Future Imagery in the Holy Qur’an: A Reflection on Chronological Position of “Paradise” in Surah Āl-e ‘Imrān: 133

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A considerable number of the Qur’anic verses are devoted to the futuristic depiction of periods ahead, the description of the situation of the world and the state of humans in these periods. However, the unity of the nature of the following periods as well as the lack of sufficient knowledge about them have led to a complicated determination of the exact time of fulfilling these verses in interpretive works. An attention to the verses portraying the characteristics of Paradise and its residents can be applicable for decreasing the temporal position of verses and reducing this complication; Four examples of the Qur’anic word “jannah” are mentioned in commentaries: Adam’s Paradise, worldly gardens, purgatory Paradise and Paradise after the Resurrection. Having showed the grounds for creating the complication in exemplifying the descriptive verses of the future in the Qur’an, this article examines the interpretation of “Paradise” described in Surah Āl-e ‘Imrān: 133. It proves that this paradise is not included among the above examples. Paying attention to the special features of this paradise, along with other evidences in the verses and hadiths depicting the situation of the world on the Resurrection Day and the Advent of Imam of the Age, makes it clear that this paradise is a pre-resurrection paradise that will be established during the Advent and after the complete destruction of evils. In fact, this verse is a Qur’anic description of the end of the world; a Paradise that includes the heavens and the earth.

Quranic Sciences & Tradition, Volume:54 Issue: 1, 2021
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