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Paradise (Introduction)

The reality of Paradise is something which people will never be able to comprehend until they actually enter it and see it with their own eyes. However, God has shown us glimpses of it in the Quran so we will have a general view of how it looks like.  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 to those who will inhabit the Paradise.

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.

Taken from IslamReligion with some modifications

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The Gates of Paradise

Allah said in the Quran:

"Gardens of perpetual bliss - they shall enter them, as well as the righteous among their fathers, their spouses and their offspring. And angels shall enter upon them every gate." [13:23]

"This is a reminder. Verily, for the righteous is a beautiful place of [final] return - gardens of eternity, whose doors will [always] be open to them." [38:49-50]

"And those who feared their Lord will be led to the Garden in crowds, until behold, they arrive there. Its gates will be opened, and its keepers will say, 'Peace be upon you!' Well have you done, do enter it, abiding [in it] eternally." [39:73]

Imams al-Bukhari and Muslim narrated from Ubadah that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "If anyone testifies that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah Alone Who has no partners, and that Muhammad is his slave and His Apostle, and that Jesus is Allah's slave and His Apostle and His word which He bestowed on Mary and a spirit created by Him, and that Paradise is true, and Hell is true, Allah will admit him into Paradise through any of its eight gates he likes" .

 

Sahl bin Sa`d reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "Paradise has eight gates, and one of them is called ar-Rayyaan, through which none will enter but those who observe fasting." [al-Bukhaari] 

 

The prophet also said: “You are the completion of 70 nations — the last of them and the most honourable of them with Allah. And the distance between two gates of the gates of Paradise is the travelling distance of 40" [Ahmed]

This shows how big the gates of Paradise are, the people will enter them in crowds and the first one to enter Paradise will be our beloved Prophet , and Abu Bakr will be the first of the people (from the Ummah of Prophet Muhammad) to enter paradise.

 

Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Messenger (peace be upon him) said: "The gates of Paradise will be opened on Monday and on Thursdays, and every servant [of Allah] who associates nothing with Allah will be forgiven, except for the man who has a grudge against his brother. [About them] it will be said, 'Delay these two until they are reconciled. Delay these two until they are reconciled. Delay these two until they are reconciled.'" [Muslim, Maalik, Abu Dawood] 

 

There are other gates that have their own names as proved in texts such as al-Salah (prayer), al-Jihad, al-Sadaqah (charity), al-Rayyan, al-Ayman and the door of al-Kazimen (who repress anger).

There are some others names pointed out by some scholars based on the indications mentioned in the texts such as gate of al-Tawbah (repentance), al-Thikr (remembrance of Allah), al-Ilm (the knowledge), al-Radheen (satisfied persons) and al-Hajj (pilgrimage). 

The evidence for the first four names is the following Hadith that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: "Whoever gives two kinds (of things or property) in charity for Allah's Cause, will be called from the gates of Paradise and will be addressed, 'O slaves of Allah! Here is prosperity'. So, whoever was amongst the people who used to offer their prayers, will be called from the gate of the prayer; and whoever was amongst the people who used to participate in Jihad, will be called from the gate of Jihad; and whoever was amongst those who used to observe fasts, will be called from the gate of Ar-Raiyan; whoever was amongst those who used to give in charity, will be called from the gate of charity" . [Reported by Imams  al-Bukhari  and  Muslim ].


The evidence for the fifth name, i.e. al-Ayman, is the Hadith of intercession in which "… Allah Says to the Prophet (Peace be upon him) "O Muhammad! Let those of your followers who have no accounts, enter through the gate of al-Ayman, (a gate of the gates of Paradise that lies on the right); and they will share the other gates with the people" .

The evidence for the sixth name, al-Kazimen, is the Mursal Hadith reported from Hasan that he said: "There is a gate in Paradise that none will enter by except the one who forgives others' injustice" . [ Ahmad as quoted by Ibn Hajr in al-Fath].


Know that the scholars of Hadith are agreed upon the first four names only and they disagree regarding the other names. Imam al-Nawawi quoted from al-Qadi as saying: 'there are other Hadith mentioning other names of gates of the Paradise, such as al-Taubah, the gate of those who repress anger and pardon others, and al-Radheen. These are seven names. There is a Hadith on the subject of intercession proving a gate is named al-Ayman, it may be the name of gate number eight'.


Ibn Hajar said: 'the sound Hadith mentioned four names of the gates of the Paradise; no doubt there will be a gate with the name al-Hajj since it is one of the fundamentals of Islam, and there are other names mentioned in different Hadith, and then he mentioned the above names'.

 

Taken from Islamweb and "The Gates of Paradise" by Dr. Abdullah al-Shimemeri with some additions

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The Appearance of Paradise

Allah said in the Quran: "Beautiful mansions in gardens of Adn (Eden Paradise)" [9:72]

It will an unimaginable feeling of those who will enter paradise and see their houses which are bigger than any Metropolitan City, and indescribable luxurious?

The Messenger of Allah said, : “Verily, for the believer in Paradise there is a pavilion made of a single, hallow pearl. Its length is 60 (sixty) miles. The believer has wives that he goes to, from one to the other, yet they (the wives) do not see one another.” Reported by Abu Moosa Al-Asharee [Related by Bukhari and Muslim]

Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him): “The pavilion is made from a hollow pearl. Its length is a league, and its width is a league. And it has 1000 doors of gold. Around it are round tents that are 50 leagues.”

*Note: 1 league = 3 miles (about 5km long)


The Believers will live in it enjoying the blessings for eternity, your youth will never pass away. We don’t know what has been hidden for us for our eyes as reward.

How can the believer deny the favours of his Lord, when its stones are pearls, and the soil is pure musk (best kind of perfume). The Ground of paradise will be of white colour, The Soil of Paradise has been described in hadith as “white flour”. Musk will also be used as aMilaat (cement used between stones in building) of the Palaces of paradise !!

In the Arabic language, Milaat refers to the cement that is used between the two stems (or pillars) of a building; the wall is plastered with it. Perhaps the soil in some places of Paradise is musk (best kind of perfume), and in other places of Paradise it is saffron. And Allah knows best.

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah said: “The space in Paradise equal to the measure of one of your whips is better than the sky and the earth.” [Ahmad]

If just a small part of paradise is better than the world and all it contains, then how will the rest of paradise and all its pleasures be?

The prophet (peace be upon him) also said ;
“I was made to enter Paradise, and in it are stones of pearls, and its soil is musk (best kind of perfume).” [Related by Bukhari and Muslim]
 
Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet said: “The earth of Paradise is white; its wide plane consists of rocks of Al-Kaafoor , and it is surrounded by musk, which are like sand dunes. In it are steady rivers. Therein the people of Paradise gather and become acquainted with one another. And then Allah will send the wind of mercy, which will stir up a good fragrance upon them. A man will return to his wife, and will have increased in beauty and fragrance. She will say to him, ‘You left me, and I was pleased with you, and I am now even more pleased with you.”
According to a hadith in Sahih Bukhari, the fragrance of paradise can be perceived from a distance of 40 years !!


Jaabir (may Allah be pleased with him) related that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “The fragrance of Paradise is found from the distance of 1000 years. By Allah, the ‘Aaq (one who is undutiful to his parents) and the one who breaks off ties of relations will not smell it.”[Related by At-Tabaran]

 

Taken from “The Journey towards the Hereafter”, Part 3, Book 2 , Section 1  with slight modifications.

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The Food and Drink of Paradise 

The people of Paradise will have any kind of food and drinks they desire, there is no limitation or restrictions to anything they desire to have. They only wish something and they get it instantly:

Allah says:
"Any fruit [any] that they may choose, And the flesh of fowls that they desire" [56:20-21]

"...there will be there all that the souls could desire, all that the eyes could delight in.." [43:71]

Allaah (swt) will permit them to take whatever they want of the good food and drink of Paradise:
"Eat and drink at ease for that which you have sent on before you in days past!" [69:24]

Rivers of Paradise

In Paradise there will be a sea of water, a sea of wine, a sea of milk and a sea of honey, and the rivers of Paradise will flow out of these seas. There will be also many springs in Paradise, and its people will drink from these seas, rivers and springs.

Allah says:
“The description of Paradise which the Mutaqun (the pious) have been promised is that in it are rivers of water the taste and smell of which are not changed; river of milk of which the taste never changes; rivers of wine delicious to those who drink; and riversof clarified honey (clear and pure) therein for them is every kind of fruit; and forgiveness from their Lord” [47:15]

 

As for the nature of those four rivers:

1. River of Wine: It should be known that this wine will NOT intoxicate the people like the wine of the wordly life. The believers would enjoy this pure blessing given by Allah.

Allah says:
"Round them will be passed a cup of pure wine; white, delicious to the drinkers. Neither will they have ghoul [any kind of hurt, abdominal pain, headache, etc] from that, nor will they suffer intoxication therefrom" [37:45-47]

In another part of the Qur'aan, Allaah (swt) says:
"They will be given to drink pure sealed wine, the last thereof will be the smell of musk.." [83:25-26]
This wine is sealed or covered, and at the end of it, the drinker will find the scent of musk.



2. River of Honey:  Another River will be that of Honey, pure tasting Honey, in the Qur’an, Allah  has described as the Best eatable thing as Honey. Its taste will never change.

3. River of Milk: Another River will be that of Milk. Its taste will never change.

4. River of Water: This river should not be compared to the worldly water. Its water will be very tasty, Its soil will be musk and its pebbles will be pearls and rubies.

prophet Muhammad said: “You think that the rivers of Paradise have borders in the ground? No, by Allah, indeed, they are swimming on the surface of the ground. Its two sides are pearls, its domes are pearls, and its perfume is musk (best kind of perfume) Al-Adhfar.” It was said, “0 Messenger of Allah, and what is Al-Adhfar?”  He  said, “That which has no mixture in it (i.e. pure).  narrated by Ibn Abi Adunia in "the description of the Paradise" (66)


The River of Al Kauthar

In Islamic terminology it has two meanings:
1 – It is a river in Paradise which Allaah has given to His Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). This meaning is what is meant in the verse where Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Verily, We have granted you (O Muhammad) Al?Kawthar (a river in Paradise)” [al-Kawthar 108:1]

This is how the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) interpreted it. It was narrated by Muslim in his Saheeh (607) that Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: Whilst we were with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), he dozed off then he raised his head and he was smiling. We said, “Why are you smiling, O Messenger of Allaah?” He said: “A soorah has been revealed to me.” And he recited (interpretation of the meaning):
“Verily, We have granted you (O Muhammad) Al-Kawthar (a river in Paradise)…” [al-Kawthar 108:1]
to the end of the soorah. Then he said: “Do you know what is al-Kawthar?” We said: Allaah and His Messenger know best.” He said: “It is a river that my Lord has promised to me in which there is much goodness. And it is a cistern to which my ummah will come on the Day of Resurrection.”

Al-Tirmidhi (3284) narrated from Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Al-Kawthar is a river in Paradise. Its banks are made of gold and its bed is of pearls and rubies…” al-Tirmidhi said: It is hasan saheeh; it was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Sunan al-Tirmidhi, 3/135.

2 – It is a great cistern – a tank for holding water – which will be set up in the place of gathering on the Day of Resurrection, to which the ummah of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) will come. The water of this cistern will come from the river of al-Kawthar which is in Paradise, hence it is called the Cistern of al-Kawthar. The evidence for that is the hadeeth narrated by Muslim in his Saheeh (4255) from Abu Dharr, that “into the Cistern will flow two pipes from Paradise.” The apparent meaning of this hadeeth is that the Cistern will be next to Paradise so that the water from the river that is inside Paradise will be able to flow into it, as Ibn Hajar said in al-Fath 11/466. And Allaah knows best.

Al-Bukhaari narrated in his Saheeh from Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whilst I was walking in Paradise, I saw a river whose banks were domes of hollow pearls.” I said, “What is this, O Jibreel?” He said: “This is al-Kawthar which your Lord has given to you.” The angel struck it with his hand and its mud or its perfume was of the most fragrant (or pure) musk.

In al-Musnad (12084) it was narrated from Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “I have been given al-Kawthar, and it is a river that flows on the face of the earth. Its banks are domes of pearls and it is not covered. I struck its dust with my hand and its dust was the most fragrant (or pure) musk, and its pebbles were pearls.” Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Saheehah, 2513.

According to another report narrated in al-Musnad (12827) also from Anas, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was asked about al-Kawthar and he said: “That is a river which Allaah has given to me, in Paradise. It is whiter than milk and sweeter than honey, and in it are birds whose necks are like the necks of camels.” ‘Umar said: “Those are soft birds.” The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Eating them is even softer, O ‘Umar.” Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb, 3740.

With regard to the features of the Cistern that will be in the place of gathering, they include the following:

Al-Bukhaari (6093) and Muslim (4244) narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “My Cistern is (as big as) the distance of a month’s (journey). Its length and width are equal and its water is whiter than milk and its scent is better than musk. Its drinking vessels are like the stars of the sky and whoever drinks from it will never thirst again.”

 

Sources:

1. The Delights of the People of Paradise: The Food and Drink of the People of Paradise by Salman ibn Fahd al-'Awdah.
2. The Cistern and River of al-Kawthar by Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid.

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A Description of The Pleasure of 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 (Prophet's companions) 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)

 

The Fragrance of Paradise

Paradise is filled with a pure and beautiful fragrance, which the Believers will be able to discern from a great distance. Ahmad, an-Nasâ'î, Ibn Mâjah and al-Hâkim report with a sahîh isnâd that the Messenger (Peace be upon him) said: "Whoever kills a man of Ahl ad-Dhimmah [non-Muslims living under Islâmic rule] will not smell the fragrance of Paradise, even though its fragrance can be discerned from a distance of forty years' travelling." [Sahîh al-Jâmi as-Saghîr, 5/235 no. 6324 and 5/337 no. 6333

 

 

Sources:

1. IslamReligion

2. Al-Jannah wal An-Nâr-The Paradise and the Hellfire #9/12 by 'Umar Sulayman al-Ashqar

The Light of Paradise

Al-Qurtubî said, "The scholars said there is no night and day in Paradise rather they will be in eternal everlasting light. They will know when night comes because curtains or screens will be put up and doors will be closed, and they will know when day comes because the curtains or screens will be taken down and the doors will be opened. This was mentioned by Abul-Faraj ibn al-Jawzî" [al-Qurtubî, at-Tadhkirah, p. 504] ]

Ibn Kathîr in his commentary on the âyah: "And they will have therein their sustenance, morning and evening. Such is the Garden which We give as an inheritance to those of Our servants who guard against Evil." [19:62-63]     

He said, "This means something approximate to the times of day and night, it does not mean that there will be a day and night there. They will know the passing of time by the changes in the light" [Tafsîr Ibn Kathîr, 4/471]


On the same subject, Ibn Taymiyyah said, "There is no sun and moon in Paradise, and no day or night, but they will know morning and evening From a light that shines from the direction of the Throne"" [Majmu' Fatâwa Shaikh al-Islâm, 4/312]

 

Al-Jannah wal An-Nâr-The Paradise and the Hellfire (9/12) by 'Umar Sulayman al-Ashqar  

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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. While in the life of the Hereafter, there will be no more hardship nor suffering in it, and people will live therein in pure joy and delightAll 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 the mercy and blessings of God be upon 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.

 

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 the mercy and blessings of God be upon 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…” (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.” (Quran 32:17)

 

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The Springs of Paradise

In Paradise there are many springs that provide drinks of different tastes:

“Truly al-Muttaqûn [the pious and righteous] will be amidst Gardens and Water-springs”[15:45]

"Verily al-Muttaqûn shall be amidst shades and springs." [77:41]

Concerning the two Gardens which Allâh Almighty has prepared for those who fear him, Allâh Almighty said: "In them [both] will be two springs flowing [free]." [55:50]     

And concerning the two Gardens beneath them, He said: "In them [both] Will be two springs gushing forth water." [55:66]     

In Paradise there are two springs from which al-Muqarrabûn [those who are close to Allah] will drink pure and undiluted, whilst the Abrâr [the righteous] will drink their water mixed with something else. The first is the Spring of Kafûr, as Allâh (glorified be He) says:

"As to the Righteous, they shall drink of a Cup (of Wine) mixed with Kafur. A Fountain where the Devotees of Allah do drink, making it flow in unstinted abundance."[76:5-6]     

He tells us that the pious/righteous will drink from it mixed with something else, whilst those close to Allâh will drink it pure and undiluted. The second Spring is of Tasnîm, as Allâh (swt) says:

"Verily al-Abrâr will be in delight [Paradise], On thrones, looking at all things. You will recognise in their faces the brightness of delight. They will be given to drink pure sealed wine, the last thereof [that wine] Will be the smell of musk, and for this let [all] those who strive who want to strive [i.e. hasten earnestly to the obedience of Allâh]. It [that wine] will be mixed with Tasnîm, a spring whereof drink those nearest to Allâh." [83:22-27]     

Another of the springs of Paradise is called al-Salsabîl as Allâh (swt) says:

"And they will be given to drink there a cup [of wine] mixed with zanjabîl [ginger], a spring there, called Salsabîl". [76:17-18]

This is probably the same spring as that mentioned above, i.e. Kafûr.

 

 

 

"Al-Jannah wal An-Nâr-The Paradise and the Hellfire (9/12)" by 'Umar Sulayman al-Ashqar with some modifications

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The Palaces and Tents of Paradise

Allâh (Glorified be He) will build good and beautiful dwellings for the people of Paradise: "and beautiful mansions in Gardens of everlasting bliss" [9:72]     

In some places in the Qur'ân, Allâh (Glorified be He) described these dwellings as ghurafât [chambers or dwellings]: "and they will reside in the high dwellings [Paradise] in peace and security." [34:37]     

The reward for the slaves of the all-Merciful will be: "Those will be rewarded with the highest place [in Paradise] because of their patience. Therein they shall be met with greetings and the word of peace and respect" [25:75]     

Allâh (Glorified be He) described these Ghurafât: "But for those who fear Allâh and keep their duty to their Rabb [Allâh], for them are built lofty rooms, one above the other, under which rivers flow. [This is] the Promise of Allâh, and Allâh does not fail in [His] Promise." [39:20]     

Ibn Kathîr said: "Allâh has told us about His blessed slaves who will have rooms [or dwellings] in Paradise: these will be lofty palaces, lofty Rooms, one above another - story upon story, well-constructed, strong and decorated. The Prophet (saw) described these palaces to us. According to a hadith narrated by Ahmad, and Ibn Hibbân from Abû Mâlik al-Ash'ari and by at-Tirmidhi from 'Ali (May Allah be pleased with him) the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:

"In Paradise there are dwellings whose inside can be seen from the outside,and the outside can be seen from inside. Allâh [Glorified be He] has prepared them for those who feed the hungry, and speak softly and gently, fast continuously and pray at night whilst the people are asleep." [Sahîh al-Jâmi' as-Saghîr, 2/220, no. 2119]

Allâh (Glorified be He) has told us that there are tents or pavilions in Paradise: "Houris [beautiful, fair females] restrained in pavilions" [55:72]     

These pavilions are wondrous tents, made of pearls, each one is made from a single, hollowed-out pearl. They are sixty miles high; according to some reports they are sixty miles wide. Al-Bukhâri reports from 'Abdullâh ibn Qays that the Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) said: "The tent is a hollowed out pearl, thirty miles high; in each corner of it the believer will have a wife whom no one else can see".
Abû 'Abdus-Samad and al-Hârith reported from Abû 'Imrân that the wording was "sixty miles high" [Sahih al-Bukhâri, Kitâb Bid' al-Khalq, Bâb Sifât al-Jannah, Fath al-Bâri, 6/318]


Muslim reported from 'Abdullâh ibn Qays that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: "The believer in Paradise will have a tent made out of a single, hollowed-out pearl, sixty miles long, in which he will have [a number of] wives, whom he will visit in turn, none of whom will see the others". [see also Muslim, Kitâb al-Jannah, Bâb fi Sifât Khiyâm al-Jannah, 4/2182, no. 2838]


The Prophet (Peace be upon him) told us about the characteristics of the palaces of Some of his wives and companions. Al-Bukhâri and Muslim report that Abû Hurayrah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: "Jibrîl came to the Prophet (Peace be upon him) and said, "O Messenger of Allâh, Khadîjah is coming, carrying a container of food. When she comes to you, convey to her greetings of peace from her God and from me, and give her the glad tidings of a house in Paradise made of brocade, in which there is no noise or exhaustion."" [Mishkât al-Masâbîh, 3/266]

Al-Bukhâri and Muslim report from Jâbir that the Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) said: "I entered Paradise, where I saw ar-Rumaysa', the wife of Abû Talhah. And I heard footsteps and asked, "Who is that?" He [Jibrîl] said, "That is Bilâl." And I saw a palace with women in its courtyard. I asked, "Whose is this?" They said, "It is for 'Umar ibn al-Khattab". I had wanted to go in and look at it, but I remembered your jealousy [when women are concerned] 'Umar said, "May my mother and father be sacrificed for you, O Messenger of Allâh (saw), would I feel jealous from you?" [Mishkât al-Masâbîh]

The Prophet (Peace be upon him) has told us of the way in which the believer may acquire more than one house in Paradise: Ahmad reports with a sahîh isnâd from Ibn 'Abbâs that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: "Whoever builds a masjid for Allâh, even if it is as small as the nestling-place scratched out by the sane grouse for its eggs, Allâh (Glorified be He) will build a house for him in Paradise". [Sahîh al-Jâmi' as-Saghîr, 5/265, no. 6005]

Ahmad, al-Bukhâri, Muslim, at-Tirmidhi and Ibn Mâjah report from 'Uthmân that the Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) said: "Whoever builds a mosque for Allâh (swt), Allâh (Glorified be He) will build something similar for him in Paradise". [Sahîh al-Jâmi' as-Saghîr, 5/265, no. 6007]


Muslim, Abû Dawud, Ahmad, an-Nasâ'î, and Ibn Mâjah report from Umm Habîbah that the Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) said: "Whoever prays Twelve extra [supererogatory] rak'ahs every day, Allâh (Glorified be He) will build for him a House in Paradise." [Sahîh al-Jâmi', 5/316, no. 6234]

 

Al-Jannah wal An-Nâr-The Paradise and the Hellfire (9/12) by 'Umar Sulayman al-Ashqar  

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The Trees of Paradise

Allah said in the Quran: "And the branches of fruit thereof will hang low within each”[76:14]

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah said: “There is no free in Paradise except that its trunk is of gold.”[Related by At-Tirmidhee]

Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) said: “The roots of date palms in Paradise are of green emeralds. And their branches are red gold. And their leaves are clothing for the people of Paradise... Its fruits... are whiter than milk and purer than honey...”

In another narration, Ibn Abbas said:
“Az-Zil Al-Mamdood (The Shade Long-Extended)’ is a tree in Paradise on a trunk. As for its distance, the diligent rider travels under its shade for 100 years,”


meaning all of its sides. He said, “The people of Paradise, the people of Al-Ghuraf (the rooms), and others will come out and talk underneath its shade.” He said, “Then some of them will desire, remembering the amusement of the world, and then Allah will send a wind from Paradise, and He will shake that tree with every amusement that was in the world.” [Related by Ibn Ab Ad-Dunyaa]

The above Hadith shows the vastness of paradise, the tree called Az-Zil Al-Mamdood is so huge that a fast rider travels under its shade for 100 years without getting across it. The roots of date palms in paradise are of green emeralds, the leaves of the trees are clothing for the people of paradise. Their greenness is very severe.

Allah says :
"Dark green (in colour)" [55:64]

As mentioned earlier, the trees of paradise should not be compared to the trees of this world. Paradise is what no mind has ever thought, no eye has seen, and no ear has heard about. Paradise there will be no hurry as you will live for eternity and you will have 80,000 servants. You might eat your favourite dish for several weeks and there will be no excretion or urination, all will come out as sweat which will be pure musk. The taste of the Foods will never change and you will never become bored.  

Q:  How can I plant trees in Paradise in my territory?
Answer: Its very easy, you just read the beginning of the third kalima i.e

(سبحان الله و الحمدلله ولا إله إلا الله و الله أكبر)

SubhanAllah WaAlhumdulilah Wa La ilaha illa Allah wa Allahu Akbar

Reading it will cause a Tree to be grown for you in paradise, which will belong to you. Isn’t it great?, that you can grow thousands of Acres of Trees will golden and silver trunks in your territory in Paradise!!!  

 

Taken from “The Journey towards the Hereafter”, Part 3, Book 2 , Section 1

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The Tree of Tooba

Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "In Paradise there is a tree in whose shade a rider could travel for a hundred years without crossing it. Recite, if you wish: ‘In shade long-extended’ [al-Waaqi’ah 56:30]" (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 4502)

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Tooba is a tree in Paradise, one hundred years big. The clothes of the people of Paradise are made from its calyces (outer casing of its flowers)." (Reported by Ibn Hibbaan; see also Saheeh al-Jaami’, 3918)

‘Utbah ibn ‘Abdin al-Salami said: "A Bedouin came to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and asked him about al-Hawd (the cistern). He mentioned Paradise, then the Bedouin asked him, ‘Is there fruit there?’ He said, ‘Yes, and there is a tree called Tooba.’ The Bedouin asked, ‘What tree of this world does it resemble?’ He said, ‘It does not resemble any tree of your land. Have you been to Syria?’ He said, ‘No.’ He said, ‘It resembles a tree in Syria called al-Jawzah (walnut) which grows on one trunk then spreads its branches higher up.’ The Bedouin asked, ‘How big is its trunk?’ He said, ‘If one of the camels of your people was to go around it, it would not complete one circuit before its neck broke of old age and exhaustion. The Bedouin asked, ‘Are there grapes there?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ He asked, ‘How big is a bunch?’ He said, ‘The distance a crow could fly without stopping in a month.’ He asked, ‘How big is one grape?’ He said, ‘Does your father ever slaughter a he-goat from his flocks?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘And does he skin it and give the hide to your mother, and say, "Make me a bucket"?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ The Bedouin asked, ‘Is one grape big enough to satisfy me and my family?’ He said, ‘Yes, and your whole tribe.’" (Reported by Imaam Ahmad).

 

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The Couches of Paradise

Allah said in the Quran describing the people of the Paradise: "Reclining upon the couches lined with silk brocade, and the fruits of the two Gardens will be near at hand" [55:54]

Ibn Mas’ood (May Allah be pleased with him) said, “If the insides of the couches are lined with silk brocade, then how wonderful their exteriors must be!

“Reclining on green cushions (Rafraf) and rich beautiful mattresses shions (Rafraf) and rich beautiful mattresses (Abqareein)" [55:76]

Abqareein are the richest, best, most beautiful mattresses. The Arabs were addressed in terms of the good things they had with them. And in Paradise are things that are greater and more magnificent than what a person can imagine, things and delights of all categories.

Taken from “The Journey towards the Hereafter”, Part 3, Book 2 , Section 1

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The Horses of Paradise

A man asked the Messenger of Allah:
“0 Messenger of Allah, are there horses in Paradise?” He said, “Verily, when Allah admits you into Paradise, you will not want to be carried in it on a horse, unless you are being carried on a horse made of red rubies; it will fly with you in Paradise to wherever you wish (to go).”[Tirmidhee]

Prophet Muhammad was once asked : ‘O Messenger of Allah, I am a man who loves horses, so are there horses in Paradise?” The Messenger of Allah said, “By the One Who has my soul in His Hand, there are horses in Paradise that are Haffaaf Murhafah (thin and light for flying); they travel through the leaves of Paradise, so that those (who ride on them) visit whatsoever (and whomsoever) they please.”

The Messenger of Allah said : “Verily, in Paradise there is a tree; from its top and its bottom horses made of gold come out, horses that are saddled and bridled with pearls and rubies. They neither urinate nor drop manure. They have wings, and one stride of thefts is like the distance they can see before them. The dwellers of Paradise will ride them, and will fly on them to wherever they please (to go). Those below them in ranking will say, ‘By dint of what did your slaves reach all of this honour? He will say to them, ‘They would pray in the night, while you were sleeping; they would fast, while you were eating; they would spend (in charity), while you were being stingy; they would fight (in the way of Allah), while you were afraid.” [Related by Ibn Abee Ad-Dunyaa]


“The Journey towards the Hereafter”, Part 3, Book 2 , Section 1

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Description of The People of The Paradise

1. How They Will Look Like?

The people of Paradise will be in the most beautiful form and appearance, with no hair on their bodies and beardless, in the form of their father Adam (peace be upon him), as was narrated by al-Tirmidhi (2468) from Mu’aadh ibn Jabal that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The people of Paradise will enter Paradise with no hair on their bodies and beardless, with kohl-rimmed eyes, thirty or thirty-three years old.” This hadeeth was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi. 

Al-Tirmidhi (2462) also narrated that Abu Hurayrah said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The people of Paradise have no hair on their bodies and are beardless, with kohl-rimmed eyes, their youth will never end and their garments will never wear out.” Classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi. 

Al-Bukhaari (3006)and Muslim (5063) narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The first group to enter Paradise will look like the moon when it is full. They will not spit or blow their noses or defecate. Their vessels will be of gold, their combs will be of gold and silver, their incense burners will be of aloes-wood and their sweat will be musk. Each one of them will have two wives whose marrow can be seen through their flesh because of their beauty, and there will be no disputes or grudges among them. Their hearts will be as one and they will glorify Allaah morning and evening.” 

This and other texts indicate that the people of Paradise will be transformed into the most beautiful forms, and there will be no deformities or other faults among them. 

May Allaah help us and you to do that which He loves and which pleases Him. [1]

 

2. Loving Each Other

Allah says in the Quran: (And it is said unto them): Enter them in peace, secure. And We remove whatever rancour may be in their breasts. As brethren, face to face, (they rest) on couches raised [Quran 15: 46-47]

There will be no more hatred between people that day. Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri told them that the Messenger of Allah said: (The believers will be removed from the Fire, and they will be detained on a bridge between Paradise and Hell. Then judgment will be passed between them concerning any wrong they have committed in this world against one another, until they are cleansed and purified. Then permission will be given to them to enter Paradise.)''

 

[1] Islamqa

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The People of Paradise Will Abide Therein for Ever 

When the people of Paradise enter Paradise, they will abide therein forever and never leave it. Similarly the people of Hell will abide therein forever and never leave it. 

It says in Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah: 

With regard to Paradise, it is the abode of reward on the Day of Resurrection for those who believed and did righteous deeds. In it there are whatever delights people could desire. In it there is what no eye has seen, no ear has heard, nor has it ever entered the mind of man. Those who enter it will enjoy real pleasures in both a physical and a spiritual sense, and they will live there forever. It will never cease to exist and they will never leave, and their joy will never come to an end, and they will have nothing to disturb their joy. This is according to the definitive texts and the consensus of the scholars and believers. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“The description of the Paradise which the Muttaqoon (the pious) have been promised: Underneath it rivers flow, its provision is eternal and so is its shade; this is the end (final destination) of the Muttaqoon (the pious), and the end (final destination) of the disbelievers is Fire [al-Ra’d 13:35]

"No sense of fatigue shall touch them, nor shall they (ever) be asked to leave it[al-Hijr 15:45-47] 

“This is a Reminder. And verily, for the Muttaqoon (the pious) is a good final return (Paradise) [Saad 38:49]

Enter Paradise, you and your wives, in happiness. Trays of gold and cups will be passed round them; (there will be) therein all that inner-selves could desire, and all that eyes could delight in and you will abide therein forever.This is the Paradise which you have been made to inherit because of your deeds which you used to do (in the life of the world). Therein for you will be fruits in plenty, of which you will eat (as you desire)” [al-Zukhruf 43:70-73] 

And it is proven in the Sunnah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “A caller will call out – i.e., to the people of Paradise – ‘You will be healthy and never fall sick; you will live and never die; you will stay young and never grow old; you will feel joy and never feel sorrow.’” Narrated by Muslim. 

It was also proven that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Death will be brought, in the form of a black and white ram, on the Day of Resurrection. Then the command will be given to slaughter it, then it will be said: ‘O people of Paradise, it is eternal and there is no death! O people of Hell, it is eternal and there is no death!’” Narrated by Muslim in his Saheeh. 

Allaah has confirmed that both Paradise and Hell are eternal and will last forever, and that the believers will abide in Paradise forever and the disbelievers will abide in Hell forever, in many verses of the Qur’aan. And the proven Sunnah from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) provides many details which leave no room for any doubt that this is true, and there is no room for misinterpretation of the clear texts.

 

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The Appearance of Hellfire

1. Its Location

There is no exact mention from the Quran or the sayings of Prophet Muhammad which pinpoint the location of Hell.  No one knows its exact place except God.  Due to some linguistic evidence and context of certain hadeeth, some scholars have stated that Hell is in the heavens, yet others say it is in the lower earth.
Its Size

Hell is huge and immensely deep.  We know this through several ways.

First, innumerable people will enter Hell, each, as described in a hadeeth, with the molar teeth as large as Uhud (a mountain in Medina)[Saheeh Muslim]. The distance between the shoulders of its inhabitants has also been described as being equivalent to three days of walking.[Saheeh Muslim]  Hell will house all the unbelievers and sinners from the beginning of time and there will still be room for more.  God says:
“On the Day when We will say to Hell: ‘Are you filled?’  It will say, ‘Are there any more (to come)?’” (Quran 50:30)

The Fire of Hell is likened to a mill that grinds thousands and thousands of tons of grain and then waits for more to come.


Second,
a stone thrown from the top of Hell will take a very long time to reach the bottom.  One of the companions of the Prophet, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, describes how they were sitting with the Prophet and heard the sound of something falling.  The Prophet inquired if they knew what it was.  When they expressed their lack of knowledge, he said:

“That was a stone thrown into Hell seventy years ago and it is yet in the way (the other side) of Hell until now.”
[Mishkat]

Another report states:

“If a stone as big as seven pregnant camels was thrown from the edge of Hell, it would fly through it for seventy years, and yet it would not reach the bottom.”[Sahih al-Jami']


Third, a great many angels will bring Hell on the Day of Resurrection.  God speaks of it:

“And Hell will be brought near that Day…” (Quran 89:23)


The Prophet said:
“Hell will be brought forth that Day by means of seventy thousand ropes, each of which will be held by seventy thousand angels.”[Saheeh Muslim]

Fourth, another report that indicates the vast size of Hell is that the sun and moon will be rolled up in Hell on the Day of Resurrection.[Tahawi in Mushkal al-Aathaar, Bazzar, Baihaqi, and others]

 

 

2. Its Levels

Hell has various levels of heat and punishment, each is reserved according to the extent of their disbelief and sins of those being punished.  God says:

“Surely, the hypocrites will be in the lowest depths (grade) of the Fire.” (Quran 4:145)

The lower the level of Hell, the greater is the intensity of heat
.  Since the hypocrites will suffer the worst punishment, so will they be in the lowest part of Hell.

God refers to the levels of Hell in the Quran:
“For all will be (ranked) by degrees according to what they did.” (Quran 6:132)

“Is one who seeks the good pleasure of God then like the one who draws on himself the wrath of God?  His abode is Hell – and worst, indeed, is that destination!  They are in varying grades with God, and God is All-Seer of what they do.” (Quran 3:162-163)


3. The Gates of Hell

God speaks of seven Gates of Hell in the Quran:

“And surely, Hell is the promised place for them all.  It has seven gates, for each of these gates is a class of sinners assigned.” (Quran 15:43-44)

Each gate has an allotted share of the damned who will enter through it.  Each will enter according to his deeds and assigned a level of Hell accordingly.  When the unbelievers are brought to Hell, its gates will open, they will enter it, and stay in it forever:

“And those who disbelieved will be driven to Hell in groups until, when they reach it, its gates are opened and its keepers will say, ‘Did there not come to you messengers from yourselves, reciting to you the verses of your Lord and warning you of the meeting of this Day of yours?’  They will say, ‘Yes, but the word (meaning the decree) of punishment has come into effect upon the disbelievers.’” (Quran 39:71)

They will be told after admission:
“Enter the gates of Hell to abide eternally therein, and wretched is the residence of the arrogant.” (Quran 39:72)

The gates will be shut and there will be no hope of escape as God says:
“But those who reject Our signs, they are the companions of the left hand.  On them will be Fire vaulted over (meaning the gates will be locked). (Quran 90:19-20) [Based on the explanation of Ibn Abbas (‘Tafsir Ibn Kathir’).]”

Furthermore, God says in the Quran:

“Woe to every scorner and mocker, who collects wealth and (continuously) counts it.  He thinks that his wealth will make him immortal.  No!  He will surely be thrown into the Crusher.  And what can make you know what is the Crushers?  It is the fire of God, (eternally) fueled, Which mounts directed at the hearts.  Indeed, it (Hellfire) will be closed down upon them in extended columns.” (Quran 104:1-9)

The gates of Hell are also closed before the Day of Judgment.  The Prophet of Islam spoke of them closing in the month of Ramadan.[Tirmidhi]

 

4. Its Fuel

Stones and stubborn unbelievers make the fuel of Hell as God says:

“O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones...” (Quran 66:6)

“…then fear the Fire, whose fuel is men and stones, prepared for the disbelievers.”
(Quran 2:24)


Another source of fuel for Hell will be the pagan gods that were worshipped besides God:

“Indeed, you (disbelievers) and what you worship other than God are the firewood of Hell.  You will be coming to (enter) it.  Had these (false deities) been (actual) gods, they would not have come to it, but all are eternal therein.” (Quran 21:98-99)


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The Food and Drink in The Hellfire

1. Its Heat

God says:
“And the companions of the left – what are the companions of the left?  (They will be) in scorching fire and scalding water and a shade of black smoke, neither cool nor beneficial.” (Quran 56:41-44)

Everything people use to cool down in this world – air, water, shade – will be useless in Hell.  The air of Hell will be hot wind and the water will be boiling.  The shade will not be comforting or cooling, the shade in Hell will be the shadow of black smoke as mentioned in the verse:

“And shadow of black smoke.” (Quran 56:43)

In another passage, God says:
“But he whose balance (of good deeds) will be light, will have his home in a (bottomless) pit.  And what will explain to you what this is?  (It is) a Fire blazing fiercely.” (Quran 101:8-11)

God describes how the shade of Hell’s smoke will rise above the Fire.  The smoke that rises from Hell will be divided into three columns.  Its shade will neither cool nor offer any protection from the raging Fire.  The flying sparks will be like huge castles similar to string of marching yellow camels:

“Proceed to a shadow (of smoke) having three columns (but having) no cool shade and availing not against the flame.  Indeed, it throws sparks (as huge) as a fortress, as if they were yellow camels (marching swiftly).” (Quran 77:30-33)

The Fire consumes everything, leaving nothing untouched.  It burns skin reaching all the way to the bones, melting the contents of the stomach, leaping up to the hearts, and exposing the vital organs.  God speaks of the intensity and affect of the Fire:

“I will drive him into Hellfire.  And what can make you know what is Hellfire?  It lets nothing remain and leaves nothing (unburned), altering the skins.” (Quran 74:26-29)

The Prophet of Islam said:
“Fire as we know it is one seventieth part of the Fire of Hell.  Someone said, ‘O Messenger of God, it is enough as it is!’  He said, ‘It is as if sixty-nine equal portions were added to fire as we know it.’” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)

The Fire never extinguishes:
“So taste you (the results of your evil deeds).  No increase shall We give you except in torment.” (Quran 78:30)

“…Whenever it abates, We shall increase for them the fierceness of the Fire.” (Quran 17:97)

The torment will never be reduced and the unbelievers will not have any break:
“…Their torment shall not be lightened nor shall they be helped.” (Quran 2:86)

 

2. The Food of its Inhabitants

The food of the people of Hell is described in the Quran.  God says:

“No food will there be for them except from a bitter, thorny plant which neither nourishes nor avails against hunger.” (Quran 88:6-7)

The food will neither nourish nor taste good.  It will only serve as a punishment to the people of Hell.  In other passages, God describes the tree of zaqqum, a special food of Hell.  Zaqqum is a repulsive tree, its roots go deep into the bottom of Hell, its branches stretching all over.  Its ugly fruit is like the heads of the devils.  He says:

“Indeed, the tree of zaqqum is food for the sinful, like murky oil, it boils within bellies, like the boiling of scalding water.” (Quran 44:43-46)

“Is that (Paradise) better as hospitality or the tree of zaqqum?  Indeed, We have made it a torment for the wrongdoers.  Indeed, it is a tree issuing from the bottom of the Hellfire, its emerging fruit as if it was heads of the devils.  And, indeed, they will eat from it and fill with it their bellies.  Then, indeed, they will have after it a mixture of scalding water.  Then, indeed, their return will be to the Hellfire.” (Quran 37:62-68)


“Then indeed you, O those astray (who are) deniers, will be eating from trees of zaqqum and filling with it your bellies, and drinking on top of it from scalding water, and will drink as the drinking of thirsty camels.  That is their hospitality on the Day of Recompense.” (Quran 56:51-56)

People of Hell will get so hungry that they will eat from the obnoxious tree of zaqqum.  When they will fill their bellies with it, it will start to churn like boiling oil causing immense suffering.  At that point they will rush to drink extremely hot water.  They will drink it like thirsty camels, yet it will never quench their thirst.  Rather their internals will be torn.  God says:

“…They will be given to drink boiling water, so that it cuts up their bowels (to pieces).” (Quran 47:15)


The thorny bushes and zaqqum will choke them and stick in their throats because of their foulness:

“Surely, with us are fetters (to bind them) and a ranging Fire (to burn them), and a food that chokes and a penalty grievous.” (Quran 73:12-13)

The Prophet of Islam said:

“If a drop from zaqqum were to land in this world, the people of earth and all their means of sustenance would rot.  So how must it be for one who must eat it?” (Tirmidhi)

Another food served to the people of Hell will be festering puss that oozes out of their skin, the discharge that flows from the private parts of adulterers and the decaying skin and flesh of those being burnt.  It is the “juice” of the people of Hell.  God says:

“So no friend has he here this Day, nor has he any food except filth from the washing of wounds which none do eat but those in sin.” (Quran 69:35-37)

“This – so let them taste it – is scalding water and (foul) purulence.  And other (punishments) of its type (in various) kinds.” (Quran 38:57-58)

Lastly, some sinners will be fed fire from Hell as a punishment.  God says:


“Indeed, those who devour the property of orphans unjustly are only consuming into their bellies fire.” (Quran 4:10)


“Indeed, they who conceal what God has sent down of the Book and exchange it for a small price – those consume not into their bellies except the Fire.” (Quran 2:174)

 

3. Its Drink

God tells in the Quran about the drink of people of Hell:

“They will be given to drink boiling water, so that it cuts up their bowels (to pieces).” (Quran 47:15)

“…And if they call for relief, they will be relieved with water like murky oil, which scalds (their) faces.  Wretched is the drink, and evil is the resting place.”
(Quran 18:29)

“Before him is Hell, and he will be given a drink of purulent water.  He will gulp it but will hardly (be able to) swallow it.  And death will come to him from everywhere, but he is not to die.  And before him is a massive punishment.” (Quran 14:16-17)

“A boiling fluid and fluid dark, murky, intensely cold.” (Quran 38:57)


The types of drink people of Hell will get to drink are as follows:

  • Extremely hot water as God says:

“They will go around between it and scalding water, heated (to the utmost degree).” (Quran 55:44)

“They will be given drink from a boiling spring.” (Quran 88:5)

  • Flowing puss from the flesh and skin of an unbeliever.  The Prophet said:

“Anyone who drinks intoxicants will be made to drink the mud of khabal.  They asked, ‘O Messenger of God, what is the mud of khabal?’  He said, ‘The sweat of the people of Hell’ or the ‘juice of the people of Hell.’” (Saheeh Muslim)

  • A drink like boiling oil described by the Prophet as:

“It is like boiling oil, when it is brought near a person’s face, the skin of the face falls off into it.” (Musnad Ahmad, Tirmidhi)

 

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A Description of The Horror of Hellfire

The severe suffering and punishment that the people of Hellfire will experience will be so much that they will wish they can give up anything they had in the dunia (worldly life) to escape it, whether it was wealth, health, or even their own families

Allah says in the Quran:

“Indeed, those who disbelieve and die while they are disbelievers – never would the (whole) capacity of the earth in gold be accepted from one of them if he would (seek to) ransom himself with it.  For those there will be a painful punishment, and they will have no helpers.” (Quran 3:91)

“The criminal will wish that he could be ransomed from the punishment of that Day by his children, and his wife and his brother, and his nearest kindred who shelter him, and all – all that is on earth – so it could save him.  No!  Indeed, it is the Flame (of Hell), plucking out (his being) tight to the skull!” (Quran 70:11-16)

 

The Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) said:

“One of the people of Hell who found most pleasure in the life of this world will be brought forth on the Day of Resurrection and will be dipped into the Fire of Hell.  Then he will be asked, ‘O son of Adam, have you ever seen anything good?’  Have you ever enjoyed any pleasure?’  He will say, ‘No, by God, O Lord.” [Saheeh Muslim]

 

Few moments in Hell and the person will forget all the good times they had in their worldly life.  The Prophet of Islam informs us:

“On the Day of Resurrection, God will ask the one whose punishment in the Fire is lightest, ‘If you had whatsoever you wanted on earth, would you give it to save yourself?’  He will say, ‘Yes.’  God will say, ‘I wanted less than that from you when you were still in the loins of Adam, I asked you not to associate anything in worship with Me, but you insisted on associating others in worship with Me.’” [Saheeh Al-Bukhari]

The punishments of Hell will vary in degree.  The torment of some levels of Hell will be greater than others.  People will be put in a level according to their deeds.  The Prophet of Islam said:

“There are some whom the Fire will reach their ankles, others up to their knees, others up to their waists, and yet others up to their necks.” [Saheeh Muslim]

He spoke of the lightest punishment in Hell:

“The person who will receive the least punishment among the people of Hell on the Day Resurrection will be a man, a smoldering ember will be placed under the arch of his foot.  His brains will boil because of it.”[Saheeh Al-Bukhari]

This person will think no one else is being punished more severely than himself, even though he will be the one receiving the lightest punishment. [Saheeh Al-Bukhari]

 

Many verses of the Quran speak of various levels of punishment for the people of Hell:

“The hypocrites will be in the lowest depths of the Fire.” (Quran 4:145)

“and on the Day that Judgment will be established (it will be said to the angels): Cast the people of Pharaoh into the severest penalty!” (Quran 40:46)

The Fire kindled by God will burn the skin of the people of Hell.  The skin is the largest organ of the body and the site of sensation where the pain of burning is felt.  God will replace the burnt skin with a new one to be burnt again, and this will keep on repeating:

“Indeed, those who disbelieve in Our verses – We will drive them into a Fire.  Every time their skins are roasted through We will replace them with other skins so they may taste the punishment.  Indeed, God is ever Exalted in Might and Wise.” (Quran 4:56)

 

Another punishment of Hell is melting.  When super-heated water will be poured on their heads, it will melt away the internals:

“…poured upon their heads will be scalding water by which is melted that within their bellies and (their) skins.” (Quran 22:19-20)

 

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:

“Super-heated water will be poured onto their heads and will dissolve through it until it cuts up their innards, expelling them; until it comes out of their feet, and everything is melted.  Then they will be restored as they were.” Tirmidhi 

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Some Types of The Punishment

One of the ways God will humiliate the sinful in Hell is by gathering them on Judgment Day on their faces, blind, deaf, and dumb.

“and We will gather them on the Day of Resurrection (fallen) on their faces – blind, dumb and deaf.  Their refuge is Hell; every time it subsides We increase them in blazing fire.” (Quran 17:97)

“And brings an evil deed — such will be flung down on their faces into the Fire, (and it will be said), ‘Are you recompensed for anything but what you used to do?’” (Quran 27:90)

“The Fire will burn their faces and they will grin therein, their lips displaced.” (Quran 23:104)

“The Day their faces will be turned over in the Fire, they will say, ‘How we wish we had obeyed God and obeyed the Messenger.’” (Quran 33:66)

 

Another painful punishment of unbelievers will be getting dragged on their faces into Hell.  God says:

“Indeed, the criminals are in error and madness.  The Day they are dragged into the Fire on their faces (it will be said), ‘Taste the touch of Hell.’” (Quran 54:47-48)

 

They will be dragged on their faces while they are tied in chains and fettered:

“Those who deny the Book (the Quran) and that with which We sent Our messengers – they are going to know, when the shackles are around their necks and the chains; they will be dragged in boiling water; then in the Fire they will be filled (with flame).” (Quran 40:70-72)

 

The Fire will surround the unbeliever on all sides just as sins surrounded him like a sheet wound around his body:

“Theirs will be a bed of Fire and over them coverings (of Fire)…” (Quran 7:41)

“On the Day when the torment (of Hell) will cover them from above them and from underneath their feet.” (Quran 29:55)

“…and surely Hell will surround the unbelievers…”
(Quran 9:49)


The Fire of Hell will leap up to the hearts.  The Fire will penetrate their super-sized bodies and reach the innermost depths:

“No!  He will surely be thrown into the Crusher.  And what can make you know what is the Crushers?  It is the fire of God, (eternally) fueled, which mounts directed at the hearts.” (Quran 104:4-7)

The Fire will split the entrails as mentioned by the Prophet:

“A man will be brought on the Day of Resurrection and thrown into the Fire.  Then his entrails will be spilled out into the Fire and he will be forced to walk around and around like a donkey in a treadmill.  The people of Hell will gather around him and say, ‘O so-and-so, what is wrong with you?  Did you not enjoin us to do good and forbid us to do wrong?’  He will say, ‘I used to order you to do good, but I did not do it and I used to forbid you to do evil, but I used to do it myself.’  Then he will walk around and around like a donkey in a treadmill.” [Saheeh Al-Bukhari, Saheeh Muslim]


God has described the chains, yokes, and fetters of Hell.  They will be tied up with chains and dragged with yokes on their necks:

“for the rejecters We have prepared iron chains, yokes, and a blazing Fire.” (Quran 76:4)

“With Us are fetters (to bind them), and a Fire (to burn them), and a food that chokes, and a penalty grievous.”
(Quran 73:12-13)

“We will put yokes on the necks of the unbelievers.  It would only be requital for their evil deeds.”
(Quran 34:33)

“when yokes will be put round their necks and the chains, they will be dragged along.”
(Quran 40:71)

“(The stern command will say): seize him and bind him, and burn him in the blazing Fire, further, make him march in a chain, whereof the length is seventy cubits.”
(Quran 69:30-32)


The pagan gods and all other deities that were worshipped besides God who people thought will be their intercessors with God and bringing them closer to Him will be thrown into Hell with them.  This will be to humiliate and demonstrate that these false gods have no power,

“Indeed, you (disbelievers), and that which you worship other than God,[1]  are but fuel for Hell.  Verily, you will enter it.  Had these (false deities) been (actual) gods, they would not have entered there, but all will eternally abide therein.” (Quran 21:98-99)

 

[1] Ibn Katheer, in his tafsir, explains that pious people and prophets from before, who were taken for gods by later generations without their consent, are not included as ‘fuel for the fire’.  Only the people who‘ liked to be worshipped’ by their worshippers will be thrown therein, along ‘with the ones who worshipped him’  and other non-animate idols.  Of people like Jesus, the Quran says: “Those for whom good has preceded from Us will be far removed there-from …” (Quran 21:101)

 

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Description of The People of The Hellfire

How They Will Look Like?

As for the people of hellfire and how their physical appearance will look like, It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The distance between the shoulders of the kaafir [in Hell] will be that of three days’ swift travelling.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6186; Muslim, 2852). 

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The molar of the kaafir – or the eyetooth of the kaafir – will be like Uhud, and his skin will be as thick as three days’ travelling.” (Narrated by Muslim, 2851).

 

What kind of Life They Will Live?

After they will see their final destination they will cry and be saddened, and will cry out loud from the severity of the torment while they are in its valleys, Allaah says which means, “And they will call:' O Maalik, let your Lord put an end to us!' He will say, 'Indeed you will remain.' (Az-Zukhruf: 77).

Their sorrow will be continuous, so they will never feel happy. Their destiny is certain (in fire) and they will never depart from it, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said as narrated by ‘Abdullaah Ibn Qays, may Allaah be pleased with him, “The dwellers of Hell will cry so much that ships can sail in their tears, and their tears will be of blood” (Al-Haakim).

They will be crying because they wasted their lives without taking provisions from it for the hereafter, and the more they weep the more they feel the craving to cry. What a moment to regret for having their Creator angry with them! They will call, as Allaah says, which means, “And they will cry out therein, 'Our Lord, remove us; We will do righteousness - other than what we were doing! But did we not grant you life enough for whoever would remember therein to remember, and the Warner had come to you? So taste (the punishment), for there is not for the wrongdoers and helper.'"  (Faatir: 37).

And also, “If you could but see when the criminals are hanging their heads before their Lord (saying), 'Our Lord, we have seen and heard, so return us (to the world); we will work righteousness. Indeed, they are (now) certain” (As-Sajdah: 12).

Also, “They will say, 'Our Lord, our wretchedness overcame us, and we were a people astray. Our Lord, remove us from it, and if we were to return(to evil), we would indeed be wrongdoers.'” (Al-Mu’minoon: 106-107).

They will call unto to the Lord Whom they continued to disobey, transgress His boundaries, and were enemies of His devout slaves; they will be calling unto The Lord whose judgment is just on them, and His wrath and punishment befell them. Allaah says which means, He will say, 'Remain despised therein and do not speak to Me.'” (Al- Mu’minoon: 108).

That day, the one who cries is not sympathized with, and the one who supplicates is never responded to; it is too late to get what they desire. Their sins surround them. They continue to hope for rescue until a sound calls saying, O people of Paradise it is an eternal life which has no death, O people of Hell it is an eternal life which has no death. A Fire which cannot be resisted, and a soul which does not die, Allaah says, which means, “Indeed, whoever comes to his Lord as a criminal – indeed, for him is hell; he will neither die therein nor live.” (Taa Haa: 74).


What Is Their Clothing?

God tells us that the dress of the people of Hell will be garments of fire tailored for them:

“…But those who disbelieved will have cut out for them garments of fire.  Poured upon their heads will be scalding water.” (Quran 22:19)

“And you will see the criminals that Day bound together in shackles, their garments of liquid pitch (melted copper) and their faces covered by the Fire.” (Quran 14:49-50)

 

Blaming Each Other

They blame each other and belie each other, Allaah says which means, “(Allaah) will say, 'enter among nations which had passed on before you of jinn and mankind into the Fire.' Every time a nation enters, it will curse its sister until, when they have all overtaken one another therein, the last of them will say about the first of them, 'Our Lord, these had misled us, so give them a double punishment of the Fire.' He will say, 'For each is double, but you do not know.'” (Al- A’raaf: 38). Also, “And (Ibraheem) said, 'You have only taken other than Allaah idols as (a bond of) affection among you in worldly life. Then on the Day of Resurrection you will deny one another and curse one another and your refuge will be the Fire, and you will not have any helpers.'” (Al- ‘Ankaboot: 25).

 

They become furious with those who led them astray and increased their misguidance, Allaah says, which means, “And those who disbelieved will (then) say, 'Our Lord show us those who misled us of the jinn and men (so) we may put them under our feet that they will be among the lowest.'” (Fussilat: 29).

 

Sources:

1. A Description of Hellfire: Its Appearance

2. Al-Minbar

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The Condition of The Hellfire Inhabitants When They Will See Hell

When the unbeliever will see Hell, he will be filled with remorse, but it will not be of any benefit:


“And they will feel regret when they see the punishment; and they will be judged in justice, and they will not be wronged.” (Quran 10:54)


The unbeliever will pray for his death when they sense its heat,

“And when they are thrown into a narrow place therein bound in chains, they will cry out thereupon for destruction.  (They will be told), ‘Do not cry this Day for one destruction but cry for much destruction.’” (Quran 25:13-14)

Their screams will get louder and they will call onto God hoping He will take them out of Hell:

“And they will cry out therein, ‘Our Lord, remove us; we will do righteousness – other than what we were doing!’” (Quran 35:37)

They will realize theirs sins and the error of stubborn disbelief:

“And they will say, ‘If only we had been listening or reasoning, we would not be among the companions of the Blaze.’  And they will admit their sin, so (it is) alienation for the companions of the Blaze.”
(Quran 67:10-11)


Their prayers will be rejected:


“They will say, ‘Our Lord, our wretchedness overcame us, and we were a people astray.  Our Lord, remove us from it, and if we were to return (to evil), we would indeed be wrongdoers.’  He will say, ‘Remain despised therein and do not speak to Me.’” (Quran 23:106-108)

After that, they will call the keepers of Hell asking them to intercede to God on their behalf for reduction in torment:

“And those in the Fire will say to the keepers of Hell, ‘Supplicate your Lord to lighten for us a day from the punishment.’  They will say, ‘Did there not come to you your messengers with clear proofs?’  They will say, ‘Yes.’  They will reply, ‘Then supplicate (yourselves), but the supplication of the disbelievers is not except in error.’” (Quran 40:49-50)

Their will even plead for their own destruction to relieve themselves of the pain:
“And they will call, ‘O Malik, let your Lord put an end to us!’  He will say, ‘Indeed, you will remain.’” (Quran 43:77)


They will be told the punishment will never be reduced, it is eternal:
“Then be patient or impatient – it is all the same for you.  You are only being recompensed for what you used to do.’” (Quran 52:16)

They will weep for a long time:
“So let them laugh a little and then weep much as recompense for what they used to earn.” (Quran 9:82)

They will weep until no tears are left, then that they will weep blood, which will leave its traces as described by the Prophet:

“The people of Hell will be made to weep, and they will weep until they have no tears left.  Then they will weep blood until they have, as it were, channels in their faces, if ships were put in them, they would float.”
[Ibn Majah]

 

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The People of Hell Will Abide Therein Forever

The people of Hell will remain in Hell being tormented without end. This is indicated by a great deal of evidence from the Qur’aan and Sunnah. 

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen was asked: Is Hell eternal or will it come to an end? 

He replied: 

What is definite is that it is eternal, and no other view is known among the salaf. Hence the scholars made this one of their tenets of faith, so that we believe that Hell is eternal and will last forever. This is a matter concerning which there is no doubt, because Allaah has mentioned the eternal nature of Hell in three places in the Qur’aan: 

1 – In Soorat al-Nisa, where He says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“Verily, those who disbelieve and did wrong [by concealing the truth about Prophet Muhammad and his message of true Islamic Monotheism written in the Tawraatt (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel) with them]; Allaah will not forgive them, nor will He guide them to any way. Except the way of Hell, to dwell therein forever [al-Nisa’ 4:168-169] 

2 – In Soorat al-Ahzaab, where He says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“Verily, Allaah has cursed the disbelievers, and has prepared for them a flaming Fire (Hell) Wherein they will abide for ever [al-Ahzaab 33:64] 

3 – In Soorat al-Jinn, where He says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“and whosoever disobeys Allaah and His Messenger, then verily, for him is the fire of Hell, he shall dwell therein forever” [al-Jinn 72:23] 

It says in Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah: 

There is a great deal of evidence in the Qur’aan and Sunnah to show that Hell will never cease to exist, and that the kaafireen will abide in Hell forever and will never come out of it. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“This, because you took the Revelations of Allaah (this Qur’aan) in mockery, and the life of the world deceived you. So this Day, they shall not be taken out from there (Hell), nor shall they be returned to the worldly life (so that they repent to Allaah, and beg His Pardon for their sins)” [al-Jaathiyah 45:35] 

 

“Surely, those who disbelieved in Our Ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), We shall burn them in Fire. As often as their skins are roasted through, We shall change them for other skins that they may taste the punishment[al-Nisa’ 4:56] 

 

“but he whom He sends astray, for such you will find no Awliyaa’ (helpers and protectors) besides Him, and We shall gather them together on the Day of Resurrection on their faces, blind, dumb and deaf; their abode will be Hell; whenever it abates, We shall increase for them the fierceness of the Fire.[al-Isra’ 17:97] 

“But those who disbelieved (in the Oneness of Allaah – Islamic Monotheism) and denied Our Ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), they will be the dwellers of the Fire, to dwell therein forever. And worst indeed is that destination” [al-Taghaabun 64:10] 

“and whosoever disobeys Allaah and His Messenger, then verily, for him is the fire of Hell, he shall dwell therein forever” [al-Jinn 72:23] 

“Verily, the Mujrimoon (criminals, sinners, disbelievers) will be in the torment of Hell to abide therein forever. (The torment) will not be lightened for them, and they will be plunged into destruction with deep regrets, sorrows and in despair therein. We wronged them not, but they were the Zaalimoon (polytheists, wrongdoers). And they will cry: ‘O Malik (Keeper of Hell)! Let your Lord make an end of us.” He will say: “Verily, you shall abide forever.’ Indeed We have brought the truth (Muhammad with the Qur’aan) to you, but most of you have a hatred for the truth” [al-Zukhruf 43:74-78]

And there are many other verses which all indicate that the kuffaar (disbelievers) will abide in Hell for eternity and will never come out, and it will never cease to exist. When taken all together this view is very strong and there is no room for misinterpretation.

 

Also, there are some proofs from the sunnah that support the belief of the eternity of the Hellfire is the following:

the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “A caller will call out – i.e., to the people of Paradise – ‘You will be healthy and never fall sick; you will live and never die; you will stay young and never grow old; you will feel joy and never feel sorrow.’” Narrated by Muslim. 

It was also proven that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Death will be brought, in the form of a black and white ram, on the Day of Resurrection. Then the command will be given to slaughter it, then it will be said: ‘O people of Paradise, it is eternal and there is no death! O people of Hell, it is eternal and there is no death!’” Narrated by Muslim in his Saheeh.

 

 

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Dialogues Between The People of Hellfire and The People of Paradise

When Allah decide who will enter the Paradise and who will enter the Hellfire, everyone sent to their final destination. People of Paradise get the chance to look at the Hellfire and how much its inhabitants are tortured there. Allah said in Quran:
When their eyes shall be turned towards the companions of the fire, they will say: "Our lord! Send us not to the company of the wrong-doers" [7:47]

They thank Allah that they were guided to the right path and were saved from the Hellfire. They thank Allah that they were saved also from those evil people who were trying to lead them astray during their lives to worship other than Allah and follow their desires.

Allah said in the Quran:
Then they will turn to one another and question one another. One of them will start and talk and say: "I had an intimate companion (on earth), "Who used to say, 'what! Are you amongst those who bear witness to the truth (of the Message)? "' When we die and become dust and bones, shall we indeed receive rewards and punishments?'". (A voice) said: "Would you like to look down?". He looked down and saw him in the midst of the fire. He said: "By Allah! You were little short of bringing me to perdition!" [37:50-56]

On the other side, when Allah gathers the wrong-doers to punish them, they blame each other of being seduced and thrown in the hellfire. Allah mentioned such dialogue in many places in Quran:
And they will turn to one another, and question one another. They will say: "It was you who used to come to us from the right hand (of power and authority)!" They will reply: "Nay, you yourselves had no faith! Nor had we any authority over you. Nay it was you who were a people in obstinate rebellion!" "So now has been proved true, against us, the Word of our Lord that we shall indeed (have to) taste (the punishment of our sins)" "We led you astray: for truly we were ourselves astray." Truly, that Day, they will (all) share in the Penalty. Verily that is how We shall deal with Sinners. [37:27-34]

The arrogant ones will say to those who had been despised: "Was it we who kept you back from Guidance after it reached you? Nay, rather, it was you who transgressed" Those who had been despised will say to to arrogant ones: "Nay! it was a plot (of yours) by day and by night: behold! You (constantly) ordered us to be ungrateful to Allah and to attribute equals to Him!" They will declare (their) repentance when they see the Penalty: We shall put yokes on the necks of the Unbelievers: it would only be requital for their (ill) deeds. [34:32-33]

That kind of relationship that was binding the wrong-doers with each other was in vain, they were disobeying Allah in their lives. Those who were followed by other people were always deceiving their followers to follow them blindly in disobeying Allah and cancel their minds.

When they see how severe their punishment will be in hellfire they will start clear themselves from one another. Allah describe that moment in the Quran:
Then would those who are followed clear themselves of those who follow (them): they would see the penalty, and all relations between them would be cut off. And those who followed would say: "If only we had one more chance, we would clear ourselves of them, as they have cleared themselves of us." Thus will Allah show them (the fruits of) their deeds as (nothing but) regrets. Nor will there be a way for them out of the Fire. [2:166-167]

They will curse one another and hate one another so much so that everyone would like the other to get a double punishment than themselves. Allah said in the Quran:
He will say: "Enter ye in the company of the peoples who passed away before you - men and jinns, - into the Fire." Every time a new people enters, it curses its sister-people (that went before), until they follow each other, all into the Fire. Saith the last about the first: "Our Lord! it is these that misled us: so give them a double penalty in the Fire." He will say: "Doubled for all" : but this ye do not understand. Then the first will say to the last: "See then! No advantage have ye over us; so taste ye of the penalty for all that ye did !" [7:38-39]

Finally, the people of Paradise will see the People of Hellfire and the following dialogue will take place "as Allah said in the Quran":
The companions of the Garden (Paradise) will call out to the Companions of the Fire: "We have indeed found the promises of our Lord to us true: have you also found your Lord's promises true?" They will say, "Yes"; but a Crier shall proclaim between them: "The curse of Allah is on the wrongdoers. Those who would hinder (men) from the path of Allah and would seek in it something crooked: they were those who denied the Hereafter." Between them shall be a veil, and on the heights will be men who would know every one by his marks: they will call out to the Companions of the Garden, "peace on you": they will not have entered, but they will have an assurance (thereof). When their eyes shall be turned towards the Companions of the Fire, they will say: "Our Lord! send us not to the company of the wrong-doers." The men on the heights will call to certain men whom they will know from their marks, saying: "Of what profit to you were your hoards and your arrogant ways? "Behold! are these not the men whom you swore that Allah with His Mercy would never bless? Enter ye the Garden: no fear shall be on you, nor shall ye grieve." The Companions of the Fire will call to the Companions of the Garden: "Pour down to us water or anything that Allah doth provide for your sustenance." They will say: "Both these things hath Allah forbidden to those who rejected Him." [7: 44-50]


In the other hand, Allah will remove any worldly hatred from hearts of people in the paradise who will thank Allah for what they got in Paradise. Allah will remove any worldly affairs that used to be among them when they were living in this worldly life will be substituted by love, Allah said in the Quran:

But (as for) those who believe and do good works - We tax not any soul beyond its scope - Such are rightful owners of the Garden. They abide therein. And We remove whatever rancour may be in their hearts. Rivers flow beneath them. And they say: The praise to Allah, Who hath guided us to this. We could not truly have been led aright if Allah had not guided us. Verily the messengers of our Lord did bring the Truth. And it is cried unto them: This is the Garden. Ye inherit it for what ye used to do. 
[7:42-43]

 

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