16 May 2008

Heaven and Jannat In Islam

Heaven In Islam - Part 1 of 2

Source : www.thedeenshow.com

Description: The first of a two-part article defining the fundamental differences between Paradise and the life of this world.

Part 1: The absence of those things which cause grief, pain and suffering in this life.

The reality of Paradise is something which people will never be able to understand until they actually enter it, but God has shown us glimpses of it in the Quran. He has described it as a place essentially different to the life of this world, both in the very nature and purpose of life, as well as the types of delights which people will enjoy therein. 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. It also shows that Paradise is a place where all blessings have been created perfectly and where people will be offered everything their souls and hearts will desire, and that people will be far removed from want and need, anxiety or sadness, sorrow and regret. 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.

But what is the nature of these delights in Paradise, and how will it be different from the delights of this world? We will try to highlight a few of these differences.

Pure delight without pain and suffering

While people in this world experience some delight, they also face much toil and suffering. If one was to scrutinize the life which they live, they will find that the amount of hardship they face is much more than the ease and comfort. As for the life of the Hereafter, there will be no hardship nor suffering in it, and people will live therein in pure joy and delight. All the causes of sorrow, pain and suffering which people experience in this life will be absent in the Hereafter. Let’s take a look at some of these causes.

When one thinks of success in this life, they usually conjure the image of big houses, fine jewelry and clothing, and expensive cars; financial stability is seen to be the key to a happy life. To most people, success is inseparably related to wealth, even though this is the furthest from the truth. How many times have we seen the wealthiest of people living such miserable lives, that it sometimes even leads them to commit suicide! Wealth is something which humans in their very nature desire at any cost, and this desire has been created for a great and wise purpose. When this desire is not satiated, it causes some extent of grief in a person. For this reason, God has promised the inhabitants of Paradise that they will have all that they imagined as far as wealth and belongings are concerned, both for those who were extremely poor, experiencing even hunger and thirst, to those well-to-do but who desired even more. God gives us a glimpse of this when he says:

“... there will be there all that the souls could desire, all that the eyes could delight in …” (Quran 43:71)

“Eat and drink at ease for that which you have sent forth (good deeds) in days past!” (Quran 69:24)

“… They will be adorned therein with bracelets of gold, and they will wear green garments of fine silk and heavy brocade. They will recline therein on raised thrones. How good [is] the recompense! How beautiful a couch [is there] to recline on!” (Quran 18:31)

Disease and Death

Another cause of pain and suffering in this life is the death of a loved one or disease, which are both non-existent in Paradise. None will feel any sickness or pain in Paradise. The Prophet Muhammad, may God praise him, said about the people of Paradise:

“They will never fall ill, blow their noses or spit.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)

None will die in Paradise. All shall live eternally enjoying the pleasures therein. The Prophet Muhammad 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)

Social Relationships

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. They will only hear good words and words of peace. God says:

“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 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)

People will have the best of companions in the Hereafter, who were also the best people in the world:

“And whoever obeys God and the Messenger – those will be with the ones upon whom God has bestowed favor – of the prophets, the steadfast affirmers of truth, the martyrs and the righteous. And excellent are those as companions!” (Quran 4:69)

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 for anguish in this life, we would surely find its absence or opposite to be true in Paradise.

Heaven In Islam - Part 2 of 2

The second of a two-part article defining the fundamental differences between Paradise and the life of this world.

Part 2: The superiority of its joys and delights in comparison to this life.

The Eternalness of the Hereafter

The Pleasures of this world are transient whilst the joys of the hereafter are lasting and eternal. In this life when a person enjoys something, it is only a short while before they get bored with it and proceed to search for something they feel is better, or they may not feel a need for it altogether. As for the delights of Paradise, a person will never feel bored with anything, but rather, its goodness will increase each time they indulge in it.

Also, the life of this world is very short. Humans only live on this earth for a short while, and very few people reach the age of seventy.

“Say: Short is the enjoyment of this world. The Hereafter is (far) better for him who fears God.” (Quran 4:77)

As for Paradise, people will live forever. God says:

“...its provision is eternal and so is its shade…” (Quran 13:35)

“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)

Superior Delights

The delights of the people of Paradise, such as their clothing, food, drink, jewelry and palaces, will be far superior to their counterparts in this world. 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 Prophet Muhammad, may God 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)

Free from all Impurities

Paradise is free from all the impurities of this world. Eating and drinking in this life results in the need for excretion and its associated unpleasant odors. If a person drinks wine in this world, he loses his mind. Women in this world menstruate and give birth, which are sources of pain and hurt. Paradise is free from all of these discomforts: its people will not urinate, defecate, spit or suffer from catarrh. 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)

The women of Paradise are pure and free from menstruation, postnatal bleeding and all the other impurities suffered by women in this world, and all are free from stool and feces. God says:

“... and they shall have therein purified mates having no menses, urine, stools, etc.” (Quran 2:25)

The prophet answered a person when they asked how the people of Paradise will relieve themselves:

“They relieve themselves by perspiring through their skins, and its fragrance will be that of musk, and all stomachs will have become lean.” (ibn Hibbaan)

What we have mentioned has been a mere comparison in order to understand the nature of Paradise, but as God 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 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)

God says:

“And when you look there (in Paradise) you will see a delight (that cannot be imagined), and a great dominion” (Quran 76:20)

What God has kept hidden from us the delights of Paradise is beyond our ability to comprehend. The Prophet said that God 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 God has told you; what He has not told you is even greater.” (Saheeh Muslim)

We were created in Paradise, we came out of it and we will inshaAllah go back to it. It is our destination and we shall reach it. But we have to do what Allah has asked us to do, for Paradise is not cheap. The price is true eman that is shown in obedience to Allah according to the sunnah of his Prophet, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam. The companions understood that. Their efforts were all for the life of the Hereafter and they gave only what was necessary to this worldly life. As Muslims, everything we do, can be, and should be worship of Allah. Whether we're working at the office to provide for our families; cooking a meal; raising our children, or simply resting, through remembrance of Allah and supplication, we can transform these earthly necessities into fruits that will bear for us in the life of the Hereafter.

Further Reading

Paradise - A beautiful talk on 'The Deen Show'.


24 comments - Click link below to add yours:

Anonymous said... 15/5/09 2:55 pm  

please can you tell us more about heaven and hell the people out there want to know more but were from? there are only some islamic websites and this is one of them please tell the people of the world more those who actually want to know please this is on behalf of everybody so listen to the people out there!

Anonymous said... 29/5/09 8:43 am  

may allah bless all existing muslims and lead the lost towards the light of islam away from the darkness of the satan and its existence and in peace spread islam like how light is spread when the sun comes up in the morning, inshallah!

Anonymous said... 29/5/09 8:47 am  

ameen!!! A.A.Riaz

Anonymous said... 3/6/09 9:42 pm  

I have heard that the there is a stream in Paradise that is called ''Shanzay''

Please can you confirm if this is correct.
JazzakAllah kher.

A sister

md_zaid said... 29/7/09 7:51 pm  

let everry one all muslims in this ummat and the othe ummatis get jannat..........

Anonymous said... 13/12/09 7:38 pm  

Very Very nice but if u call this heaven a place justified for this world then ur wrong... My brother is a paranoiod.He is too scared of talking n making friends. His whole childhood was ruined by allah till this day. No 1 gave a damn of talking to him not even relatives.He got insulted throughout his life . How is then God responsible??Ofc he is he created him. I came too know later that there was sum prob with his brain, how shame god can ever do such a thing. How the hell will all this be justified by allah??HEAVEN LIFE as mentioned above is totally different fm this 1.When god destroys ones life in this world(mental ppl)how will that be justified ?? have any answer any1?? ofc not , allah will not gave him artifial relatives n friends who care or will he
Just tell me how will allah justify ppl who r mental n orphans . A person who looses his parents he cannot have any in heaven so then ??? Every1 in heaven will be on their own n u will spend very less time with ur parents .Gold and other shit material is not the things a mental personwhos social life is destryed by god, is what he would want n also an orphan....Remember heaven is different .Have any answer 4 this ???Ofc not cause ur not any 1 of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said... 19/12/09 1:51 am  

Dear brother...

Did you ever heared about the sufferings of prophet muhammed salallahu alaihi wasallam in his life time?? no.. if u knew it, u wil not talk lyk dis..

and who said, we will spend less time with parents? it is said that, you will get whatever you wish.. so if u wish to b wit ur parents, u will get them...

Your brother is alive!! but how many lost their loved ones.. how many have, physically challenged brothers!!

and to ur brother.. he will enter jannath directly... he will b enjoying like anythinng there..

im tellin you a mafhoom (what i understood)

an poor guy who suffered most in this world, will be sent into jannath for few seconds.. then allah will ask him, did you ever suffered in the world life? the poor guy will reply that he never sufferred...

so, this life is just like few seconds, everyone has to suffer, it is the test.

and in the day of judgement, even your parents will not help you.. nafsi nafsi ka aalam hoga my dear brother..

and allah can do anything and everythin, inspite of going far from allah, try to get closer to him and pray for your brother. he will cure him soon..

everyone of us will pray for your brother..

c.. when u r not happy while trusting god, can you assure me that you will be happy without trusting him..

Trust him... ar-rahmaan, ar-raheem

his love is like sathar mother.. sathar means not 70, in arabic it means unlimited...

u cannot thank your mom for her kindness.. and allah gives unlimited...

may allah shower his peace and blessing on you , your brother and your family members and on all ummath-e-muhammad

La-Ilaaha-Il-allah.. Muhammadur-rasoolullah

Allah Hafiz

Syed said... 28/12/09 9:02 pm  

Who all will enter jannath? A muslim who has done sins...will he be able to enter jannath?

AbdulFasial said... 5/2/10 4:26 pm  

Yes I've read about the sufferings of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). But I've also read about the incredible sufferings of the victims of the Holocaust. The inhuman torture of the Khmer Rouge victims of S21 who reduced innocent human being to lesser than "chickens". The sufferings and genocide of the poor people of Darfur. The tramatic cancer that slowly tortured my father in agonizing pain until his ultimate death. And recently, the victims of the Haiti earthquake which kept people suffering in pain for days until their death.

Sometimes I wonder who actually suffered more...

Anonymous said... 16/3/10 3:05 pm  

I wonder if you are going to find things like gold bricks and palaces etc, which are made by humans, how come we will find it in heaven as well. these things prove that mohamad wrote quran according to his knowledge, if it was god whose words are written then how come all things which are present in the human world and made by humans are mentioned in quran and by god. it is a stupid thing to believe in this book.

stormdance said... 21/3/10 8:13 pm  

Salam, Have you actually read the quran? because i find it hard to believe that you would call it stupid!How could a man that was illiterate write such a powerful book that has gone on to created the fastest growing religion throughout the world?? And do you pray? as prayer is the energy of the soul, Allah does hear, and acts on our prayers, proof will be given to you! i,m sorry to hear that your brother is paronoiod and suffers from mental health issues, i work with individuals in this category and with the right support they can access the community and lead a normal life, so stop being so negative and holding resentment, and start searching for the support your brother needs, think positive and you will get positive results Inshallah, i will pray for you and your brother, may Allah bless you both.

Ansari Sagir said... 6/4/10 11:18 am  

Assalamu alaikum
meine suna hai ki chote bache jab paida hote hi gujar jate hai to muslim mei vo chote nanhe farishte apne maa-baap ko jab tak jannat mei nahi lekar jate hai tab tak vo chote nanhe farishte bhi jannat mei nahi jayenge vo apne maa-baap ko sath jannat mei lekar jayange toh kya aisa non-muslim mei bi hota hai kya

Anonymous said... 23/5/10 9:48 am  

How lame! muslim non muslim! u believe there is a seperate heaven for every religion? Before the prophet found Islam where was the heaven? There were no muslims right! So the heaven was under construction then? I respect the holy book but life's not tat simple to live according to a book. We are gifted with logic and conscience for a reason and we dont need to be lead like sheep or preached by someone bout something no one ever lived to tell a tale!

Anonymous said... 8/6/10 7:09 pm  

great lecture by bilal asad about hell very detailed..inshallah amen 4 heaven salam

Anonymous said... 19/7/10 10:45 am  

jis ne ek martaba ye kalma LAILAHA ILLALLA MOHAMMEDUR RASULULLA jisne padh liya wo jannati hai.

Anonymous said... 30/7/10 10:12 pm  

basically every muslim is garanteed a place in jannat only if he an she stays away from the bad like drinking or backstabbing may all muslims have a place in jannat an may bad be kept away from them an showrings of delight and wonderfullness be spread on them ameen

Anonymous said... 25/8/10 7:11 pm  

What happens to the person who died on the 9th fast in ramadan. I want to have a detailed study about the death in ramadan. As I dont know anything about it. Can anyone please answer truthfully

Anonymous said... 18/10/10 9:59 pm  

may allah SWT shower his blessings on all muslim brothers and sisters in this world and hereafter...allah only knows what he has to offer to his preachers and followers,so every muslim please and please endure tranquility in our nature and silently wait for the next world that allah will inshallah offer us

Anonymous said... 7/11/10 12:08 am  

Ya Allah
Give the ummah the ability to do good and act upon the sunnah of your beloved messenger muhammad salala hu alahi wasalam.
Ya allah
give us the ability to do good and work towards jannah and refrain from bad and stay away from jahanum.
Ya allah
I am a sinner, I am nothing to you and you dont need me but YA allah i need you so please forive me and grant me a place in paradise. Even if i be smaller than a grain of sand that will be more than enough. No doubt you are most forgiving


Anonymous said... 15/4/11 9:19 am  

ya allha
give ability of all the people,that they do only write thing,away from all the crime and live beautiful life. AAMIN AAMIN......

Maryum said... 14/7/11 8:02 am  

Aslamualikum! brother u did a nice job. May Allah bless you n give us the ability to stay away from wrong after all the real success lies in heaven.

ramzansayyad said... 22/7/11 11:19 am  

Insha Allah we will reach there one day

ramzansayyad said... 22/7/11 11:20 am  

ya allah hamare sare gunaho ko maaf kar

Anonymous said... 30/8/11 4:11 pm  


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