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16 June 2019 CE | 13 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Sweet Basil Waving in the Breeze

Usamah bin Zaid (radi Allahu anhu) said: “The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said one day to his Companions, ‘Who will strive hard with sincerity for Paradise? For there is nothing like Paradise. By the Lord of the Kabah, it is sparkling light, sweet basil waving in the breeze, a lofty palace, a flowing river, abundant ripe fruit, a beautiful spouse and many fine garments, in a place of eternal abode, in ease and luxury, in beautiful, strongly-built, lofty houses.’ They said, ‘We will strive hard for it, O Messenger of Allah.’ He said, ‘Say: In sha Allah (if Allah wills).’ Then he mentioned Jihad and encouraged them to engage in it.” [Sunan Ibn Majah, Kitab az-Zuhd, Bab Sifaat al-Jannah]

The delights of Paradise surpass the imagination and defy description. They are like nothing known to the people of this world; no matter how technologically advanced we may become, what we can achieve is nothing in comparison with the beauty and joys of the Hereafter.

Allah, the Mighty and Majestic, has reserved a place for you in Jannah. It is up to you whether you wish to claim it or forfeit it. Try to imagine it, it really is there waiting for you. A home in hills, clouds near the base of it. The weather is beautiful all year round. A gentle, pleasant breeze sometimes carries the scent of basil and sometimes the sweet smell of wild red roses. Rivers flow by your palace. The view is breathtaking. The architecture is splendid and to your taste. There is never any plumbing issue nor any need for maintenance or repair. A gorgeously good looking spouse loves you and is the delight of your eyes. You have a never ending life of happiness and luxury…

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