What is the Islamic Concept of Heaven?

Answered by Shaykh Ilyas Patel


My Christian friend has asked me what the Islamic concept of heaven is.

How should I answer this question?


Muslims do believe in heaven and hell, in eternal reward or punishment, depending on whether human beings follow the will of Allah and act with justice and mercy towards others in their lifetime. The Quran emphasizes moral responsibility from each believer. The Quran’s understanding of the afterlife is both physical and spiritual.

Bodies and spirits will be joined together, and the pleasures of heaven will be fully experienced.

Heaven is an eternal abode of peace, mercy, and love without any emotions of sadness or pain. On the other hand, Hell is an eternal abode of misery, pain, and sadness.

[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied within UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan and Turkey.

He started his early education in UK. He went onto complete hifz of Qur’an in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in UK where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then travelled to Karachi, Pakistan.

He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences.

He currently resides in UK with his wife. His personal interest is love of books and gardening.