As per Islamic authorities and Scriptures, those people who die believing, “There is no true god but God, and Muhammad is the Messenger (Prophet) of God” will be sent to eternal Heaven and those who don’t believe in Allah nor the last day, and Muhammad to be messenger of Allah will be sent to hell, where they will reside forever. Allah says in Quran 3:85:-
And whoever desires other than Islam as religion – never will it be accepted from him, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers.
Now lets just see what are the characteristics of Heaven and Hell and we would track the sources or the reasons because of which Allah made such Hell and Heaven. Let’s start with Heaven:
Quran 55:54:- [They are] reclining on beds whose linings are of silk brocade, and the fruit of the two gardens is hanging low.
Quran 56:12-24:- In the Gardens of Pleasure, A [large] company of the former peoples, And a few of the later peoples, On thrones woven [with ornament],Reclining on them, facing each other.There will circulate among them young boys made eternal With vessels, pitchers and a cup [of wine] from a flowing spring – No headache will they have therefrom, nor will they be intoxicated -And fruit of what they select And the meat of fowl, from whatever they desire. And [for them are] fair women with large, [beautiful] eyes, The likenesses of pearls well-protected,As reward for what they used to do.
Quran 76:21:-Upon the inhabitants will be green garments of fine silk and brocade. And they will be adorned with bracelets of silver, and their Lord will give them a purifying drink.
Quran 78:31-34:-Indeed, for the righteous is attainment -Gardens and grapevines And full-breasted [companions] of equal age And a full cup.
Quran 39:20:-But those who have feared their Lord – for them are chambers, above them chambers built high, beneath which rivers flow. [This is] the promise of Allah . Allah does not fail in [His] promise.
So here we have seen the verses in Quran which talks about Heaven. In summary we can say that the promised heaven by Muhammad is a place, where river of wine flows, thrones of Gold and Muslims will wear bracelets of silver. Fruits hanging from two gardens and beds with linings of silk brocade. Wasn’t these things easily available to men in those days in many parts of world? Why then Allah promised such worldly pleasures to Muslims in Paradise?
It is because as George. Bush says in his book, ‘Life of Muhammad’, “he(Muhammad) studiously aimed to set forth in colors best calculated to work upon the fancies of a sensitive and sensual race, whose minds, in consequence of their national habits, were little susceptible of the images of abstract enjoyment.” He further adds, “the scorching heat of those tropical regions, the arid nature soil, and the consequent lack of verdant vegetation, made it natural to Arabs, to conceive of the most exquisite scenes pleasure, under the images of rivers of water, cooling drinks, flowery gardens, shaded bowers and luscious fruits.”
Muhammad was well aware that a plenitude of these visible and palpable attractions, to say nothing of grosser sources of pleasure, was an indispensable requisite in heaven suited to the temperament of his countrymen. In simple words we can say, that his people and tribe to whom he promised the Heaven for believing in him and his message, were basically nomads and never or rarely enjoyed fruits and pleasure of river, vegetation, ornaments of Gold and Silver and cloths made of pure silk. So to attract them he promised a paradise, which will provide them all that which they have only heard off.
There are loads of verses in Quran, threatening the disbelievers with hell. Now we will see what are the features of Hell, with which Allah threatens the idolaters.
Quran 37:62-66:- Is that (Paradise) better entertainment or the tree of Zaqqum (a horrible tree in Hell)?Verily, it is a tree that springs out of the bottom of Hell-fire,The shoots of its fruit-stalks are like the heads of Shayatin (devils);Truly, they will eat thereof and fill their bellies therewith.
Quran 74: 26-29:- I will cast him into Hell-fire, And what will make you know exactly what Hell-fire is? It spares not (any sinner), nor does it leave (anything unburnt)!Burning the skins!
Quran 73: 11-13:- And leave Me with [the matter of] the deniers, those of ease [in life], and allow them respite a little. Indeed, with Us [for them] are shackles and burning fire, And food that chokes and a painful punishment –
Quran 7: 41:-They will have from Hell a bed and over them coverings [of fire]. And thus do We recompense the wrongdoers.
Quran 87:12-12:-Who will enter the great Fire and made to taste its burning, Wherein he will neither die (to be in rest) nor live (a good living).
So these are some of the characteristics of and ideal hell by Allah. Some important and often repeated characteristics are:- blazing fire, scorching heat, no food, thorny bushes, boiling water, living in condition in which you are neither alive nor dead, etc. Aren’t these conditions very similar to the conditions of Arabs in those days? They lived in barren desert, with only thorny bushes to eat off. They lived without waters, or say in scarcity of waters. The heat of the morning was as if its burning the skin.
This alone proves that Muhammad wrote the entire Quran not only by himself, but for Arabs only. The heaven and hell of Allah were based on the conditions and choices of Arabs, with no spiritual pleasure or sufferings.
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