Question: Are the levels of Paradise greater or lesser in a numerical sense or in a qualitative sense?
Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
Thank you for your important question.
The disparate levels of Paradise are greater and lesser than each other in both a numerical and qualitative sense. Therefore some levels that are lower than others have certain qualitative and categorical differences that are better than those above them. But overall, those that are better are ultimately better than them.
For example, there are numerical differences (how many rivers or how much gold) and qualitative differences (how much happiness, pleasure, how close to Allah).
This is because Paradise is a reward for human actions that are both numerically and qualitatively disparate. Ahmad fasts more fasts than Khalid, so he gets more in the next life, but some of Khalid’s fasts are more sincere than Ahmad’s so he also gets more than Ahmad.
I pray this helps.
[Ustadh] Farid Dingle
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Ustadh Farid Dingle has completed extensive years of study in the sciences of the Arabic language and the various Islamic Sciences. During his studies, he also earned a CIFE Certificate in Islamic Finance. Over the years he has developed a masterful ability to craft lessons that help non-Arabic speakers gain a deep understanding of the language. He currently teaches courses in the Arabic Language.