Eat and drink with relish for what you did. (Surat al-Mursalat, 43)
The Qur’an announces that the people of Paradise are blessed with the finest food and various drinks. But since these people require no nourishment, we can understand that such food and drink have been created only to give pleasure. This food resembles the food of this world. The people of Paradise will express this similarity in the following way:
Give the good news to those who believe and do right actions, that they will have Gardens with rivers flowing under them. When they are given fruit there as provision, they will say: “This is what we were given before.” But they were only given a simulation of it. They will have their spouses of perfect purity and will remain there timelessly, forever. (Surat al-Baqara, 25)
Many foods in this world address people’s appetites and give pleasure by their appearance and taste. Of course, Allah can easily create similar foods in Paradise to give pleasure to believers. But, unlike with earthly food, there will be no need to worry about gaining weight, cholesterol, overeating, and so on, for Allah tells them: “Eat and drink with relish for what you did” (Surat al-Mursalat, 43) Being able to eat and drink beyond any reckoning is a delightfully pleasant reward.
In order to attain Paradise, people are tested in this earthly life. Believers show great effort and zeal in order to please our Lord, for they turn to Him sincerely, thank Him continually, pray to Him, and repent of their sins. As a reward, Allah offers them the blessings of Paradise.
Leading all of the food mentioned in the Qur’an is meat. In Paradise, Allah gives believers “any kind of fruit and meat that they desire” (Surat at-Tur, 22), and will offer them “any bird-meat they desire” (Surat al-Waqi’a, 22). Moreover, their food will “never run out” (Surah Sad, 54), because believers will”enter Paradise, provided for in it without any reckoning” (Surah Ghafir, 40).
They will be able to eat as much as they want, for the amount and types of food available will never decrease, and no one will be forced to stop eating due to being full or feeling sick. The fruit is perhaps the food most often mentioned in the Qur’an. In Paradise, believers receive whatever type of fruit they desire. The Qur’an describes this:
Its shading branches will droop down over them, its ripe fruit hanging ready to be picked. (Surat al-Insan, 14)
Thus, we understand that the fruits of Paradise grow on trees in natural surroundings and that believers can easily pick and eat them. Surat al-Waqi’a 28-29 mentions “fruit-laden lote-trees with thorns removed” and “[banana] trees layered [with fruit],” meaning that the fruit can be obtained easily due to Paradise’s infinite blessings.
The fruit is so plentiful that the tree branches cannot bear their weight, and it is easy to reach because the branches bend down to the ground. This fruit may be offered freely on golden and silver trays and tastefully designed plates to believers, who are sitting on thrones and conversing with one another. Certainly all seeds and traces of rot and bruising that annoy people in this world have been removed, as befits Paradise. All fruits are offered to believers freely, with their eye-catching beauty and without blemish.
Fruit also adds further color and aesthetic beauty to Paradise. The sight of trees laden with all sorts of colorful fruits lends even more beauty to the wonderful landscape. The predominant color is green, and within that green are yellows, oranges, and reds that form a beautiful view that strikes the human eye. As an indication of Allah’s mighty artistry, this view is another cause for thanksgiving.
Certainly, many kinds of drinks are also desirable. For instance, Surat as-Saffat, 45 mentions “a cup from a flowing spring passing round among them.” In Paradise, believers are given “the choicest sealed wine to drink, whose seal is musk” (Surat al-Mutaffifin, 25-27). As these verses state, whatever they drink is also sweet-smelling and, of course, this wine is unlike any earthly wine. The people who drink it will not become intoxicated or have their awareness impaired. Allah says that these drinks will be offered in glasses. They will not cause headaches, a loss of control of themselves, or any alteration in their minds. Young men whom Allah appointed for this service freely offer these drinks.