Definition of "Jannah"

The Afterlife, Jannah and Islam

Jannah
Waterfall of the river Landro in the eucalyptus forest of Chavin, the oldest in Europe. Descriptions of heaven in the Quran include gardens with waterfalls and rivers. Xulio Villarino/Cover/Getty Images

"Jannah" -- also known as paradise or garden in Islam -- is described in the Quran as an eternal afterlife of peace and bliss, where the faithful and righteous are rewarded. The Quran says the righteous will be restful in the presence of God, in "gardens beneath which rivers flow." The word "Jannah" comes from an Arabic word that means "to cover or hide something." Heaven, therefore, is a place that is unseen to us.

Jannah is the final destination in the afterlife for Muslims.

 

Jannah As Described in the Quran

The Quran describes Jannah as "... a beautiful place of final return -- a garden of eternity whose doors will always be open to them." (Qur'an 38:49-50)

People who enter Jannah "... will say, ‘Praise be to Allah who has removed from us (all) sorrow, for our Lord is indeed Oft-Forgiving, appreciative; who has settled us in the house of lasting residence out of His bounty. No toil nor sense of weariness shall touch us therein.'" (Quran 35:34-35)

The Quran says that in Jannah "... are rivers of water, the taste and smell of which are never changed. Rivers of milk the taste of which will remain unchanged. Rivers of wine that will be delicious to those who drink from it and rivers of clear, pure honey. For them will be every kind of fruit and forgiveness from their Lord." ( 47:15)

Pleasures of Jannah 

In Jannah, there is no sense of possible injury; there is no fatigue and Muslims are never asked to leave.

Muslims in paradise, according to the Quran, wear gold, pearls, diamonds and garments made of the finest silk, and they recline on raised thrones.  In Jannah, there is no pain, sorrow or death -- there is only joy, happiness and pleasure. It is this garden of paradise -- where the trees are without thorns, where flowers and fruits are piled on top of each other, where clear and cool water flows constantly, and where companions have big, beautiful, lustrous eyes -- that Allah promises the righteous.

There is no quarreling or drunkenness in Jannah -- but there are four rivers named Saihan, Jaihan, Furat and Nil. There are large mountains made of musk, and valleys made of pearls and rubies.

Best Ways to Enter Jannah

To enter one of the eight doors of Jannah in Islam, Muslims are required to perform righteous deeds, be truthful, search for knowledge, fear the most merciful, go to mosque every morning and afternoon, be free of arrogance as well as the spoils of war and debt, repeat the call to prayer sincerely and from the heart, build a mosque, be repentant and raise righteous children. 

Whoever's last words are "La ilaha illa Allah," it is said, will enter Jannah -- but one can truly only enter Jannah by achieving salvation through God's judgment.