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The people of Paradise will wear the most luxurious clothes and adorn themselves with jewellery of gold, silver and pearl.

They will wear, among other things, garments of silk and bracelets of gold, silver and pearls. Allah (swt) said: “And their recompense will be Paradise, and silken garments, because they were patient.” (Qur’an 76: 12). In another verse Allah said: “Wherein they will be adorned with bracelets of gold and pearls, and their garments will be of silk.”

 

Their clothes will be colourful, including garments of green silk and brocade. Allah said: “They will be adorned therein with bracelets of gold, and they will wear green garments of fine silk and heavy brocade. They will recline therein on raised thrones. How good the recompense! How beautiful a couch to recline on.” (Qur’an 18: 31). He further said: “Their garments will be of fine green silk and gold embroidery. They will be adorned with bracelets of silver.” (Qur’an 76: 21)

 

Their clothing will be far superior to any man-made garment. Bukhari reported that al-Barra’ Ibn Aazib (ra) said: “A silken garment was brought to the Messenger (saw) and we began to admire its beauty and softness.” The Messenger of Allah said: “The handkerchiefs of Sa’d ibn Mu’aadh in Paradise are better than this.”

 

The Prophet (saw) also told us that the people of Paradise will have combs of gold and silver, and that they will perfume themselves with ‘Ood of teeb, even though the scent of musk will be emanating from their pure bodies. Bukhari narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Prophet (saw) said of those who will enter Paradise: “Their vessels will be of gold and silver, their combs will be of gold and the coals of their incense-burners will be of aloe-wood and their sweat will be musk.”

 

Their jewellery will include crowns. Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah reported from Al-Miqdam ibn Ma’dikarib that among the honours bestowed upon the martyr will be: “Crown of dignity will be placed upon his head, one ruby of which is better than this world and all that is in it.”

 

The clothing and jewellery of the people of Paradise will never wear out or fade. Muslim reported from Abu Hurairah that the Prophet (saw) said:

“Whoever enters Paradise is blessed and will never be miserable, his clothes will never wear out and his youth will never fade away.”

 

The couches of the people of Paradise. The palaces of Paradise have been furnished, and in their gardens are places to sit and recline, beautiful couches of delightful colours and high beds whose interiors are lined with silk brocade, let alone how magnificent their outward appearance must be.

 

There are cushions and splendid carpets laid out in the most delightful fashion. Allah (swt) said: “Therein will be thrones raised high, and cups set at hand, and cushions set in rows, and rich carpets all spread out.” (Qur’an 88: 13-16). He further said: “Reclining upon the couches lined with silk brocade.” (Qur’an 55: 54) and said: “They will recline with ease on thrones arranged in ranks. And We shall marry them to Houris (female, fair one) with wide lovely eyes.” (Qur’an 52: 20).

 

This reclining on those thrones and couches will be one of the luxuries that the people of Paradise will enjoy when they gather together, as Allah (swt) said: “And We shall remove from their breasts any lurking sense of injury; they will be like brothers joyfully facing each other on thrones of dignity.” (Qur’an 15:47). And He said further: “Reclining on green cushions and rich beautiful mattresses.” (Qur’an 18: 31).

 

The servants of the people of Paradise. The people of Paradise will be served by boys whom Allah will create to attend to them, and who will be most beautiful and perfect in form. Allah (swt) said: “They will be served by immortal boys, with cups, and jugs, and a glass from the flowing wine.” (Qur’an 56: 17-18). He also said: “And around about them will (serve) boys of everlasting youth. If you see them, you would think them scattered peals.” (Qur’an 76: 19)

 

Ibn Kathir said: “Boys of eternal youth will go around serving the people of Paradise, boys who remain in that youthful form forever, never changing or advancing in age. It is said that they will be wearing earrings, to emphasize their youth, because such a thing is appropriate for young people, but it does not befit those are older.”

 

(To be continued)

(Prepared by Umar S. Al-Ashqar)