Is there any dust or fog in Heaven?

The Details of the Question

There is dust in any house which is not cleaned. Will our houses in Heaven get dusty when they are not cleaned?

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

No, there is not dust or any kind of dirt in Heaven.

Here is an ayah and a hadith about the topic;

“Allah has promised the believing men and believing women gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they abide eternally, and pleasant dwellings in gardens of perpetual residence; but approval from Allah is greater. It is that which is the great attainment.” (at-Tawbah,9/72)

Abu Hurayra (may Allah be please with him) reported that our Prophet (pbuh) described Heaven as follows:

“Building stones of Heaven are golden and silver. Mortar of the buildings is musk” (Tabarani, al-Awsat, Bazzar, Musnad)

This hadith is sound. (see Majmauz-Zawaid, hadith number:18637)

Razi gave this hadith as a proof of the beauty of the buildings in Heaven. (Razi, commentary of Tawbah, 72nd  ayah)

The word which is translated as “pleasant dwellings” is “masakin tayyibah”. Tayyib means “nice, beautiful, clean, likeable”. (Baydawi, Ibn Kathir, related part)

This meaning is opposite of dirt, dust and fog”. Yet, no one likes dust and fog.

Additionally, it is wrong to compare the life of Heaven to life of the World. It is a wrong comment to think that just like the houses here get dirty so too do the houses there because as Ibn Abbas narrated;

There is no similarity between the products and beings in Heaven and the World except for their names.” (Tabari, 1/135; Ibn Kathir 1/63; Qurtubi, 1/240)

It is possible to understand from the following ayah that getting dirty is not in question in Heaven;

“Circulated among them will be plates and vessels of gold. And therein is whatever the souls desire and [what] delights the eyes, and you will abide therein eternally.” (az-Zukhruf,43/71)

The fact that “whatever the souls desire and [what] delights the eyes” exist in Heaven is a sign which means there is no dust.

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