Paradise and its Purity (Ahadith 2867 – 2875)

Bismillah.

The chapter on description of Jannah continues in this post. This is probably my favorite chapter in Bukhari so far! <3

An important point to be derived from this chapter is that Jannah has already been created. Some people might believe that it’ll be created after the hisaab on the Day of Judgement, but these narrations prove otherwise.

The VIPs of Jannah

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 468 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “The first group (of people) who will enter Paradise will be (glittering) like the moon when it is full. They will not spit or blow their noses or relieve nature. Their utensils will be of gold and their combs of gold and silver; in their centers the aloe wood will be used, and their sweat will smell like musk. Everyone of them will have two wives; the marrow of the bones of the wives’ legs will be seen through the flesh out of excessive beauty. They ( i.e. the people of Paradise) will neither have differences nor hatred amongst themselves; their hearts will be as if one heart and they will be glorifying Allah in the morning and in the evening.”

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 469 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “The first batch (of people) who will enter Paradise will be (glittering) like a full moon; and those who will enter next will be (glittering) like the brightest star. Their hearts will be as if the heart of a single man, for they will have no enmity amongst themselves, and everyone of them shall have two wives, each of whom will be so beautiful, pure and transparent that the marrow of the bones of their legs will be seen through the flesh. They will be glorifying Allah in the morning and evening, and will never fall ill, and they will neither blow their noses, nor spit. Their utensils will be of gold and silver, and their combs will be of gold, and the fuel used in their centers will be the aloes-wood, and their sweat will smell like musk.”

The life of an average person in Jannah will be better than any king of this world. What, then, can be said about the VIPs – the crème de la crème of humanity? Imagine a life of no filth, whether physical or mental or any other kind. They’ll be as pure as one can get. Jannah personifies purity. Purity of hearts, purity of minds, purity of wealth, purity of environment.. something we can only dream of in this world!

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 470 :
Narrated by Sahl bin Sad (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Verily! 70,000 or 700,000 of my followers will enter Paradise altogether; so that the first and the last amongst them will enter at the same time, and their faces will be glittering like the bright full moon.”

Huge doors, eh? :D

Sa’d ibn Mu’adh

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 471 :
Narrated by Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu `anhu)
A silken cloak was presented to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and he used to forbid the usage of silk (by men). When the people were fascinated by the cloak, he said, “By Allah in Whose Hands the life of Muhammad is, the handkerchiefs of Sad bin Mu’adh in Paradise are better than this.”

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 472 :
Narrated by Al-Bara bin Azib (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) was given a silken garment, and its beauty and delicacy astonished the people. On that, Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “No doubt, the handkerchiefs of Sad bin Muadh in Paradise are better than this.”

Sa’d ibn Mu’adh (radiallaahu `anhu) is a well-known Companion of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam). He’s famous for the decision he made in the matter of Banu Quraydhah and his funeral being witnessed by angels, among other things. So his handkerchiefs being better than a fine silk robe symbolizes the magnitude of his rewards in the Hereafter.

Jabir narrated, I heard the Prophet [pbuh] say: “The Throne shook at the death of Sa‘d ibn Mu‘aadh.” [Bukhari]

Ibn Umar narrated that the messenger of Allah [pbuh] said: “This is a righteous servant for whom the Throne shook and for whom the gates of heavens were thrown open and whose funeral was witnessed by 70,000 angels who had never descended to the earth until that day.”

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 473 :
Narrated by Sahl bin Sad Al-Saidi (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “A place in Paradise equal to the size of a lash is better than the whole world and whatever is in it.”

The Huge Tree

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 474 :
Narrated by Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “There is a tree in Paradise (which is so big and huge that) if a rider travels in its shade for one hundred years, he would not be able to cross it.”

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 475 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said “There is a tree in Paradise (which is so big and huge that) a rider could travel in its shade for a hundred years. And if you wish, you can recite:- ‘In shade long extended..’ (56. 30) and a place in Paradise equal to an arrow bow of one of you, is better than (the whole earth) on which the sun rises and sets.”

For perspective, shown below is an image of the Great Banyan tree in India, which has the widest spread of shade. It covers an area of about 4 acres, has a circumference of 486 m and hence diameter of about 155 m. To get from one point to another on a cantering horse (since Hadith said ‘rider’) of average speed 20 km/h, it’ll take about 28 seconds. (Math game strong! emoji_set_122)

So imagine a tree that almost never ends. Imagine its branches of gold and its variety of fruits. The point is, Paradise is huge and it contains ginormous things. Not just for show, but for our possession and use – if we’re willing to work for it.

Unity in Jannah

Volume 4, Book 54, Number 476 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “The first batch (of people) who will enter Paradise will be (glittering) like the full moon, and the batch next to them will be (glittering) like the most brilliant star in the sky. Their hearts will be as if the heart of a single man, for they will have neither enmity nor jealousy amongst themselves; everyone will have two wives from the houris, (who will be so beautiful, pure and transparent that) the marrow of the bones of their legs will be seen through the bones and the flesh.”

Unity is one of the unique characteristics of Jannah. A lot of ahadith mention this about the people of Paradise, that there’ll be no differences or hatred among them. As a general rule, I understand, but no jealousy or enmity among co-wives? I’m baffled! It’s true, then, what is said about Paradise: no heart has ever perceived it. :P

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