Friday, April 16, 2010

First Act of Love - Inspirational Story as Guidelines Entering Paradise

Bismillah

As Salaamu alaykum and peace to all,

First Act of Love - Inspirational Story as Guidelines Entering Paradise


That day I had a meeting to attend and was searching for the area where the meeting should take place. Then, alhamdulillah, I saw the the building from far and quickly rushed towards it.

About 10 minutes later, there I was, standing right at the side of the building.

'Where is the entrance?' I mumbled as I make my way around it. 'Ah, there it is!'



But as I tried opening the door, I noticed a paper pasted on it said, 'Please Use the Other Entrance'.

'Oh my God!' my heart almost screamed. 'Now, where is this other entrance?'

After some asking around, I finally found the one entrance to the building.

Phew, alhamdulillah...

Later in the day, I recalled my 'Please Use the Other Entrance' incident.

Isn't it difficult when we only have one entrance to something or somewhere?

Just like if we have one entrance to our house? Imagine how hard it would be to go to the backyard, right? What about one entrance into the mall? One entrance into our classroom? One entrance into the car?

Won't multiple entrance be better?

Of course it would, right?

This was when I remembered one of my friends, Bro Ershad Shaikh who had send me an email that on its subject line was written - 25 Ways to Enter Jannah

25 ways?

Yup, 25 ways, my brothers and sisters!

Unlike the rigid way to enter the building, Allah has given us 25 different ways for us to enter His Paradise.

Do you want to know them?



Let me share the 25 ways with you...

25 ways to enter Jannah

1. Whoever meets Allah without ascribing anything to Him will enter Jannah.

[Bukhari]


2. Whoever believes (has emaan) in Allah and His Messenger (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam), and establishes the prayer and fasts the month of Ramadan, it is incumbent upon Allah that He enters him in Jannah. [Bukhari]


3. Whoever builds a masjid seeking by it the Pleasure of Allah, Allah will build for him a similar place in Jannah. [Bukhari]


4. Whoever prays the two cool prayers (Asr and Fajr) will enter Jannah.
[Bukhari]


5. Whoever goes to the masjid (every) morning and in the afternoon (for the congregational prayer), Allah will prepare for him an honorable place in Jannah with good hospitality for (what he has done) every morning and afternoon goings.
[Bukhari]


6. 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 Jannah for him. [Bukhari]


7. Whoever prays 12 rakaat in the day and night, a house in Jannah will be built for him. [Muslim]


8. Whoever treads a path in search of knowledge, Allah will make easy for him the path to Jannah. [Bukhari]


9. Whoever repeats after the muadhdhin from his heart (i.e., sincerely) will enter Jannah. [Abu Dawud]


10. There is not one of you who perfects his wudu and prays two rakaat setting about them with his heart as well as his face except that Jannah would be mandatory for him. [Abu Dawud]


11. Whoever says: “I am pleased with Allah as my Rabb, and with Islam as my Deen, and with Muhammad (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) as my Prophet, Jannah would be mandatory for him. [Abu Dawud]


12. Whosoever last words are: laa ilaaha il Allah, will enter Paradise.[Abu Dawud, Saheeh]


13. Whoever says, “SubhanAllah al-Adheem wa biHamdihi, Glorified and Exalted is Allah, The Great, and with His Praise”, a date-palm will planted for him in Jannah.
[Tirmidhi]



14. Whoever dies and is free from three: arrogance, grudges and debt will enter Jannah. [Tirmidhi]


15. Whoever raises two girls, he and I will enter Jannah. [Tirmidhi]


16. Whoever calls the adhan for 12 years, Jannah will become mandatory for him.
[ibn Maajah]


17. Whoever asks Allah for Jannah three times, Jannah will say: “O Allah, enter him into Jannah.” [Tirmidhi]




18. Whoever visits an ailing person or a brother of his to seek the Pleasure of Allah, an announcer (angel) calls out: May you be happy, may your walking be blessed, and may you be awarded a dignified position in Jannah. [Tirmidhi]


19. Indeed, truthfulness leads to righteousness and indeed righteousness leads to Jannah. [Bukhari]


20. Allah guarantees him who strives in His Cause and whose motivation for going out is nothing but Jihad in His Cause and belief in His Word, that He will admit him into Jannah. [Bukhari]


21. O people, spread the salaam (greetings), feed the hungry, and pray while the people are asleep, you will enter Jannah in peace. [Tirmidhi]


22. (The performance of) Umrah is an expiation for the sins committed between it and the previous Umrah; and the reward of Hajj Mabrur (i.e., one accepted) is nothing but Jannah. [Bukhari]


23. Allah has ninety-nine Names, one hundred minus one, and whoever believes in their meanings and acts accordingly, will enter Jannah. [Bukhari]


24. I saw a man going about in Jannah (and enjoying himself) as a reward for cutting from the middle of the road, a tree which was causing inconvenience to the Muslims.
[Muslim]


25. O Allah, You are my Lord, none has the right to be worshipped except You, You created me and I am You servant and I abide to Your covenant and promise 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 sin except You. “If somebody recites this invocation during the day, and if he should die then, he will be from the people of Jannah. And if he recites it in the night, and if he should die on the same day, he will be from the people of Jannah.”
[Bukhari]


SubhanAllah!

Amazing, isn't it, that Allah has given us so much entrance choices to pick from in order to gain entrance to His Paradise?

Can we feel how much He wants us to be in His Jannah? Can you feel how much He wants us to attain the eternal happiness, infinite wealth and ever lasting joy?

Most importantly, can you feel how much He loves us, my brothers and sisters? Can you?

Paul Tillich once said, 'The first duty of love is to listen.'

So, the question I asked myself is this- Do I? Do I listen to Him as the prove of my love? Or I am just mere lip service? Are my actions consistent with what He loves, or the other way around?

What about you my friends? Do you do the first duty of love by listening to Him? Or not?

Think About It.


Sis Zabrina also known as Zabrina A. Bakar, is a Life Storyteller, motivational and inspirational writer and speaker; and author and creator of Islamic motivational book Life Open Secret book series http://wwww.LifeOpenSecret.com. She maintains an active blog at http://www.WisdomThruWords.blogspot.com. and social networking platform a Web 2.0 at http://www.LifeStoryteller.ning.com

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Life is an Open Secret- Think about It
Life is an Open Secret- You, Me and We
Life is an Open Secret- Ramadan Special
Hidup Bukan Rahsia – Fikirkanlah
Hidup Bukan Rahsia – Anda, Saya and Kita
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2 comments:

Zarina Hassem said...

Alhamdulila this is such a beautiful story. It provides so much hope and reminds us how merciful Allah Almighty is. Thank you sister for posting this, May Allah (SWT) reward you in abundance!

Sis Zabrina said...

Salaams Sis Zarina,

Alhamdulillah, I am so glad that you liked the story. And ameen to your prayers. I pray the same for you too Ukhti! *hugs*

Salaams
Sis Zabrina