Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
After a wonderful GW-Imagination post by Managua Gunn we have now a new episode of our regular CDHK episode in which we are 'reading' Sand and Foam by Khalil Gibran this month. Today our new prompt is paradise and that, of course, can not be that difficult to write haiku about.
As I was preparing this Khalil Gibran month and ran into this prompt the first thing I thought of was the "Garden of Eden".
[...] "And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed" (Genesis 2:8) [...]
There are several researchers who situated the "Garden of Eden" at the West coast of the Persian Gulf in Saudi Arabia. Others situated it in Ethiopia or Turkey. If it has really existed than this could have been the location as you can see on the map hereafter (at the red arrow).
|The Garden of Eden (?)|
[...] "Paradise is there, behind that door, in the next room; but I have lost the key. Perhaps I have only mislaid it". [...]
According to Islamic eschatology, after death, one will reside in the grave until the appointed resurrection on Yawm al-Qiyāmah. Muslims believe that the treatment of the individual in the life of the grave will be according to his or her deeds in the worldly life. Jannah is often compared to Christian concepts of Heaven. According to Muslim belief, everything one longs for in this world will be there in Paradise.
The highest level of Paradise is Firdaws, which is where the prophets, the martyrs and the most truthful and pious people will dwell. In contrast to Jannah, the words Jahannam and Nār are used to refer to the concept of hell. There are many words in the Arabic language for both Heaven and Hell and those words also appear in the Quran and Hadeeth and most of them have become part of the Islamic traditions.
|Credits: Mohammed's Paradise (Persian miniature)|
The descriptions of paradise are mentioned in significant detail in the Qur'an, hadiths and traditional tafsīr (exegesis). Paradise is described as surrounded by eight principal gates, each level generally being divided into a hundred degrees. The highest level is known as firdaws (sometimes called Eden). It will be entered first by Muhammad, then those who lived in poverty, and then the most pious. Entrants will be greeted by angels with salutations of peace or As-Salamu Alaykum.
Gardens of perpetual bliss: they shall enter there, as well as the righteous among their fathers, their spouses, and their offspring: and angels shall enter unto them from every gate. (Source: Wikipedia)