Current Muslim attitudes to the idea of recreating paradise
January 6, 2014 6:03 AM Subscribe
I'm interested in knowing what people practicing any of the branches of Islam feel about the idea of recreating paradise on earth. The Quran describes paradise as a garden and there are historic gardens which use these descriptions as a template. Is making a garden templated on paradise as described in the Quran blasphemous in the eyes of Islam today?
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In the Quran, paradise (Jannah
) is described as a garden with fairly specific attributes.
There are actual gardens modeled on these attributes which I've heard were historically constructed to serve as motivation to be a good Muslim - ie, they motivated you to be good because when you die you'll go to a similarly beautiful place. The readings I've done are not from current sources and before discussing this in a public venue (other than metafilter), I'd like to know if this is accepted currently - is it okay to try to recreate paradise (something created by Allah) on earth?
Context: I work in a garden in the US designed in the 1910s by a non-Muslim for a non-Muslim that was modeled on Indo-Persian walled gardens. Yes, this could be described as cultural appropriation.
I feel a bit embarrassed to be asking this and I hope that I'm not inadvertently asking this poorly.