“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!