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Paradise: There is Nothing Like It

January 19, 2015 Leave a comment

 

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, as-Sunan, Kitaab az-Zuhd, Baab Sifaat al-Jannah, 2/1448, no. 4332. Ibn Hibbaan narrated it in his saheeh]

 

 

The Sahabah asked the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) 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, Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh, 3/29, sahih].

 

Allaah indeed spoke the truth when He  said:

“And when you look there [in Paradise] you will see a delight [that cannot be imagined]. and a great dominion”

[Quran 76:20]

 

What Allaah has kept hidden from us the delights of Paradise is beyond our ability to comprehend: al- Bukhaari reported from Abu Hurayrah (radiAllahu anhu) that the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said that Allaah 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 know what is kept hidden for them of joy as a reward for what they used to do.”

(Quran 32:17).

 

In the version reported by Muslim from Abu Hurayrah, there is the addition,

“Never mind what Allaah has told you; what He has not told you is EVEN greater”.

 

[Source: al-Jannah wa an-Naar by Dr. Umar Sulaiman al-Ashqar, pg 58]

 

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The Keepers of Hell: Mighty and Stern

May 19, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Standing over Hell are MIGHTY and STERN angels who never disobey Allaah subhaanahu wa ta’ala Who has created them. They do whatever He commands them, as Allaah subhaanahu wa ta’ala says:

“O you who believe! Save yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is men and stones, over which are [appointed] angels stern [and] severe, who flinch not [from executing] the Commands they receive from Allaah, but do [precisely what] they are commanded.” (66:6)

 

Their number is nineteen as Allaah says:

“Soon I will cast him into Hellfire. And what will explain to you what Hellfire is? Naught does it permit to endure, and naught does it leave alone! Darkening and changing the colour of man! Over it are nineteen [angels as guardians and keepers of Hell]” (74:26-30)

 

This number was a challenge to the kuffaar who thought that they would easily overcome such a small number, but they did not realise that one of these angels has the strength to confront the whole of mankind on his own.

 

For this reason, Allaah said in the next aayah:

“And We have set none but angels as guardians of the Fire, and We have fixed their numbers [19] only as a trial for the disbelievers..” (74:31)

 

Ibn Rajab said,

“What is known and well-established among the earlier and later generations (as-Salaf wal-Khalaf) is that the trial came about when the number of angels was mentioned and the kuffaar thought that it was possible to kill them.

 

They thought that they would be able to fight and resist them. They did not know that humankind in its entireity would not be able to resist even ONE of them.”

(at-Takhweef min an-Naar, p.174)

 

 

These angels are the ones whom Allaah subhaanahu wa ta’ala called the guardians of Hell:

“Those in the Fire will say to the keepers [angels] of Hell: “Call upon your Rabb to lighten for us the torment for a day!” (40:49)

[al-Jannah wa an-Naar, pg 6]

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• The Disbelievers Among the Jinn Will Be In Hell

 

The Disbelievers Among the Jinn Will Be In Hell

April 29, 2013 Leave a comment

 

The disbelievers among the jinn will enter Hell just like the disbelievers among mankind, for the jinn are held responsible for their actions just as human beings are:

“And I have only created jinns and men that they may worship Me [alone]” (51:56)

 
On the Day of Resurrection, the jinn and mankind will be gathered alike:

“And on the Day when He will gather them [all] together, [and say]: “O assembly of jinns! Many did you mislead of men” (6:128)

 
“So by your Rabb, without doubt, We shall gather them together, and [also] the Evil Ones [with them], then We shall bring them forth on their knees round about Hell. Then shall We certainly drag out from every sect all those who were worst in obstinate rebellion against Allaah the All-Gracious. And certainly We know best those who are most worthy of being burned therein”. (19:68-70)

 

 
Then Allaah  will tell the disbelieving jinn:

“Enter in the company of nations who passed away before you, of men and jinns into the Fire”. (7:38)

 
Then they will be thrown on their faces in Hell:

“Then they will be thrown headlong into the [Fire], they and those straying in evil. And the whole hosts of Iblis together”. (26:94-95)

 

 

Thus Allaah’s promise that Hell will be filled with the disbelievers among the jinn and mankind will be fulfilled:

“..And the word of your Rabb shall be fulfilled: “Surely I will fill Hell with jinns and men all together” (11:119)

 
“And the Sentence among the previous generations of jinns and men that had passed away is proved against them..” (41:25)

 

[al-Jannah wa an-Naar, pg 20-21]

The Wishes of the People of Paradise and the laugh of Prophet

March 18, 2013 Leave a comment

 

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 Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) told of some of these and how they will be fulfilled.

 

 
Abu Hurayrah (radiAllahu anhu) said that the Prophet (sallallahu alahi wasallam) was speaking and a bedouin man was present. The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) 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 (subhanahu watalala) will say, “Here it is. O son of Aadam nothing satisfies you!”

 

The Bedouin said, “By Allaah! you wont find him except he is from Quraysh or the Ansaar for these are the people that love to grow things. As for us, we don’t grow anything!”

The Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) laughed.”

[Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh, 3/95, no. 5653]

 

The Weak and Destitute Will Form the Majority in Paradise

March 11, 2013 Leave a comment

 

Most of those who will enter Paradise will be the weak and destitute, whom people tend to ignore and care little about, but in the sight of Allaah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) they are important, becuse they fear Him and worship Him faithfully and with humility.

 

Al-Bukhaari and Muslim report from Hareethah ibn Wahb that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said:

“Shall I not tell you about the people of Paradise? They said, “Of course”. He said,

 

“Every weak and oppressed person; if he were to implore Allaah for anything, He would grant it to him.”

[Jaami’ al-Usool, 10/535]

 

 
An-Nawawi said, commenting on this hadith:

“It refers to those who others despise, scorn and oppress because of their weak position in this world.

 

What is meant is that most of the people of Paradise will be of this type, but it does not meant that all of them will be“.

[Sharh an-Nawawi alaa Muslim, 17/187]

 
Al-Bukhaari, Ahmad and Muslim reported from Usaamah ibn Zayd that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:

“I stood at the gate of Paradise and saw that most of those who entered were the poor and destitute. The people of means were held back, whilst the people of Hell had been ordered into the Fire.

 

I stood by the gate of Hell, and saw that most of those who entered it were women”.

[Mishkaat al-Masaabih, 2/663 no 5233]

 

[[Source: al-Jannah wa an-Naar by Dr. Umar Sulaiman al-Ashqar, pg 73-74]

 

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• Did you know Hell can Speak and See?

• Beautiful conversation between Allah and the the Last Person to Enter Paradise

 

The Location of Hell

September 22, 2011 Leave a comment

 

The scholars differ as to where Hell is located at present. Some say that it is in the lower earth, other say that it is in the heavens, and yet others refrain from discussing the matter at all. This last group is correct, because there are no sound and clear reports that define the location of Hell.

 

One of those who prefer not to discuss the matter at all is al-Haafidh as-Suyuti who said,

“Do not discuss Hell, i.e. do not discuss where it is located, for none knows this except Allah and I know of no hadeeth that I could rely on with regard to this issue”.

(Siddiq Hasan Khan, Yaqazah uli al-I’tibar, p.47)

 
Sheikh Waliullaah ad-Dahlawee says in, his ‘Aqeedah,

“There is no clear text which states their location (of Paradise and Hell). They are wherever Allah wishes them to be, and we cannot comprehend all the universes created by Allah” (ibid, p.47).

Siddeeq Hasan Khan says, commenting on these words,

“I say, that is the best and most cautious of opinions, inshaa’Allah” (ibid).

 

[al-Jannah wa an-Naar by Dr. Umar Sulaiman al-Ashqar, page 10]

 

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