Two Hundred Word Tidbits: Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V
In Surah Taha, in an address to Prophet Adam `alayhi sallatu wa sallam (may Allah send His peace and blessings on him), Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala (exalted is He) describes Jannah (Paradise) in the following words:
“Indeed, it is [promised] for you neither to hunger therein, nor to go naked;
And that you neither thirst therein, nor suffer the heat (of the sun).” (Qur’an, 20:118-119)
Some of the exegetical scholars1 of the past remarked on the poignancy of this description of Paradise, and the link between hunger and nakedness made in the first verse, and thirst and exposure to the sun in the second. Hunger, they explained, is an inner need, while clothing one’s nakedness is an outer one; and by coupling them together, the verse implies that both one’s inner and outward needs will be completely and fully taken care of in Paradise.
In the same way, thirst is an inner burning, while exposure to the sun leads to a burning of the outer form. By mentioning them together, Allah’s words emphasize that He will protect and shield the one in Paradise from any type of suffering, be it internal or external.
In this succinct and beautiful way, Allah (swt) describes Paradise as the place where all of one’s needs are fulfilled, perfectly and completely, and where one will never feel the sting of any suffering.
May Allah make us of its people, Ameen!
From a class with Imam Suhaib Webb
- For example, see Ruh al-Ma’ani by al-Aloosee. [↩]
insha allah, may we all make it to jannat ul firdous. ameen
I have also heard regarding the tafsir of this ayah, that hunger can cause you to take off your clothes (poverty can lead to prostitution).
Jazakallah khair for this short but very important post!
May Allah show us all this great favours
This post brings out d beauty of Al Qur’aan. D comparisim is unique,d explanation short but explicit! May Allah accept these as an act of ”ibaadah to b rewarded with the place where no thirst,burning,and hunger of the soul and body will b felt,aamin.
ameen! how beautiful subhan Allah!
A big message in a few words. Hoe beautifully Qura’n puts ‘all needs’ in just four words. May Allah bless us to keep our ‘needs’ in this world minimal so that all the needs in heareafter are fulfilled..
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