Correspondence: Heaven and Hell

The Light (Pakistan), 15th May 1922 Issue (Vol. 1, No. 11, pp. 3–4)

The Editor
The Light

Dear Sir,

Will you kindly ask the writer of the answer published at page 3 of the Light issue of the 16th March 1922, in which it was stated that Heaven and Hell only represented two different states of the human mind — one of perfect happiness and the other of distress and affliction — to explain the following in your next issue of the Light?

Philosophically, one may be induced to accept the above theory, but how far can it be reconciled with the description of the Heaven (Paradise) given in the Holy Quran?

Yours faithfully,
Kazi Alwas Samad

Response from the Editor of The Light:

The Holy Quran says:

“A likeness of the Garden, which the righteous are promised” (The Holy Quran, 13:35).

This shows that the description of Paradise in the Holy Quran is only a likeness. This view is further strengthened by a saying of the Holy Pro­phet [pbuh], in which he is reported to have said that the blessings of Paradise are such as no eye has seen, nor has ear heard, nor has it entered the heart of man to conceive of them.

The Light