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Paradise as described by Muhammad

Monday 29/03/2010

In Paradise, there will be fruits of every kind, two by two. There are two other gardens that contain fruits, dates, and pomegranates. The fruits, dates, and pomegranates will not be similar to those found in the worldly life. Rather, they will be different in nature, though similar in names. The bunches of fruit in the Garden will hang low in humility. A dweller in Paradise can attain them easily, whether standing up, sitting down, or reclining. Whenever he plucks a piece of fruit, another one grows immediately. Every time the dwellers of Paradise are fed with fruits there from, they say: Why, this is what we were fed with before for they are given things to the likeness in color and form, but different in taste. They will have therein their sustenance morning and evening. In Paradise, they can call for every kind of fruit in peace, safe and secure from senility, illness, any kind of fear, any diminishment or end to their bliss.

They will dwell there for all the time that the heavens and the earth endure, except as your Lord wills: a continuous gift without end.
In Paradise, there are rivers of incorruptible (not able to pollute) water; rivers of milk of which the taste never changes; rivers of wine, a joy to those who drink -- a wine that does not cause headaches or intoxication or befog mind; and rivers of honey pure and clear rivers will flow with out river banks, nor edges to hold it in.
Surrounding the dwellers of Paradise there will be youths of perpetual freshness serving them. If one were to see them, he would think they were scattered pearls. They will pass them a cup from a clear-flowing fountain, crystal-white, having a delicious taste to those who drink. They will drink from vessels of silver and goblets of clear crystal made of silver. They will determine the amount (of drink) according to their wishes. A dweller of Paradise will have an appetite one hundred times stronger than his appetite in the worldly life in order to enjoy all kinds of food and drink. The food will then be excreted in the form of a belch and sweet-smelling perspiration. They will never urinate or defecate, nor will they need to blow their noses. They will have, in this Garden of Bliss, companions pure of menstruation, puerperal blood, urine and all kinds of impurities. They and their companions will be in groves of cool shade, reclining on thrones of dignity. Every fruit will be there for them; they shall have whatever they call for. Salaam (Peace!) will be the word of salutation from their Lord, the Most Merciful! Allah has created their companions of a special creation and made them virgins - pure and undefiled. Whenever a man cohabits with his wife, she becomes virgin again. They will have a loving nature, seeking the pleasure of their husbands. They will be equal in age.
Let us enjoy some prophetic narration that address the description of Paradise, to see the bliss one would enjoy when believing and adhering to the message of Muhammad, $.
Its soil: The structure of the dwellings is an astonishing thing, Its earth is of two types: musk and saffron, as the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) stated: “…one brick of gold and another of silver, and these bricks are joint together with musk which boasts a strong scent. The stones on the ground are of hollow pearls and corundum, and its soil is saffron.”  Moreover, he  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) related: “While I was walking in Paradise, I came across a river with domes on both banks made of hollow pearls, so I asked Jibreel: ‘What is this stream?’ He answered: ‘It is Al-Kawthar, which is a river that Allah has conferred to you’; subsequently, he struck its soil with his hand and grasped a handful of it, which was made of musk.”
Its plants: As for its plants, Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, recounted: “While the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) was preaching one day, a Bedouin was present when he  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: ‘There was a man in Paradise who sought permission from Allah to plant a tree in Paradise, so Allah asked him, ‘Is there not everything that you covet in Paradise?’ The man answered: ‘Yes, but I like to sow.” Allah granted him leave, so he rushed to plant the seed; then, he watched to see what happens and within the blink of an eye, the seed grew into a huge tree with fruits as big as a mountain. Thereupon, Allah said: ‘O son of Adam! Nothing satisfies you.’ So, the Bedouin said: ‘O Messenger of Allah! This must be a man either from Quraysh or Al-Ansaar (i.e., residents of Madeenah) because they are farmers who like to plant, but we Bedouins do not.’ At that, the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) started to laugh.” (Al-Bukhari).
Its dwelling: Another marvelous element in Paradise is its dwelling; there will be tents, but not crafted out of cloth, rather they are built with hollow pearls. What is the size of the largest pearl in this world? Now, listen to what the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said, regarding the pearls of Paradise and compare them to those in this life: “The believer will possess a tent in Paradise made of a hollow pearl, which is sixty miles high; the tent will contain his wives (from the ladies of Paradise) in each of its corners with whom he will have intercourse, but none of them will see the other and no one else (except him) can see them.” (Al-Bukhari & Muslim).
Its women: The spouses in Paradise will be clean of stool, spit, menstrual blood and all types of impurity, and they will never age. Allah has purified them and made them as pure as pearls. They are young, beautiful and white women, with very dark black, wide eyes and soft and clear skin. They will only gaze at their partners in Paradise and will be like corundum. They will never have been touched by men or Jinn before and would be virgins, who are loving and compassionate; they will all be similarly young and have full, round breasts. (Bukhari). If one of them were to look upon earth, she will illuminate what is between the Paradises and the earth, and her head cover is better than this world and what it contains. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) also told us that each man will have two Hoors (i.e., women of Paradise), upon each of whom, there will be seventy garments. Ibn ‘Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “The wives of the dwellers of Paradise will sing for their husbands in the best tones, whose similitude no one has ever heard before…”; some of the words they will sing are: “We are the beautiful ones, the wives of the honorable men; we are the eternal women, who never pass away….” This is the compensation of refraining from listening to songs and music during this life.
The energy of its inhabitants: Zayd ibn Al-Arqam, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that a man from the People of the Book (specifically, a Jew) came to the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) and said, “O Abu Al-Qaasim! You claim that the dwellers of Paradise eat and drink.” He  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) replied, “Indeed! I swear by The One in Whose Hand the soul of Muhammad is, each one of them will be given the strength and ability of one hundred men in eating, drinking and performing sexual relations.” So, the Jew said: “The one who eats and drinks has need of passing stool and urinating, while Paradise will not have anything of the sort, so how do you explain that?” He  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Their need will be fulfilled by means of such sweat that smells like musk and results in their stomachs shrinking.” This is how they answer the call of nature; and, as soon as they sweat, they return to eating and drinking once more, which they continue to do in delight.
Its jewelry: Men who are forbidden from wearing jewelry in this life, will enjoy wearing it in Paradise. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “If the bracelet of a man from the dwellers of Paradise were to appear in this world, its luster will overwhelm the radiance of the sun, as the sun suppresses the light of the stars when it rises.”
Its foods and drinks: Furthermore, Paradise has wonderful foods and drinks, such as barbecued fowl-meat, and, in reality, all the food that its dwellers will desire. The birds of Paradise will be remarkable too, as the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said, while describing the river of Al-Kawthar: “It is a river that my Lord has granted me, which is whiter than milk, sweeter than honey and over which birds fly as huge as camels.” Upon hearing this, ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattaab, may Allah be pleased with him, observed: “Indeed, that is a great reward”, whereupon, the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) replied: “Eating them, is a greater bounty.”
In Paradise, there will be there all that the souls could desire, all in which the eyes can delight. They shall abide therein forever. No change will they wish for themselves. They will never be asked to leave. A caller will cry out: “You shall be healthy and will never fall sick; you shall be alive and will never die; you shall be of youthful age and will never grow old.” This is the outcome of adhering to the message of Muhammad,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention )So you decide for yourself!

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