Do You Really Want Paradise ?
Author: Jawad Ahmed
This should be our goal in life, "I want to go to Jannah ( Paradise )."
It should be written in bold letters on our foreheads so that it serves
a constant reminder for us. The Prophet (Sallalaahu alaihi wasallam)
has left with us a very small key to Jannah, which we muslims today
have become oblivious of. Just like you need a key to open your car's
door, or hous door, or office door; similarly you need a key to open
Jannah to you. What is this key?
Prophet (Sallalaahu alaihi wasallam) said,"Whoever goes down a
path/road searching for knowledge, Allah will make it easy for him the
road to Paradise ." [Saheeh Muslim, Vol.3 Hadith No. 99]
Travelling on the path to knowledge refers both to walking or driving
along an actual road/pathway, such as going to Conferences, etc..or
going to your local Masajids whenever there is either an international
scholar/speaker or a local scholar/speaker speaking. Searching also
entails, a metaphysical road, such as stydying and memorising Quran and
Hadeeth. Not merely memorising like a parrot, but understanding it
first and then memorising it.
The above hadeeth of the Prophet (Sallalaahu alaihi wasallam) means
that Allah makes learning the useful knowledge that is sought after
easier for the seeker, clearing the way for him, and smoothing his
journey to Paradise . This is why some of our pious predecessors used
to say,"Is there anyone seeking knowledge, so that we can assist him in
brothers and sisters, be LOVERS of Knowledge, be seekers of Knowledge.
"Yes, where is my Quran, where is my Hadeeth Bukhari." Getting up every
morning with a purpose: to seek Jannah by seeking Knowledge! Knowledge
is also the shortest path to Allah. Whoever travels the road of
knowledge reaches Allah and Paradise by the shortest route. Knowledge
also clears the way out of darkness, ignorance, doubt and scepticism.
It is why Allah called His Book, Quran, "Light."
Knowledge is the ROAD to Paradise , and Islam is the vehicle that takes
you to this destination of Paradise . Just like you get in a car to go
from one destination to another, but how? By finding out the directions
to get there, either by seeing a map or asking someone. Similarly, our
Quran and Hadeeth are our maps, and our scholars are the people who
give the directions from this map to get to our ultimate destination,
yourself, "Is Paradise easy?" Have you ever seen, how easy it is for
our Hafizul-Quran brothers and sisters, who memorize the whole Quran by
heart? Have you ever seen how easy it is for some of us to study Quran
and hadeeth for hours and hours, whilst others cannot even open the
Quran or Hadeeth at least once a year or month? Why?
Narrated Ali ibn Taalib(raa), While the Prophet (Sallalaahu alaihi
wasallam) was in a funeral procession he picked up something and
started scraping the ground with it, and said," There is none among you
but has his place written for him either in Hell-Fire or Paradise."
They said,"O Messenger of Allah! Shall we not depend upon what has been
written for us and give up deeds?" He (Sallalaahu alaihi wasallam)
said,"Carry on doing (good) deeds, for everybody will find easy to do
such deeds as will lead him to his destined place for which he has been
created. So he, who is destined to be among the happy (in the
Hereafter) will find it easy to do the deeds characteristic of such
people, whle he who is destined to be among the miserable ones, will
find it easy to do the deeds characteristic of such people." Then the
Prophet (Sallalaahu alaihi wasallam) recited the following verses:
[Surah Al-Layl(92), Verses 5-10]
"As for him who gives and keeps his duty to Allah and fears Him,"
"And believes in Husna (the best)."
"We will make smooth for him the path of Ease (goodness, ie. Paradise )"
"But he who is greedy miser and thinks himself self-sufficient,"
"And gives the lie to Husna."
"We will make smooth for him the path for Evil (ie. Hell-fire)."
[Saheeh Al-Bukhari, Vol.6, Hadith No.474]
Numerous examples of this above hadeeth and verses of Allah are
prevalent in our societies today, yet we don't learn any lessons from
them. For example, how easy it is for some to fast the fast of Dawud,
meaning fasting every other day, or doing voluntary fasts of Shawwal,
Muharram, Rajab, etc. Whereas for some it is even hard to fast in
Ramadhan, Why? ever notice how easy it is for some to get up in the
middle of the night and talk to their Lord in private in
Salat-ul-Tahajjud, while for others it is hard to even make the
Obligatory (Fardh) prayers? Why?
How easy it is for some to remain single and yet gaurd their chastity
and protect themselves from fornication, while others are married and
yet still indulge in adultery. Why? How easily some memorise ayats
(verses) of Quran and Hadeeth, while others memorise the latest songs
in the market and memorise the latest cuss words used on streets. Why?
You see brothers and sisters, for some of us it is very EASY to
practice Islam, as Allah wants to practice, while for others it is very
HARD to practice. The answer for this are the verses of Surah Al-Layl,
because for those whom it is easy to practice Islam, Allah is making it
EASY the road to Paradise , whilst for those whom it is hard to
practice, Allah is making it EASY for them the road to Hell-Fire. So
why is it easy for some to practice Islam? It is because they are
lovers and seekers of Knowldege and not only that, but also act upon
that knowledge, and thus Allah is making it easy for them their
destination of Paradise .
Knowledge is the key and that is why our Prophet (Sallalaahu alaihi
wasallam) used to supplicate in every prayer,"Allahumma Inni Auzubikaa
Min Illmin Laa Yanf'aau." O Allah! I seek refuge in you from Knowledge
that does not benefit.
It doesn't benefit you brothers and sisters. For hours and hours you
are sitting in front of that T.V. and its not benefitting you as its
not leading you to Paradise . For hours and hours you waste time on
bed-time novels or on magazines and newspapers in a month and yet it
doesn't lead you to Paradise . When all that time you could have been
studying Quran and Hadeeth or reading Islamic books instead of bed-time
story novels and yet making easier for yourself the road to Paradise ,
and achieving it Insha Allah.
Not only does it not benefit you, but moreso it harms you. Hours and
hours of those T.V. programs are not teaching you Quran and Sunnah,
rather teaching you how to date, or how to hook someone from the
opposite sex, or teaching you violence or foul language. Thus
instilling evil and wicked ideas and things into your mind and heart,
just for the pleasure of this temporary world, and making you further
away from your destination of Paradise .
In conclusion, I say this brothers and sisters. We need to get our
"cars" (Islam) fixed and focused on the right direction to our
destination of Paradise . We need to pick up the "maps" (Quran &
Hadeeth) and ask knowledgeable people (scholars/imams) for directions
(road/path) to Paradise .
Was-salam, your helping hand and brother in ISLAM, Jawad Ahmed.