been revealed briefly in the following verses:

“Say: Shall I give you glad tidings of things far better than those? For the righteous are Gardens in nearness to their Lord, with rivers flowing beneath; therein is their eternal home with Companions (pure and holy), and the good pleasure of Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa). For in Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa)’s sight are (all) His servants.”

“And, verily, for the righteous, is a beautiful place of (Final) Return-Gardens of Eternity whose doors will ever be opened to them; therein will they recline (at ease); therein can they call (at pleasure) for fruit in abundance and (delicious) drink; and beside them will be chaste women restraining their glances, (companions) of equal age. Such is the promise made to Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) for the Day of Account! Truly, such will be Our Bounty (to you) It will never fail.”

In the Quran, again, men of piety are given the very special tidings of place of exceptional nearness to Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) in the Hereafter:

As to the Righteous, they will be in the midst of Gardens and Rivers, in an Assembly of Truth in the presence of a Sovereign Omnipotent.

The sole criterion of honor and superiority with Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) is piety.

Verily, the most honored of you in the sight of Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) is (he who is) the most righteous of you.

Similarly, it has been declared by the holy Prophet (Peace be upon him) in one of his Traditions that:

“Nearest and dearest to me are those who possess the virtue of piety no matter what race or nationality they belong to or which country they live in.”

Piety (i.e., fear of Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) and an over powering anxiety for the Hereafter) is the root of all virtue. It is the measure of all goodness. We will be as good and noble and as free from what is based on corrupt as there is piety in us. Another of the Prophet’s Traditions reads:

“A holy Companion once said to the Prophet (Peace be upon him), Sir, I have heard so many of your valuable sayings that I fear I may not be able to remember them all. So I request you for a comprehensive advice, which may suffice for me always. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) replied, ‘Fear Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) in proportion to your knowledge and make that fear and piety the guiding principles of your life.”

“He who has fear will set out early and he who will set out early will reach the destination in time.”

“The fortunate and the successful, indeed, are those who fear Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) and prepare for the life to come.”

Even a single tear shed out of fear of Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) and of His anger and punishment carries a great value in His eyes.

“There are two drops,” says the Prophet (Peace be upon him), “and two marks than which nothing is more precious to Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa). Of the two drops so exceedingly dear to Him, one is the tear that may have fallen from the eyes of anyone out of His fear, and the other is the drop of blood that is shed in His path. Similarly, of the two marks one is the mark sustained in the path of Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa)

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