Rasulullah (sallallahu-alayhi-wa-sallam) said that a person of Jannah will walk beneath the shadow of a tree for a hundred years without emerging therefrom. He said that there are such bounties in Jannah which no eye has ever seen, no ear has ever heard of and no heart or mind has ever yearned. Thereafter Rasulullah (sallallahu-alayhi-wa-sallam) recited the verse, "A soul does not know what has been concealed there to cool his eyes."
Rasulullah (sallallahu-alayhi-wa-sallam) then added that a place in Jannah measuring the size of a whip is better than this world and everything contained therein.
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Abbaas (R.A) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu-alayhi-wa-sallam) said, "There is a damsel in Jannah called La´iba. She was created from a mixture of musk, amber, camphor, saffron and the "water of life." All the other damsels of Jannah love her. If she has to spit in the ocean, the waters will become sweet. The following words appear on her forehead: "Whoever desires me should obey his Rabb."
Hadhrat Mujaahid (R.A) says that the ground of Jannah is silver, the sand is musk, the trunks of the trees are silver and the branches are of pearls and crystal. The fruit will be easy to reach whether a person is sitting, standing or lying down.
Hadhrat Abu Huraira (R.A) reports that the beauty and youth of the people of Jannah will continue to increase just as old age gradually overtakes the people of this world.
Hadhrat Suhaib (R.A) narrates from Rasulullah (sallallahu-alayhi-wa-sallam) that when the people of Jannah will enter Jannah and the inmates of Jahannam will enter Jahannam, a caller will announce, "Oh people of Jannah! Allah wishes to fulfil the promise that he made to you.´ They will enquire, "What can this bounty be? Has Allah not caused our scales to be weighty, our faces to be illuminated, admitted us into Jannah and saved us from Jahannam?"
The veils will then be lifted (from Allah) and the people of Jannah will see Allah. Rasulullah (sallallahu-alayhi-wa-sallam) added, "By Allah! There will be nothing more beloved and better for the people of Jannah." (May Allah bless us all with this privilege. Aameen.)
Hadhrat Anas (R.A) narrates that once Hadhrat Jibraeel (A.S) came to Rasulullah (sallallahu-alayhi-wa-sallam) with a bright mirror wherein there was a black spot. When Rasulullah (sallallahu-alayhi-wa-sallam) asked him what the mirror was, he replied, "This is the day of Jumu´ah and the spot is that moment in every Jumu´ah (wherein du´aas are accepted). You and your ummah have been favoured above the previous ummahs with this. There is a moment during this day wherein every du´aa is accepted. This day is the day of "Mazeed."
Rasulullah (sallallahu-alayhi-wa-sallam) enquired, "What is the day of ´Mazeed?" Hadhrat Jibraeel (A.S) replied, "Allah has created a valley in Jannah wherein there is a container of musk. Every Jumu´ah, pulpits of celestial light are placed therein and the Ambiyaa (A.S) ascend them. There are also golden pulpits studded with rubies and crystal whereupon the Siddiqeen, martyrs and righteous people will sit. The people of Ghuraf (the average person of Jannah) will sit on hillocks nearby. They will all engage in praising Allah."
Allah will tell them, "Supplicate to Me and all your supplications will be accepted." They will all pray for Allah´s pleasure. Thereupon Allah will say, "I am pleased with all of you. I granted you a place in My home and conferred honour upon you." Thereafter Allah´s brilliance will be made manifest to them and they all will witness it. Due to this extra bounty, they will not find any day more beloved to them than the day of Jumu´ah.
According to one narration, Allah will tell the angels, "Feed My friends." They will then serve various types of foods, each morsel having a different taste. They will then be served various types of drinks by Allah´s command, each sip having a different taste.
Thereafter Allah will tell them, "I am your Rabb and I have fulfilled that promise that I had made to you. I will now fulfil whatever requests you make." The people of Jannah will repeatedly say that they only desire Allah´s pleasure. Allah will tell them, "I am pleased with you and I have something else with Me. Today I will bestow such a bounty on you that is superior to all of this."
Consequently, the veils will be removed and everyone will witness Allah´s magnificence. They will immediately fall into prostration and will remain in this position until Allah tells them, "Raise your heads. This is not a place of worship." The people of Jannah will forget all the bounties of Jannah upon witnessing this sight. Then a strong wind will blow from beneath the Arsh. Musk will emanate from a white container and fall on their heads and on the foreheads of their horses. When they return to their abodes, their wives will say, "Today you have returned even more handsome than you were."
Hadhrat Ikrama (R.A) reports that the men and women of Jannah will all be youths of 33 years. They will all be extremely good looking and will each wear seventy sets of clothing. They will see their reflections on the faces, chests and calves of their spouses. A hadith mentions that if a damsel of Jannah has to expose her palm from the heavens, it would illuminate the entire universe.
Hadhrat Zaid bin Arqarn (R.A) says that a person from the Ahlul Kitaab asked Rasulullah (sallallahu-alayhi-wa-sallam), "Will there be eating and drinking in Jannah?" Rasulullah (sallallahu-alayhi-wa-sallam) replied, "Yes. A person will be given the strength of a hundred men, to eat, drink and cohabit."
The person commented that since a person needs to relieve himself after eating, how will he be able to do this in a pure place like Jannah? Rasulullah (sallallahu-alayhi-wa-sallam) replied, "A person will not need to relieve himself in Jannah. However, his food will digest by means of perspiration which will have the fragrance of musk."
A tree in Jannah called ´Tooba´ will have a branch in every house of Jannah. It will bear various types of fruit, and birds, the size of camels, will perch thereupon. If a person of Jannah desires any of these birds, it will immediately be served on his table. He will be able to eat it dry on one side and roasted on the other. Thereafter the bird will get up and fly away.
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Abbaas (R.A) and Hadhrat Abu Huraira (R.A) have reported from Rasulullah (sallallahu-alayhi-wa-sallam), "The face of the first person to enter Jannah from my ummah will shine like the 14th full moon. The face of the second person will shine like a very bright star. Thereafter people will enter one after another with different appearances."
"There will be no need to relieve oneself in Jannah, neither will one´s nose give out mucus. There will be combs of gold, rings of Ood (a fragrant perfume) and perspiration will have the fragrance of musk. Everyone´s character will be alike. They will all be the youthful age of Hadhrat Isa (A.S) at 33. They will be as tall as Hadhrat Aadam (A.S) at 60 arm-lengths. They will be beardless and will have no hair besides that of their heads, eyebrows and eyelashes. They will be fair in complexion and their clothes will be green."
"When a person will lay his table, a bird will address him saying, ´Oh friend of Allah! I have drank from the spring of Salsabeel and eaten a variety of fruit from the orchards beneath Allah´s Arsh.´ The person of Jannah will eat from one side of the bird that will be cooked and from the other side, which will be roasted. He will also wear seventy sets of clothing, each set being different in colour."
He will wear ten rings. The following inscription will appear on the first ring, "Peace be on you because of the patience that you have exercised."
The second ring will have the inscription, "Enter Jannah in peace and safety."
The third will read: "This is the Jannah that you have received in lieu of your good actions."
The fourth will read: "Grief and worry have been removed from you."
The fifth will read: "We have adorned you with jewels and beautiful garments."
The sixth will read: "We have wedded you to the Hoorul Ain."
The seventh will read: "You shall have in Jannah whatever your heart desires and whatever cools the eyes. And you shall abide therein forever."
The eighth will read: "You have conformed with the Ambiyaa (A.S) and the Siddiqeen."
The ninth will read: "You have become youths who will never age."
The tenth will read: "You are the neighbours of such people who never cause you difficulty."
An ascetic saint was eating some greens with only a bit of salt. When someone objected to this he replied, "I use the world for worship (i.e. so that I may derive strength for worship by eating, thereby attaining Jannah). On the other hand, you eat the delicacies of the world simply to convert them into excreta."
Note: It is not possible for every person to act as this ascetic did. It is advisable to utilize every bounty of Allah and then show gratitude for the same. Allah likes to witness the effects of His bounties on His servants. Allah says, "Display the bounties of your Rabb."
Hadhrat Ibraheem bin Adham (R.A) once intended to use the public baths. The owner prevented him saying, "You cannot enter without first paying the fee." Hearing this Hadhrat Ibraheem (R.A) wept and said, "Oh Allah! I am not allowed to enter the house of shaytaan without paying a fee.
Jannah is home of the Ambiyaa (A.S) and the Siddiqeen. How can I enter it without a fee (i.e. without good actions)?"
Allah once sent the following revelation to a Nabi (A.S): "Oh child of Aadam! You purchase Jahannam for an exorbitant price but fail to purchase Jannah for a small sum."
People consider spending exorbitant sums upon the prompting of some sinners, thereby purchasing Jahannam for themselves. However, they find it difficult to spend a small sum upon the request of a poor beggar, whereas this is the price for Jannah.
Hadhrat Abu Haazim (R.A) says, "If Jannah is attained by forsaking all the pleasures of the world, then this is a cheap bargain. Similarly, it will also be a cheap bargain if one attains salvation from Jahannam on account of enduring all types of difficulties. Jannah can also be attained by forsaking a single pleasure from a thousand pleasures and by enduring a single difficulty from a thousand difficulties. How cheap is this bargain?"
Hadhrat Yahya bin Mu´aadh Raazi (R.A) says, "Forsaking this world may be difficult, but forsaking Jannah is much more difficult. The dowry for Jannah is the forsaking of this world."
Hadhrat Anas bin Maalik (R.A) says that if a person asks for Jannah thrice, then Jannah says to Allah, "Oh Allah! Admit him into Jannah." When a person seeks protection for Jahannam thrice, then Jahannam says to Allah, "Oh Allah! Protect him from Jahannam."
Rasulullah (sallallahu-alayhi-wa-sallam) has mentioned that there will be bazaars in Jannah, but there will be no trade therein. Friends will convene therein and speak about how they worshipped Allah in the world, about the condition of the rich and the poor therein, about how death came to them and about the difficulties that they endured to reach Jannah.
You have just read about the description of Jannah. Every person certainly desires to enter Jannah and must have made du´aa for Jannah. However, to merely depend upon du´aas without carrying out good actions is a deception. Foolish are those people who desire Jannah but are contaminated with sins and are negligent of performing good actions. They sleep when the mu´adhin calls the adhaan and sacrifice their salaah for their businesses. They are reluctant to pay zakaah and they forfeit their fasts in Ramadhaan. They die without performing the obligatory hajj and have no consideration for halaal and haraam in their businesses. They consider the learning and teaching of the Qur´aan as an iniquity and oppress the weak. They extract labour from the poor and usurp the wealth of orphans.
Despite carrying out all the above in addition to other sins, they aspire for high ranks of Jannah. If this is not foolishness, then what is? If one aspires for Jannah, he should devote his entire life to the commands of Allah and the practices of Rasulullah (sallallahu-alayhi-wa-sallam). At the same time, he should trample upon his carnal desires.
When the verse, "And My mercy encompasses everything," the accursed Iblees said that he is also part of "everything." Therefore he also began to aspire for Allah´s mercy. Similarly, the Jews and the Christians also began to think in this way. However, Iblees became despondent when the next part of the verse was revealed i.e. "I shall soon ordain this mercy for those who abstain from shirk, pay zakaah and who believe in Our verses."
However, the Jews and the Christians said, "We abstain from shirk, pay zakaah and believe in Allah´s verses." They also became despondent when the verse was revealed, "Those who follow the unlettered messenger."
Therefore, the verse only applied to the Mu´mineen. Every Mu´min should thank Allah profusely for this great boon that Allah has bestowed on him.