Paradise is the place where the righteous bondmen of Allah Almighty will get excellent reward for their righteous deeds and which Allah Almighty has prepared for His obedient bondmen.
What is Paradise?
Paradise is a place which Allah Almighty has made for those who have faith. It has the blessings which neither have been seen by eyes nor heard by ears nor has anyone ever thought of. Whatever example is given for defining it is only to make people understand, otherwise, the best thing of this world has no relation to anything of Paradise. (Bahar-e-Shari’at, vol. 1, pp. 152) In Arabic, the dense garden whose earth is hidden because of trees is called (جَنَّت) Paradise.
Why Jannat is named “Jannat”
The home Muslims will get on the Day of Judgement is called Paradise for different reasons:
1 Paradise has gardens.
2 It is hidden from eyes in the world.
3 It is from Aalim-e-Ghayb. (Derived from: Mirqat-ul-Mafatih, vol. 9, pp. 576)
Paradise is truth and the denier of it is an unbeliever. Similarly, the person who believes in Paradise, but invents new meanings of it (for example, Sawab means to feel pleased by seeing one’s virtues) is, in fact, a denier of Paradise and such a person is also an unbeliever. (Ash-Shifa, vol. 2, pp. 290; Bahar-e-Shari’at, vol. 1, pp. 150, 151) Paradise has been created and it still exists. It is not like that it has not been created yet and it will be created on the Judgement Day. (Derived from: Minh-ur Raud, pp. 284)
Most beloved blessing of Paradise-dwellers
The greatest blessing Paradise-dwellers will get will be the sight of Allah Almighty. It has been stated in a blessed Hadees: Allah Almighty will remove His purdah(1)and they will be given no other thing more beloved than the sight of Allah Almighty. (Tirmizi, vol. 4, pp. 248, Hadees 2561)
Highly respected Paradise-dweller
In Allah Almighty’s court, a respected Paradise-dweller will be the one who will be blessed with the sight of Allah Almighty in the morning and evening. (Tirmizi, vol. 4, pp. 249, Hadees 2562)
Types of Paradise-dwellers
There are three types of Paradise-dwellers: Kasbi, Wahbi, ‘Ataee [عَطائی].
Kasbi Paradise-dwellers are those who will go to Paradise by virtue of the blessing of their deeds. Wahbi are those who will go to Paradise because of any Paradise-dweller such as the small children of Muslims. ‘Ataee Paradise-dwellers are creation which Allah Almighty will create to fill Paradise. (Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 7, pp. 475, 476)
Who does Paradise desire for?
The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has said: Paradise longs for four people: (Sayyiduna) ‘Ali Bin Abi Talib, (Sayyiduna) Miqdad, (Sayyiduna) ‘Ammar and (Sayyiduna) Salman رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُم. (Al-Mu’jam-ul-Kabeer, vol. 6, pp. 215, Hadees 6045)
How is Paradise?
The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has said: One brick of Paradise is of gold and one brick is of silver. Its kneaded clay is of pure musk; its gravel is of pearls and ruby; its earth is saffron. Whoever enters it will remain happy; he will never feel sad; he will always be there; he will never die; his clothes will not wear out and nor will his youth end. (Tirmizi, vol. 4, pp. 236, Hadees 2534)
The width of Paradise is such as if pages are made of all the seven skies and seven earths and then they are joined together so whatever is its size, it will be the width of Paradise. (Tafseer Khaza`in-ul-‘Irfan, part 27, Al-Hadeed, Taht-al-Ayah: 21, pp. 997; summarised)
Amongst the Heavenly doorframes, the distance between two doorframes is equal to the travel of 40 years. (Sahih Muslim, pp. 1213, Hadees 7435)
The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has said: A believer will have a tent made of hollow pearl in Paradise. Its width is 60 miles. His family members will be in its every corner and will not be able to see the ones in the other corners and believers will visit them. (Sahih Bukhari, vol. 3, pp. 344, Hadees 4879)
Levels of Paradise
The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has said: There are hundred levels in Paradise; there is as much a distance between every two levels as is between the sky and the earth and Firdaus is the higher level from which all four streams of Paradise gush and above it is ‘Arsh. So whenever you ask Allah Almighty, ask Him for Firdaus. (Tirmizi, vol. 4, pp. 238, Hadees 2538)
The trunk of heavenly trees will be of gold. (Tirmizi, vol. 4, pp. 235, Hadees 2533) In a blessed Hadees, the expansion of a heavenly tree has been mentioned by stating that if a rider rides in the shade of it for one thousand years, even then its shade will not finish. (Tirmizi, vol. 4, pp. 235, Hadees 2532)
Conversation of heavenly Hoors
The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has said: The gathering of Hoor-e-‘Ain [حُورِ عَین] is held in Paradise and Hoors raise their voice. Creation has never heard such a voice. They say: We are the ones who will live forever, will never die and we are the ones who will be happy, will never be sad, we are the ones who will be pleased and will never be displeased. Good news is for the one who is ours and we are his. (Tirmizi, vol. 4, pp. 254, Hadees 2573)
Paradise has water, honey, milk and wine rivers from which streams flow out. (Tirmizi, vol. 4, pp. 257, Hadees 2580)
Appearance of Paradise-dwellers
Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ has said that the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said: Paradise-dwellers will be the people having a clean body with no hair and who are kohl-eyed; neither will their youth end nor will their clothes wear out. (Tirmizi, vol. 4, pp. 242, Hadees 2548; summarised)
The height of Paradise-dwellers will be similar to the height of Sayyiduna Aadam عَلَيْهِ السَّلَام, face similar to the face of Sayyiduna Yusuf عَلَيْهِ السَّلَام and heart similar to the heart of Sayyiduna Ayyub عَلَيْهِ السَّلَام. (Sahih Bukhari, vol. 2, pp. 411, Hadees 3326; Musnad-ush-Shamiyeen lit-Tabarani, vol. 3, pp. 82, Hadees 1839)
Will there be sleep in Paradise?
The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has said: Sleep is a kind of death, whereas there will be no death in Paradise, so there will be no sleep. (Shu’ab-ul-Iman, vol. 4, pp. 183, Hadees 4754; Al-Mu’jam-ul-Awsat, vol. 1, pp. 266, Hadees 919)
The Arabic language will be spoken in Paradise. (Al-Mu’jam-ul-Awsat, vol. 4, pp. 266, Hadees 5583)
There will be a silk sprig tree from which heavenly dress would have been prepared. (Al-Ba’as wan-Nushoor, pp. 195, Hadees 296)
Everything will be given as per wish in Paradise
A villager humbly asked the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, ‘Will there be camels in Paradise?’ He صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم replied, ‘If Allah Almighty makes you enter Paradise so over there will be every such thing for you which your heart wishes and eyes like. (Tirmizi, vol. 4, pp. 243, Hadees 2552)
Prescription for attaining companionship of the Beloved Mustafa ﷺ in Paradise
It is stated in a blessed Hadees, ‘The person who does good will be my companion in Paradise and the person who recites Surah Al-Ikhlas after every Fard Salah will be my companion in Paradise.’ (Maujibat-ul-Jannah li Ibn Faakhir, pp. 260, Hadees 390)
Mayn un kay der ka bhikari hoon fazl-e-Maula say
Hasan faqeer ka jannat mayn bistara hoga
(Zauq-e-Na’at, pp. 54)