Invitation to Paradise | Abū Dāwūd al-Injilīzī

This universe and world we live in is a highly organised creation. We see the sun rising and setting at precise times every day, and these times could be predicted with clockwork accuracy for thousands of years to come. The moon and stars have their fixed orbits in the sky above and like the sun, they also travel across the heavens on fixed courses without changing. The size and great weight of these enormous celestial globes, the sun, moon, stars and planets is enormous, yet they all float effortlessly above us without falling down. The stars are grouped in fixed constellations. Their precise positions in the night sky have been used by travellers as guide posts for thousands of years, before electronic navigational devices were invented. Even the most advanced aircraft or sailing vessels today, will keep star charts, which they can refer to in case their sophisticated computerised instruments fail and by referring to the stars, still navigate to their destinations safely.

The moon goes through fixed stages from being a tiny crescent to becoming full at the middle of each lunar month and then returning to being a tiny crescent again before it begins its next cycle. Times for these stages of the moon, are also predetermined and shown in diaries we buy. Full moons can be predicted for years to come. The tides in the seas and oceans around us rise and fall night and day and their times for being full and low are also precisely fixed and determined, so much so that if one wanted to go swimming or fishing in a year to come, using timetables, he could know exactly when the tide on that sea front he chose, would be suitable for him.

There are fixed currents in our oceans and seas which helped sailing vessels of the past to reach their destinations and special winds as well that blow at known times in the year. Tea, a refreshing beverage we like to drink was first brought to the West by sailing ships which used annual monsoon winds in the Far East which blow at precise times every year and which filled their sails with favourable winds that took them to China, to bring back that beverage we benefit from. The seasons of winter, spring, summer and autumn come around every year with a regularity that’s been going on since time immemorial. It’s no accident also that citrus fruits, oranges, lemons, grapefruit and the like are found on trees in winter months which contain that vitamin C which help us fight off infections and colds which come in winter.

Rain clouds can hold hundreds and thousands of tons of water, yet they move  gracefully without any effort in the sky until it’s determined precisely when and where they should drop their loads of life-giving rain.

There is no machine ever invented that can match the heart in our bodies. This truly incredible and  amazing organ beats between 40 and 60 times each minute and it sends blood to the furthest extremes in our bodies, refreshing and revitalising our limbs and organs, and then brings back used blood to be purified before pumping it out again with the next beat. In every minute, it’s said that 5 litres of blood is pumped out by the tiny heart to keep us alive. Could any scientist or technician today, invent such an intricate and beneficial machine like our heart which not only circulates our blood but also cleanses and purifies it? What’s making the heart beat? Do we have solar panels above our heads or electrical charging devices which we plug into at night before we sleep, to recharge our hearts so they can carry on keeping us alive? This body we live in and all our organs for seeing, hearing, speaking, thinking and the limbs that allow us to walk, run, jump, swim etc. and the highly organised universe or cosmos around us, all indicate a great intelligence behind it. Everything mentioned previously, and other precise order, symmetry and harmony in this world we live in can’t just have come about by chance or accident. That’s not at all possible.

With a translation of the meaning in English, Allāh says, in His Noble Qur’ān,

“It is Allāh alone Who created the heavens and the earth and everything that exists inbetween them in six days, then He rose in glory and splendour above His magnificent Throne, far above the heavens.”

al-Hadīd 57:4

“Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, and the ships which sail through the sea with that which is of use to mankind, and the water and rain which Allāh sends down from the sky and makes the earth alive therewith after its death, and the moving living creatures of all kinds that He has created and scattered therein, and in the veering of winds and clouds which are held between the sky and the earth, are indeed proofs, evidence, signs, etc for people of understanding.”

al-Baqarah 2:164

Allāh makes it clear that He is the Creator of all we see and don’t see and that He made the sun and moon and put them in their orbits. And it was His plan that we should also use the movements of sun and moon, to calculate our days, weeks, months and years. Allāh confirms that He it is, Who made the sun an incandescent shining lamp providing light and warmth which causes the growth of all life forms. And at night the full moon is a lovely silver cooling light that brightens the darkness. Allāh says He it was who placed the stars in the sky as sign posts and guides for travellers and that He it is Who directs and drives the clouds through the sky and then orders the rain to drop, which brings forth all kinds of provisions and food for us. Allāh affirms that He created, owns, directs and manages every single aspect in the cosmos or universe we live in.

With the meaning, Allāh says,

“He knows what goes into the earth as seeds and what springs forth from it in fruits and foliage. He knows what comes down from the sky in rain and what rises back up to it. He merges the day into the night and night into day. His alone is the sovereignty, control and ownership of all that exists and He knows exactly what we think within our hearts and minds.”

al-Hadīd 57:4,5

Then He says, explaining the reason why everything exists.

“O mankind worship your Lord, the One Who created you and those before you in order that you become of the righteous and pious ones. He, Allāh, has made this earth a resting place for you and the heavens above as a canopy. He sends down from the sky, life giving rainfall which brings forth all kinds of varieties of fruits and foods in abundance as a good provision for you. So don’t make any partners to share in Allāh’s sole right of worship or divert yourself to any other form of belief or religion and you know well enough this is forbidden.”

al-Baqarah 2:21,22

Allāh makes it very clear why we were created and the real purpose for our being in this world.

“And I have only created the jinn (spirits we can’t see with the naked eye) and mankind, so that they can worship Me alone.”

adh-Dhāriyāt 51:56

Allāh promises to all those who single Him out alone for all their devotions, sacrifices, prayers and worship, a Paradise beyond compare after they die. Each individual here, inherits a glorious personal domain which stretches farther than the eye can see. Full of the most beautiful flowering trees, and lovely gardens; through this land whose ground is made of musk, the costliest of perfumes, flow pristine crystal clear rivers of water, milk, honey and an alcohol that never inebriates or intoxicates, yet is most stimulating and delightful to drink. The blessed inmates of this immaculate kingdom, recline on splendid couches and thrones decorated with costly jewels and fabrics, while they are served with whatever they wish to eat or drink of the most appetising of foods and delicious drinks. They never have to answer the call of nature, no matter how much they enjoy of foods and drink and never even have to blow their noses here. The most fortunate residents of Paradise, live in grand, spacious palaces whose furnishings are made from real gold or silver.

Clothed in the finest silken embroidered garments, whatever one wishes to enjoy appears immediately. Always remaining in the prime of vitality, vigour and strength, our bodies grow more lovely, radiant handsome, and attractive as time passes. No eye has ever seen, ear heard or mind conceived of the sublime, treasures, pleasures and joys that await all those who truly believe in Allāh and his messenger and prophet, Muhammad. Muhammad, may the Peace and Blessings of Allāh be upon him, was the last and best of all the prophets sent by Allāh, and he was given the best and final scripture, the Noble Qur’ān, which contains within it every good guidance and warns against every evil and vice.

To inherit this life of everlasting bliss, contentment and enjoyment waiting in the Hereafter, one has only to make the sincere testimony of true faith and belief, “I bear witness that Allāh alone has all right of worship and that Muhammad is His slave and messenger.”

This is the religion of Islām, belief in One God alone and following the guidance given to Muhammad, which makes anyone who adheres to it successful both in this life and the next.

Recommended reading, “The translation of the meanings of the Noble Qur’ān in English by Taqī ud Deen al Hilāli and Muhammad Muhsin Khan.”

– Written by Abū Dāwūd Ismā’īl -May Allāh Allāh forgive him-, son of George Gauron, the Englishman