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THE PLEASURE OF JANNAH

The reality of Jannah (Paradise) is something which people will never be able to understand until they actually enter it, but Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) has shown us glimpses of it in the Quraan.  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 Quraan tells people about Jannah, which Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) offers to them, describes its great blessings, and proclaims its beauties to everyone. It informs people that Jannah is one of two ways of life prepared for them in the afterworld, and that every good thing will be theirs in Jannah to a degree that surpasses our present ability to imagine.  It also shows that Jannah 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 Jannah and will be revealed with a perfection never seen or known before. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) has prepared such blessings there as a gift, and these will be offered only to people with whom He is pleased.

But what is the nature of these delights in Jannah, and how will it be different from the delights of this world?  We will try to highlight a few of these differences.

Pure delight without pain and suffering
While people in this world experience some delight, they also face much toil and suffering.  If one was to scrutinize the life which they live, they will find that the amount of hardship they face is much more than the ease and comfort.  As for the life of the Aakhirah (Hereafter), there will be neither hardship nor suffering in it, and people will live therein in pure joy and delight.  All the causes of sorrow, pain and suffering which people experience in this life will be absent in the Aakhirah.  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, Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) has promised the inhabitants of Jannah 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.  Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) gives us a glimpse of this when he says:

وَفِيهَا مَا تَشۡتَهِيهِ ٱلۡأَنفُسُ وَتَلَذُّ ٱلۡأَعۡيُنُۖ وَأَنتُمۡ فِيهَا خَٰلِدُونَ(71)

“And there will be whatever souls desire and that which eyes enjoy.” (az-Zukhruf 43:71)

كُلُواْ وَٱشۡرَبُواْ هَنِيٓ‍َٔۢا بِمَآ أَسۡلَفۡتُمۡ فِي ٱلۡأَيَّامِ ٱلۡخَالِيَةِ  (47)

“Eat and drink with pleasure, as a reward for what you did in advance during past days.”

 يُحَلَّوۡنَ فِيهَا مِنۡ أَسَاوِرَ مِن ذَهَبٖ وَيَلۡبَسُونَ ثِيَابًا خُضۡرٗا مِّن سُندُسٖ وَإِسۡتَبۡرَقٖ مُّتَّكِ‍ِٔينَ فِيهَا عَلَى ٱلۡأَرَآئِكِۚ نِعۡمَ ٱلثَّوَابُ وَحَسُنَتۡ مُرۡتَفَقٗا(31)

“They will be adorned therein with bracelets of gold, and they will be dressed in green garments, made of fine silk and thick silk, reclining therein on couches. Excellent is the reward and beautiful is the Paradise as a resting-place.” (al-Kahf 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 Jannah.  None will feel any sickness or pain in Jannah.  The Prophet Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) said about the people of Jannah: “They will never fall ill, blow their noses or spit.” (Bukhari)

None will die in Jannah.  All shall live eternally enjoying the pleasures therein.  The Prophet Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) said that a caller will call out in Jannah 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.” (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 Jannah.  They will only hear good words and words of peace. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) says:

لَا يَسۡمَعُونَ فِيهَا لَغۡوٗا وَلَا تَأۡثِيمًا (25) إِلَّا قِيلٗا سَلَٰمٗا سَلَٰمٗا (26)

“They will hear neither an absurd talk in it, nor something leading to sin, but (they will hear) the words of Salam , Salam (as greetings).” (al-Waqi’ah 56:25-26)

There will be no enmity between people nor ill-feelings:

وَنَزَعۡنَا مَا فِي صُدُورِهِم مِّنۡ غِلّٖ تَجۡرِي مِن تَحۡتِهِمُ ٱلۡأَنۡهَٰرُۖ وَقَالُواْ ٱلۡحَمۡدُ لِلَّهِ ٱلَّذِي هَدَىٰنَا لِهَٰذَا وَمَا كُنَّا لِنَهۡتَدِيَ لَوۡلَآ أَنۡ هَدَىٰنَا ٱللَّهُۖ لَقَدۡ جَآءَتۡ رُسُلُ رَبِّنَا بِٱلۡحَقِّۖ وَنُودُوٓاْ أَن تِلۡكُمُ ٱلۡجَنَّةُ أُورِثۡتُمُوهَا بِمَا كُنتُمۡ تَعۡمَلُونَ(73)

(al-A’raaf 7:43)
The Prophet, Hadhrat Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) said: “There will be no hatred or resentment among them, their hearts will be as one, and they will glorify God, morning and evening.” (Bukhari)

People will have the best of companions in the Aakhirah, who were also the best people in the world:

وَمَن يُطِعِ ٱللَّهَ وَٱلرَّسُولَ فَأُوْلَٰٓئِكَ مَعَ ٱلَّذِينَ أَنۡعَمَ ٱللَّهُ عَلَيۡهِم مِّنَ ٱلنَّبِيِّ‍ۧنَ وَٱلصِّدِّيقِينَ وَٱلشُّهَدَآءِ وَٱلصَّٰلِحِينَۚ وَحَسُنَ أُوْلَٰٓئِكَ رَفِيقٗا (69)

“Those who obey Allah and the Messenger are with those whom Allah has blessed, namely, the prophets, the Siddiqeen (the steadfast affirmers of truth), the Shuhadaa (the martyrs), and the Saaliheen (the righteous). And excellent are they as companions.” (an-Nisaa 4:69)

The hearts of the people of Jannah will be pure, their speech will be good, their deeds righteous.  There will be no hurtful, upsetting, offensive or provocative talk there, for Jannah 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 Jannah.
(Continued)
 

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