The Creation of Paradise

Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said,

“When Allah created Paradise and Hellfire, He sent Gabriel to Paradise, saying, ‘Look at it and at what I have prepared therein for its inhabitants.’

So Gabriel went to it and looked at it and at what Allah had prepared  for them.  Then Gabriel returned to Allah and said, ‘By Your glory, no one will hear of it without entering it.’

So Allah ordered that it be encompassed by different forms of hardship (lit. things that are disliked, referring to positive and negative forms of discipline that one often finds difficult), and He said, ‘Return to it and look at what I have prepared therein for its inhabitants.’

So Gabriel returned to it and found that it was encompassed by forms of hardship.  Then he returned to Allah and said, ‘By Your glory, I fear no one will enter it.’

Allah said, ‘Go to the Hellfire and look at it, and at what I have prepared therein for its inhabitants.’  Gabriel found that it was in layers, one above the other.  Then Gabriel returned to Allah and said, ‘By Your glory, no one who hears of it will enter it.’

So Allah ordered that it be encompassed by lusts.  Then He said, ‘Return to it.’  And Gabriel returned to it and said, ‘By Your glory, I am frightened that no one will escape from entering it.'”

[Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud, and an-Nasaa’i]

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