Deeds that can lead us to Jannah
KEY TO PARADISE
The Key to Paradise is our Shahadah, the Kalimah – Laa Ilaaha Ill Allah Muhammadur Rasool Allah (None Has the right to be worshiped but Allah and Muhammad is His Messenger).
Every Muslim has been taught that the key to “Jannah” (Paradise) is the statement in Arabic: “Laa illaha illa allah.” (There is none worthy of worship except Allah.) Yet too many Muslims simply rely upon this statement and believe that as long as they have made this statement, nothing will harm them. They think they will be granted Paradise because of this mere verbal statement of the Shahadah. There is no question that the mere saying of the shahadah: “I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger” is not sufficient for salvation. In fact, the munafiqeen (hypocrites) used to make this statement quite often yet Allah describes them as liars and says that they shall abide in the lowest abyss of the Hell-fire.
Our scholars of Islam are quick to tell us that this testimony of faith is our “Muftah ul Jennah” (Key to Paradise). But there are conditions, Wahb ibn Munabbih R.A. was asked, ‘Is not the testification that “none has the right to be worshipped save Allah” the key to Paradise?’ He replied, ‘Of course, but every key has its teeth: if you bring a key that has teeth, the door shall open; but if not, it will not.’ (Bukhari)
It was said to al-Hasan, “People say that whoever says, ‘None has the right to be worshipped……,’ shall enter Paradise. He replied, ‘Whoever says, ‘None has the right to be worshipped…..,’ and fulfils its obligations and meets its requirements shall enter Paradise.’”
That is, the statement must meet certain conditions. These conditions are what will differentiate the person who will benefit from his making of that statement from the one who will not benefit from that statement, no matter how many times a day he may have made that statement.
There are 7 conditions enlisted by the Scholars as the ridges of this key, the conditions of La ilaha illallah, and they are: –
Along with Tawheed one must also come with good deeds — the performance of Acts of obedience and the avoidance of forbidden acts.
Minimum Deeds for Paradise
A man questioned the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ and said : Do you think that if I perform the obligatory Prayers, fast in Ramadaan, treat as lawful that which is Halaal, and treat as forbidden that which is Haraam, and do not increase upon that [in voluntary good deeds], then shall I enter Paradise? He ﷺ replied : Yes.
The Prophet ﷺ said:“What a loss is for him! What a loss is for him! What a loss is for him!” Someone asked: “Who, O Allah’s Messenger?” He replied: “He whose parents reach old age, either one or both of them, and he does not use their presence (by being good to them, etc.) to cause him to enter Paradise.” (Muslim)
Duas for a Better Hereafter
“اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْجَنَّةَ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ النَّارِ”
ALLAHUMMA ‘INNEE ‘AS’ALUKAL-JANNATA WA’A’OTHU BIKA MINAN-NAAR.
O Allah , I ask You for Paradise and seek Your protection from the Fire.
(Abu Dawud. See also Al-Albani, Sahih Ibn Majah 2/328)
“اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ بِأَنَّ لَكَ الْحَمْدَ لَا إِلهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ وَحْدَكَ لَا شَرِيكَ لَكَ، الْمَنَّانُ، يَا بَدِيعَ السَّماوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ يَا ذَا الْجَلَالِ وَالْإِكْرَامِ، يَا حَيُّ يَا قَيُّومُ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْجَنَّةَ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ النَّارِ”.
ALLAAHUMMA ‘INNEE ‘AS’ALUKA BI’ANNA LAKAL-HAMDA LAA ‘ILAAHA ‘ILLAA ‘ANTA WAHDAKA LAA SHAREEKA LAKA,AL-MANNAANU, YAA BADEE’AS-SAMAAWAATI WAL’ARDHI YAA THAL-JALAALI WAL-‘IKRAM, YAA HAYYU YAA QAYYOOMU ‘INNEE QAYYOOMU ‘INNEE ‘AS’ALUKAL-JANNATA WA ‘A’OOTHU BIKA MINAN-NAAR. O Allah, I ask You, as You are the Owner of praise , there is none worthy of worship but You alone , You have no partner . You are the Giver of all good. O Creator of the heavens and the earth, Owner of majesty and honor. O Living and Everlasting One , I ask you for Paradise and I seek refuge in You from the fire.
Abu Dawud, An-Nasa’i, Ibn Majah, At-Tirmithi. See also Al-Albani, Sahih Ibn Majah 2/329.
Note: – · These Duas were recited by the Prophet ﷺ in prayers after Second Tashahud (Durood Ibrahim).
Another Dua: –رَبَّنا ءاتِنا فِى الدُّنيا حَسَنَةً وَفِى الءاخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنا عَذابَ النّارِRABBANA AATINA FIDDUNYA HASANATAN WA FIL AAKHRATI HASANATAN WAQINA AZAAABANNAAR ‘Our Lord ! grant us good in this world and good in the hereafter and save us from the torment of the Fire”
Deeds that will weigh Heavily on the Scale on the Day of Judgement
The Prophet ﷺ said:
Build a Palace in Jannah
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said:
Simple Deeds Leading to Jannah: –
Prophet ﷺ said: –
Paradise is Not the Equivalent of Deeds
Paradise is something of immense value; a person cannot earn it by virtue of his deeds alone – Muslim reported from Abu Hurayrah (ra) that the Prophet ﷺ said, “No one of you will enter Paradise by his deeds alone.” They asked, “Not even you, O Messenger of Allaah?” He said, “Not even me, unless Allaah covers me with His Grace and Mercy” [Saheeh Muslim, 4/2170, no. 2816]
This does not mean we leave doing good deeds as it is not going to get us anywhere, what this means is that Paradise is so great that the deeds alone cannot warrant us to get it. As discussed earlier the last to enter paradise will have 10 times of the earth so how can our deeds give us the right to enter this great Paradise our Lord has made. SO we should do as much good deeds as possible and then hope & pray of the Mercy of Allah to accept them and enter us in Jannah!
The Way to Paradise is Very Hard
Paradise is very high, and ascending lofty places takes a great deal of effort. The way to Paradise is filled with things that go against human wishes and inclinations. This needs strong determination and willpower. In a hadith narrated by al-Bukhaari and Muslim from Abu Hurayrah (RA) the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ said, “Hell has been veiled with desires, and Paradise has been veiled with [surrounded by] hardships.”
an-Nasaa’ee, at-Tirmidhi, and Abu Dawud report from Abu Hurayrah (R.A.) that the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ said, “When Allaah created Paradise, He told Jibreel, “Go look at it”. So he went and looked at it, then he came back and said, “By Your Glory, no-one will hear of it but he will enter it”. So He surrounded it with hardships and said, “Go and look at it”. So he went and looked at it, then came back and said, “By Your Glory, I fear that no-one will enter it“”. [Jaami al-Usool, 10/520, 8068]
an-Nawawi commented on the first hadith: “This is an example of the beautiful, eloquent and concise speech which the Prophet ﷺ was capable, in which he gives a beautiful analogy. It means that nothing will help you to reach Paradise except going through hardships, and nothing will lead you to Hell, but whims and desires. Both are veiled as described, and whoever tears down the veil will reach what was hidden behind it. The veil of Paradise is torn down by going through hardships and the veil of Hell is torn down by giving in to whims and desires. Hardship including striving consistently and patiently in worship, restraining one’s anger, forgiving, being patient, giving in charity, being kind to those who mistreat you, resisting physical desires, etc” [Sharh an-Nawawi ‘ala Muslim, 17/165]
The Weak and Destitute Will Form the Majority in Paradise
Most of those who will enter Paradise will be the weak and destitute, whom people tend to ignore and care little about, but in the sight of Allaah (swt) they are important, becuse they fear Him and worship Him faithfully and with humility. al-Bukhaari and Muslim report from Hareethah ibn Wahb that the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ said: “Shall I not tell you about the people of Paradise? They said, “Of course“. He said, “Every weak and oppressed person; if he were to implore Allaah for anything, He would grant it to him.” [Jaami’ al-Usool, 10/535]
An-Nawawi said, commenting on this hadith: “It refers to those who others despise, scorn and oppress because of their weak position in this world. What is meant is that most of the people of Paradise will be of this type, but it does not meant that all of them will be”. [Sharh an-Nawawi alaa Muslim, 17/187]
al-Bukhaari, Ahmad and Muslim reported from Usaamah ibn Zayd that the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ said: “I stood at the gate of Paradise and saw that most of those who entered were the poor and destitute. The people of means were held back, whilst the people of Hell had been ordered into the Fire…..”. [Mishkaat al-Masaabih, 2/663 no 5233]
Reward of being Patient
Jabir narrated that the Prophet ﷺ said: “On the Day of Judgement, when the people who were tried (in this world) are given their rewards, the people who were pardoned (in life), will wish that their skins had been cut off with scissors while they were in the world.” (Jami’ at-Tirmidhi 2402, Classed as Hasan)
Think of the trials the Prophet ﷺ went through (lost all his sons while they were still very young, his beloved wife passed away, etc) but He ﷺ always thanked Allah, think of all the sacrifices the Sahaba made, it is their hard work and determination to take the teachings of the Prophet ﷺ ahead which is the reason we are able to read and benefit from it. Remember Islam is easy but Paradise is not, we need to work for it and then pray for His Mercy.
Those of us who Allah has blessed with wealth & health, May He also give us the Hidayah to put them to good use, to use them in His way. May Allah make us amongst the people of Paradise.