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The market of the people of Paradise:


Muslim reported from Anas ibn Malik that the Messenger of Allah (swt) said: “In Paradise there is a market, to which the people will come every Friday, then a wind will come from the north and blow on their faces and clothes, and they will increase in beauty. Then they will return to their wives, who will also have increased in beauty. Their wives will say to them:’ By Allah, you increased in beauty after you left us,’ and they will say,’ And you too, by Allah you have increased in beauty since we left.’” (Muslim)


An.Nawawi commented on this hadith: “What is meant by market is a gathering place where the people will come together, just as they gather in marketplaces in this world. Gathering together every Friday means that they will meet once a week, or what approximates to once a week; there will be no real weeks there, as there will be no sun or moon or days.


The wind of Paradise is described specifically as being the north winds, because for the Arabs (of the Arabian Peninsula) this is the wind that brings rain, coming from the direction of Syria, so they always hoped for a wind coming from the north. In the hadith this wind is called Al-Mutheerah, i.e. something that carries things, because it will blow the sand or dust of Paradise into their faces, which is musk.”


The gatherings and conversation of the People of Paradise:


The people of Paradise will visit one another, in delightful gatherings where they will remember their lives in this world and how Allah (swt) has blessed them by admitting them to Paradise. Allah (swt) described the gatherings of the people of Paradise: “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)


Allah (swt) has also described some of the kinds of conversation that will take place in their gatherings: 

 

“And some of them draw near to others, engaging in mutual inquiry, they will say:” A foretime, we were afraid of the punishment of Allah in the midst of our families, but Allah has been gracious to us, and has saved from the torment of the Fire. Verily, we used to invoke Him before. Verily He is Al-Barr (the Benign), the All-Merciful.” (Qur’an 52: 25-28)


The wishes of the people of Paradise:

 

Some of the people of Paradise will wish for things that will be fulfilled in the strangest ways, unlike anything that happens in this world. The Messenger
of Allah told us of some of these wishes and how they will be fulfilled. One of the people of Paradise will ask his Lord for permission to grow things, and this will be granted to him. The moment he will throw the seed on the plain surface of Paradise, it will take roots, grow and mature instantly. Bukhari narrated from Abu
Hurairah that the Prophet (saw) was speaking, and there was a Bedouin present.

 

The Prophet (saw) said:


“A Man from the people of Paradise will ask his Lord for permission to grow things. Allah will ask him,’ Do you not have what you want?’ He will say,’ Of course, but I love to grow things.’ So he will sow the seeds and in the blinking of an eye the plant will grow and its fruit will ripen and become like mountains. Allah will say: ‘Here it is, O son of Adam, nothing satisfies you! The Bedouin said: ‘By Allah, you won’t find him except that he is from the Quraysh or the Ansar, for these are the people that love to grow things. As for us, we don’t grow anything!’ The Messenger (saw) laughed.” (Mishkatul Masabeeh)


Another will wish for a child and Allah (swt) will grant him his wish immediately, and the child will be conceived and born in an hour. Tirmidhi, Ahmad, and Ibn Hibban reported with a saheeh isnaad from Abu Saeed that the Prophet (saw) said: “If the believer wishes for a child in Paradise, it will be conceived and born and grow to the desired age in an instant.” (Saheeh al-Jaami’)

 

(Prepared by Umar S. Al-Ashqar)