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Gardens of Eden

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Jannāt ʿAdn, or Gardens of Eden (Arabic: جنّات عَدن), meaning perpetual gardens and heavens, is the name of a heaven or a city in the Heaven. Quranic exegetes believe that "Jannat 'Adn" are superior to other gardens of the Heaven. In a hadith from the Prophet (s), Gardens of Eden are described as being what no eyes have ever seen and what has never occurred to any heart. However, there are sensible descriptions of this heaven in some Quranic verses. Residents of Gardens of Eden are said to include different groups such as prophets, the sincere, martyrs, believers, and mujahids.


The word, "jannat", is the plural form of "janna" meaning garden and heaven,[1] and the word, "'adn", means residence[2] and settlement.[3] "'Adn" in the Qur'an has been interpreted by exegetes as perpetuity[4] and eternity,[5] and "Jannat 'Adn" has been interpreted as perpetual or eternal heavens.[6] The phrase has occurred eleven times in the Qur'an, in all of which it appears in the plural form.[7] It occurs both in Makki and Madani suras of the Qur'an.[8] Some exegetes believe that "Gardens of Eden" are superior to other gardens of the Heaven.[9]

There are two views of the "Gardens of Eden":

  • Some exegetes believe that it is a proper name,[10] referring to one of the heavens.[11] Others take it to name a city[12] in the middle of the Heaven.[13]
  • However, other exegetes believe that "'Adn" is an attribute of the Heaven, and all heavens count as 'adn indeed.[14]

Muhammad Darwaza, a contemporary Sunni exegete, believes that God describes afterlife places with reference to well-known places in this world. Before the promotion of Muhammad (s) to prophethood, there was a place called "Adnat" in Yemen with well-known gardens. The word transformed into "'Adn" and was deployed by the Qur'an in the description of the Heaven or one of the afterlife heavens.[15]


There is a hadith in which the Prophet of Islam (s) describes the "Gardens of Eden" as what no eyes have ever seen and what has never occurred to a heart.[16] However, there are sensible descriptions of this heaven in some Quranic verses. In Qur'an 9, it is described as a garden in which streams flow and pleasant dwellings are located.[17] In Qur'an 18, it is described as being adorned with bracelets of gold and green garments of silk and brocade on their inhabitants.[18]

According to Qur'an 38, residents of the Gardens of Eden recline on thrones, are provided with abundant fruits and drinks, and there will be with them wives that have their glances only on them.[19]

According to hadiths, the heavenly river of "Tasnim" springs from the Gardens of Eden.[20]


The Prophet (s) is quoted as saying that three groups of people will reside in the Gardens of Eden: prophets, the sincere, and martyrs.[21]

Other groups of people are also said to reside in this heaven:

  • In Qur'an 9, male and female believers are promised to be taken to the Gardens of Eden.[22]
  • People who stay steadfast on, and do not break their promise to God; those who stay patient for the sake of their Lord, hold prayers and donate privately and publicly.[23]
  • Those who believe in God and His Messenger (s), and perform jihad with their lives and property.[24]
  • Those who repent, believe, and do righteous actions.[25]
  • In some hadiths, Shi'as of Ali (a) are characterized as kings of the Gardens of Eden.[26]


  1. Qarashī, Qāmūs al-Qurʾān, vol. 2, p. 122.
  2. Muṣṭafawī, al-Taḥqīq, vol. 8, p. 60.
  3. Qarashī, Qāmūs al-Qurʾān, vol. 2, p. 122.
  4. Makārim Shīrāzī, Tafsīr-i nimūna, vol. 10, p. 195.
  5. Najafī Khumiynī, Tafsīr-i āsān, vol. 16, p. 239.
  6. Ṭabāṭabāyī, al-Mīzān, vol. 9, p. 338.
  7. Girāmī, "Janāt ʿAdn", vol. 10, p. 59.
  8. Darwaza, al-Tafsīr al-ḥadīth, vol. 2, p. 334.
  9. Makārim Shīrāzī, Tafsīr-i nimūna, vol. 10, p. 196.
  10. Zamakhsharī, al-Kashshāf, vol. 2, p. 26.
  11. Shubbar, Tafsīr al-Qurʾān, p. 208.
  12. Majlisī, Mirʾāt al-ʿuqūl, vol. 2, p. 423.
  13. Suyūṭī, al-Durr al-manthūr, vol. 4, p. 57.
  14. Fakhr al-Rāzī, Mafātīḥ al-ghayb, vol. 16, p. 102.
  15. Darwaza, al-Tafsīr al-ḥadīth, vol. 2, p. 335.
  16. Ṭabrisī, Majmaʿ al-bayān, vol. 5, p. 77.
  17. Qurʾān, 9:72.
  18. Qurʾān, 18:31.
  19. Qur'an 38:51-52.
  20. Majlisī, Biḥār al-anwār, vol. 8, p. 85.
  21. Ṭabrisī, Majmaʿ al-bayān, vol. 5, p. 77.
  22. Qurʾān, 9:72.
  23. Qur'an 13:20-22.
  24. Qur'an 61:11-12.
  25. Qur'an, 19:61.
  26. Al-Tafsīr, p. 253.


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