Heaven: Who enjoys heaven most?

Q252 :When I read the Qur'an, I feel that certain verses, which speak of the bliss of heaven, mention some enjoyment which seems to be exclusively for men. Could you please explain why?


A252 : Allah has sent Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) with a message to mankind and instructed him to address it to all people, men and women, young and old. The message assigns the same duties to all people, men and women. There are minor differences in observances so that the duties of each sex fit in with the role its members are required to play in human life. Since Allah is fair and since His fairness is absolute, it follows that He rewards people equally for the fulfillment of the same duties. This is clearly stated in the Qur'an on numerous occasions. To give just two examples: "Their Lord answers their (i.e. the believers') prayer: I shall not lose sight of the labor of anyone of you, be it man or woman: each of you is an issue of the other. Hence, as for those who forsake the domain of evil, and are driven from their homelands and suffer hurt in My cause, and fight (for it) and are slain - I shall most certainly affect their bad deeds and shall most certainly bring them into gardens beneath which rivers flow as a reward from Allah: for with Allah is the most beauteous of rewards" (3;195). "As for anyone, be it man or woman, who does righteous deeds, and is also a believer, him We shall most certainly cause to live a good life; and most certainly, We shall grant to such as these their reward in accordance with the best they ever did." (16;97) Certain passages in the Qur'an which speak of the reward believers have in heaven use the masculine gender throughout. This is, however, a characteristic of Arabic, but we must understand it is applicable to both men and women. If we believe in Allah's justice, then we must believe that good believing women will be as happy in heaven as good believing men. The descriptions of heaven in the Qur'an do not outline everything which is there. They are only examples of what believers will enjoy.


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