises of Eight Gates. Each Gate is named and reserved only for individuals who performed specific good deeds. One gate is reserved exclusively for those who fast; another one is meant for those who struggle in the way of God. One gate is for those who pray, and another is for those who give charity. Some will be called to enter from all Eight Gates. Allah says:

كُلُّ نَفْسٍ ذَائِقَةُ الْمَوْتِ وَإِنَّمَا تُوَفَّوْنَ أُجُورَكُمْ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ فَمَن زُحْزِحَ عَنِ النَّارِ وَأُدْخِلَ الْجَنَّةَ فَقَدْ فَازَ وَمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا مَتَاعُ الْغُرُورِ

“Every soul (will) taste [the] death, and only you will be paid in full of your reward (on the) Day (of) [the] Resurrection. Then whoever is drawn away from the Fire and admitted (to) Paradise surely he is successful. And not (is) the life (of) the world except enjoyment (of) delusion.” (Surah Al-Imran 3:185)

There is, in fact, no room for comparison, as even the smallest space in Paradise is better than this world and all that is in it. The first of mankind to enter Paradise will be the last and final Prophet of God, Muhammad peace be upon him; and the first nation to enter Paradise will be his nation, the final nation. One needs to strive to his or her best ability to earn the pleasures of Paradise.