Haud-e-Kauthar (tr.: "The Pond of Abundance") refers, in Islamic belief to a metaphysical pond/river that is supposed to exist in Paradise. The traditional Muslim belief is that on the Day of Judgement, when people will be resurrected, they will rise up in great thirst, and would be eager to quench it in an atmosphere of chaos. At this juncture, Prophet Muhammad would be the one privileged by God to respond to the pleas of believers and quench their thirst by offering them a cool and refreshing drink from the Haud-e-Kauthar.
Origin of the concept
The Quran refers to this situation in Surah Kauthar, although several exegetes maintain that the reference in the Surah is to the general abundance granted to the Prophet. In any case, the concept has come to be identified with the special reverence for Prophet Muhammad in comparison to other Prophets and Messengers of God.
The general implication of the Haud-e-Kauthar is that it motivates Muslims to be conscious of the Day of Judgement and its severity and accordingly plan for improving their after-life. It also motivates them towards love of the Prophet, while promoting the view that the events surrounding the Day of Judgment require belief in the Unseen and are highly metaphysical in nature.
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