THE PRINCIPLE OF LOVE & DESIRE: what is the ultimate pleasure in life

Allah the Exalted prescribed that pleasures should contain in them a means for people to maintain a healthy state in the dunya, and He kept the ultimate pleasure for the Hereafter, as Alláh informed us upon the tongues of His messengers that the Hereafter is an everlasting abode and that is where the slave's efforts come to an end.

Enjoyment is the objective of all intentional actions, so the objective of the enjoyment is the objective of the action. Every enjoyment or pleasure is, in and of itself, an objective, but there are some pleasures that are also aids to reach a greater enjoyment. This is due to the completeness of Allah's blessings for His slaves, and if they use this blessing justly, the way it was legislated, then it will lead them to a greater blessing.


The pleasures of Jannah increase exponentially, as Allah wills it, because the Prophet said in the authentic hadith that Allah says:

أَعْدَدْتُ لِعِبَادِيَ الصَّالِحِينَ مَا لاَ عَيْنٌ رَأَتْ وَلَا أُذُنٌ سَمِعَتْ وَلَا خَطَرَ عَلَى قَلْبِ بَشَرِ.

I have prepared for My pious servants that which no eye (has ever) seen, no ear has (ever) heard, and no human heart has ever perceived.(1)

And indeed Allah, the Most High, said:

 فَلَا تَعۡلَمُ نَفۡسٌ مَّاۤ اُخۡفِیَ لَهُمۡ مِّنۡ قُرَّۃِ اَعۡیُنٍ ۚ جَزَآءًۢ بِمَا کَانُوۡا یَعۡمَلُوۡنَ ﴿۱۷

No person knows what is kept hidden for them of joy as a reward for what they used to do. [Surah as-Sajdah 32:17]

So Allah sent the messengers giving good tidings and warnings of the punishment: good tidings of Allah's complete blessings in Jannah for those who are obedient, follow the revelation sent down to them, and establish justice; and warning from Allah's punish- ment for those who turn their backs on that and are disobedient, for they are the oppressors.
Allah, the Most High, said:

قَالَ اهْبِطَا مِنْهَا جَمِيعًا بَعْضُكُمْ لِبَعْضٍ عَدُوٌّ فَإِمَّا يَأْتِيَنَّكُم مِّنِّي هُدًى فَمَنِ اتَّبَعَ هُدَايَ فَلَا يَضِلُّ وَلَا يَشْقَى وَمَنْ أَعْرَضَ عَن ذِكْرِي فَإِنَّ لَهُ مَعِيشَةً ضَنكًا وَنَحْشُرُهُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ أَعْمَى )

(Allah) said, "Get you down (from Paradise to the earth), both of you (Adam and Hawwa'), together; some of you will be an enemy to others. Then if there comes to you guidance from Me, then whoever follows My guidance shall neither go astray nor fall into distress and misery. But whosoever turns away from My reminder (i.e., neither believes in the Qur'an nor acts on its orders, etc.) verily, for him is a life of hardship, and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Resurrection." [Surah Ta-Ha 20:123-124)

He, the Most High, said,

 قُلۡنَا اهۡبِطُوۡا مِنۡهَا جَمِیۡعًا ۚ فَاِمَّا یَاۡتِیَنَّکُمۡ مِّنِّیۡ هُدًی فَمَنۡ تَبِعَ هُدَایَ فَلَا خَوۡفٌ عَلَیۡهِمۡ وَ لَا هُمۡ یَحۡزَنُوۡنَ ﴿۳۸  وَ الَّذِیۡنَ کَفَرُوۡا وَ کَذَّبُوۡا بِاٰیٰتِنَاۤ اُولٰٓئِکَ اَصۡحٰبُ النَّارِ ۚ هُمۡ فِیۡهَا خٰلِدُوۡنَ ﴿۳۹

We said, "Get down all of you from this place (Paradise), then whenever there comes to you guidance from Me, and whoever follows My guidance, there shall be no fear on them, nor shall they grieve. But those who disbelieve and belie Our ayat (verses, or signs, etc.) such are the dwellers of the Fire; they shall abide therein forever." [Surah al-Baqarah 2:38-39]

(1) Reported by al-Bukhari (9/144), Muslim (4/2174), and others.

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