Market in Heaven

The Nabi of Rahmah, the Intercessor of the Ummah صَلَّى اللہُ  تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has said:

اِنَّ فِی الْجَنَّةِ لَسُوقًا يَأْتُونَهَا كُلَّ جُمُعَةٍ فَتَهُبُّ رِيحُ الشَّمَالِ فَتَحْثُو فِی وُجُوهِهِمْ وَثِيَابِهِمْ فَيَزْدَادُوْنَ حُسْنًا وَجَمَالًا فَيَرْجِعُونَ إِلَى اَهْلِيهِمْ وَقَدِ ازْدَادُوا حُسْنًا وَجَمَالًا فَيَقُولُ لَهُمْ اَهْلُوهُمْ وَ اللہِ لَقَدِ ازْدَدْتُمْ بَعْدَنَا حُسْنًا وَجَمَالًا فَيَقُولُوْنَ وَاَنْتُمْ وَ اللہِ لَقَدِ ازْدَدْتُمْ بَعْدَنَا حُسْنًا وَجَمَالًا

I.e. In Heaven, there is a market and Heaven-dwellers will come there every Jumu’ah. A northern wind will blow there, covering their faces, filling their clothes with it and enhancing their beauty. As these Heaven-dwellers return to their respective family members, they will find that their family members have also become more beautiful. Their family members will say to Heaven-dwellers in surprise, ‘By Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ! You have become more beautiful in our absence.’ And these Heaven-dwellers will also say to them, ‘By Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ! You have also become very beautiful in our absence.’ (Sahih Muslim, pp. 1164, Hadees 7146)

Explanation of “market”

Usually, a large number of people gather in a market in the world. Similarly, people will gather at some place in Heaven as well. Therefore, it was called “market”. (Sharh-un-Nawavi ‘ala Muslim, Juz: 17, vol. 9, pp. 170)

Meaning of Jumu’ah in Heaven

“Jumu’ah” refers to the entire week, i.e. the period of an entire week. Otherwise, there will be neither day nor night in Heaven. Similarly, there will be neither week nor month, etc., in Heaven. (Sharh-un-Nawavi ‘ala Muslim, vol. 9, pp. 170; Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 7, pp. 481)

Honour of Islamic scholars in Heaven

Commentators of Ahadees have also stated that some of the timings in Heaven will be greater than some others. And it is only the Islamic scholars who will recognize them. The greater timing will be called Jumu’ah. Getting information about that timing from Islamic scholars, Heaven-dwellers will go to that market. There, Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ will say to them, ‘Ask for whatever you wish.’ Those people will ask for anything after they have consulted with Islamic scholars. This shows the great status of Islamic scholars. As people ask them about different things in the world, Heaven-dwellers will also need them in Heaven. In the world, Jumu’ah is the day when there is an increase in reward and favours and seventy-fold reward is granted for a single virtuous act. In a similar way, it is as if there will be an increase in Divine favours in Heaven on Jumu’ah. (Mirqat-ul-Mafatih, vol. 9, pp. 585, Taht-al-Hadees: 5618; Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 7, pp. 481)

What will happen in the market of Heaven?

A great thinker of the Ummah Mufti Ahmad Yar Khan Na’eemi رَحْمَةُ اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه has stated: In the world, all the Muslims of the town, whether rich or poor, king or beggar, gather at the Jaami’ Masjid on Jumu’ah, making the Zikr of the Lord and offering Salat-ul-Jumu’ah. Likewise, all Heaven-dwellers, whether they will have a high rank or an ordinary one, will behold their Lord once a week after they gather at this market. In the world, a Jaami’ Masjid is the place where different people gather together. Similarly, in Heaven, this market will be the place where different people will gather together. In the same market, sinners like us will also be privileged to behold the Nabi of Rahmah, Intercessor of the Ummah صَلَّى اللہُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, اِنْ شَآءَ اللہ. Heaven-dwellers will behold the Lord at their homes in private and in this market in public. (Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 7, pp. 504)

Particular place to behold the Lord

It is stated in the narration mentioned in the book ‘Sunan-ut-Tirmizi’: The Lord will reveal a specific attribute to them in one of the gardens of Heaven. (Sunan-ut-Tirmizi, vol. 4, pp. 246, Hadees 2558)

In this market, there will be a particular garden where Heaven-dwellers will be blessed with beholding the Lord. (Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 7, pp. 505)

Bestowment and distribution of favours

After beholding the Lord, Heaven-dwellers will go to the market and will find it to be surrounded by angels. There will also be a lot of favours over there. They will enjoy those favours without paying any price. In short, this will not be the market for sale and purchase; instead, it will be the market of the distribution and bestowment of favours. Heaven-dwellers will be blessed with some favours at their homes and with some special ones here so that they will not return to their homes empty-handed but rather they will return with favours. (Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 7, pp. 507)

Angels will bring things to the homes of Heaven-dwellers

It is stated in the narration mentioned in the book ‘Sunan-ut-Tirmizi’:  Those angels will carry the things liked by Heaven-dwellers [to their homes]. (Sunan-ut-Tirmizi, vol. 4, pp. 246, Hadees 2558)

If a person feels inclined to have anything, angels will pick it up and give it to him and will even bring it to his home. (Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 7, pp. 507)

Only men will go to the market of Heaven

As these Heaven-dwellers return to their homes from this market, the wife of each of them will say to her husband, ‘You have returned in such a state that your beauty has been enhanced compared to the one you had when you left.’ So, Heaven-dwelling men will say, ‘Today, we have returned from the court of our Lord Who is Jabbar [جَبَّار].’ (Sunan-ut-Tirmizi, vol. 4, pp. 246, Hadees 2558)

This shows that only men will go to this market and women will stay at their homes so that they will not be intermingled with men. There will be veil between men and women over there. However, women will be given in their homes all of those things that will be given to men in the market of Heaven. (Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 7, pp. 482)

Explanation of northern wind

If a person stands while facing the west direction, the north direction will be at his right side. Keep it in mind that there will neither be east nor west in Heaven; and hence there will neither be north and south. The thing is, the Arabs and the people of the entire world consider the northern wind to be very blessed, calling it monsoon as it brings rain. Therefore, this Heavenly wind was called northern wind. (Sharh-un-Nawavi ‘ala Muslim, vol. 9, pp. 170; Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 7, pp. 482)

Wind in Heavenly market

The beauty of Heaven-dwelling men will be enhanced by virtue of the northern wind blowing in the market. However, when they return to their homes, they will find that the beauty of their family members has also been enhanced. Describing the reason of it, the blessed commentators of Hadees have stated three opinions: First, the same northern wind blowing in the market will also reach the family members of those Heaven-dwellers. Second, when the Heaven-dwellers go to their family members, the family members will also be blessed with the same beauty because of being close to them. If a person with a fragrant hand shakes hands with another person, then the hand of the other person also gets fragrant. Third, Heaven-dwellers will notice that their family members are as beautiful as they are. Heaven-dwellers will also feel their fragrance from their family members. (Mirqat-ul-Mafatih, vol. 9, pp. 585 Taht-al-Hadees: 5618; Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 7, pp. 482)

May Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ bless all devotees of Rasool with entry into Jannat-ul-Firdaus without accountability for the sake of His Holy Nabi صَلَّى اللہُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم!

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