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    Heaven

    The reward in the afterlife for those who have faith in God's revelations, who are dutiful, truthful, contrite, penitent, and who do good works, such as feeding the needy and orphans. Described in the Quran as a garden (jannah) wherein inhabitants enjoy shade, fruits, cool drinks, wine, and meat as they desire; they recline on couches adorned with armlets of gold and pearls, wearing green and gold robes of embroidered silk, and are waited on by servants. Male inhabitants of the garden are to enjoy the company of beautiful dark-eyed companions (houris). Many interpreters consider these descriptions metaphorical; tradition suggests that the ultimate reward of heaven is dwelling in God's presence.

    See also Afterlife

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