The idea and estimate of Heaven, and at that the Paradise which will be given to the Chief of the Prophets, the Pride of the Two Worlds can be had from this that the lowest man amongst the occupants of Paradise will get a garden ten times bigger than that of this world. Entering Paradise he will glance right and left and seeing the gardens will ask: “For whom are these”? He will be told that they are for him. When he will proceed further, a red ruby or a green emerald will be brought before him in which there will be seventy houses, each having seventy rooms and each room having seventy doors. He will be told: “Go on reciting and climbing,” until he reaches his masnad (throne) on which he will sit and recline. Then his houris will come to him. Their condition will be such that one of them will come and sit down before him on the throne. She will be wearing seventy suits of clothes, each of a different colour, and she will be so beautiful that in spite of those clothes her flesh and blood and bones, even bone-marrow, will be visible. This lowly occupant of Paradise will ask her: “Who are you”? She will say: “I am the houri who had been preserved for you till now. Then he will continue making amorous glances at her for forty years and will not withdraw his eves from her.
Hazrat Abu Huraira reports: “We said: O Apostle of Allah! Describe to us how will be the construction of Paradise?” He said: “There will be bricks of gold and silver and the mortar will be of musk and its gravel will be of garnet and pearls and its dust of saffron.”
Hazrat Abu Huraira reports that there is a tree in Paradise, the trunk of which is of gold and its branches are of emerald and pearl. When the wind blows such a melodious sound is produced that the hearers have not heard a more melodious sound. Similarly, the Holy Prophet described the trees, canals, fruits, walls, doors, in brief, everything of the Paradise – things which neither any eye has seen nor any ear has heard about nor the thought thereof has passed any mind.
When such wonderful bounties are there for an ordinary occupant of Paradise, what must be there for the near ones, the favourites and the Chief of the Prophets Wrongdoers like us, through slave-hood [in sense of ‘obedience’] to the Holy Prophet may receive the greatest bounty of his companionship and at that, with such bounties what can be a greater reward than this? May Allah Most High bestow upon us the ability to appreciate these bounties and create room in our hearts for his holiness’s auspicious methods! Amen!
A hundred pities that action on these methods, in spite of such great promises, even the greatness of these methods has today departed from the Muslims’ hearts! A hundred pities that action on these methods, in spite of such great promises, even the greatness of these methods has today departed from the Muslims’ hearts!
[Ita’at-Ur-Rasul by Shaikh Yusuf Motala (db)]