The Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said, “Allāh said, “I have prepared for My righteous slaves (such excellent things) as no eye has ever seen, nor an ear has ever heard nor a human heart can ever think of.’”
As Muslims, our ultimate goal is to enter Jannah (paradise) which can be attained through striving in this life. This world is a place of striving and the hereafter is a place of either recompense or punishment. Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) tests his slaves with trials, tribulations, and calamities in order to differentiate the Mūʿmin (believer) from the Kāfir (disbeliever).
Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) says,
“Do the people think that they will be left to say, “We believe” and they will not be tried? But We have certainly tried those before them, and Allāh will surely make evident those who are truthful, and He will surely make evident the liars.”
Commenting on this, Syed Qutb (raḥimahu Allāhu) says,
“This is the first strong note made in the sūrah, given in the form of a rhetorical question about people’s concept of faith. They often imagine that it is merely a word they utter: “Do people think that once they say: ‘We are believers’, they will be left alone?”
Belief is not a mere word we say; it is a reality that imposes duties, a trust that carries requirements and a struggle that demands patience and perseverance. It is not enough that people should claim to believe. When they make this claim they are not left alone. They are subjected to tests so as to prove their sincerity and true mettle, just as gold is tested with fire so as to separate it from any cheap elements. The Arabic word used here for test derives from the root fitnah, which imparts exactly this sense of being subjected to a test with all that this implies. Such tests to prove people’s belief is a general and long-established rule:
“We certainly tested those who lived before them; and so most certainly God knows those who speak the truth and most certainly He knows those who are liars.”
God certainly knows what people harbour in their hearts before any test, but the test reveals, in practice, what is known to God, yet hidden from human knowledge. He thus makes people accountable for what they actually do, not for what He knows of their reality. This is, in one sense, an act of grace; while in another it is an act of justice. At the same time, it sets an edifying example for people so that they do not hold anyone accountable for anything other than what is clearly apparent of their deeds and what such deeds entail. They should remember that they cannot know what is in another’s heart; only God knows that.”
We all say that we want to enter Jannah, however, do we genuinely take the steps to attain this honourable state? There are a number of ways to attain Jannah through pleasing our Creator, subḥānahu wa taʿālā.
The following are some beautiful ḥadīths that we should read, memorise and most importantly act upon. These narrations display the many different ways or good deeds that one can carry out in order to enter Jannah.
1 – Whoever meets Allāh without ascribing anything to Him will enter Jannah.
2 – Whoever believes (has īmān) in Allāh and His Messenger (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam), and establishes the prayer and fasts the month of Ramaḍān, it is incumbent upon Allāh that He enters him in Jannah.
3 – Whoever builds a masjid seeking by it the Pleasure of Allāh, Allāh will build for him a similar place in Jannah.
4 – Whoever prays the two cool prayers (ʿAsr and Fajr) will enter Jannah.
5 – Whoever goes to the masjid (every) morning and in the afternoon (for the congregational prayer), Allāh will prepare for him an honourable place in Jannah with good hospitality for (his) every morning and afternoon goings.
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.
7 – Whoever prays 12 rakaʿat in the day and night, a house in Jannah will be built for him.
8 – Whoever treads a path in search of knowledge, Allāh will make easy for him the path to Jannah.
9 – Whoever repeats after the mu’adhdhin from his heart (i.e. sincerely) will enter Jannah.
10 – There is not one of you who perfects his wuḍū’ and prays two rakaʿat setting about them with his heart as well as his face except that Jannah would be mandatory for him.
11 – Whoever says: “I am pleased with Allāh as my Rabb, and with Islām as my Dīn, and with Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) as my Prophet, Jannah would be mandatory for him.
12 – Whosoever last words are: Lā ilāha ill Allāh, will enter Paradise.
13 – Whoever says “SubḥānAllāh al-ʿAdhīm wa biḤamdihi, Glorified and Exalted is Allāh, The Great, and with His Praise”, a date-palm will planted for him in Jannah.
14 – Whoever dies and is free from three: arrogance, grudges, and debt will enter Jannah
15 – Whoever raises two girls, he and I will enter Jannah.
16 – Whoever calls the adhān for 12 years, Jannah will become mandatory for him.
17 – Whoever asks Allāh for Jannah three times, Jannah will say: “O Allāh, enter him into Jannah.”
18 – Whoever visits an ailing person or a brother of his to seek the Pleasure of Allāh, an announcer (angel) calls out: ‘May you be happy, may your walking be blessed, and may you be awarded a dignified position in Jannah.’
19 – Indeed, truthfulness leads to righteousness and indeed righteousness leads to Jannah.
20 – Allāh guarantees him who strives in His Cause and whose motivation for going out is nothing but Jihād in His Cause and belief in His Word, that He will admit him into Jannah.
21 – O people, spread the salām (greetings), feed the hungry, and pray while the people are asleep, you will enter Jannah in peace.
22 – (The performance of) ʿUmrah is an expiation for the sins committed between it and the previous ʿUmrah, and the reward of Ḥajj Mabrūr (i.e. one accepted) is nothing but Jannah.
23 – Allāh has ninety-nine names, one hundred minus one, and whoever believes in their meanings and acts accordingly, will enter Jannah.
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.
25 – O Allāh, You are my Lord, none has the right to be worshipped except You, You created me and I am You servant and I abide by Your covenant and promise as best I can, I take refuge in You from the evil of which I committed. I acknowledge Your favour 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.”
We ask that Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) grants us all Jannat al-Firdaus and that He forgives us for our shortcomings.
“And give good tidings to those who believe and do righteous deeds that they will have gardens [in Paradise] beneath which rivers flow. Whenever they are provided with a provision of fruit therefrom, they will say, “This is what we were provided with before.” And it is given to them in likeness. And they will have therein purified spouses, and they will abide therein eternally.”