JANNAT (PARADISE) – Bahaar E Shariat Vol 1 english

 Jannat is the abode which Almighty Allah has created for the believers. He has adorned Jannat with marvels unseen or unheard of by anyone. Even the thought of these splendours has not crossed the mind of any person. None can ever experience the true realities and bounties of Jannat (in this world). The only one that has been blessed with experiencing all the bounties and all the beauties of Jannat is the Holy Prophet Sallallahu ta’ala alaihi wa sallam. Whatever has been explained with regards to Jannat is only to give one an idea of the exquisiteness and splendours of Jannat.The most beautiful things on this earth cannot compare in any way to anything in Jannat. 

One can therefore not compare the pleasures and tranquillity of Jannat. If one of the maidens of Jannat has to glance into the world, then through her beauty and radiance, the entire skies and earth will light up and be overwhelmed with fragrance. Her beauty will surpass the brightness of the sun and the moon. Her head gear is greater than the world and all its possessions. If a Hur (maiden of Jannat) has to reveal her palm between the skies and the earth, then the creation will be plunged into turmoil due to her beauty. If she reveals her head gear, its radiance will overshadow the sun. The sun compared to the beauty of her headgear will be like a candle in front of the sun. If anything from Jannat, even equivalent to the size of a finger nail has to fall onto the earth, it will be regarded as the most decorative item. If the bangle (or bracelet) of a Jannati (Dweller of Paradise) is revealed, it will cause the brightness of the sun to be hidden, like the sun causes the brightness of the stars to vanish. The smallest space in Jannat, equivalent to the amount of space needed to keep a dustbin, is more valuable than the world and all its possessions. Only Allah and His Rasool Sallallahu ta’ala alaihi wa sallam know how vast Jannat is. For the purpose of understanding, it has been mentioned that Jannat has 100 levels.

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1. There is no doubt, that nothing can be compared to Holy Paradise, but the Holy Kaaba is greater in status than Jannat, and as for the Blessed Rauda-e-Mubaarak of the Prophet Sallallahu ta’ala alaihi wa sallam, then this is even greater than the Kaaba and more majestic than the Arsh of Allah which is the most Majestic station in the skies. The Arsh is a creation of Allah and the Holy Prophet Sallallahu ta’ala alaihi wa sallam is the greatest of all creation. It is thus very evident that the Prophet Sallallahu ta’ala alaihi wa sallam being the greatest of Allah’s creation is without doubt more exalted in position than the Arsh.

The distance between every two levels is equivalent to the distance between the skies and the earth. As for the issue in regards to the actual vastness of each level, then no such narration comes to mind right now. It is however mentioned in Tirmizi Shareef, that if all the worlds have to be put into one level, then this one level is vast enough for everything. There is a tree in Jannat that is so vast, that a fast horse is able to ride in its shade for a hundred years and still not come out of its shade.

The doors of Jannat are so extensive that, the distance from one door post to the other door post is the distance in which a swift horse travels in 70 years. With all this, the amount of people that will enter Jannat will be so many, that they will be touching elbows, struggling to enter. Because of the vast crowds of people that will enter Jannat, the doors of Jannat will actually creak. Jannat boasts a variety of unique mansions made from precious gemstones. They are so beautiful and pure; that the inside can be seen from outside and the outside can be seen from within. Read the rest of this entry »

A Story of Rocks

Once, a group of people were travelling on rocks at night. A voice came from the sky that whosoever picks up the rocks will regret and whosoever doesn’t pick up the rocks will regret.

 

Now, the people were confused. How can this be? Whether you pick up the rocks or not, you will regret!

 

Anyway, some people picked up the rocks and some didn’t. In the morning when they reached their homes,

 

they saw that the rocks turned into diamonds.

 

Now, those people who didn’t pick up the rocks started regretting saying “If only we had picked up some rocks.”

 

Those people who did pick some rocks also started regretting saying “Why didn’t we pick up more rocks?” Both sides ended up regretting.

 

 

Dear Muslims, this same incident will take place with us on the Day of Judgement. Those people who spent their time in useless things will start regretting by looking at those who achieved a great position in Paradise by spending their time in the way of Allah.

 

Now, those who did achieve a position in Paradise will start regretting by looking at those who did more than them and are higher in status. “Alas! If we had only done more to please Allah.”

The Blessed Month of Ramadan al-Kareem Mubarak!!

Ramadan Mubarak Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu reported that the Messenger of Allah (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam) has said,

 

إذا دخل رمضان فتحت أبواب السماء (وفي رواية) فتحت أبواب الجنة وغلقت أبواب النار وسلسلت الشياطين (وفي رواية) فتحت أبواب الرحمة

“When Ramadan begins, the doors of heaven are opened.” A version has, “the doors of Paradise are opened and the doors of Hell are closed, and the Satans are tied with chains.” Another version has, “the doors of Mercy are opened.” [Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 1, Page 255 and Sahih al-Muslim, Vol. 1, Page 346]

 

Hadrat Shaykh ‘Abd al-Haq Muhaddith-e-Dehlwi Alaihir raHmah comments:

 

The meaning of the “Doors of heaven” being opened is the continuous descending of mercy, and the ascension of good deeds to the Court of the Almighty without any obstacle (preventing it from ascending). It also means the acceptance of (permissible) supplications. The meaning of the “doors of Paradise” being opened is being encouraged and granted the ability to perform good deeds, and the acceptance of these good deeds. The meaning of the “doors of Hell” being closed is the protection of the souls of those who fast, from things which have been forbidden by the Islamic Law, and rescue from the things which provoke a person on doing bad deeds. It also means to break the desire which the heart has of things of lust. The meaning of Satan being tied with chains is the sealing off of all the ways by which evil whispers enter the mind. [Ashi’ah al-Lam’at]

 

2. Hadrat Abu Hurairah Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu reported that the Messenger of Allah (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam) has said,

 

من صام رمضان إيمانا واحتسابا غفر له ما تقدم من ذنبه ومن قام رمضان إيمانا واحتسابا غفر له ما تقدم من ذنبه ومن قام ليلة القدر إيمانا واحتسابا غفر له ما تقدم من ذنبه

“Whoever fasts during Ramadan with faith and seeking his reward (from Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta’ala) all his past sins will be forgiven. Whoever prays during the night in Ramadan with faith seeking his reward (from Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta’ala) all his past sins will be forgiven. And whoever passes Lailat-ul-Qadr in prayer with faith and seeking his reward (from Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta’ala) all his past sins will be forgiven.” [Sahih al-Bukhari Vol. 1, Page 255 and Sahih al-Muslim, Vol. 1, Page 259]

3. Hadrat Abu Hurairah Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu reported that the Messenger of Allah (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam) has said,

 

إذا كان أول ليلة من شهر رمضان صفدت الشياطين ومردة الجن وغلقت أبواب النار فلم يفتح منها باب وفتحت أبواب الجنة فلم يغلق منها باب وينادى مناد يا باغى الخير أقبل ويا باغى الشر أقصر ولله عتقاء من النار وذلك كل ليلة

“When the first night of Ramadan comes, the satans and the rebellious Jinn are chained, the doors of hell are closed and not one of them is opened (during the entire the month of Ramadan); the doors of Paradise are opened and none of them are closed (for the entire month of Ramadan); and a crier calls, ‘Those who desire what is good, come forward, and those who desire evil refrain from it’, and many people are freed from Hell by Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta’ala, and that happens every night.” [Tirmidhi, Vol. 1, Page 153 and Ibn Maajah, Vol. 1, Page 118]

4. Hadrat Abu Hurairah Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu reported that the Messenger of Allah (SallAllahu Alaihi wa Sallam) has said,

 

أتاكم رمضان شهر مبارك فرض الله عز وجل عليكم صيامه تفتح فيه أبواب السماء وتغلق فيه أبواب الجحيم وتغل فيه مردة الشياطين لله فيه ليلة خير من ألف شهر من حرم خيرها فقد حرم

“Ramadan, a blessed month, has come to you during which Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta’ala has made it obligatory for you to fast. In it the doors of Heaven are opened, the doors of Hell are closed, and the rebellious satans are chained. In it there is a night (worshiping in it) which is better than (worshiping for) a thousand months. Whoever is deprived of its good (and blessing) has indeed been deprived of all good.” [Nasa’i, Vol. 1, Page 299 and Mishkat, Vol. 1, Page 173] Read the rest of this entry »

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