Paradise: Surah Ar Rahman Quran Recitation by Mishary Rashid



Paradise: Surah Ar Rahman Quran Recitation by Mishary Rashid




This life lasts for a few decades and is designed as both a lesson and a test. The next life lasts forever and is designed to bring the faithful closer to God through the infinite wonders of His creative Will. Just as the pain of birth is forgotten with the experience of life, so the suffering of this world will pass away in the gardens of paradise. 32:17 No human being can imagine what blissful delights, as yet hidden, await them [in the life to come] as a reward for all that they did. The expression "what is kept hidden for them" clearly alludes to the unknowable quality of eternal life and, hence, the purely allegorical nature of all of the descriptions relating to it. 55:46 BUT FOR THOSE who of their Sustainer's Presence stand in fear, two gardens [of paradise are readied] — (47) which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow? — (48) [two gardens] of many wondrous hues. This life is divided between the reasoned clarity of wakeful consciousness and the dreamworld of the subconscious mind. In the hereafter these two realms combine and are experienced simultaneously as both a vivid physical reality interacting with the senses and a deep spiritual fantasy shaped by the soul. 55:50 In [each of] these two [gardens] two springs will flow. (51) Which, then; of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow? The "two springs" of the hereafter symbolize the two sources or streams of knowledge accessible to the human mind: the one that descends through the vertical plane of spiritual insight (ilm al-batin); and the one that flows across the horizontal plane of physical phenomena (ilm az-zahir). In the hereafter knowledge falls and flows unceasingly — forever expanding human consciousness to infinity. 56:17 Immortal youths will wait upon them (18) with goblets, and ewers, and cups filled with water from unsullied springs (19) by which their minds will not be clouded and which will not make them drunk; (20) and with fruit of any kind that they may choose, (21) and with the flesh of any fowl that they may desire. This life is experienced through the sense organs and nervous system of the human body: a vital organism which has evolved in relation to local environmental factors such as temperature, atmospheric pressure and gravity. In the gardens of eternal life local variables change in relation to human will and ever higher realms are experienced through ever widening sense perceptions as humanity pass from the organic to the elemental to become beings composed of "light upon light".... 83:22 Behold, [in the life to come] the truly virtuous will indeed be in bliss: (23) [resting] on couches, they will look up [to God]: (24) upon their faces thou wilt see the brightness of bliss. 83:25 They will be given a drink of pure wine whereon the seal [of God] will have been set, (26) pouring forth with a fragrance of musk. Human evolution is further enhanced by the "pure wine" of the hereafter accelerating physical development, intensifying emotional experience, and stimulating a heightened state of mental awareness producing an ever clearer vision of God mirrored in the endlessly evolving beauty of paradise. 55:62 And besides those two will be yet two [other] gardens — (63) which, then, of your Sustainer's powers can you disavow? — (64) two [gardens] of the deepest green. A human being needs both the familiar and the new. Ever-widening, ever more complex gardens of adventure, populated with colourful characters and filled with amazing things, feed the sense of wonder while, at the heart of it all, remain the ever familiar, ever more beautiful gardens of home: shaded meadows by the sea that blossom into olive trees doubled in love and burn into rainbows mirrored in bliss as the faithful expand towards the infinite, forever. 39:74 And they will exclaim: "All praise is due to God, who has made His promise to us come true, and has bestowed upon us this expanse [of bliss] as our portion, so that we may dwell in paradise as we please!" And how excellent a reward will it be for those who laboured [in God's way]! After lightning flashes... thunder rumbles out of the darkness. 56:7 ... [on that Day,] then, shall you be [divided into] three kinds. Surah Ar Rahman ("The Most Gracious") Quran recitation by Sheikh Mishary Rashid All verses are from Muhammad Asad's, The Message of the Quran

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