Juz’ 17 – Paradise Restored

Today’s Juz’ covers Al-Anbiya’ [21]:1 to Al-Hajj [22]:78.
The themes discussed in these ayat include (1) the consequences of rejecting God’s message; (2) a roll call of biblical prophets (Moses, Aaron, Abraham, Lot, Noah, David, Solomon, Job, Ishmael, Jethro [Idris], Ezekiel [Duh‘l Kifl], Zachariah, John, Mary, Jesus); (3) the specific call of Moses; (4) events on the Day of Resurrection; and (5) the self sufficient God.



Ramadan Mubarak.

The ayat I have chosen for today provide a prelude to the time when the earth is restored to its original pristine state.

“But those for whom We have decreed Paradise will be kept far from Hell—they will not hear a murmur from it—and endlessly they will enjoy everything their souls desire. They will have no fear of the great Terror: the angels will receive them with the words, ‘This is the Day you were promised!’ On that Day, We shall roll up the skies as a writer rolls up [his] scrolls. We shall reproduce creation just as we produced it the first time: this is Our binding promise. We shall certainly do these things.” (Al-Hajj [21]:101-104)


Believers in God look forward to the grand day when evil is eradicated and an eternal era of Godly bliss permeates every millimeter of life. Unlike those who have rebelled against God’s call to repentance, they will not have to face the terrible judgment that sentences them to a dreadful hell where they will burn to the point of obliteration.

Everything negative about our present reality will vanish from our collective memory as the God of love ushers in a new age where all the redeemed will live together in love, peace and harmony. The promise of future restoration encapsulated in Al-Hajj is also celebrated in the biblical book of Revelation.



“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully prepared for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.’ He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things are passed away.” (Revelation 21:1-4)



In the Name of God the Merciful the Compassionate, I praise You for rescuing me from the grips of hell and placing me on the path to Paradise. May the Day of Your Restoration come soon, and may I live in Your Courts of Peace and Happiness for eternity. In Your Holy Name I pray. Amen.