Humans are as fragile as a flower in this world but life in the Hereafter will be endless
Excerpt from Mr. Adnan Oktar's Live Interview on A9 TV dated October 28th, 2011
ADNAN OKTAR: The life of this world is like a flower. A violet or tulip. Look, they plant tulips. They are lovely in the spring. But then they suddenly fade and die. Violets are lovely in bloom. Daisies look very beautiful in summer. Those wild violets and poppies look so lovely. But they soon wither and die. Allah has created the life of this world like that. So we should be close to Him and not have greed for things. But nothing withers away in the Hereafter, because life there is eternal. No flower ever fades. No woman's beauty ever changes. And she has no need to wash her face or put on make-up. Here, most women can only be beautiful, they can only be perfect thanks to make-up. There is no need for grooming in the Heaven. Women often have to refresh their make-up here. People have to wash their hands and faces and have a bath and shave and really have to work hard. But there is none of that in the Heaven.
There is no dust there. Dust is specially created in this world. Every speck is determined in the Sight of Allah. It is ordained where each speck will go, and when. But there is not one speck of dust in the Heaven. And without dust, nothing becomes dirty. There is no death either. Nothing dies. There is no death in matter or living things. Death never happens. There is no ceasing to exist. Death will die.
Almighty Allah makes death impossible for all eternity. He locks that matter there. I mean death is being killed there. "Ceasing to exist" will cease to exist. From then on, human beings remain in the world of entities for all eternity, insha'Allah.
People never feel sleepy there; they will never feel the need to sleep. They never get headaches. They never have any allergic reactions. They never fall ill. No trouble, no disease will ever be formed. Forty-eight hours go by, and then another 48, and another 48, but they never feel sleepy. They still feel alert and fit. Sleep is specially created in this world as a miracle. It is deliberately created as a weakness for us. Allah works a miracle towards the evening. A strange state falls over us and Allah sends us to sleep. He takes our souls. We go to bed out of our own volition, we lie there and wait for death and our souls are shortly thereafter taken away. Then in the morning Allah restores our souls. And when our souls are returned, we get up. Like leaving the grave. Furthermore, sometimes when we go to the houses of our relatives for instance, many people would feel surprised. One would have trouble remembering where he is, when he gets up. Right? Let's say when he goes to a touristic facility, he wouldn't first realize where he is [when he wakes up]. He would be like " What is this place?" because he is used to his own house. Resurrection in the Hereafter is like that. One initially has trouble working out where one is, when he is resurrected. "Where is this?" one wonders. When it is described in detail, when one pays careful attention, only then one realizes that he is dead and he is in the Hereafter.
But they fail to realize when they first get there. "Where are we?" they say. They even talk among themselves. But eventually they will realize they have died. Then they say: "How long did we spend in the world? We stayed very little time." "Just for a part of a day, just for a morning." Or else they say, "No, we were just there for an evening." Those who say they were there in the morning may remember it like that since they died in the morning. And those who died in the evening will remember it as an evening, because they died in the evening time. "That is all the time we spent in the world," they would say. Because there is no concept of time, they cannot deduce how long they spent in this world. There is a discussion about that point, they cannot understand. "They follow the caller," Allah says. Someone calls to them from far off. An angel calls, and the whole crowd of them move off in that direction as if they are running towards a pillar. That is the place Allah desires them to be. That is where they are wanted. They go there. There is a radiance, a light, before the believers and a light to their right. There are greeters, angels to their side. But the unbelievers have none to greet them, and no light. They are made to crawl to get there. Allah does that deliberately to humiliate them. The believers are all taken away from there with their greeters. Almighty Allah tells them to enter the Heaven. The Heaven has seven gates and these open up. We cannot know these gates of course. All we can think of are doors being made of wood or covered in gold. But that is not the case there. Maybe another dimension will open up. May be Allah refers to dimensions as gates. Maybe they are gates of light. Or they might be electromagnetic doors. We do not know. But believers enter through those gates. "Greetings to you," they say. They go through that door accompanied with great compliments and are welcomed there. Eternity begins once the believer has entered. In fact, it has already begun, but there can be no leaving Heaven from then on. One never leaves having passed through that gate. One is then locked into eternity. And unless Allah so wills, the unbeliever can never leave the Hell once he has entered it. But according to our Sunni beliefs, if their sins are only few, then they are admitted into the Heaven after having spent some time in Hell.
The fruits in the Heaven are easy, I mean their branches are close. Allah says "it is easy to pick them." They are easily accessible so believers can enjoy them. There is poultry flesh there [for them to eat] and everything one might enjoy. Their clothes are very beautiful. People are most attractive. The conversations are delightful. The rivers are lovely.
The greatest delight there is to enjoy the approval of Allah. The greatest delight in the Heaven is Allah's approval, loving Allah. We will delight more in our love of Allah there than in the buildings and glasses and things, insha'Allah. There being no fatigue will be another delight. That is because it is really amazing. For instance a fortnight passes by and there is no sleep or tiredness. A month goes by and there is no sleep. Thirty years go by and one still does not need to sleep. Three thousand years pass there is still no sleep. Three billion years pass by and one still does not need to sleep. Then that would be very nice. I mean he does not forget sleep, and one is duly amazed and delighted every time one thinks of it. One never becomes dirty and is always squeaky clean. One's hands and face are always spotless. One even becomes more and more attractive. "They become ever more lovely as the wind blows," [our Prophet (saas)] says in one hadith. "Their wives seem ever more attractive to them," he says. "They are in tents, in lofty tents," he says. Almighty Allah speaks of women and says; "Their breasts are newly budded." Allah says they are all the same age, like hidden pearls. In other words, they are smooth and flawless. They have lovely complexions. Allah says they have big eyes. Big and black. Of course there are different kinds of eyes there, but I am just saying this in order to make it understandable.. It actually depends on what we wish. They will be seen in any form that would please us, insha'Allah. There is nothing fixed, insha'Allah. But about the houris, Allah says that they will have big, black-eyes. But people will also have their wives. They will love their wives more than the houris, because they know the morality and personality of their lawfully wedded ones. The houris have never suffered or known pain and difficulty, but their wives have suffered and faced pain. They have worshiped, and they have struggled on Allah's path. They have protected their chastity and intelligence. They have been good natured, and that is why they would be superior, insha'Allah.