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Praise be to Allāh whom will brighten some faces on the day of Qiyāmah and some other faces, darkened thinking of what will befall them of calamity, we beseech his benediction and peace on the noblest of mankind, Muhammad; the one sent with the true religion, who invited mankind and jinn to Allāh and was an illuminating lamp, his household, his companions and those who follow them in goodness till the day that wealth amassed and offsprings won’t be of benefit except for the one who meets Allāh with a good and clean heart (free of Nifāq and Kufr).

Verily Allāh – SubhānahuWaTa’āla – has created everything in existence is pairs; the good and the bad, the night and the day, the darkness and the light, the male and the female, life and death, guidance and misguidance, the righteous and the unrighteous, the Jannah and the hell-fire. Allah says in Surah Adh-Dhāriyāt, Verse 49:

وَمِن كُلِّ شَيْءٍ خَلَقْنَا زَوْجَيْنِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ

And of everything we have created pairs, that you may remember [the Grace of Allah]

Furthermore, in Sūrah Ar-Ra’d, Verse 3, Allāh says:

وَهُوَ الَّذِي مَدَّ الْأَرْضَ وَجَعَلَ فِيهَا رَوَاسِيَ وَأَنْهَارًا وَمِن كُلِّ الثَّمَرَاتِ جَعَلَ فِيهَا زَوْجَيْنِ اثْنَيْنِ يُغْشِي اللَّيْلَ النَّهَارَ إِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ لَآيَاتٍ لِّقَوْمٍ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ

And it is He Who spread out the earth and placed therein firm mountains and rivers and of every kind of fruits He made Zawjain Ithnain [two in pairs- may mean two kinds or it may mean: of two sorts, e.g. black and white, sweet and sour, small and big, e.t.c] He brings the night as a cover over the day. Verily, in these things, there are Ayat [ proofs, evidence, lessons, signs, etc.] for people who reflect.

Allāh – ‘AzzaWaJalla – also says in Surah Al-Mulk, Verse 2:

الَّذِي خَلَقَ الْمَوْتَ وَالْحَيَاةَ …

(Allāh is) Who has created death and life

From the foregoing, it’s evident that it’s the Sunnah (established way) of Allāh that he creates in pairs. This Sunnah is not limited to the life of this world, however, but extends to that of the Hereafter; the life of rewards of actions performed in this world. The one that performed righteous deeds is saved while the unrighteous wrongdoer is in destruction. Allāh says about the people of belief and righteous deeds in Surah Al-Baqara, Verse 25:

وَبَشِّرِ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ أَنَّ لَهُمْ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ…

And give glad tidings to those who believe and do righteous good deeds, that for them will be Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise)

And He – SubhānahuWaTa’āla – says elsewhere about the people of disbelief (being the greatest act of unrighteousness) in the same Sūrah, Verse 39:

وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا وَكَذَّبُوا بِآيَاتِنَا أُولَٰئِكَ أَصْحَابُ النَّارِ…

But those who disbelieve and belie Our Ayat (proofs, evidence, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) such are the dwellers of the Fire

At this point, it’s imperative that a Muslim knows that Al-Jannah and Jahannam are already created based on numerous evidence that has come from the Qur’ān and Authentic Sunan, one of which is Surah Aal-e-Imran, Verse 133:

وَجَنَّةٍ عَرْضُهَا السَّمَاوَاتُ وَالْأَرْضُ أُعِدَّتْ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ

and for Paradise as wide as are the heavens and the earth, prepared for the pious.

And in Surah Al-Baqara, Verse 24:

….فَاتَّقُوا النَّارَ الَّتِي وَقُودُهَا النَّاسُ وَالْحِجَارَةُ أُعِدَّتْ لِلْكَافِرِينَ

… then fear the Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones, prepared for the disbelievers.

Also, in the authentic Sunnah:

 عن أَنَسُ بْنُ مَالِكٍ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم  قَالَ ‏”‏ عُرِضَتْ عَلَىَّ الْجَنَّةُ وَالنَّارُ آنِفًا فِي عُرْضِ هَذَا الْحَائِطِ فَلَمْ أَرَ كَالْخَيْرِ وَالشَّرِّ ‏”‏‏.‏

Anas bin Malik narrated that: The Prophet said, “Paradise and Hell-fire were displayed in front of me on this wall just now and I have never seen a better thing (than the former) and a worse thing (than the latter). (Sahih al-Bukhari 540)

 

Thence, it is from the creed of the saved sect (Al-Firqah An-Nājiyah) that there is eternal enjoyment, and more, for the people of Al-Jannah – May Allāh admit us in it – and punishment in multifold for the people of Jahannam – May Allāh save us from it. Allāh says about the condition of the dwellers of Al-Jannah in Surah Qaf, Verse 35:

لَهُم مَّا يَشَاءُونَ فِيهَا وَلَدَيْنَا مَزِيدٌ

There (in Al-Jannah) they will have all that they desire, and We have more (for them).

As for the additional expression “مزيد (more)” to the desires of the dwellers of Al-Jannah, Al-Imām Ibn Kathīr says in his Tafseer of the verse (Vol. 7, pg 407):

وقوله: ﴿ولدينا مزيد﴾ كقوله تعالى: ﴿للذين أحسنوا الحسنى وزيادة﴾ [يونس: ٢٦] . وقد تقدم في صحيح مسلم عن صهيب بن سنان الرومي: أنها النظر إلى وجه الله الكريم. وقد روى البزار وابن أبي حاتم، من حديث شريك القاضي، عن عثمان بن عمير أبي اليقظان، عن أنس بن مالك في قوله عز وجل: ﴿ولدينا مزيد﴾ قال: يظهر لهم الرب، عز وجل، في كل جمعة

MEANING: His word: (And we have more {for them}) is a similitude of His (mighty, He is) word; For the ones that did good is the best and more {Yūnus; 26}. And it has preceeded in Sahīh Muslim from the authority of Suhayb bn Sinān Ar-Rūmiy that ‘it (مزيد) is the looking at the face of Allāh, the Generous’. Also, Al-Barrāz and Ibn AbīHātim has collected (a narration) from‘Uthmān bn ‘Umayr Abīl Yaqdhān, from the authority of Anas bn Mālik regarding the words of Allāh (the mighty and Sublime) that: And with us is more; he (Anas) said: ‘Allāh, the mighty and Sublime, will reveal himself to them every day of Jumu’ah.

The narration quoted in brief above by Al-Imām Ibn Kathīr is reported by Al-Imām Muslim, and others;

عَنْ صُهَيْبٍ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏

‏ إِذَا دَخَلَ أَهْلُ الْجَنَّةِ الْجَنَّةَ – قَالَ – يَقُولُ اللَّهُ تَبَارَكَ وَتَعَالَى تُرِيدُونَ شَيْئًا أَزِيدُكُمْ فَيَقُولُونَ أَلَمْ تُبَيِّضْ وُجُوهَنَا أَلَمْ تُدْخِلْنَا الْجَنَّةَ وَتُنَجِّنَا مِنَ النَّارِ – قَالَ – فَيَكْشِفُ الْحِجَابَ فَمَا أُعْطُوا شَيْئًا أَحَبَّ إِلَيْهِمْ مِنَ النَّظَرِ إِلَى رَبِّهِمْ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ ‏”

Suhaib reported the Apostle (ﷺ) saying:

When those deserving of Paradise would enter Paradise, the Blessed and the Exalted would ask: Do you wish Me to give you anything more? They would say: Hast You not brightened our faces? Hast You not made us enter Paradise and saved us from Fire? He (the narrator) said: He (God) would lift the veil, and of things given to them nothing would be dearer to them than the sight of their Lord, the Mighty and the Glorious. (Sahih Muslim 181 a)

Al-Imām Abu ‘Uthmān Ismā’īl As-Sōbūniy said affirming this in his treatise ‘عقيدة السلف وأصحاب الحديث’:

ويشهد أهل السنة أن المؤمنين يرون ربهم – تبارك وتعالى – يوم القيامة بأبصارهم وينتظرون إليه، على ما ورد به الخبر الصحيح عن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم في قوله ‘إنكم سترون ربكم كما ترون القمر ليلة البدر

MEANING: Also, the Ahlus-Sunnah testify that: Verily the believers will see their Lord – Blessed is He and High – on the day of Qiyāmah with their eyes, and they will look at Him, based on what is contained in an authentic narration from the Messenger of Allāh – Peace be upon him – in his word: “Verily, all of you will see your Lord just as you see the full moon (on the 14th day of a lunar calendar month).” (Sahih al-Bukhari 554 and Muslim 633a).

After affirming the authenticity of the fact that the believers – may Allāh make us from them – will see their Lord on the day of Qiyāmah, blessing and mercy from Him, the disbelievers will be deprived of this, punishment and tribulation for them. The faces of the believers will the radiant and shiny at the sight of their Lord while the faces of the disbelievers will be gloomy, and dark having been barred from the sight of the face of the Owner of Majesty and Honour.

He says (regarding faces of the former) in Surah Al-Qiyāmah, Verses 22 & 23:

وُجُوهٌ يَوْمَئِذٍ نَّاضِرَةٌ…إِلَىٰ رَبِّهَا نَاظِرَةٌ

Some faces that Day shall be Nādirah (shiny and radiant) …. Looking   at their Lord (Allah).

Then, Allāh says regarding the latter in the same Surah Verses 24 & 25:

وَوُجُوهٌ يَوْمَئِذٍ بَاسِرَةٌ…..تَظُنُّ أَن يُفْعَلَ بِهَا فَاقِرَةٌ

And some faces, that Day, will be Bāsirah (dark, gloomy, frowning, and sad),. Thinking that some calamity was about to fall on them.

Know, dear reader – May Allāh has mercy on you – that Allāh is the Omnipotent Supreme Creator, the One who does things as He wishes, but not in the least unjust to His servants. He has prepared unimaginable everlasting enjoyment for those who believe in Him and submit and obey His injunctions, and He has made a promise to those that are ingrates (the height of which is disbelief) to punish them perpetually in a very severe incremental manner.

WILL YOU THEN BE OBEDIENT?!?

سبحانك اللهم وبحمدك، أشهد أن لاإله إلا أنت، أستغفرك وأتوب إليك

Sa’eed Zakariyya Al-Barbahaaree

formally known as Saheed Sakariyau. A graduate of Finance from the University of Ilorin. A writer, tutor and Islamic finance enthusiast.

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