Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Prophet on Paradise and Hell


The lust of pleasures of this world is the paradise of the unfaithful. It is the true Fire whose exterior resembles the garden - but beneath the surface is torture.
Our Master (peace and blessings of God upon him) warned his Companions, saying, "Paradise is beyond gates that appear displeasing and undesirable while the gates of Hell are attractive and delicious. They will only reveal what is behind them at the end of the world, when Antichrist comes."
He also described Hell thus: "There are two valleys there. In one there is a river of fire and in the other is a river of water. Whoever in repentance, accepting his punishment, seeks the valley of fire, will find himself in the cool valley of water. Whoever, unrepentant, seeks the valley of water to save himself from punishment, will fall upon the fire."

FROM: Ibn 'Arabi Divine Governance of the Human Kingdom (At-Tadbirat al-ilahiyyah fi islah al-mamlakat al-insaniyyah) Interpreted by Shaykh Tosun Bayrak al-Jerrahi al-Halveti.
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