x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 January 2018

Friday sermon: Paradise in store for the pious

Paradise is glamorous in every sense and puts an end to this world's sorrows and hardship, this week's Friday sermon reminds worshippers.

Paradise will put an end to the sorrows and hardship of this world, today's sermon reminds worshippers.

"Say, the enjoyment of this world is little, and the hereafter is better for he who fears Allah. And injustice will not be done to you, [even] as much as a thread [inside a date seed]," the sermon quotes from the Quran.

In paradise there will be no death, pain or ageing.

One hadith by the Prophet Mohammed says: "There would be an announcer in Paradise who would make this announcement: verily there is in store for you everlasting health and that you should never fall ill and that you live forever and do not die at all.

And that you would remain young and never grow old. And that you would always live in affluent circumstances and never become destitute."

The pious and righteous will be admitted. "Those who feared their Lord will be driven to Paradise in groups until, when they reach it while its gates have been opened and its keepers say, 'Peace be upon you; you have become pure; so enter to abide eternally therein'."

The Prophet also described the "bricks of silver and bricks of gold" in paradise.

"Its mortar is musk of a strong fragrance, and its pebbles are pearls and rubies, and its earth is saffron."