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10:26 Those who do what is beautiful shall have the most beautiful and an increase. Neither dust nor abasement shall overcome their faces. It is they who will be the companions of the Garden, dwelling within it forever.

The companions of the Garden are one thing, the lords of companionship something else. About the companions of the Garden, He says, “And God invites to the Abode of Peace” [10:25]. About the lords of companionship He says, “And He guides whomsoever He will to a straight path” [10:25].

The most beautiful, blessedness, and nearness belong to the folk of the Garden. Increase, proximity, and companionship belong to the folk of recognition.

I envy your house because of your neighborhood—

blessed is he who becomes a neighbor of your house!

God’s Messenger said, “When God settles the folk of the Garden in the Garden and the folk of the Fire in the Fire, He will send the Faithful Spirit to the folk of the Garden. He will say, ‘O Folk of the Garden! Your Lord greets you and commands you to visit the courtyard of the Garden.’ It is the bed of the Garden, and its soil is of musk. Its pebbles are pearls and carnelians, its trees are gold and dates, and its leaves are emeralds. The folk of the Garden will go out happy and joyful. Then there will be an assembly, and therein God’s generosity will alight upon them, and they will gaze on His face. It is this that was promised by God, and He fulfills it for them.”

He said, “God will give them permission to listen to music, eat, and drink, and wear the clothing of generosity. Then a caller will call out: ‘O friends of God! Does anything of what your Lord promised you to remain?’

“They will say, ‘No. He has fulfilled what He promised us, and there remains nothing but gazing at the face of our Lord.”

He said, “So the Lord will disclose Himself to them in veils and say, ‘O Gabriel, lift My veils for My servants so that they may gaze at My face.’ He will leave the first veil, so they will gaze at the light from the Lord and fall prostrate before it. The Lord will call to them, ‘My servants, lift your heads. This is not the abode of deeds, it is the abode of reward.’ Then he will lift the second veil, and they will gaze on something even more tremendous and more majestic. They will fall before God, praising, prostrating themselves, and recognizing. The Lord will call to them, ‘Lift your heads. This is not the abode of deeds, it is the abode of reward and permanent bliss.’ Then he will lift the third veil, and at that, they will be gazing on the face of the Lord of the Worlds. They will say as they gaze on His face, ‘Glory be to You! We have not worshiped You with the rightful due of Your worship!’

“He will say, ‘My generosity has given you the ability to gaze at My face and to alight in My abode.’ Then God will give permission to the Garden to speak, and it will say, “Blessedness belongs to Him who has made me everlasting! And blessedness belongs to those for whom I have been made ready!” That is His words, “Blessedness belongs to them, and a beautiful place of return” [13:29].

President

The divine scriptures are God’s beacons to the world. Surely God offered His trust to the heavens and the earth, and the hills, but they shrank from bearing it and were afraid of it. And man undertook it.
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