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[16] They will be in a place of security, among gardens and fountains.

Allaah, the Most High, says, Verily, the muttaqoon will be in a place of security (Paradise) among gardens and springs, dressed in fine silk and (also) in thick silk, facing each other, so (it will be), and We will marry them to female fair ones with wide lovely eyes (hoorin'een) they will call therein for every kind of peace and security. They will never taste death therein, except the first death (of this world), and He will save them from the torment of the blazing fire.[1]

 [17] Indeed, they will have a seat of truth (i.e., Paradise), near the Omnipotent King, Allaah, the Most High.

Allaah, the Most High, says, In a seat of truth (i.e., Paradise) near the Omnipotent King (Allaah, the Majestic, the Most High).[2]

 [18] Taqwaa is the cause for having different rivers in Paradise one of sweet water, the other being of milk, of which the taste, never changes, and yet another being a river of wine, delicious to those who drink it.

Allaah, the Most High, says, The description of Paradise, which the muttaqoon, have been promised is that, in it are the rivers of water the taste and smell of which are not changed, rivers of milk of which the taste never changes, rivers of wine, delicious to those who drink it, and rivers of clarified honey therein for them is every kind of fruit, and forgiveness from their Lord.[3]

The Prophet r said, "When you ask Allaah, the Most High, then ask Him for al-Firdous, for verily, it is in the middle of Paradise, and it is the highest level of Paradise, from where the rivers flow, and above it is the Throne of the Most Merciful (Allaah)."[4]

 [19] Taqwaa causes the believer to have the ability to travel under the shades of the trees of Paradise, and to have comfort from its shade.

Allaah, the Most High, says, Verily, the muttaqoon shall be amidst shades and springs, and fruits, such as they desire. Eat and drink in satisfaction for what you used to do.[5]

Anas bin Maalik radhi Allaahu aanhu said, the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: "Indeed in Paradise, is a tree, wherein the rider will travel under its shade for a hundred years and still not pass beyond it."[6]

 [20] For the muttaqoon, on the Day of Judgement will be glad tidings; the greatest terror (on the Day of Judgement) will not grieve them, and the angels will meet them.

Allaah, the Most High, says, No Doubt! Verily the Awliyaa (friends) of Allaah, no fear shall come upon them, nor shall they grieve, those who believed in Allaah, and used to fear Him much (by abstaining from evil deeds and sins and by doing righteous deeds). For them are glad tidings, in the life of the present world, and in the Hereafter.[7]

Ibn Katheer said: "As for the glad tidings in the Hereafter, it is what Allaah, the Most High, says, The greatest terror (on the Day of Judgment) will not grieve them, and the angels will meet them (with the greeting): This is your day, which you were promised.[8]

[21] Verily, the muttaqoon, will have a better home in the Hereafter.

Allaah, the Most High, says, And the home of the Hereafter will be better, and excellent indeed will be the home of the muttaqoon.[9]

[22] Verily, the muttaqoon, will have their rewards, and their good actions multiplied, as Allaah, the Most High, said,

 you who believe! Have Taqwaa of Allaah and believe in His Messenger; and He will bestow upon you a double portion of His Mercy and He will provide you with a light by which you will walk.

 So we ask Allaah the Mighty and Majestic to make us from His servants who have Taqwaa and who are thankful. All praise is due to Allaah the Lord of the Worlds; and May all peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad upon his family and all his Companions.


[1] Soorah ad-Dukhaan (44): 51-56

[2] Soorah al-Qamar (54): 55

[3] Soorah Muhammed (47): 15

[4] Saheeh al-Bukhari (english trans.) vol.9, no.519.

[5] Soorah al-Mursalat (77): 41-43

[6] Saheeh al-Bukhari (english trans.) vol.4, no.474.

[7] Soorah Yunus (10): 62-64

[8] Soorah al-Anbiyaa' (21): 103

[9] Soorah an-Nahl (16): 30

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