Who Will Enter Paradise
First and foremost, I want to remind you that Allah created Paradise and Hellfire, and divided people into believers and disbelievers.
And, He will give paradise to the one who obeys Him, and He will give the Hellfire to the one who disobeys Him.
“For those who answered their Lord’s call (believed in the oneness of Allah and followed his Messenger Muhammad (P.B.U.H), i.e., Islamic Monotheism) is the best reward (i.e., paradise). But those who answered not His call (disbelieved in the oneness of Allah and followed not His Messenger Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) if they had all that is in the earth together its like, they would offer it in order to save themselves (from the torment, but it will be in vain). For them, there will be the terrible reckoning. Their dwelling place will be Hellfire and worst indeed is that place for rest.”
Narrated Anas bin Malik [May Allah be pleased with him]:
Allah’s prophet (P.B.U.H.) used to say, “A disbeliever will be asked: suppose you had as much gold as to fill the earth, would you offer it to ransom yourself (from the Hell-fire)? He will reply, “Yes”. Then it will be said to him, “You were asked for something easier than that (to join none in worship) with Allah (i.e., to accept Islam, but you refused).”
“Verily, the dwellers of paradise, that day, will be busy with joyful things, they and their wives will be in pleasant shade, reclining on thrones. They will have therein fruits (of all kinds) and all that they ask for. (It will be said to them) salaam (peace be on you) – a word from the Lord (Allah), Most Merciful.”
Allah’s Messenger Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) said;
“When anyone of you dies, his destination is displayed before him both in the forenoon and in the afternoon, so if he is from the people of paradise, he is shown his place in paradise and if he is from the people of Hell, he is shown his place in Hell.”
Allah’s Messenger Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) said,
“Allah said: “I have prepared for my pious slaves (believers of Islamic Monotheism) things which have neither been seen by an eye, nor heard by any ear, nor (even) imagined by a human being, if you wish, you can recite this verse from the Noble Qur’an: “No person knows what is kept hidden for them of joy.”
Allah’s Messenger Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) said:
“The people of paradise will look at the dwellers of Al-Guraf (the lofty mansions, i.e., a superior place in paradise) in the same way as one looks at a brilliant star far away in the east or in the west on the horizon; all that is because of their superiority over one another (in rewards). “On that the people said “O Allah’s Messenger! Are those residences (lofty mansions) for the prophets which nobody else can reach?” The Prophet [p.b.u.h.] replied, “No! By Him (Allah) in whose Hand my soul is, these are for the men who believed in Allah and also believed in the Messengers”.
Let us read the following verses from the the Holy Qu’ran:
“O mankind! Worship your Lord (Allah), Who created you and those who were before you so that you may become Al-Muttaqun [pious believers of Islamic Monotheism] who fear Allah much (abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which He has forbidden) and love Allah much (perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained).”
“Who has made the earth a resting place for you, and the sky as a canopy, and sent down water (rain) from the sky and brought forth therewith fruits as a provision for you, then do not set up rivals to Allah (in worship) while you know (that He Alone has the right to be worshiped).”
“And if you (Arab pagans, Jew, and Christians) are in doubt concerning that which We have sent down (i.e., the Qur’an) to Our slave (Muhammad (p.b.u.h.), then bring a Surah (chapter) of the like thereof and call your witnesses (supporters and helpers) besides Allah, if you are truthful.”
“And give glad tidings to those who believe and do righteous good deeds, that for them will be Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise). Every time they will be provided with a fruit there from, they will say: “This is what we were provided with before,” and they will be given things in resemblance (i.e., in the same form but different in taste) and they shall have therein pure wives, (having no menses, stools, urine, etc.) and they will abide therein forever.”
“And those who believe (in the oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, they are dwellers of Paradise, they will dwell therein forever.” (V. 2:82)
“And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.”
It is obligatory to believe in the last message of God which was brought by Prophet Muhammad. Narrated Abu Hurairah : Allah’s Messenger said: “By Him (Allah) in Whose Hand Muhammad’s soul is, there is none from amongst the Jews and Christians (of these present nations) who hears about me and then dies without believing in the Message with which I have been sent (i.e., Islamic Monotheism), but he will be from the dwellers of the (Hell) fire.” (Sahih Muslim, the Book of Faith, Vol.1, Hadith No. 240)
Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) was sent by Allah with the book (Qur’an), confirming what were sent (i.e. Scripture, Torah and Gospel..) to all prophets (like Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus ..) as guidance for the righteous. Below verses in the Holy Qur’an were revealed to Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.).
“He has ordained for you of religion what He enjoined upon Noah and that which We have reveled to you, [O Muhammad], and what We enjoined upon Abraham and Moses and Jesus – to establish the religion and not be divided therein.”
“And we have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], the Book [i.e., the Qur’an] in truth, confirming that which receded it of the Scripture and as a criterion over it. So judge between them by what Allah has revealed and do not follow their inclinations away from what has come to you of the truth. To each of you We prescribed a law and a method. Had Allah willed, He would have made you one nation [united in religion], but [He intended] to test you in what He has given you; so race to [all that is] good. To Allah is your return all together, and He will [then] inform you concerning that over which you used to differ. ”
Moreover, Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:
“Verily, those who disbelieved, and died while they were disbelievers, the (whole) earth full of gold will not be accepted from anyone of them even if they offered it as a ransom. For them is a painful torment and they will have no helpers.” (V. 3:91)
“Verily, those who deny Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) and treat them with arrogance, for them the gates of heaven will be opened, and they will not enter Paradise until the camel goes through the eye of the needle (which is impossible). Thus do We recompense the Mujrimun (criminals, polytheists, sinners etc.).” (V. 7:40)
“Theirs will be a bed of Hell (Fire), and over them coverings (of Hell-fire). Thus do we recompense the Zalimun (polytheists and wrongdoers).” (V.7:41)
“But those who believed (in the oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism), and worked righteousness – We tax not any person beyond his scope – such are the dwellers of Paradise. They will abide therein forever.” (V.7:42)
“The description of the Paradise which the Muttaqun (pious) have been promised: Underneath it rivers flow – its provision is eternal and so is its shade; this is the end (final destination) of the Muttaqun, and the end (final destination) of the disbelievers is Fire.” (V. 13:35)
What we have read (verses in the Holy Qur’an) so far, indicate significantly that Islam forbids the association of anything in worship with Allah and worship of anything other than Allah, because this spells doom and misery in the Qur’an, Allah says: (whoever joins other gods with Allah; Allah will forbid him the Garden, and the fire will be his abode, there will for the wrong-doers be no one to help).
God created us to serve Him alone, and He says in the Qur’an: (I have only created Jinns and men that they may serve Me. No sustenance do I require of them nor do I require that they should feed Me. For Allah is He who gives (all) substance. Lord of power, steadfast (forever).)
If you want to enter Paradise, you must be a believer and declare your faith (Shahada) and be a Muslim, (submitting oneself to the will of Allah in the way taught by His Prophets.)
It also requires the believer to give up the worship of false gods. You must believe in all the prophets of Allah from Adam until the last prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.), the seal of prophets. You must also believe in all the Holy Books, which were mentioned in the Qur’an.
The Prophet (P.B.U.H.) said; (Any one who says: There is no god but Allah, and dies holding that (belief) will enter Paradise).
Finally, I hope that anyone who will be able to read this will be guided to the correct way and will follow the truth. May Allah protect you and us from all evils.
Courtesy: Jeddah Dawah Center