Thursday, December 15, 2016

An Extraordinary Dream (VII)

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “They said to me, ‘Go on! Go on!’ and we went on until we reached a huge tree and I have never seen any tree bigger or more beautiful than it. They said to me, ‘Climb it.’ We climbed it and came to a city built of gold and silver bricks. We came to the door of the city and asked for it to be opened and it was opened for us and we entered it. We were met by men half of whose physique was the most beautiful you have ever seen and the other half was the ugliest you have ever seen. The two said to them, ‘Go and plunge into that river.’ There was a wide river flowing there whose water was pure white. They went and jumped into it and when they returned to us, that evil had left them and they had the most beautiful form.”

“They said to me, ‘This is the Garden of Eden, and that is your place.’ I raised my eyes upwards and there was a castle like a white cloud. They said to me, ‘This is your place.’ I said to them, ‘May Allah bless you, let me enter it.’ They said, ‘No, not now. But you will enter it.’” [Sahih Bukhari]

From this hadith we learn the following things:

1) One of the cities of Jannah is built of bricks of gold and silver.

2) Those who have a palace in the Garden do not reside in it while in this world, but that happens after death, even in the case of prophets and martyrs.

3) Those who do good deeds as well as bad deeds while believing in Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) may go to Jannah, but will be part ugly as a reflection of their deeds. The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “As for the people who were half beautiful and half ugly, they are the people who mixed righteous actions with evil actions. Allah pardoned them.” [Sahih Bukhari]

O Allah! Pardon us by Your mercy before our deaths, so we may be wholly beautiful!


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