Poem | Description of Paradise (Ibn al-Qayyim)


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The Description of Paradise (Jannah)
by Imam Ibn al-Qayyim

The full description of Paradise:

This taken from his famous poetry entitled “al-Kafiya al-Shafiya fee al-Intissar lil-Firqa al-Najiya” (The sufficient healing in the Triumph for the Ahlu-Sunna w al-Jama'a) it’s also known as “Nuniyyah ibn al-Qayyim” because the rhyme he used is the letter “Noon” (N). The original poetry is 5842 verses long composed of chapters explaining Islam and dealing with the other sects and religions. This extract is composed of 28 verses most taken separately between the page 217 to the last verse on page 256 (4931-5842) taken from the chapters describing Janna which are in the end.

O thee who wish to marry the Beautiful “Hoor”, and want to meet them in The Garden of Living (Janna)

Hasten, Accelerate your pace and efforts, indeed this walk of yours (this life) is like one hour in an age

It is a Garden of enjoyment and its bounty is goodness. For, its bounty is ever lasting, never fading

And its buildings are made of golden bricks and others of silver, two types which are different

Its inhabitants are people of Night Prayer and Fasting, their words and acts are goodness and excellence

In it, the servant (of Allah) has a tent made of pearls, it has been raised. It’s manufactured by al-Rahman (Most-Merciful)

Its rivers flow outside and without any ditch, Praise be to The One Who keeps them from flooding

Underneath them (servants), the rivers run, exploded, as they (servants) wish and a river will never be lacking

And the meeting with Our Lord The Most-Merciful has been mentioned in Chapters from the Qur'an

Have you not heard The Caller of The Belief (The Prophet) informing about The Caller of the Garden of Living?

(This caller will say) “O Ye People of Janna, Ye Have from The Most-Merciful a promise and He will realize it for you with guarantee”

They will answer: “Lord, Has you not already enlightened our faces and also our good actions. You have made heavier in the Balance (of The Judgement Day)

And also You have allowed us in Heaven when You have saved us from the punishment of the flames”

So He will say: “I made a promise the time has come that I realize it to you with My Mercy and Affection”

So they will see Him after unveiling Himself (from His Veil of Light) manifestly, this is what narrated Muslim (in al-Sahih) with explanation

And when the Believers will see Him, they will forget all the pleasure and enjoyment their eyes have seen

By God, there is nothing in this world (dunya) more delectable than the desire of the servant to meet The Most-Merciful (al-Rahman)

This is why sighting His Face, Praise be To Him, is the most complete delight to a human being

Allah Has a market (in Janna) set by the noble Angels with all perfection

In it, there is, By God, what no eye has ever seen before. Nay, and what no pair of ears has ever being hearing

Never even desired by a human heart. So, with a language, he would be describing

What a market! He who will be allowed in it have deserved, with safety, congratulation

It is a market where people get to know each other. In it, there is no fuss, no cheating, nor swearing

This, and the conclusion of the happiness is their immortality forever, in the House of Eternity and Satisfaction

My Lord, strengthen us on the Belief and make of us the guiders of the confused and the wandering

And honor us with The Truth and rescue us with it, a strong rescue, You are The All-Dominating

And May, upon The Messenger (Muhammad) be The best Salutations and Peace, from You, and total Satisfaction

And also upon all his companions and those who followed them afterwards with Excellence (Ihsan)

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Learning how to correctly pronounce the Quran is one of the most important aspects of learning Quran Kareem as a whole. Some non-Arabic speakers and children, however, may struggle at first while learning the correct pronunciation of the Quran using Tajweed rules. Tajweed rule ‘Ikhfa’ is one of them.
Noor Academy provides you with a simple approach to learning Ikhfa rules Tajweed in a way that even your kids can understand.

What Do We Mean By Tajweed Rules?

Tajweed means “to make better,” and it is the correct pronunciation of
Arabic words. People who learn how to read and recite Tajweed Quran pronunciation can accurately pronounce Arabic words.
Tajweed Rules’ objective is to teach the Quran accurately while keeping to
Arabic grammar norms. When every letter of the Quran has pronounced accurately, without excess or deficiency,
the Quran is considered to be recited with Tajweed.
There is one popular rule in Tajweed that makes your Quran pronunciation more
accurate, which is Ikhfa. Another term is Idghaam Tajweed, but we’ll get into this later.

History of Tajweed

The science of Tajweed was initially introduced by Imam Abu Ubaid al-Qasim bin Salam (774 – 838 CE). In the third century of Hijrah,
he established a recorded science for tajweed, laying the tajweed basis and naming its laws, and he compiled all of this in his book titled ‘al-Qiraat.’
It grew in popularity over the third century of Hijrah as the Islamic State
developed, resulting in a large number of non-Arabs adopting Islam. Tajweed was created to teach people how to recite the Quran like Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).

What is Ikhfa in the Quran?

In Arabic, the literal definition of ikhfa is to conceal something. It’s one of
the Tajweed rules to keep in mind when reciting the Quran.
When a noon sakinah or tanween is followed by an ikhfa letter, the noon sound is not made.
Instead, as the tongue reaches the makhraj of the next letter (the point of articulation), hold it for a minute and pronounce ghunna, making a humming type sound heard when reciting.
In essence, you are ‘hiding’ the noon or tanween. This takes practice, and many of us end up saying ghunna with the tip of our tongue on our front teeth as if we were saying noon.
You can make this easier by taking a Quran Tajweed course in Noor Academy with a professional Tajweed tutor.

Letters of Ikhfa

The rule specifies six letters that come after the noon al-saakinah. In that
situation, it must be said explicitly. These letters are:
ي ر م ل و ن ب
Ikhfa is applied to the remaining Arabic alphabet letters. The 15 Ikhfa
letters are:
ت، ث، ج، د، ذ، ز، س، ش، ص، ض، ط، ظ، ف، ق، ك
For example, if the letter following is a taa with dhamma ‘تُ’, the mouth prepares to pronounce it by taking a little “o” shape, and the tongue positions itself within the mouth.
This might happen over two words or inside one.
فريقًا تقتلون –
قنوانٌ دانية –

How To Do Ikhfa

Ikhfaa must be heard on two counts, for the time it takes to utter the words
‘one two.’ This needs practice and intensive Quran recitation listening.
Minn-qabl من قبل
Ann-tum أنتم
Watch this video on how to correctly do Ikhfa and listen carefully to what’s
been pronounced and how:
Made Easy – IKHFA

Ikhfa Examples​

Here are some ayah from the Quran that apply to Ikhfa. Try to pronounce the red words by applying the aforementioned rules on the letters between brackets.
وَإِن تَغْفِرْ
لَهُمْ فَإِنَّكَ
أَنتَ ٱلْعَزِيزُ
ٱلْحَكِيمُ (ت)
يَعْلَمُ مَا
تَحْمِلُ كُلُّ
أُنثَىٰ وَمَا تَغِيضُ
وَمَا تَزْدَادُ
إِن يَشَأْ
وَيَأْتِ بِخَلْقٍ جَدِيدٍ (ج)
ٱلنَّخْلِ مِن
دَانِيَةٌ وَجَنَّٰتٍ (د)
كُلُّ نَفْسٍ ذَآئِقَةُ
ٱلْمَوْتِ (ذ)
فمَن زُحْزِحَ عَنِ
فَقَدْ فَازَ (ز)
بِٱلْغَيْبِ (س)
شَدِيدًا (ش)
مَا عَٰهَدُوا۟
ٱللَّهَ عَلَيْهِ
ثمَّ جَعَلَ
مِنۢ بَعْدِ
ضَعْفًا وَشَيْبَةً (ض)
طَيِّبَةٌ وَرَبٌّ
غَفُورٌ (ط)
ظَلِيلًا (ظ)
أَصَابَكَ مِنْ حَسَنَةٍ
فَمِنَ ٱللَّهِ (ف)
قَتَلَ مُؤْمِنًا
بِكُمْ فَإِن
كَانَ لَكُمْ
فَتْحٌ مِّنَ
قَالُوٓا۟ (ك)

What are the benefits of learning Tajweed for kids?

Tajweed is expected of us as soon as we can read al Quran al Kareem since it is our pathway to perfect Quran recitation.
The same is valid for our kids. It is our responsibility to introduce kids to Tajweed Quran reciting at an early age in order to educate them on how to recite properly.
The younger they are, the quicker they will be able to comprehend and implement
Tajweed rules in their recitation. Children learn at a faster rate than adults.
This is something we should bear in mind while deciding whether or not to learn Quran with tajweed online.
As soon as the child learns how to read the Quran, he or she should begin taking
Tajweed courses for children to learn how to perfect Quran recitation, and perfect recitation leads to perfect understanding.
Online Tajweed courses are an excellent choice for children of all ages. They can
learn and be monitored by experienced all Quran al Kareem instructors,
who are experts in Tajweed without having to commit to a timetable or leave the house to be physically present with teachers?
You also get lots of good deeds (hasanah) when you encourage your kids to learn
Tajweed and implement it in their recitation. Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) once said:
“Whoever guides to something good is like the one who does it.”
(Sahih Muslim)
Tajweed Quran learning for kids has never been easier as you can sign them up for a Tajweed course online and watch them learn from a professional kids Quran tutor.

Benefits of reading Quran with tajweed

We were ordered by Allah SWT to recite the Quran correctly in a measured way. He SWT said in His Holy Book:
“and recite all Quran al Kareem properly in a measured way.”
(Surah Al-Muzzammil)
Aside from complying with that order, what else do we get from reading the Quran with Tajweed?
  1. aware of how the al Quran al Kareem should be recited.
  2. acquire a better grasp of the meanings of the verses.
  3. You receive an infinite number of good deeds when you recite the
    Quran correctly.
  4. The better you recite, the higher your rank on Resurrection
  5. avoid being confused when reading Quranic Arabic words.
  6. get to see the true beauty of the Quranic text.
  7. You avoid making mistakes while reciting.

Related Questions​

How Is It Like At Noor Academy When It Comes To Tajweed To Children?

Noor Academy takes a unique approach to teach Tajweed for kids online,
employing professional instructors who are well-trained to deal with kids of different ages and are familiar with the correct manner of teaching them various levels of Tajweed.
The schedules and programs are flexible, and the price represents excellent value for money.
Noor and Nora ( House of Quran ) will be their friends during this amazing journey.

Is It Okay If I Read The Quran Without Tajweed?​

Muslims are not required to all Quran al Kareem reading in accordance with all Tajweed
requirements. It is, nevertheless, necessary to read all Quran al Kareem with basic Tajweed in order to read it exactly as Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to read it.
So, as long as you correctly understand words and letters, you commit no sins.