In this world, the Straight Path comprises three levels: Islaam, Imaan, and Ihsaan. Whoever remains on the level of Islaam until he dies will be saved from eternity in the Fire and he must enter Paradise, even if, before this, he is punished in the Fire. Whoever remains on the level of Imaan until he dies will be prevented from entering the Fire altogether for the light of faith extinguishes the blaze of the Fire to such an extent that it says, ‘O believer, go on your way! Your light has extinguished my blaze!’(1)

Ahmad has the hadeeth on the authority of Jaabir that the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhe wasallam) said, “There is no righteous person or sinner except that he will enter it. It will be a source of coolness and peace for the believer just as it was for Ibraaheem to the point that the Fire itself will raise a hue and cry at its coolness!” (2)

This is the legacy of the lovers inherited from Ibraaheem (‘alayhi ssalaam).

In the fire of the lover is a blaze of love:

The fiercest heat of Hell is its coolest portion!

Whoever remains on the level of Ihsaan until he dies will reach Allaah,

For those who do good is the best (reward) and an addition.(3)

The authentic hadeeth mentions, “When the People of Paradise enter Paradise a caller will announce, ‘People of Paradise, Allaah has given you a promise which He wishes to fulfil.’ They will say, ‘What is that? Has He not made our faces white? Has He not made our scales heavy? Has He not granted us entry in Paradise and saved us from the Fire?’ So He will remove the veil and they will look on at Him and by Allaah, He will not have granted them anything more beloved to them than this, and there will be nothing that gives more pleasure to their eyes than his! This is the addition.” Then He recited the above verse.(4)

All the inhabitants of Paradise will have a share of this vision but they will differ as to their closeness when seeing Him and in the number of times they see Him. All of the People of Paradise will see Him on the Day of Increase which is the Day of Jumu’ah,(5) and the elite amongst them will look at the Face of Allaah twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. The generality of the People of Paradise have their provision given them twice a day, in the morning and the evening, whereas the elite see Him in the morning and the evening. Neither palaces can make the Gnostics forget their beloved and nor can running rivers quench their thirst. One of them used to say, ‘When I am hungry, remembrance of Him is my food, and when I am thirsty, witnessing Him is my wish and gratification.’(6)

One of the righteous was seen in a dream and he was asked about the condition of two scholars to which he replied: ‘At this time I have left them before Allaah, Mighty and Magnificent, eating, drinking, enjoying bliss.’ He was asked, ‘What of you?’ He replied, ‘He knows my lack of desire for food so instead He allows me to look at Him.’

When I desire drink, You are my satiation

And when I desire food,  You are my gratification

Ahmad records the hadeeth on the authority of ibn ‘Umar that the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhe wasallam) said: “The people with the lowest ranking in Paradise will look at his dominion for two thousand years seeing the farthest end of it as he sees the nearest end of it, and he will look at his wives and servants. The ones with the highest ranking will look at the Face of Allaah, Blessed and Exalted is He, twice a day.”(7) This hadeeth was also recorded by Tirmidhee with the wording, “The person with the lowest ranking in Paradise will be one who will look at his gardens, wives, blessings, servants, and couches, for the journey of one thousand years. The best of them with Allaah will look at His Face morning and evening.”(8) Then the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhe wasallam) recited,

That Day will faces be resplendent, looking toward their Lord.(9)

It is because of this that the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alayhe wasallam) said in the authentic hadeeth reported on the authority of Jareer ibn ‘Abdullaah al-Bajalee, “You will see your Lord on the Day of Judgment like you see the moon on a night when it is full, you will have no difficult in seeing Him.” He then said, “So if you are able not to be overwhelmed to the point of missing prayer before the rising of the sun, and before its setting, then do so.” Then he recited,

And glorify your Lord – all the while praising Him – before the rising of the sun and before its setting.(10) (more…)

Speaking about those who are afflicted with calamities in this world, Imaam Sufyaan (rahimahullaah) said:

“They are not harmed by what they are afflicted with in this world; Allaah will compensate them for all of their hardships with Paradise.”

The Biography of Sufyaan Ath-Thauree, p157

Bilaal bin Sa’d:

People of Taqwa! You were not created to perish, but to be transferred from one stage to another. You were transferred from (your father’s) loins to wombs, then from wombs to this life, then from this life to graves, then from graves to the Stand (Great Gathering on the Day of Resurrection) and then from the Stand to eternal dwelling, either in Paradise or the Fire.”

~ As-Siyar, vol. 5. p. 91

Narrated ‘Aa’ishah (radhiyallaah ‘anhaa) [1], “A man came to the Prophet (sallallaah ‘alayh wa ‘alaa aalih wa sallam) and said, “O Allaah’s Messenger! Verily, you are more beloved to me than myself, and verily you are more beloved to me than my family and more beloved to me than my children. And verily, when I am at home and I remember you then I cannot be patient until I come to you and I look at you. And when I contemplate about my death and your death, I know that when you enter Paradise, you will be raised with the Prophets and that if I enter Paradise, I fear that I will not see you.”
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The Prophet (sallallaah ‘alayh wa ‘alaa aalih wa sallam) did not respond to him until Jibreel (‘alayh as-salaam) brought down this Aayah [2],
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“And whoso obey Allaah and the Messenger, then they will be in the company of those on whom Allaah has bestowed His Grace, of the Prophets, As-Siddiqeen, the martyrs, and the righteous. And how excellent these companions are!””
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Narrated Anas Ibn Maalik (radhiyallaah ‘anh) [3], “A man asked the Prophet (sallallaah ‘alayh wa ‘alaa aalih wa sallam) about the Hour saying, “When will the Hour be?” He said, “What have you prepared for it?” He said, “Nothing, except that I love Allaah and His Messenger (sallallaah ‘alayh wa ‘alaa aalih wa sallam).” He then said, “You will be with those whom you love.”
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Anas said, “We had never been as glad as we were on hearing that saying of the Prophet (sallallaah ‘alayh wa ‘alaa aalih wa sallam) ‘You will be with those whom you love.’” Anas said, “Hence, I love the Prophet (sallallaah ‘alayh wa ‘alaa aalih wa sallam) and Abaa Bakr and ‘Umar, and I hope that I will be with them because of my love for them though my deeds are not similar to theirs.””
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[1] Authentic. Refer to: As-Silsilah As-Saheehah.
[2] Soorah An-Nisaa’, Aayah 69.
[3] Related by Al-Bukhaariy and Muslim.
  • Transcribed from: When Love Overpowers Patience || Fasbir.com

All praise and thanks are due to the Creator of all things beautiful:

I created a blog for SISTERS ONLY called Miss Adorable Life. It will mainly cover my baking and cooking experiments (I will be providing the recipes accordingly) and it will also include beauty tips; natural remedies and/or cosmetics.

Its primary purpose is to encourage sisters to familiarize themselves with cooking different dishes, maintain their beauty and ultimately, make their husbands or fathers happy. Aren’t they your way to Paradise, afterall?

The Prophet (salallâhu ‘alayhi wasallam) started his first sermon (given in Makkah when he called his people to Islaam) by praising Allâh and thanking Him then said:

“Verily, Ar-Raid (one whom his people send to search for water and grass) does not lie to his people. By Allâh! Even if I lied to all people, I would never lie to you. By Allâh, other than Whom there is no deity worthy of worship, I am Allâh’s Messenger (salallâhu ‘alayhi wasallam) to you in particular and to all people in general. By Allâh! You will die just as easy as you sleep, and you will be resurrected just as easy as you wake up from sleep. You will be recompensed on account of what you do, earning good for good and evil for evil. Verily, it is either Paradise for eternity or the Fire for eternity.”

  • Transcribed from: Selected Friday Sermons | Al-Kamil, vol. 2, p.27 and As-Sirah Al-Halabiyyah, vol. 1, p.272

From Abu Hurairah (radiyallaahu anhu) from the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam), who said: “Whoever believes in Allah and His Messenger, establishes the prayer and fasts the month of Ramadan will rightfully be granted Paradise by Allah, no matter whether he fights in Allah’s cause or remains in the land where he is born.” The people said, “O Allah’s Messenger! Shall we inform the people with this good news?” He said, “Paradise has one-hundred levels which Allah has reserved for the Mujaahideen who fight in His cause, and the distance between each of two levels is like the distance between the Heaven and the Earth. So, when you ask Allah (for something), ask for Al-Firdaws which is the middle-most and highest part of Paradise. Above it is the Throne of ar-Rahmaan, and from it originate the rivers of Paradise.
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Al-Bukhaaree said towards the end of his Saheeh:

Chapter: His, the Mighty and Majestic’s saying, “And His Throne was over the water“, and He is the Lord of the Mighty Throne.

Then he said:

And Mujaahid said, “Istiwaa, meaning ‘alaa, rose over the Throne.

And this is a Hadeeth which Zaid ibn Rafee’ ascribed to the Prophet (salallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam):

“When the people of the Hellfire enter the hellfire, they will shed tears for a period…” The keepers of Hell will say to them, ‘O wretched group, you left off crying in the abode of the world, wherein mercy was for its dwellers. Today, do you find anyone that you can seek help from?’ Then they will raise their voices, ‘O people of Paradise, O group of fathers, mothers, and sons, we came out of the graves, thirsty. Throughout the time at the Mawqif (place of standing for accountability) we were thirsty, and today we are thirsty. So pour on us some water or something from which Allaah provided you with. They are left for forty years without anyone answering them. Then they are answered, ‘Indeed, you will remain therein.’ Then they will lose all hope of any goodness.”

- Related by Abu Bakr ibn Abee Ad-Dunyaa

  • Transcribed from: Book of the End, Great Trials & Tribulations | Hafidh Ibn Katheer ad-Dimashqi | Translated by Faisal Shafiq

Sahl narrated: I heard the Prophet [salallaahu 'alaihi wasallaam] saying,

A small place equal to an area occupied by a whip in Paradise is better than the whole world and whatever is in it; and undertaking a journey in the forenoon or in the afternoon for Allaah’s Cause is better than the whole world and whatever is in it.”

Saheeh al-Bukhaaree #6415

Therefore be diligent in ensuring that you only have one priority – that priority being Allaah alone, as in this objective is a worshiper’s happiness. The one who is in this state finds that he is in a present state of contentment, having entered a worldly paradise before reaching the Paradise of the Hereafter. As some people have said, “Certainly, the heart passes through times during which I say, ‘If the people of Paradise are in a state like this, then indeed they are enjoying a superior life.’” Another one has said, “Indeed there times in which my heart seems to dance with happiness.” And another one said, “Oh the poor ones of this world! They are those who depart from this world without having tasted the benefit of what is found within it.” So it was said, “And what is the best of what can be found within it?” He replied, “Truly knowing about Allaah, having love for Him, finding contentment in nearness to Him, and being delighted in your meeting with Him.”

  • Transcribed from: A Treatise Written by Ibn Qayyim [rahimahullaah] to One of His Brothers, page 34

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