Path towards Enlightenment (965)
Welcome to another episode of our weekly series titled “Path towards Enlightenment” which is an endeavour to make you and us familiar with an easy and fluent explanation of God’s Final Scripture to all mankind, the holy Qur’an that was revealed to the Last and Greatest of all Messengers, Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny).
We continue from where we left you last Friday and here are Ayahs 22, 23, and 24 of Surah Toor:
“We will provide them with fruits and meat, such as they desire.
“There they will pass from hand to hand a cup wherein there will be neither any vain talk nor sinful speech.
“They will be waited upon by youths, their own, as if they were guarded pearls.”
If you might recall, in our explanation of the previous Ayahs of this Surah last week we said the rewards for the people of Paradise will be both spiritual and material bounties. Paradise is the place of chastity, virtue, and morality where men and women will be legally and lawfully bonded together in the sanctity of wedlock, and not any form of licentiousness. In Islam, faith is the base for building a virtuous family; thus, the true believers will be joined by their virtuous spouses and offspring in Paradise.
The Ayahs that we recited now proceed with an enumeration of the bounties which shall be bestowed upon the people of Paradise saying that the Almighty Creator provides whatever the people of Paradise desire of meat and fruits, and they shall bear neither hardship nor affliction for obtaining them. Unlike our world the fruits in paradise are not seasonal but are available all the time.
The people of Paradise shall pass from hand to hand a cup brimming with a delightful drink that shall not take away reason nor shall it lead to committing of vices. While reclining comfortably on their luxurious coaches, the people of Paradise shall be served by most beautiful waiters resembling pearls in shells, which is a references to their chastity and purity of purpose. These servants shall be exclusive for each and every person.
From these Ayahs we learn that:
- Paradise abounds with various fruits, healthy meats, and delicious drinks, the likes of which are not found in our world, and moreover, for the consumers these bounties have no negative effects.
- In order to attain the reward of paradise, we should strive for virtue and repent of all our misdeeds, including vain talks and useless deeds, since in Paradise such idle prattle does not exist.
- The delicious drinks of paradise are free of any intoxicants, while the waiters serving the people of Paradise are spotlessly pure youth whose virtue is beyond an iota of doubt.
Now let us listen to Ayahs 25, 26, 27, and 28 of the same Surah:
“They (the people of paradise) will turn to one another, questioning each other.
“They will say, ‘Indeed, aforetime, we used to be apprehensive about our families.
“But Allah showed us favour and He saved us from the punishment of the (infernal) miasma;
“Indeed we used to supplicate Him aforetime. Indeed He is the All-Benign, the All-Merciful.’”
These Ayahs are indicative of the eternal bliss enjoyed by the people of Paradise who are always thankful to God Almighty, and while associating with one another they will recount how their obedience of the Lord Most High has removed all anxieties, including their utmost care in guiding their families on the right path, and thus saved them from Divine Punishment.
The people of Paradise acknowledge the reality of the Almighty Creator’s Grace, Benevolence, and Mercy, for which they used to pray in the transient world.
These Ayahs teach us the following points:
- Paradise and Hell are the results of one’s own deeds, and, of course, the All-Merciful Lord Who has given us ample respite in the world, is always ready to forgive the penitents and shower them will all bounties.
- A believer is always concerned of guiding his/her family on the right path, and grooming children to be obedient to God Almighty.
- The people of Paradise are grateful to the Lord Most High and consider the bliss granted to them as Divine Favour rather than mere recompense for their paltry virtuous deeds.
Now we invite you to listen to Ayah 29 and 30 of Surah Ṭoor in conclusion of this week’s episode:
“So (O’ Prophet) admonish (the disbelievers); by your Lord’s blessing, you are not a soothsayer, nor mad (as they allege).
“Do they (the disbelievers) say, ‘[He is] a poet, for whom we await a fatal accident’?
These Ayahs, after recounting the blessings of Paradise addresses Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and progeny). God Almighty commands the Prophet to remind the disbelievers of their duty and to warn them of the consequences of their misdeeds, including their will accusations of calling the Prophet a soothsayer, a madman, or a poet. The Prophet is the Messenger of God to mankind and his mission is guidance towards the path of monotheism and virtue. God protects the Prophet, so stop dreaming of any untoward accident happening to him.
From these Ayahs we learn that:
- It is the habit of the opponents of the Prophets to try to belittle them by calling them names and accusing them of madness in a vain bid to prevent people from being guided to the path of God.
- The enemies of Islam desire to see the end of Islam and wish harm for the Prophets, the Imams, the Saints, and virtuous Religious Leaders, but their devilish dreams and their plots will never be materialized, since God is the Almighty Protector.