Allah’s Eternal Pleasure and Favour

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Allah will say to the inhabitants of Paradise: O inhabitants of Paradise! They will say: O our Lord, we present ourselves and are at Your pleasure, and goodness rests in Your hands. Then He will say: Are you content? And they will say: And how should we not be content, O Lord, when You have given to us that which You have given to no one else of Your creation? Then He will say: Would you not like Me to give you something better than that? And they will say: O Lord and what thing is better than that? And He will say: I shall cause My favour (pleasure) to descend upon you and thereafter shall never be displeased with you.”

[Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Commentary:

The best thing that the people of Paradise will be given is the eternal pleasure (and favour) of Allah and to see His Holy and Noble Face (as we covered in HaD-149) where the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) has said: “When the people of Paradise enter Paradise, Allah will say, ‘do you want anything more?’ They will say, ‘Have You not brightened our faces, admitted us to Paradise and saved us from Hell?’ Then the veil will be lifted and they will not have seen anything more dear to them than looking upon their Lord, may He be glorified and exalted.” [Sahih Muslim]

Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

Say: “Shall I inform you of things far better than those? For Al-Muttaqûn (the pious) there are Gardens (Paradise) with their Lord, underneath which rivers flow. Therein (is their) eternal (home) and Azwâjun Mutahharatun (purified mates or wives) [i.e. they will have no menses, urine, or stool, etc.], And Allah will be pleased with them. And Allah is All-Seer of the (His) slaves”.

Those who say: “Our Lord! We have indeed believed, so forgive us our sins and save us from the punishment of the Fire.”

(They are) those who are patient ones, those who are true (in Faith, words, and deeds), and obedient with sincere devotion in worship to Allah. Those who spend [give the Zakât and alms in the Way of Allah] and those who pray and beg Allah’s Pardon in the last hours of the night. [Aali-Imran 3:15-17]

We ask Allah to be pleased with us this life and the next.

And Allah knows best!

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