Before you read this article one very important and basic feature which everyone must understand clearly.
ALLAH HAS MADE JANNAT HARAAM FOR MUSHRIKS.
Read the verse from Quran
“Indeed, he who associates others with Allah – Allah has forbidden him Paradise, and his refuge is the Fire”
All praise is due to Almighty Allah, who made us human beings and bestowed on us many of His Blessings and Mercy. All of us know the faith in Allah, belief in all His Books, His angels, His Messengers good deeds, etc. lead to heaven, and unbelief and evil deeds lead to Hell. In this book, only a few of the good deeds are mentioned which lead people to paradise by Allah’s Mercy, provided they do not associate any partners with Allah. “Indeed, he who associates others with Allah – Allah has forbidden him Paradise, and his refuge is the Fire”(Al-Maida 5/72). The reality of Paradise is something which people will never be able to understand until they actually enter it, but Allah Subhana wa Ta’la has given us glimpses (hints) of it in the Quran.
Who Is Eligible For Entry Into Paradise:
I have listed in 28 categories
The Prophet (PBUH) said, “The most common thing which leads people to Paradise is (1) taqwa (piety) or fear of Allah and (2) good conduct, and the most common thing which leads people to the Hell Fire is the mouth and the private parts.” [Tirmidhi].
Since the paradise has most of the people who have taqwa in them, I will give an explanation of Taqwa, and who are “Al-Muttaqun ” (believing and pious people), Al-muttaqun are the people who are from mominoun. What is Taqwa? (Self-control, holdback, restraint, self-discipline, etc) “Surely those of taqwa shall be in the midst of Gardens and fountains.” [Surah 15:45] [see also Surah 9/111, 2/82]
Paradise: There Is Nothing Like It “No person knows what is kept hidden for them of joy, as a reward for what they used to do.” (Surah As’-Sajda 32:17)
Who is the first person to enter in Paradise? (Think! Has anyone told you or did you read anywhere?) Anas b. Malik (RA) reported: The Messenger of Allah may peace be upon him) said: I will come to the gate of Paradise on the Day of Resurrection. and would seek its opening. and the keeper would say: Who are you?
I would say, Muhammad. He would then say: It is for you that I have been ordered, and not to open it for anyone before you. (Muslim 1/384)
Allah (Subhana wa ta’la) gives good tidings of His infinite(countless, unlimited) Mercy and grant of Paradise to many many kinds of people (who are not involved in Shirk) only a few categories of people are presented here.
(1) Those who have said, “Our Lord is Allah” and “Stand firm (remained on a right course)”
Indeed, those who have said, “Our Lord is Allah” and then remained on a right course – the angels will descend upon them, [saying], “Do not fear and do not grieve but receive good tidings of Paradise, which you were promised. We [angels] were your allies in worldly life and [are so] in the Hereafter. And you will have therein whatever your souls desire, and you will have therein whatever you request [or wish]. As accommodation from a [Lord who is] Forgiving and Merciful.” (Surah Ha-Mim or Fussilat 41/30-32)
(2) He who professed (admitted, confessed, acknowledged): There is no god but Allah
Anas b. Malik (RA) reported: Verily the Apostle (may peace be upon him) said: He who professed: There is no god but Allah, would be brought out of the Fire even though he has in his heart virtue equal to the weight of a barley grain. Then he who professed: There is no god but Allah, would come out of the Fire, even though he has in his heart virtue equal to the weight of a wheat grain. He would then bring out from the Fire he who professed: There is no god but Allah, even though he has in his heart virtue equal to the weight of an atom. (Muslim Book1/376)
(3) Any believer who does righteous deeds
And whoever does righteous deeds, whether male or female, while being a believer – those will enter Paradise and will not be wronged, [even as much as] the speck on a date seed. (Surah4/124)
What is Taqwa?
(Self-control, holdback, restraint, self-discipline, etc )
Scholars gave many meanings of Taqwa for example
- Have faith in Allah, fear & love Allah, and expect good from Him.
- Keep away from Shirk and major sins
- Don’t go near indecency, each time to be very careful let Allah does not become unhappy by our actions and deeds.
- Adopt the habit of righteousness, and good deeds, Al-muttaqun are the people who
- Do not kill anyone without valid reason as guided by Allah (Surah Al-Ma’eda 5/23)
- Participate in Jehad with their lives and money for the sake of Allah. (At’-Tauba or Bara’at 9/36,44)
- Seek the help of Allah and have patience (Al-A’araf 7/128)
(4) Eight Gates of Paradise
(1) Gate of Jihaad-Those who martyred and sacrificed their lives in the defense of Islam(jihad) will be granted entry through this door.
(2) Gate of Salaat (Prayer) Baab As’-Salaat
(3) Gate of Ar’-Rayyaan (for fasting people)Baab Ar’-Rayyaan
(4) Gate of Charity- Baab As’-Sadaqa
(5) Gate of Hajis-Bab Al-Hajj
(6) Gate of Aymen (Right-hand gate) Baab Al-Iman
(7) Baab Al-Kaazimeen Al-Ghaiz Wal Aafina Anin Naas. This door is reserved for those who control their anger and
(8) Baab Al-Dhikr -Those who constantly remembered Allah (dhikr) will be admitted through this door.)
Narrated Sahl bin Sa`d (RA): The Prophet(PBUH) said, “Paradise has eight gates, and one of them is called Ar-Raiyan through which none will enter but those who observe fasting.” The Prophet(PBUH) said, “If a person spends two different kinds of something (for Allah’s Cause), he will be called from the gates of Paradise.”
(5) Whoever builds a mosque- Allah builds a house for him in Paradise like it
Mahmud b. Labid reported that ‘Uthman b. ‘Affan decided to rebuild the mosque (of Allah’s Apostle (PBUH) in Medina) but the people did not like this idea and they wished that it should be preserved in the same (old) form. Thereupon he (Syyadina ‘Uthman R.A.) said: I heard Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) as saying: He who builds a mosque for Allah, Allah would build for him (a house) in Paradise like it.
(6) One who behaves well and kind with his neighbors
‘A’isha (RA)reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Gabriel impressed upon me (kind treatment) towards the neighbor (so much) that I thought as if he would confer upon him the (right) of inheritance. (Muslim Bk 32, Number 6354)
(7) Righteous (Muttaqun) who fear Allah
Indeed, the righteous will be in a secure place: Within gardens and springs (Surah 44/51-52)
(8) Whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger (PBUH)
And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger – He will admit him to gardens beneath which rivers flow, but whoever turns away – He will punish him with a painful punishment. (Surah Al-Fat-h 48/17)
(9) Serve Parents and Earn Jannah (Hakim, Baihaqi)
(10) One who keeps good relations with his relatives
Narrated Abu Aiyub: A man said to the Prophet(PBUH) “Tell me of such a deed as will make me enter Paradise.” The people said, “What is the matter with him? What is the matter with him?” The Prophet(PBUH) said, “He has something to ask. (What he needs greatly) The Prophet(PBUH) said: (In order to enter Paradise) you should worship Allah and do not ascribe any partners to Him, offer prayer perfectly, pay the Zakat and keep good relations with your Kith and kin.” (See Hadith No. 12, Vol 8). (Bukhari 2/479)
(11) One who makes excessive prostrations
Rabi’a b. Ka’b said: I was with Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) one night. and I brought him water and what he required. He said to me: Ask (anything you like). I said: I ask your company in Paradise. He (the Holy Prophet(PBUH)) said: Or anything else besides it. I said: That is all (what I require). He said: Then help me to achieve this for you by devoting yourself often to prostration. (Muslim 4/0990)
(12) One who replies to the call of Adhan
‘Umar b. al-Khattab reported: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: When the Mu’adhdhin says: Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, and one of you should make this response: Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest; (and when the Mu’adhdhin) says: I testify that there is no god but Allah, one should respond: I testify that there is no god but Allah, and when he says: I testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, one should make a response: I testify that Muhammad is Allah’s Messenger. When he (the Mu’adhdhin) says: Come to prayer, one should make a response: There is no might and no power except with Allah. When he (the Mu’adhdhin) says: Come to salvation, one should respond:
There is no might and no power except with Allah, and when he (the Mu’adhdhin) says: Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, then make a response: Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest. When he (the Mu’adhdhin) says: There is no god but Allah, and he who makes a response from the heart: There is no god but Allah, he will enter Paradise. (Muslim 4/0478)
(13) One who by-hearted the 99 names of Allah, believes in their meanings and acts accordingly
Narrated Abu Huraira (RA): Allah has ninety-nine Names, i.e., one hundred minus one, and whoever believes in their meanings and acts accordingly, will enter Paradise; and Allah is witr (one) and loves ‘the witr’ (i.e., odd numbers) (Bukhari 8/419)
(14) One who recites Sayyidul Istighfar with firm faith in it, in the morning and evening
Narrated Shaddad bin ‘Aus: The Prophet(PBUH) said, “The most superior way of asking for forgiveness from Allah is: ‘O Allah, You are my Lord, none has the right to be worshiped except You, You created me and I am Your servant and I abide to Your covenant and promise [to honor it] as best I can, I take refuge in You from the evil of which I committed. I acknowledge Your favor upon me and I acknowledge my sin, so forgive me, for verily none can forgive sins except You.’
The Prophet(PBUH) added, “If somebody recites it during the day with firm faith in it and dies on the same day before the evening, he will be from the people of Paradise and if somebody recites it at night with firm faith in it and dies before the morning he will be from the people of Paradise.” (Bukhari 8/335)
(15) Any person will enter Paradise only when Allah S.W.T bestows His pardon, Favor, and Mercy
Narrated Abu Huraira (RA): I heard Allah’s Apostle (PBUH) saying, “The good deeds of any person will not make him enter Paradise.” (i.e., None can enter Paradise through his good deeds.) They (the Prophet’s companions) said, ‘Not even you, O Allah’s Apostle-‘ He said, “Not even me unless Allah bestows His favor and mercy on me.” So be moderate in your religious deeds do the deeds that are within your ability: and none of you should wish for death, for if he is a good doer, he may increase his good deeds, and if he is an evildoer, he may repent to Allah.” (Bukhari 7/577)
(16) One who has faith in Allah
Narrated Haritha bin Wahb: Al-Khuza`i: The Prophet(PBUH) said, “Shall I inform you about the people of Paradise? They comprise every obscure unimportant humble person, and if he takes Allah’s Oath that he will do that thing, Allah will fulfill his oath (by doing that). Shall I inform you about the people of the Fire? They comprise every cruel, violent, proud, and conceited person.” Anas bin Malik(RA) said, “Any of the female slaves of Medina could take hold of the hand of Allah’s Apostle and take him wherever she wished.” (Bukhari 8/97) (see also Bukhari 7.648)
(17) When 4 or even 3 people testify “the piety of a Muslim” will enter Paradise
Narrated Abu Al-Aswad: I came to Medina when an epidemic had broken out. While I was sitting with `Umar bin Al-Khattab a funeral procession passed by and the people praised the deceased. `Umar said, “It has been affirmed to him.” And another funeral procession passed by and the people praised the deceased. `Umar said, “It has been affirmed to him.” A third (funeral procession) passed by and the people spoke badly of the deceased. He said, “It has been affirmed to him.” I (Abu Al-Aswad) asked, “O chief of the believers! What has been affirmed?” He replied, “I said the same as the Prophet(PBUH) had said, that is: if four persons testify the piety of a Muslim, Allah will grant him Paradise.” We asked, “If three persons testify his piety?” He (the Prophet) replied, “Even three.” Then we asked, “If two?” He replied, “Even two.” We did not ask him regarding one witness. (Bukhari 2/449)
(18) Whoever gives chastity of his tongue and his private parts
Narrated Sahl bin Sa`d: Allah’s Apostle (PBUH) said, “Whoever can guarantee (the chastity of) what is between his two jaw-bones and what is between his two legs (i.e. his tongue and his private parts), I guarantee Paradise for him.”
(19) Truthful Person
Allah will say, “This is the Day when the truthful will benefit from their truthfulness.” For them are gardens [in Paradise] beneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide forever, Allah being pleased with them, and they with Him. That is the great attainment. (Surah Al-Ma’idah 5/119)
(20) O reassured soul, Return to your Lord, well-pleased and pleasing…Enter My Paradise
[To the righteous it will be said], “O reassured soul, Return to your Lord, well-pleased and pleasing [to Him], And enter among My [righteous] servants. And enter My Paradise.” (Surah 89/27-30)
(21) Forty virtuous deeds
Narrated `Abdullah bin `Amr: That Allah’s Apostle (PBUH) said, “There are forty virtuous deeds and the best of them is the Maniha of a she-goat, and anyone who does one of these virtuous deeds hoping for Allah’s reward with firm confidence that he will get it, then Allah will make him enter Paradise because of Hassan (a sub-narrator) said, “We tried to count those good deeds below the Maniha; we mentioned replying to the sneezer, removing harmful things from the road, etc., but we failed to count even fifteen.” (Bukhari 3/800)
(22) Paradise is the reward of a patient person
“Peace [i.e., security] be upon you for what you patiently endured. And excellent is the final home.” ( Surah Ar-Ra’d 13/24)
(23) Three inmates of Paradise
The inmates of Paradise are three: One who wields (executes) authority and is just and fair, one who Is truthful and has been endowed with the power to do good deeds. And the person who is merciful and kind-hearted towards his relatives and to every pious Muslim, and one who does not stretch his hand in spite of having a large family to support. (Muslim Bk 40-6853)
(24) Merits of saying, Subhan Allah
Abu Malik at-Ash’ari reported: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: Cleanliness is half of faith and
al-Hamdu Liliah (Praise be to Allah) fills the scale, and Subhan Allah (Glory be to Allah) and al-Hamdu Liliah (Praise be to Allah) fill up what is between the heavens and the earth, and prayer is a light, and charity is proof (of one’s faith) and endurance (patience) is a brightness and the Holy Qur’an is a proof on your behalf or against you. All men go out early in the morning and sell themselves, thereby setting themselves free or destroying themselves. (Muslim Bk 2- 0432)
(25) Virtues of one’s daughters’ brought up
Malik reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: He, who brought up two girls properly till they grew up, he and I would come (together) (very closely) on the Day of Resurrection, and he interlaced his fingers (for explaining the point of nearness between him and that person).
(Written by: Mirza Ehteshamuddin Ahmed)