Centuries ago, a Kafir king named Shaddad ruled over the world. When he heard about Paradise and its special and unique characteristics from different blessed Ambiya عَـلَـيْهِمُ السَّلَام, being rebellious, he made a firm plan to make a Paradise in this world.
Description of Shaddad’s Paradise
٭ Shaddad got a very large city built.
٭ Its palaces were made of gold and silver bricks.
٭ Floor of the houses and pathways were also made of jewels.
٭ Instead of pebbles, beautiful pearls were laid on the floor.
٭ Jewels were laid at many places on which streams were made to flow.
٭ Various trees were planted for the purpose of shade and beauty.
In short, all the means of comfort and luxury were gathered in that city within a span of 300 years.
Bad end of Shaddad
When the construction work got completed, Shaddad along with the ministers of his kingdom left for the Paradise he had got built. The journey of one day and night was still remaining when a terrifying voice was heard from the sky and Shaddad along with his companions met a dreadful end at the age of 900.
Who saw this city?
In the era of the companion of the Holy Rasool صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, Sayyiduna Ameer Mu’awiyah رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ, camel of a pious saint Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Bin Qilabah رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ went missing in the desert of Adan, a city near Yemen. While searching for the camel in the desert, he discovered the Paradise of Shaddad and beheld its beauty. There was no person present over there. He took some jewels from there and returned. When Sayyiduna Ameer Mu’awiyah رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ came to know about it, he called Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Bin Qilabah رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ and asked about this matter. After listening to the complete details, Sayyiduna Ameer Mu’awiyah رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ went to Sayyiduna Ka’b-ul-Ahbaar رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ and asked: ‘Does any such and such type of city also exist in the world?’ Sayyiduna Ka’b-ul-Ahbaar رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ replied: ‘Yes!’ Thereupon, he mentioned the complete story of Shaddad and said: ‘In your era, a Muslim will enter this city while searching for his camel. His colour will be red and eyes will be blue; he will have a short height and a mole on the eyebrows.’ Upon seeing Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Bin Qilabah رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ afterwards, Sayyiduna Ameer Mu’awiyah رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ said: ‘By Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ! He is the same person.’ (‘Ajaaib-ul-Quran ma’ Gharaib-ul-Quran, pp. 222-223; Siraat-ul-Jinaan, vol. 10, pp. 663-664; Khaazin, vol. 4, pp. 376)
Madani pearls obtained from this parable
Dear Madani children!
٭ Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ strongly dislikes disobedience and arrogance of people.
٭ Shaddad suffered the Divine torment because of committing disobedience.
٭ Fearing Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, we should adopt humility.
٭ Refrain from every such act which is a disobedience to Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and the Holy Rasool صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. This will definitely lead us to a ‘Bright Future’.
 A precious stone of red, white, yellow or blue colour.
 A green-coloured precious stone with a shade of saffron colour.