Hypothetically, if someone is worthy of His Paradise, but enjoy receiving pain as they got used to it or other reasons, would they still not deserve Hell? I know little about Islam, so please do not assume my knowledge of anything and help with tags.

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  • @Envayo Sorry, I don't mean they didn't sin, they would just be worthy of Paradise. – nelomad Jul 13 '16 at 14:47
  • Do you mean that his paradise would be some kind of tournament? And because hell is a place of tournament and paradise not? – Kilise Jul 13 '16 at 15:11
  • @Kilise If the person would rather go to Hell, would they be allowed? *torment – nelomad Jul 13 '16 at 15:16
  • To answer that question we must first define pain and joy. Pain in earth and pain in hell. Is there a difference? Would that person really enjoy pain in hell forever? Not only the pain of the fire but also the pain of living in such conditions forever and ever.... I don't think it's possible. The stimulation the person is getting by pain in earth might be recreated in paradise but I am not sure if that feeling really should be defined as pain there. If this would be accepted there I cannot tell. – Kilise Jul 13 '16 at 15:46
  • Ibn Arabi is reported to have commented on something relevant, and said something like "happiness is when inclination and circumstances coincide". His view of the inhabitants of hell was apparently that their nature will be transformed such that they will enjoy being there. I do not know of any scholar commenting on what someone who is among the successful ones according to islam will be rewarded with if his nature is to enjoy suffering. – G. Bach Aug 4 '16 at 12:01

I think I understand what the OP is trying to ask. To clarify, here is my interpretation of the question:

If someone is destined to go to Heaven but they preferred pain, can they go to Hell instead from their own choice?

OK - so let's clear a few things first.

Let's focus on one word - preferred.

In Islam, everything which exists, from molecules, atoms, photons to celestial bodies in the Galaxy are all creations of Allah (God). Other things such as feelings, sensation and preferences are also creations. When someone wants something, it is because God has instilled in that person the ability to want that particular thing or experience, i.e. God put it there.

Falling in love is an enjoyful (for the majority - especially me) experience. God has put that in to place for me to experience it and I have the choice to experience it or not. Just like pain.

So just like in this world, the hereafter is all created by God. And as the comments suggest, the Pain in the hereafter is above and beyond the pain in this world. No one, not a single being will want it. There is a plethora of verses in the Quraan and Hadith which outline the immensity of the hereafter, both good and the bad.

Lastly - Anyone who enjoys pain in this world can be seen as an invalid - someone who is mentally ill. Therefore, the question here is redundant as no one sane would want to experience pain. Such a person will become sane in the hereafter and would most certainly aspire Paradise.

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We do not know true and full concept of hell. Examples given in quran and hadiths are to make us imagine or try to understand afterlife. Allah created mankind. If He wants to punish someone, He knows how to punish it. If Allah created someone as enjoy the pain, He will punish him/her with unpleasant things to him/her.

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