What Awaits Women in Paradise?

  • Publish date:02/10/2011
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Women always pose many questions about their status and conditions in Paradise and about what is waiting for them there. So, I thought it would be useful if I compile all the relevant issues concerning this subject along with their authentic proofs from the Quran and Sunnah in addition to the opinions of reliable scholars to clarify the subject.

 
It is permissible for women to ask about their reward in Paradise, as the human soul is fond of thinking about its destiny and future. The Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ), accepted such questions from his Companions. For example, they asked himabout the buildings of Paradise and he,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ), said:"It is built from bricks of gold and bricks of silver placed alternately…”
 
They also asked him if they wouldhave intercourse with their women in Paradise andthe Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ), told them that this would happen.
 
Hearing about Paradise and its pleasures delights one’s heart and soul and there is no difference between men and women in this regard. In principle, this behavior is good as long as it is followed by righteous deeds. Allah The Almighty Says to the believers (what means): {And that is Paradise which you are made to inherit for what you used to do.}[Quran 43:72]
 
So, they were truly longing for Paradise, and they worked to fulfill this wish.
 
Paradise and its pleasures are not for men alone; rather, it is {prepared for the righteous.} [Quran 3:133] The righteous here include men and women, as Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {And whoever does righteous deeds, whether male or female, while being a believer -- those will enter Paradise and will not be wronged}[Quran 4:124]
 
Women should not preoccupy themselves with inquiring about the details of their entering Paradise, what they will be doing there, where they will go, and so on. It is enough for every Muslim woman to know that once she enters Paradise, she will forget all the misery and hardships she ever faced, because her life in Paradise will be one of endless happiness.
 
It is enough for the Muslim woman to know that Allah The Almighty Says (what means):
·         {No fatigue will touch them therein, nor from it will they [ever] be removed.}[Quran15:48]
·         {Circulated among them will be plates and vessels of gold. And therein is whatever the souls desire and [what] delights the eyes, and you will abide therein eternally.}[Quran 43: 71]
·         {Allah being pleased with them, and they with Him.}[Quran 5:119]
 
All the pleasures of Paradise that Allah The Almighty mentions in the Quran; such as kinds of food, beautiful scenes, houses, and clothes, will be equally for men and women. The only thing that is for men alone in Paradise is the Hoor (Maiden). Some women may inquire why women are not promised the same.
 
 
The answer is summarized in the following points:
 
  • Allah The Almighty {Is not questioned about what He does, but they will be questioned.}[Quran 21:23]. Nonetheless, there is no harm if we attempt to find out the rationale based on the texts of Sharee‘ah and the principles of Islam.
  • It is known that women are shy by nature, thus, Allah The Almighty did not motivate them with something that would embarrass them. 
  • Women’s longing for men is not as strong as men’s longing for women. That is why Allah The Almighty motivates men by referring to the women of Paradise, as the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ), said: “I never left behind a temptation more harmful to men than women."[Al-Bukhari] 
  • With regard to women, they long for adornment and jewels more than men, because they are naturally disposed for this, as Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {So is one brought up in ornaments…}[Quran 43:18]                                                          
  • Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him said, “Allah The Almighty mentioned the wives of Paradise because men naturally seek them, which is not the case with women. Therefore, Allah did not refer to the husbands of women in Paradise, but this does not mean that they will have no husbands there; rather, they will have human husbands.”
 
In this world, all women who will eventually go to Paradise fall under one of the following categories:
 
  • A woman who died before marriage
  • A woman who died after divorce and before a second remarriage
  • A married woman whose husband will not enter Paradise with her (may Allah protect us)
  • A woman who died after marriage
  • A woman whose husband died and she remained unmarried until her death
  • A woman whose husband died and she married another one
 
Each of these women has a special condition in Paradise:
 
  • A ‎woman who died before marriage: This woman will marry a man (male human) in Paradise, as the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ), said, “There will be no unmarried person in Paradise.”[Muslim] Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said, “If a woman died before marrying in this world, Allah The Almighty will provide her with a husband who will delight her heart. Bliss in Paradise is equally for men and women, and it certainly includes marriage.”
 
  • The former condition also applies to the woman who died after divorce.
 
  • This also applies to the woman whose husband will not enter Paradise. Shaykh ibn ‘Uthaymeen  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him said, “If a woman entered Paradise without being married in this world, or married but her husband did not enter Paradise, Allah The Almighty will provide her with a husband from among the unmarried men in Paradise.”
 
  • A woman who died after marriage ‎will be with her husband in ‎Paradise.
 
  • A woman whose husband died and she remained unmarried until her death, will also be with her husband in Paradise.
 
  • A woman whose husband died and she married another one, will be for the last husband regardless of their number, as the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) said: “The woman will be for her last husband in Paradise.”[Al-Albaani]
 
Huthayfah, may Allah be pleased with him, said to his wife, “If you want to be with me in Paradise, do not marry anyone after my death. The woman will be for her last husband in Paradise, and that is why Allah The Exalted forbade the wives of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) from marrying after his death, because they will be his wives in Paradise.”
 
However, some people may wonder why the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ), taught us to supplicate for dead women, saying: “O Allah, provide her with a husband who is better than hers”, if it was true that the husband of the woman in this world will be her husband in the Hereafter.
 
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him said, “If the dead woman was unmarried, then the meaning would be, ‘O Allah, provide her with a husband better than the one she would have married if she had remained alive.’ With regard to the married woman, the meaning would be, ‘Provide her with her husband after improving his manners and attributes.’ This is because replacement means either replacing an entire item with another one or replacing the attributes of an item with other attributes. Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {[It will be] on the Day the earth will be replaced by another earth, and the heavens [as well]} [Quran 14:48] The verse says that the earth and heavens will be replaced, while the earth itself will remain after being extended, and the heavens themselves will remain after being cloven.”
 
In an authentic Hadeeth, the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ), said to women: “I have seen you constituting the majority of the dwellers of Hell …”In another Hadeeth, the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ), said: “The least in number among the dwellers of Paradise are women.”[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
 
However, it was narrated in another authentic Hadeeth that each man of this world will have two wives from this world in Paradise.
 
Therefore, there are three opinions regarding the coordination between these Hadeeths, i.e., whether women will form the majority in Paradise or in Hell:
 
  • Women will form the majority of the dwellers of Paradise and Hell, because they outnumber men (Al-Qaadhi ‘Iyaadh).
 
  • Women will form the majority of the dwellers of Hell as proved by abovementioned Hadeeths, and they will also form the majority of the inhabitants of Paradise and outnumber men when they are added to the Hoor (ladies of Paradise).
 
  • Women will be the majority in Hell at the beginning, and then will form the majority in Paradise when the Muslim women leave Hell (after receiving the due punishment for their sins). Al-Qurtubi  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him commented on the Hadeeth in which the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) said: “I have seen you constituting the majority of the dwellers of Hell”saying, “This may apply to the time before intercession and mercy of Allah The Almighty who will not leave anyone from those who had said, ‘There is none worthy of worship but Allah’ in Hell.”
 What we want to stress here is that every Muslim woman should be keen not to be among the dwellers of Hell.
 
Women who enter Paradise will be restored their youth and virginity, as the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ), said: “…Old women will not enter Paradise… when Allah The Almighty admits them to Paradise, He will make them virgins.”
                                                     
According to some traditions, the women of this world in Paradise will be far more beautiful than the Hoor because they worshipped Allah The Almighty.
 
Ibn Al-Qayyim  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him said, “It is prohibited for any man in Paradise to come near the wives of any other man therein.”
 
Thus, Paradise has been adorned, waiting for women as well as men. Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {In a seat of honor near a Sovereign, Perfect in Ability.}[Quran 54:55]
 
Beware not to miss this opportunity, because one’s life in this world will soon end and nothing will be left except the eternal life; either in Hell or in Paradise. Endeavor to be among the dwellers of Paradise and know well that Paradise is obtained only through Faith and good deeds; rather than false hopes and negligence. Remember always that the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) said: “If a woman prayed the five daily prayers, fasted the month of Ramadan, maintained her chastity and obeyed her husband, it would be said to her, 'Enter Paradise from whatever gate you like.'”
 
Beware of the protagonists of dissolution and so-called ''women’s liberation'', because they want nothing but to spoil your morals and distract you from the bliss of Paradise. Do not let those dissolute writers and propagandists fool you, because Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {they wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike.}[Quran 4:98]

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