PARADISE IS UNIQUE:
Once the Rasul (salAllahu `alaihi
wa sallam) concluded the description of Paradise with these words:
There would be bounties which the eye has not seen, the ear has not heard
and no human heart has ever perceived them.
He then recited this verse: "They forsake (their) beds, calling upon
their Lord in fear and in hope, and spend out of what We have given them.
So no soul knows what refreshment of the eyes is hidden for them: a reward
for what they did" [32:16-17]
Paradise has sparkling light, aromatic
plants, a lofty palace, a flowing river, ripe fruit, a beautiful wife
and abundant clothing, in an eternal abode of radiant joy, in beautiful
soundly-constructed high mansions". [Ibn Majah]
The Paradise has bricks of gold and silver, and mortar of fragrant musk,
pebbles of pearl and sapphire, and soil of saffron. Whoever enters it
is filled with joy and will never feel miserable; he will live there forever
and never die; their clothes will never wear out and their youth will
never fade." [Ahmad]
The Prophet (salAllahu `alaihi wa
sallam) said, "Then Jibreel brought me to Sidrat al-Muntahaa which
was veiled in colors indescribable. Then I entered Paradise, and its lights
were of pearls and its soil was musk".
The Prophet (salAllahu `alaihi wa
sallam) said that during his Isra' wa al-Mai'raj he saw four rivers flowing
out from beneath Sidrat al-Muntahaa, two visible and two hidden. He asked,
"O Jibreel, What are these rivers?" He said, "The two hidden
rivers are rivers of Paradise, and the two visible rivers are the Nile
and the Euphrates". [Sahih Muslim]
"In Paradise there is a sea
of honey, a sea of wine, a sea of milk and a sea of water, and the rivers
flow out of these seas." [At-Tirmidhi]
HOW MANY WILL ENTER PARADISE?
Out of every one thousand people, only ONE will enter Paradise.
In Sahih Al-Bukhari it is narrated
that the Prophet (salAllahu `alaihi wa sallam) said, "The first man
to be called on the Day of Resurrection will be Adam who will be shown
his offspring, and it will be said to them, 'This is your father, Adam.'
Adam will say (responding to the call), 'Labbaik and Sa'daik' Then Allah
(subhanu wa ta'ala) will say (to Adam), 'Take out of your offspring, the
people of Hell.'
Adam will say, 'O Lord, how many should I take out?'
Allah (subhanu wa ta'ala) will say, 'Take out ninety-nine out of every
They (the Prophet's companions) said, "O Allah's Apostle! If ninety-nine
out of every one hundred of us are taken away, what will remain out of
He said, "My followers in comparison to the other nations are like
a white hair on a black ox."
The intercession (Shafa'ah) of Prophet Muhammad (salAllahu `alaihi wa
sallam) for the people of Paradise to enter therein. This intercession
is exclusively limited to the Prophet Muhammad (salAllahu `alaihi wa sallam).
Anas ibn Malik once told the Rasul (salAllahu `alaihi wa sallam) he wanted
to see him on the Day of Judgment. So the Rasul (salAllahu `alaihi wa
sallam) answered by saying he would find him by the scale. Anas asked
what if he wasn't there. The Rasul (salAllahu `alaihi wa sallam) said,
he could be found by the Sirat. Anas then asked a third time if he was
not there. Rasul answered by the pond (river of Kauthar). This is because
the Prophet (salAllahu `alaihi wa sallam) will be occupied by making intercession
for his Ummah.
The Martyr chooses 70 people to enter
Paradise. The Prophet (salAllahu `alaihi wa sallam) said: The intercession
of a martyr will be accepted for seventy members of his family. (Sunan
The Hafid-ul-Quran chooses 10 people to enter Paradise
NO HARD FEELINGS!
Before the people enter Paraidse, Allah will purify their hearts and then
they will be allowed to go in Paradise as told by the Prophet (salAllahu
`alaihi wa sallam), "The believers will be saved from the Fire then
they will be kept on a bridge between Paradise and Hell. They will settle
their accounts with one another for any wrongs that existed between them
in this world, until they are purified and cleansed, and will be permitted
to enter Paradise. By the One in Whose hand is the soul of Muhammad (salAllahu
`alaihi wa sallam), each of them will know his dwelling in Paradise better
than he knew his dwelling in this world" (Bukhari)
WHO WILL ENTER THE PARADISE FIRST?
The first one to reach Paradise and to open its gate will be the Messenger
of Allah, Mohammad (salAllahu `alaihi wa sallam).
Sahih Muslims narrates that the Prophet (salAllahu `alaihi wa sallam)
will come to the gates of paradise and ask for it to be opened.
The gatekeeper will ask, "Who are you?"
The Prophet (salAllahu `alaihi wa sallam) will say, "Muhammad".
The gatekeeper will say, "I was ordered not to open the gate for
anyone else before you"".
The Ummah of the Messenger of Allah,
Mohammad (salAllahu `alaihi wa sallam) will enter before others.
Prophet (salAllahu `alaihi wa sallam) said: "We are the last, but
we will be the first on the Day of Resurrection. We will be the first
of mankind to enter Paradise". (Bukhari)
The first man to enter Paradise after the Messengers of Allah will be
The first woman to enter Paradise will be Fatima
The first youth to enter Paradise will be Hassan and Husayn
The first martyr to enter Paradise will be Hamzah
The poor will enter Paradise forty years ahead of the rich (Sahih Muslim).
[*40 years is not same as our forty years]
The poor will enter before rich. The Prophet said: "The poor of the
Muhajireen will enter Paradise five hundred years ahead of the rich of
the Muhajireen" because the Poor will not have to give the accountability
of their property.
The Prophet (salAllahu `alaihi wa sallam) also said, "I was shown
the first three to enter Paradise: the Shaheed (the martyr); the one who
is chaste and proud; and the slave who worships Allah (subhanu wa ta'ala)
with devotion and is faithful and sincere towards his master"
In a long authentic Hadith, it is said that there will be 70,000 people
who will enter Paradise without questioning and with every 70,000 there
will be other 70,000.
THE LAST ONE AMONG THE PEOPLE OF
HELL-FIRE TO ENTER JANNAH:
Reported in Sahih al-Bukhari, the Prophet (salAllahu `alaihi wa sallam)
Some of the people will stay in Hell (be destroyed) because of their (evil)
deeds, and some will be cut or torn by the hooks (and fall into Hell)
and some will be punished and then relieved. When Allah (subhanu wa ta'ala)
has finished His Judgments among the people, He will take whomever He
will out of Hell through His Mercy.
He will then order the angels to take out of the Fire all those who used
to worship none but Allah from among those whom Allah wanted to be merciful
to and those who testified (in the world) that none has the right to be
worshipped but Allah. The angels will recognize them in the Fire by the
marks of prostration (on their foreheads), for the Fire will eat up all
the human body except the mark caused by prostration as Allah has forbidden
the Fire to eat the mark of prostration. They will come out of the (Hell)
Fire, completely burnt and then the water of life will be poured over
them and they will grow under it as does a seed that comes in the mud
of the torrent.
Then Allah will finish the judgments among the people, and there will
remain one man facing the (Hell) Fire and he will be the last person among
the people of Hell to enter Paradise. He will say, 'O my Lord! Please
turn my face away from the fire because its air has hurt me and its severe
heat has burnt me.'
So he will invoke Allah in the way Allah will wish him to invoke, and
then Allah will say to him, 'If I grant you that, will you then ask for
He will reply, 'No, by Your Power, (Honor) I will not ask You for anything
He will give his Lord whatever promises and covenants Allah will demand.
So Allah will turn his face away from Hell (Fire). When he will face Paradise
and will see it, he will remain quiet for as long as Allah will wish him
to remain quiet, then he will say, 'O my Lord! Bring me near to the gate
Allah will say to him, 'Didn't you give your promises and covenants that
you would never ask for anything more than what you had been given? Woe
on you, O Adam's son! How treacherous you are!'
He will say, 'O my lord,' and will keep on invoking Allah till He says
to him, 'If I give what you are asking, will you then ask for anything
He will reply, 'No, by Your (Honor) Power, I will not ask for anything
Then he will give covenants and promises to Allah and then Allah will
bring him near to the gate of Paradise. When he stands at the gate of
Paradise, Paradise will be opened and spread before him, and he will see
its splendor and pleasures whereupon he will remain quiet as long as Allah
will wish him to remain quiet, and then he will say, 'O my Lord! Admit
me into Paradise.'
Allah will say, 'Didn't you give your covenants and promises that you
would not ask for anything more than what you had been given?' Allah will
say, 'Woe on you, O Adam's son! How treacherous you are!'
The man will say, 'O my Lord! Do not make me the most miserable of Your
creation,' and he will keep on invoking Allah till Allah will laugh because
of his sayings, and when Allah will laugh because of him.
Allah will say to him, 'Enter Paradise,' and when he will enter it, Allah
will say to him, 'Wish for anything.' So he will ask his Lord, and he
will wish for a great number of things, for Allah Himself will remind
him to wish for certain things by saying, "(Wish for) so-and-so.'
When there is nothing more to wish for, Allah will say, 'This is for you,
and its equal (is for you) as well.'
Abu Hurairah said, "That man will be the last person of the people
of Paradise to enter Paradise."
LEVELS OF PARADISE:
The Paradise has 7 levels, the highest of which is Firdaus-al-'ala. The
highest level is right under the Throne of Allah, the Almighty.
The doors of Paradise are eight, one of which is called ar-Raiyaan, which
is exclusively for those who fast; another one is for those who go for
Jihad; other is for those who pray; and one more is for those who give
The highest level will be given to the best and lowest level will be given
to the least best among the inhabitants of Jannah.
The Prophet Mohammad (salAllahu `alaihi wa sallam) will be in the highest
Each seven level of Paradise is divided into hundred levels. The Prophet
(salAllahu `alaihi wa sallam) said: Paradise has one hundred levels which
Allah has reserved for the mujaahideen who fight in His Cause and the
distance between each of the two grades is like the distance between the
heavens and the earth. So when you ask Allah for something, ask for al-Firdaus
which is the best and highest part of Paradise. Above it is the throne
of the Most Merciful, and from it. [Bukhari]
In Paradise, the families will be reunited.
So what if a person is on the higher
level of Jannah will his family is at a lower level?
In this case, Allah (subhanu wa ta'ala)
will take the person from lower level and promote him to a higher level;
however, he will not have the same access to all the goodness of Paradise
as those who rightly acquired higher level of Paradise, but this person
will not feel jealous of what others will be given.
PARADISE DEMANDS HARD-WORK!
The Prophet (salAllahu `alaihi wa sallam) said, "Hell has been veiled
with desires, and Paradise has been veiled with [surrounded by] hardships."
Paradise is very high; the greatest
blessing of Allah; thus, it requires much exertion. The way to Paradise
is filled with things that go against human wishes and inclinations. This
needs strong determination and willpower.
The way to enter is to be steadfast
and to follow what Allah (subhanu wa ta'ala) and His Messenger, Mohammad
(salAllahu `alaihi wa sallam) has taught us with sincerity.
The Prophet (salAllahu `alaihi wa sallam) said: "No one of you will
enter Paradise by his deeds alone."
They asked, "Not even you, O
Messenger of Allah?"
He said, "Not even me, unless Allah covers me with His Grace and
Nobody will enter Paradise, no matter
how good he was, through his deeds. Good deeds will only be the means
to acquire Allah's Mercy and Permission to enter Paradise.