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Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "If the disbelievers knew the mercy of Allah (swt), they would not lose hope entering jannah; and if the believers knew about the punishment of Allah (swt) they would be afraid that they will not enter jannah (Muslim)
He also said:"If you did not commit sins, Allah would sweep you out of existence and replace you by another people who would commit sins, ask for Allah's forgiveness and He would forgive them." - (Muslim)

another time he stated:"Allah has one hundred mercies, out of which he has sent down only one for jinn, mankind, animals and insects, through which they love one another and have compassion for one another; and through it, wild animals care for their young. Allah retained ninety-nine mercies to deal kindly with his slaves on the day of resurrection†(Bukhari and Muslim)

What can we learn from the hadiths? I'm not a scholar, so I do not know the deep lessons behind them; but as a layman I can pick up some things that I personally found to be valuable.

We are human and we sin. We struggle as our iman go up and down, because we get distracted with worldly affairs; especially these days, where we face rhetorics from atheistic and agnostic ideologies. It does not matter how much we try to tell them about the scientific evidence from the Quran, yet they asks things like "why can we see Allah".
Once sitting in philosophy class (may Allah protect us against such evil), I started thinking "why doesnt Allah show himself". Stumbling upon the hadith about Allah (swt) mercy, things started to make scenes. If Allah (swt) showed himself to the whole mankind, there would be no test to mankind as a whole; and if Allah (swt) showed himself only to the belivers, they would be working out of fear, and the concept of personal struggle would not exist. So in essence,We are suppose to struggle, so our faith gets stronger through the mercies Allah (swt) provide by taking us out of the struggle and placing us in ease.If we add the hadith regarding us being replaced by someone else if we do not commit sin and repent, brings new tastes to this blend.When we commit sins, we do it out of our nature, hence it makes us feel good, though we know it is bad and we get a feeling of shame. Contrary to those who does not believe in Allah and commit sin, but do not regret. This is a mercy itself, because the believer might fall in the same trap as the non-believer traveling in the road what we call "life"; but the believer gets cleans because he/she has faith, while the other does not. I'm not trying to implement that believers can commit sin and get away; I'm saying that when we fall for whatever reason we can also get clean, top of that we get the same experience plus the good.

Also, if we start pondering about our life, we can find mercy of Allah (swt) every single millisecond,every single inch that we experienced. YET those mercies are only part of the one percent that was sent upon us to be shared among billions of jinns, mans, and animal that have lived, and billions of jinns, mans, and animals that will live until The Day.

after we pretty much understood the power of the one percent mercy of Allah (swt), which is shared among the believers, non-believers, and the animals;I'm having hard time imagining the other 99% that will be shared only among the believers.From the hadith regarding Allah's mercy, from a preceptive we can see that believers have nothing to worry about, because if the non-believers just knew about it, even they would have understood. But, believers are not just informed, they are well informed from the Quran and the Hadith

In conclusion,All we have to do is set our eyes on the goal. Recently, I've passed a VERY beautiful descriptions of Ibn Qayyim (may allah reward him), which I think we all should read frequently

Before we proceed, I would like to give a shout-out to Tawheed Haynes, founder of First Islamic Healing and Wellness Center, for publishing his book "The Twelve Paths of Recovery". The very first guide to help Muslims deal with Addictions.

Ibn al-Qayyim said, in regards to the description of the Paradise and the delights that it contains:

"And if you ask about its ground and its soil, then it is of musk and saffron.

"And if you ask about its roof, then it is the Throne of the Most Merciful.

"And if you ask about its rocks, then they are pearls and jewels.

"And if you ask about its buildings, then they are made of bricks of gold and silver.

And if you ask about its trees, then it does not contain a single tree except that its trunk is made of gold and silver.

And if you ask about its fruits, then they are softer than butter and sweeter than honey.

And if you ask about its leaves, then they are softer than the softest cloth.

And if you ask about its rivers, then there are rivers of milk who's taste does not change, and rivers of wine that is delicious to those who drink it, and rivers of honey that is pure, and rivers of water that is fresh.

And if you ask about their food, then it is fruits from whatever they will choose, and the meat of whatever birds they desire.

And if you ask about their drink, then it is Tasneem, ginger, and Kaafoor.

And if you ask about their drinking cups, then they are crystal-clear and made of gold and silver.

And if you ask about its shade, then a fast rider would ride in the shade of one of its trees for a hundred years and not escape it.

And if you ask about its vastness, then the lowest of its people would have within his kingdom and walls and palaces and gardens the distance that would be travelled in a thousand years.

And if you ask about its tents and encampments, then one tent is like a concealed pearl that is sixty miles long.

And if you ask about its towers, then they are rooms above rooms in buildings that have rivers running underneath them.

And if you ask about how far it reaches into the sky, then look at the shining star that is visible, as well as those that are far in the heavens that the eyesight cannot possibly reach.

And if you ask about the clothing of its inhabitants, then they are of silk and gold.

And if you ask about its beds, then its blankets are of the finest silk laid out in the highest of its levels.

And if you ask about the faces of its inhabitants and their beauty, then they are like the image of the Moon.

And if you ask about their age, then they are young ones of 33 years in the image of Adam, the father of humanity.

And if you ask about what they will be hearing, then it is the singing of their wives from among the Hoor al-'Ayn, and better than that are the voices of the Angels and the Prophets, and better than that is the Speech of the Lord of the Worlds.

And if you ask about their servants, then they are young boys of everlasting youth who resemble scattered pearls.

And if you ask about their brides and wives, then they are young and full-breasted and have had the liquid of youth flow through their limbs; the Sun runs along the beauty of her face if she shows it, light shines from between her teeth if she smiles; if you meet her love, then say whatever you want regarding the joining of two lights; he sees his face in the roundness of her cheek as if he is looking into a polished mirror, and he sees the brightness from behind her muscles and bones; if she were to be unleashed upon the World, she would fill what is between the Heavens and the Earth with a beautiful wind, and the mouths of the creation would glorifiy, praise, and exclaim greatness, and everything between the East and the West would be adorned for her, and every eye would be shut from everthing but her, and the light of the Sun would be outshone just as the light of the Sun outshines the light of the stars, and everyone on the face of the Earth would believe in the Ever-Living, the One who Sustains and Protects all the exists.

And the covering on her head is better than the World and all that is in it, and she does not increase with age except in beauty; free from an umbilical cord, childbirth and menses, and pure of mucous, saliva, urine and other filthy things; her youth never fades, her clothing is never worn out, no garment can be created that matches her beauty, and no one who is with her can ever become bored; her attention is restricted to her husband, so she desires none but him, just as his attention is restricted to her so she is the sole object of his desire, and he is with her in utmost safety and security, as none has touched her before of either humans or Jinn.

And if you ask about the Day of Increase (in reward) and the visit of the all-Mighty, all-Wise, and the sight of His Face - free from any resemblance or likeness to anything - as you see the Sun in the middle of the day and the full Moon on a cloudless night, then listen on the day that the caller will call: 'O People of Paradise! Your Lord - Blessed and Exalted - requests you to visit Him, so come to visit Him!' So they will say: 'We hear and obey!'

Until, when they finally reach the wide valley where they will all meet - and none of them will turn down the request of the caller - the Lord - Blessed and Exalted - will order His Chair to be brought there. Then, pulpits of light will emerge, as well as pulpits of pearls, gemstone, gold, and silver. The lowest of them in rank will sit on sheets of musk, and will not see what those who are on the chairs above them are given. When they are comfortable where they are sitting and are secure in their places, and the caller calls: 'O People of Paradise! You have an appointment with Allaah in which He wishes to reward you!' So they will say: 'And what is that reward? Has He not already made our faces bright, made our scales heavy, entered us into Paradise, and pushed us away from the Fire?'

And when they are like that, all of a sudden a light shines that encompasses all of Paradise. So, they raise their heads, and, behold: the Compeller - Exalted is He, and Holy are His Names - has come to them from above them and majestified them and said: 'O People of Paradise! Peace be upon you!' So, this greeting will not be responded to with anything better than: 'O Allaah! You are Peace, and from You is Peace! Blessed are You, O possessor of Majesty and Honor!' So the Lord - Blessed and Exalted - will laugh to them and say: 'O People of Paradise! Where are those who used to obey Me without having ever seen Me? This is the Day of Increase!'

So, they will all give the same response: 'We are pleased, so be pleased with us!' So, He will say: 'O People of Paradise! If I were not pleased with you, I would not have made you inhabitants of My Paradise! So, ask of Me!' So, they will all give the same response: 'Show us your Face so that we may look at it!' So, the Lord - Mighty and Majestic - will remove his covering and will majestify them and will cover them with His Light, which, if Allaah - the Exalted - had not Willed not to burn them, would have burned them.

And there will not remain a single person in this gathering except that his Lord - the Exalted - will speak to him and say: 'Do you remember the day that you did this and that?' and He will remind him of some of his bad deeds in the Worldy life, so he will say: 'O Lord! Will you not forgive me?' So, He will say: 'Of course! You have not reached this position of yours (in Paradise) except by my forgiveness.'

So, how sweet is this speech to the ears, and how cooled are the righteous eyes by the glance at His Noble Face in the Afterlife...

{Some faces that Day will be shining and radiant, looking at their Lord...} (al-Qiyaamah:22-3)