الآية رقم (15) - قُلْ أَؤُنَبِّئُكُم بِخَيْرٍ مِّن ذَلِكُمْ لِلَّذِينَ اتَّقَوْا عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ جَنَّاتٌ تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهَا الأَنْهَارُ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا وَأَزْوَاجٌ مُّطَهَّرَةٌ وَرِضْوَانٌ مِّنَ اللّهِ وَاللّهُ بَصِيرٌ بِالْعِبَادِ

(15) - (Say, "Shall I inform you of [something] better than that? For those who fear Allah will be gardens in the presence of their Lord beneath which rivers flow, wherein they abide eternally, and purified spouses and approval from Allah. And Allah is Seeing of [His] servants -)

( قُلْ أَؤُنَبِّئُكُم بِخَيْرٍ مِّن ذَٰلِكُمْ ) (Say, “Shall I inform you of [something] better than that?): It refers to a great thing you’ll be informed of.

Seeing of [His] servants -)

(أَؤُنَبِّئُكُم  ) (…“Shall I inform you ): Here is an affirmative interrogation. The Almighty presents an image of the afterlife and states the best of all the desires.

( لِلَّذِينَ اتَّقَوْا ) (…For those who fear Allah ): Why ‘those who fear Allah’? because it’s not about sayings, slogans or speeches but rather a matter of deeds. The Almighty says:

 {وَأَن لَّيْسَ لِلْإِنسَانِ إِلَّا مَا سَعَىٰ * وَأَنَّ سَعْيَهُ سَوْفَ يُرَىٰ * ثُمَّ يُجْزَاهُ الْجَزَاءَ الْأَوْفَى }

(And that there is not for man except that [good] for which he strives. %  And that his effort is going to be seen -% Then he will be recompensed for it with the fullest recompense.) (An-Najm: 39-41)

In addition, the Qudsi Hadith reads:

“O My servants, it is but your deeds that I record for you and then recompense you for. So let him who finds good, praise Allah, and let him who finds other than that blame no one but himself[1].”

Islam is about words and actions. It’s to accept the orders of Allah. Besides, fearing Allah is a real test and has all the good in it. Therefore, the fear of Allah can’t be realized by mere slogans but by action. What are the roots of the word ‘fear of’ (Taqwa) in Arabic. This word ‘fear of – Taqwa’ means to have something blocking another thing from you. So, what would block you from the fire (hell)? It’s fear, following the revelation, contention with what you have, and preparing for the moment of death.

On the other hand, good deeds should exceed the bad ones and fulfill their legitimate end so that they don’t turn the opposite as stated by Prophet Muhammad (saws):

“He whose prayer doesn’t prevent him from the immorality and bad deeds get only farther from Allah[2].”

( جَنَّاتٌ تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا وَأَزْوَاجٌ مُّطَهَّرَةٌ ) (…will be gardens in the presence of their Lord beneath which rivers flow, wherein they abide eternally, and purified spouses ): When the Almighty speaks about unknown things we aren’t familiar with like the description of Paradise. However, at the moment when the soul leaves the body, humans are provided with the capability of realizing such things that they never have when they are alive. The proof of the same is what the Almighty says:

{ وَجَاءَتْ كُلُّ نَفْسٍ مَّعَهَا سَائِقٌ وَشَهِيدٌ * لَّقَدْ كُنتَ فِي غَفْلَةٍ مِّنْ هَٰذَا فَكَشَفْنَا عَنكَ غِطَاءَكَ فَبَصَرُكَ الْيَوْمَ حَدِيدٌ}

(And every soul will come, with it a driver and a witness. %  [It will be said], “You were certainly in unmindfulness of this, and We have removed from you your cover, so your sight, this Day, is sharp.”) (Qaaf: 21-22)

So, man becomes able to see what he’s never been able to see. Allah (swt) is the only one who knows reality of Paradise. As for us, we believe in it as described and leave knowing its reality to the Doomsday.

( وَرِضْوَانٌ مِّنَ اللَّهِ ) (…and approval from Allah): Prophet Muhammad (saws) said:

“Allah will say to the people of Paradise, ‘O the people of Paradise!’ They will say, ‘Labbaik, O our Lord, and Sa`daik!’ Allah will say, ‘Are you pleased?” They will say, ‘Why should we not be pleased since You have given us what You have not given to anyone of Your creation?’ Allah will say, ‘I will give you something better than that.’ They will reply, ‘O our Lord! And what is better than that?’ Allah will say, ‘I will bestow My pleasure and contentment upon you so that I will never be angry with you after for-ever[3].’”

{ وَرِضْوَانٌ مِّنَ اللَّهِ أَكْبَرُ}

(but approval from Allah is greater.) (At-Tawba: 72)

‘greater’ than what? The approval of the Almighty is greater than all endowments of the Doomsday and all paradises. In addition, Some clerics say the utmost approval of the almighty is when you see His Holy Face.

[1] Hadith no. 2577, Chapter: The Prohibition Of Oppression, Virtue, Enjoining Good Manners, and Joining of the Ties of Kinship Vol. Sahih Muslim

[2] Hadith no. 3557, Chapter: He whose prayer doesn’t prevent him from the immorality, Majma’ Az-Zawaed.

[3] Hadith no. 6183, Chapter: The description of Paradise and the Fire, To Make the Heart Tender Vol. Sahih Al-Bukhari.