Dear Muslim friends,
As a follower of Jesus, I am thinking about you and praying for you as you go through these days and nights of Ramadan.
In this time that is so special to you, I am sure that you are thinking even more than usual about Paradise – about Jannah.
We all desire to go to Paradise, don’t we?
We long for it.
Some pray for it, work endlessly for it:
Shahada. Salat. Zacat. Sawm. Hajj. Going regularly to the Masjid. Practicing dawa. Following the Sunnah. Faithfully making duas.
Why do we long and passionately desire that we might enter Paradise on the Day of Judgment?
Is it to escape hellfire?
Is it to be done with our pain and suffering here?
Is it to be “in gardens and pleasure”?
Is it to satisfy in Paradise what some Muslim men crave such as rivers of wine and Houri women with “wide, lovely eyes”?
Or. . .is there something greater? Something purer? Is there a far better, far higher reason to long for Paradise?
I submit to you as a follower of Jesus that there is. There absolutely is.
It is God. God. . .Himself.
That is the ultimate reward for those who enter Paradise.
Better put, He is the ultimate reward of Paradise.
Without God, Paradise would not be. . .Paradise!
Paradise is to be with Him. To see Him. As He is. In His glory and majesty.
Paradise is to experience His perfect love with an intensity that we cannot even imagine in this life.
Paradise is to worship and praise and laud Him for all that He is and all He has done.
It’s all about. . . Him.
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From the Injil, the Book of Revelation, excerpts from chapter 21:
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, ‘Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.’
Nothing evil will be allowed to enter, nor anyone who practices shameful idolatry and dishonesty – but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”