Paradise and Hell are Eternal

The following excerpt is taken from “Paradise and Hell in the light of the Quran” pg. 3, 5 respectively:

“Paradise and Hell have already been created. They will never come to an end or cease to exist. Allaah (swt)
created Paradise and Hell before the rest of creation, and He (swt) created inhabitants for each of them.
Whoever He (swt) wishes (will enter) Paradise by His grace and mercy, and whoever He (swt) wishes (will
enter Hell) as a result of His (swt) justice. Every person will behave according to that for which he was
created, and his destiny will be that for which he was created; good deeds and evil deeds are foreordained
for all men”.

and

“As for the specious arguments of those who say that Hell has not been created yet, they say: If it was
already created now, then it would of necessity have to come to an end of the Day of Resurrection and
everyone in it would have to perish because Allaah says: “Everything will perish save His Face” (28:88)
and “Everyone shall taste death..” (3:185) The response to this is: If you mean that Paradise does not
exist until the Trumpet is blown and people are resurrected from their graves, then this is incorrect and is
refuted by the evidence quoted above and other proofs which we have not mentioned here. If you mean that
Allaah (swt) has not yet completed the creation of everything that He will prepare for the inhabitants of
Paradise and that He is still creating more and more things in it, and that when the believers enter Paradise,
Allaah (swt) will create even more things in it, then this is true and cannot be refuted, and the evidence that
you give can only mean this, but when you use the aayah – “Everything will perish save His Face” – as
evidence, your problem is that you misinterpret this aayah. Using it to prove that Paradise and Hell do not
yet exist is like your colleagues using it to prove that they will both be destroyed and their inhabitants will all
perish! You and your scholars did not understand the aayah properly; only the leaders (great scholars) of
Islaam have understood it properly. They say that “everything” for which Allaah (swt) has decreed
destruction and oblivion “will perish” but Paradise and Hell have been created to last forever and never pass
away, as has the Throne, which forms the roof of Paradise.”

(Sharh at-Tahaawiyyah, p.479, see also Siddeeq Hasan Khan, Yaqadhah ula al-‘i’tibaar, p. 37 and ‘Aqeedah
as-Safarini 2/230)

References:

Sulaiman al-Ashqar, Umar. al-Jannah wa an-Naar – In the Light of the Qur’aan and Sunnah. Retrieved from: al-Jannah wa an-Naar – In the Light of the Qur’aan and Sunnah (islamicweblibrary.com)

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