Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel
Is the punishment for a haram that will be made halal for us in Jannah if one has failed to repent from the deprivation of indulging in it (e.g., alcohol or wearing silk for men) upon entering paradise?
While researching a topic, I stumbled upon an article saying that (if I understood it correctly) a person that has passed away without repenting from a sin that will be made permissible in the hereafter will be punished for that sin by being deprived of it in Jannah. Is that true?
I’ve never heard of that before since I thought a Muslim might temporarily enter hell for unrepented sins, or Allah may choose to forgive him instead. Does that mean that if one drank alcohol in the Dunya, one would not be able to drink the non-intoxicating one in Jannah as punishment?
In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate
No Muslim will remain in the hellfire forever or be deprived of the pleasures of paradise ever. Allah Most High will forgive a person, either at the beginning or ultimately, through his justice and mere grace, except for that person who disbelieved or associated someone with Him.
Ibn’ Umar (Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah’s Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) as saying: “He who drank wine in this world would be deprived of it in the Hereafter.” [Muslim]
Ibn’ Umar (Allah be pleased with him) said: “He who drank wine in the world and did not repent would be deprived of it (the pure drink) in the Hereafter.” It was said to Malik: Is this hadith a raised chain, a prophetic report (marfu’)? He said: “Yes.” [Muslim] Here are a few explanations:
One will not Enter paradise
Some scholars say a person who dies without repenting will not enter paradise and thus be deprived of drinking the wine of heaven.
One will Enter Paradise But Deprived of the Wine Therein
One will enter paradise but be deprived of the wine; neither will he desire it; he will be made to forget it, even though he will come to know of its existence inside. This way, he will be with others in paradise but less so in terms of one pleasure. Like it is mentioned in a hadith, whoever wears silk in this world, will not be made to wear it in paradise; even if he enters it, the people of paradise will wear it, but he will be deprived of it [Ibn Hibban, Musnad Tayalisi]
One will Enter Paradise But be Deprived of the Wine Temporarily
One will enter paradise but be temporarily deprived of the wine or wearing silk as a punishment.
Mention of Warning and Punishment without Ultimate End
In these types of above hadiths, the warning and punishment are mentioned without the person’s ultimate end. The reason is it is necessary to put out a warning in this way as Allah Most High mentions about someone who kills another intentionally:
And whoever kills a believer intentionally, their reward will be hell—where they will stay indefinitely. Allah will be displeased with them, condemn them, and will prepare them for a tremendous punishment. [Quran, 4:93]
Here ‘indefinitely’ means a long time according to the severity or magnitude of the killing.
No Muslim will Remain in the hellfire Forever, Neither Deprived of its Pleasures
Surely Allah does not forgive associating others with Him in worship but forgives anything else of whoever He wills. Indeed, whoever associates others with Allah has gone far astray. [Quran, 4:48; Ibn Adam al-Atyubi, Al-Bahr al-Muhit al-Thajjaj Fi Sharh Sahih al-Muslim]
The summary is Allah Most High will not forgive disbelief (kufr) and association (shirk). However, other sins will be under His divine will; he can forgive initially and ultimately, and every believer will enter paradise, taste the pleasures of everything inside it, and not be deprived of any.
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[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.