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19 November 2017 CE | 29 Safar 1439 AH
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Hadith Explanation


Seeing Allah is Most Precious


“The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) recited, ‘For those who have done good is the best (reward, i.e. Jannah) and even more (i.e., having the honour of glancing at the countenance of Allah)’ [Quran: Surah Yunus, Aayat 26] and said: ‘When the people of Jannah have entered Jannah, and the people of Jahannum have entered Jahannum, a caller will proclaim, ‘O people of Jannah, Allah made a promise to you that He wants to fulfill.’ They will say, ‘What is it? Did He not make our balance weigh heavy, and make our faces white, and admit us to Jannah, and save us from Jahannum?’ Then the veil will be lifted, and they will see Him, and they will never be given anything more precious to them than seeing Allah, the All-Majestic. This is ‘Az-Ziyaadah’ (the ‘even more’ referred to in the Aayah).’” [Muslim]

The rewards that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) will bestow on some people will be “even more” than Jannah. It is difficult to imagine what could be more than the best. For “the best” includes everything that the heart desires, things so wonderful that no eye has ever seen them, no ear has ever heard of them, and no one has ever even imagined them. But, in addition to all of this is “even more.” This “even more” refers to seeing the Face of Allah (azza wa jal). This is the most precious gift that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) will bestow on the believers.

As for the evildoers, those who belied Allah (subhana wa ta’ala), is the Aayat: “Nay! Surely they (evildoers) will be veiled from seeing their Lord that Day.” [Quran: Surah Al-Mutaffifin, Aayat 15] This is truly the greatest deprivation mankind can suffer.

Imam Ash-Shafi’i said: “As those (evildoers) will be veiled from seeing Allah because of His wrath towards them, this indicates that these people (the believers) will see Him because He will be pleased with them.” [At-Tabari]

This is the greatest success of the believers, and will be the greatest source of happiness to them.

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