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Old 04-28-2008, 01:33 PM
 
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The Pleasures of Paradise





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.

Wealth

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.



TO BE CONTINUED... IN SHA ALLAH
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:43 PM
 
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This view of Paradise is very childish, not to mention a very earthly view. Clearly God had no say in this description, it would seem to be very much a human view, and quite simplistic at that.

Is this all you hope for? After your earthly life is over, to live it again but this time have your every wish fulfilled. This seems a very empty way to spend eternity.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:03 AM
 
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And you shall be three sorts.

Then (as to) the companions of the right hand; how happy are the companions of the right hand!

And (as to) the companions of the left hand; how wretched are the companions of the left hand!

And the foremost are the foremost,

These are they who are drawn nigh (to Allah),

In the gardens of bliss.

A numerous company from among the first,

And a few from among the latter.

On thrones decorated,

Reclining on them, facing one another.

Round about them shall go youths never altering in age,

With goblets and ewers and a cup of pure drink;

They shall not be affected with headache thereby, nor shall they get exhausted,

And fruits such as they choose,

And the flesh of fowl such as they desire.

And pure, beautiful ones,

The like of the hidden pearls:

A reward for what they used to do.

They shall not hear therein vain or sinful discourse,

Except the word peace, peace.

And the companions of the right hand; how happy are the companions of the right hand!

Amid thornless lote-trees,

And banana-trees (with fruits), one above another.

And extended shade,

And water flowing constantly,

And abundant fruit,

Neither intercepted nor forbidden,

And exalted thrones.

Surely We have made them to grow into a (new) growth,

Then We have made them virgins,

Loving, equals in age,

For the sake of the companions of the right hand.

A numerous company from among the first,

And a numerous company from among the last.

And those of the left hand, how wretched are those of the left hand!

In hot wind and boiling water,

And the shade of black smoke,

Neither cool nor honorable.

Surely they were before that made to live in ease and plenty.

And they persisted in the great violation.

And they used to say: What! when we die and have become dust and bones, shall we then indeed be raised?

Or our fathers of yore?

Say: The first and the last,

Shall most surely be gathered together for the appointed hour of a known day.

Then shall you, O you who err and call it a lie!

Most surely eat of a tree of Zaqqoom,

And fill (your) bellies with it;

Then drink over it of boiling water;

And drink as drinks the thirsty camel.

This is their entertainment on the day of requital. The Noble Quran.

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Old 11-15-2012, 09:29 AM
 
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That picture of Blackwater Falls in Davis WV is not exactly paradise, but it is very close to it.

Go a few miles south to Dolly Sods and climb to the top of Harmon Knob and look to the east - THAT is a view of paradise, and it is where I would like to have my ashes spread.
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:29 AM
 
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... and it is where I would like to have my ashes spread.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) said,
Amongst the people preceding your age, there was a man whom Allah had given a lot of money.
While he was in his death-bed, he called his sons and said,
'What type of father have I been to you?
They replied, 'You have been a good father.
' He said, 'I have never done a single good deed; so when I die, burn me, crush my body, and scatter the resulting ashes on a windy day.
' His sons did accordingly, but Allah gathered his particles and asked (him),
'What made you do so?
' He replied, "Fear of you.'
So Allah bestowed His Mercy upon him. (forgave him).


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