Jannah in Islaam #1

The Creation of Jannah

Abu Hurayrah [radiAllaahu ‘anhu] narrated that the Messenger of Allaah [sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam] said:

“When Allaah created Jannah and Hellfire, He sent Jibreel to Jannah, saying, ‘Look at it and at what I have prepared therein for its inhabitants.’ So Jibreel went to it and looked at it and at what Allaah had prepared therein for its inhabitants.

Then Jibreel returned to Allaah and said, ‘By Your glory, no one hears of it without entering it.’ So Allaah ordered that it be encompassed by forms of hardship, and He said, ‘Return to it and look at what I have prepared therein for its inhabitants!’

So, Jibreel returned to it and found that it was surrounded by forms of hardship. Then he returned to Allaah and said, ‘By Your glory, I fear that no one will enter it, Allaah said, ‘Go to Hellfire and look at it and at what I have prepared therein for its inhabitants.’

Jibreel found that it was in layers, one above the other. Then Jibreel returned to Allaah and said, ‘By Your glory, no one who hears of it will enter it.’ So Allaah ordered that it be surrounded by lusts. Then He said, ‘Return to it’ and Jibreel returned to it and said, ‘By Your glory, I am frightened that no one will escape from entering it.’

[at-Tirmidhi, abu Dawud and An-Nasaa’i]

 

Masruuq [radiAllaahu ‘anhu] said: “We asked ‘Abdullaah bin Mas’uud about this verse: “And do not think of those who have been killed in the cause of Allaah as dead, rather, they are alive with their Lord and are being provided for.”  [Surat Aali ‘Imraan (3), verse 169]

He said, ‘We asked about that and the Prophet [sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam] said, “Their souls are inside the bodies of green birds, who live in lanterns suspended from the Throne, roaming freely in Jannah where they please, then taking shelter in those lanterns. Their Lord cast a glance at them and said, ‘Do you wish for anything?’ They said, ‘What more shall we desire when we eat the fruit of Jannah and roam freely in Jannah where we please?’ Their Lord again asked them thrice. When they saw that they would be continued to be asked, they said, ‘Oh Lord! We wish that You would return our souls to our bodies so that we might fight for Your sake once again.’ When Allaah saw that they had no need, they were left (to their joy in Heaven.)

[Muslim, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasaa’i and Ibn Majah]

 

Adapted from: http://www.jannah.org/frontpage/jannah.html

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