Q: It is all metaphorical and allegorical. Ibnu Abbas, the cousin of Prophet Muhammad (Sallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and one of the foremost authority on Quranic exegesis, said: “Nothing in Paradise resembles anything in the life of this world, except in name.”
In another narration, Ibn Abbas said, “Only the names are similar between what is in this life and what is in Paradise.”
What does this statement mean exactly? Does this mean that the descriptions of paradise are not meant to be taken literally and are simply metaphors?
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)