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The Description of Paradise.

 

 

There is nothing like Paradise

 

The delights of Paradise surpass 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 nothing in comparison with the joys of the Hereafter. As is mentioned in several Ahadeeth, there is nothing like Paradise. It is reported that the prophet(peace be upon him) said one day to his Companions :

[أَلاَ مُشَمِّرٌ لِلْجَنَّةِ فَإِنَّ الْجَنَّةَ لاَ خَطَرَ لَهَا هِيَ وَرَبِّ الْكَعْبَةِ نُورٌ يَتَلأْلأُ وَرَيْحَانَةٌ تَهْتَزُّ وَقَصْرٌ مَشِيدٌ وَنَهَرٌ مُطَّرِدٌ وَفَاكِهَةٌ كَثِيرَةٌ نَضِيجَةٌ وَزَوْجَةٌ حَسْنَاءُ جَمِيلَةٌ وَحُلَلٌ كَثِيرَةٌ فِي مَقَامٍ أَبَدًا فِي حَبْرَةٍ وَنَضْرَةٍ فِي دَارٍ عَالِيَةٍ سَلِيمَةٍ بَهِيَّةٍ].

 

[Who will strive hard with sincerity for Paradise? For there is nothing like Paradise. By the Lord of the Ka’bah, it is sparkling light, sweet basil waving in the breeze, a lofty palace, a flowing river, abundant ripe fruit, a beautiful wife and many fine garments, in a palace of eternal abode, in ease and luxury, in beautiful, strongly-built, lofty house]. (Ibn Majah).

The Quran tells people about Paradise, which God offers to them, describes its great blessings, and proclaims its beauties to everyone.  It informs people that Paradise is one of two ways of life prepared for them in the afterworld, and that every good thing will be theirs in Paradise to a degree that surpasses our present ability to imagine. 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.  

 

Almighty Allah Says:

{ وَإِذَا رَأَيْتَ ثَمَّ رَأَيْتَ نَعِيمًا وَمُلْكًا كَبِيرًا}.

 

{And when you look there [in Paradise], you will see pleasure and great dominion}. (Al-Insaan:20).

The Messenger of Allah(peace be upon him) said:

[قال الله تعالى أعددت لعبادي الصالحين ما لا عين رأت ولا أذن سمعت ولا خطر على قلب بشر، واقرؤوا إن شئتم‏:‏ ‏{‏فلا تعلم نفس ما أخفي لهم من قرة أعين جزاء بما كانوا يعملون‏}].

[Allah, the Exalted, has said: I have prepared for My righteous Slaves [in Paradise] what no eyes have ever seen, no ears have ever heard of, and what has never come to the mind or heart of a human being.”; recite, if you wish {And no soul knows what has been hidden for them of comfort for eyes [i.e. satisfaction] as reward for what they used to do]. (Agreed upon).

 

The Gates of Paradise.

 

Paradise has gates through which the believers will enter, as the angels enter therein, as Allah, the Most Exalted, Says:

{جَنَّاتِ عَدْنٍ مُّفَتَّحَةً لَّهُمُ الْأَبْوَابُ}.

 

{Gardens of perpetual residence, whose doors will be opened to them}. (Saad: 50).

 

The number of the gates of Paradise is eight:

 

One of them is called Ar- Rayaan, which is exclusively for those who fast. The Messenger of Allah(peace be upon him)  said:

[فِي الْجَنَّةِ ثَمَانِيَةُ أَبْوَابٍ، فِيهَا باب يُسَمَّى الرَّيَّانَ لاَ يَدْخُلُهُ إِلاَّ الصَّائِمُونَ].

 

[In Paradise there are eight gates. There is one gate called 'Ar-Rayyaan'. No-one will enter it except those who fast]. (Al-Bukhaari, No: 3257).

There are also gates for those who pray much, those who give charity and those who fight in Jihad, as well as the gate called Ar-Rayyaan for those who fast.

 

The width of the gates of Paradise:

 

In a Hadeeth, the Prophet(peace be upon him) described the width of the gate of Paradise, stating that the width between the two sides of the gate is like the distance between Makkah and Hajar, or between Makkah and Basra.

The prophet(peace be upon him) said:

[إِنَّ فِي الْجَنَّةِ مِائَةَ دَرَجَةٍ أَعَدَّهَا اللَّهُ لِلْمُجَاهِدِينَ فِي سَبِيلِهِ، كُلُّ دَرَجَتَيْنِ مَا بَيْنَهُمَا كَمَا بَيْنَ السَّمَاءِ وَالأَرْضِ].

 

[There are one-hundred degrees in Paradise which Allah has prepared for those who carry on Jihad in His Cause. The distance between every two degrees is like the distance between the sky and the Earth]. (Recorded by Al-Bukhaari, No:7423).

May Allah grant every one of us Al-Jannah. Aameen.

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