Paradise; ultimate Allah’s Reward to Devout People: Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:25) – By: Mohammad Sobhanie

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Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:25)

By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Paradise; ultimate Allah’s Reward to Devout People

 

بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

وَبَشِّرِ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ أَنَّ لَهُمْ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ ۖ كُلَّمَا رُزِقُوا مِنْهَا مِن ثَمَرَةٍ رِّزْقًا ۙ قَالُوا هَـٰذَا الَّذِي رُزِقْنَا مِن قَبْلُ ۖ وَأُتُوا بِهِ مُتَشَابِهًا ۖ وَلَهُمْ فِيهَا أَزْوَاجٌ مُّطَهَّرَةٌ ۖ وَهُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ ﴿٢٥﴾

Translation: And give good news to those who have faith and do righteous deeds; for them shall be gardens with streams running in them.  When they will be provided with a fruit (from the gardens) for nourishment, they will say, ‘This is what we were provided before (on the earth).” And the garden’s fruits are all very similar (in high quality and great taste). They will have purified spouses, and they will remain therein forever.

Commentary: The Quran depicts the splendor of paradise as a place with a majestic landscape, flowing rivers with crystal clear waters, trees with perpetually fine fruits1, and savory foods and drinks2 for the delight of its inhabitants.  Of course, Allah’s mercy and pleasure3 towards His servants are the greatest reward.

The Paradise is Allah’s ultimate reward for devout people.  The magnitude4 and blessings5 of paradise are inconceivable.  Its width is equal to that of the whole universe. Those who are granted an afterlife in paradise experience life without sickness, pain, sadness, or death. The Quran says, “No one knows what delights await them (residents of the Paradise) as the reward for their righteous deeds5.”

Our deeds in this world, whether good or bad, will be manifested as rewards and punishments in the Hereafter6. The Quran, for example, asserts that those who unjustly engulf an orphan’s property are, in fact, taking fire in their bellies7, which will become visible in the Hereafter.  Similarly, the blessings of Paradise, such as its fruits, are an embodiment of one’s faith in God and performance of good deeds in this world.

When the inhabitants of Paradise are served with a fruit from the gardens, they see it is a manifestation of their righteous deeds that they performed before on earth.  In response, they express their gratitude to God for providing opportunities to do righteous deeds during their previous life.

References:

  1. The Quran  (13:35)
  2. (47:15)
  3. (9:72) & (98:8)
    1. (57:21)
    2. (32:17)
    3. (3:30)
    4. (4:10)

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