Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran,
‘Those will have (as their recompense) Gardens of And (Eden) (where) rivers flow from beneath them. They will be ornamented therein with ornaments of gold and they will wear green clothes of fine and thick silk, reclining therein upon couches, excellent the recompense and goodly the resting place’ (TMQ-18-31)
Truly Allah will admit those who believe (in the oneness of Allah) and who do righteous deeds to Gardens underneath which rivers flow (in Paradise), wherein they will be adorned with bracelets of gold and pearls and their garments therein will be of silk’. (TMQ-22:33)
During the descent of the Holy Quran there was a tradition in Arabia that the kings, the Warlords and the upper class people used to wear gold bracelets in order to display their power and prestige. The believers will also be adorned with precious ornaments made of gold in the Paradise as a reward for their belief in the oneness of Allah (swt) and their loyalty towards Allah (swt).
This verse points out the fact that whereas the believers will be adorned like kings in the Paradise the disbelievers will have to face the Wrath of Allah (swt) i.e. they will have to face a never-ending torment in Hell.
Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran:
‘Then We gave the Book (the Holy Quran) for inheritance to such of Our slaves, whom We chose (the followers of Prophet Mohammad SAW). Then of them are some who wrong their own selves and of them are those who follow the middle course and of them are some who are, by Allah’s leave, foremost in good deeds. That (inheritance of the Quran), that is indeed a great grace’. (TMQ-35:-32)
(For them are) Gardens of perpetual residence which they will enter. They will be adorned therein with bracelets of gold and pearls and their garments therein will be silk’. (TMQ-35:33)
The verse 35:32 shows that Allah (swt) has specially chosen the followers of Prophet Mohammad (saw) to honor them with the Divine Book-Al-Quran. The followers of Allah (swt)’s Apostle (pbuh) have been given the privilege of inheriting the Holy Quran.
This verse also highlights the fact that the followers of Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) can be grouped under three categories. The first group comprises of those Muslims who are believers yet they are not staunch followers of Islam. Such people have been described in this verse as the ones who torment their own selves because they are not as disciplined and religious as they ought to be. Therefore, such people will make their own souls suffer by depriving themselves of all the great rewards that Allah (swt) will grant to the pious Muslims in the life, Hereafter.
The second group comprises of those followers of Prophet Mohammad (saw) who choose the middle route, i.e. they follow some of the Commandments of Allah (swt) and disobey the rest, according to their own convenience. They are pious to some extent but their lax nature in following Islam prevents them from becoming totally pious. So, they lie somewhere in between the believers who show laxity in following Islam and those who are staunch followers of Islam.
The last group comprises of those believers who outshine the first two groups mentioned earlier. They do not show any negligence and nor do they compromise when it comes to following Islam. Their piousness is a great grace for them because it will ultimately help them to outshine the rest two groups in the life Hereafter. As we know that the Paradise has many levels and it is by virtue of one’s righteousness that one can obtain a high rank in Paradise. So the third group which has been mentioned here is the most fortunate one as it will get a high rank in Paradise. This is evident by the verse 35:33 which states that the pious believers will be rewarded with majestic adornments (bracelets) made of gold and pearls and garments made of silk.
May Allah (swt) make us amongst them, Ameen!