Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Greatest Thing In Paradise

Umm Nurah

“Say, ‘Shall I bring your attention to things far better than those? For the righteous are gardens in nearness to their Lord, with rivers flowing beneath, eternal therein, with pure companions and the good pleasure of Allah. For within Allah’s sight are all His servants – especially those who say, “Our Lord, we have indeed believed, so forgive us our sins and protect us from the agony of the Fire.” Those who are patient are truthful, who worship devoutly, who spend in the way of Allah and who prays for forgiveness in the pre-dawn hours.’” (Surah Ali-‘Imran, 3:15-17)

“Allah has promised to believers, men and women, gardens under which rivers flow to dwell therein eternally and good homes in gardens of everlasting bliss. But the pleasure of Allah is the greatest. That is the supreme triumph.” (Surah At-Tawbah, 9:72)

“Those who believe, emigrate and strive with mighty and main in Allah’s cause with their wealth and their persons’ have the highest rank in the weight of Allah. They are the ones who will achieve salvation. Their Lord gives them glad tidings of a mercy from Himself and good pleasure and of gardens for them wherein is lasting enjoyment. They will dwell therein forever. Verily, with Allah is a great reward.” (Surah At-Tawbah, 9:20-22)

“Their salutation on the day they meet Him will be ‘Peace! And He has prepared for them a generous reward.” (Surah Al-Ahzab, 33:44)

“Peace!’ a word of salutation from a Lord most Merciful!” (Surah Yasin, 36:58)

“Some faces that day, will beam in happiness, looking at their Lord.” (Surah Al-Qiyamah, 75:22-23)

This ayah is used as proof by Ahl ul Sunnah that the people of Paradise will actually see their Creator

Abu Sa’id al-Khudri RA reported that the Prophet SAW said: “Allah will say to the inhabitants of Paradise, ‘Oh inhabitants of Paradise! They will say, oh our Lord, we present ourselves and are at Your pleasure, and goodness rests in Your hands.’ Then He will say, ‘Are you contented?’ They will reply, ‘And how should we not be contented, oh Lord, when You have given to us that which You have given to no one else of Your creation?’ Then He will say, ‘Would you not like Me to give you something better than that?’ They will answer, ‘Oh Lord and what thing is better than that?’ He will say, “shall cause My favor to descend upon you and there you shall never be displeased with you.’” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim and At-Tirmidzi)


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