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Water of Paradise

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Author(s): El-Zein, Amira
Rivers and springs found in the paradisiacal garden, as described in the Qurʾān. The phrase “rivers of paradise,” anhār al-janna, occurs forty-six times, while the terms ʿayn,spring, and its plural, ʿuyūn, occur nine times only (see also water; springs and fountains). There are four kinds of rivers in paradise (q.v.): Rivers of milk (q.v.) whose taste never alters, rivers of pure honey (q.v.), rivers of delightful wine (q.v.) which causes neither drunkenness nor heaviness (see intoxicants ) and, finally, rivers of water that are always gushing, as in q 47:15. Where are these rivers a…