This is part of a Facebook comment I recently received from a fellow Malaysian, a Chinese lady, in response to our discussion, about a hit and run case, involving a motorcyclist food delivery rider. I fully supported her views that no one should just leave after hitting someone who is on a motorcycle!
“Being a driver of any vehicle, we must not run when we hit someone especially people on motorbike. We need to come down and help the person up and see if he/she need to seek medical help from hospital or clinic. It is very selfish to run away without giving first help to the victim.”
Such a beautiful response from an obviously good, and kind hearted person.
This is the kind of person, who, if guided properly to the Truth of Islam, really, truly, deserves to enter Allah’s Heavens. We have to help guide those who wish to enter Paradise, to possess, the credentials necessary to pass through the Gates of Allah’s Paradises.
Over here on Earth, during this Covid 19 Pandemic, we are witness to how, the authorities are imposing the strictest SOP’s @ Standard Operating Procedures, for people, just to enter the shopping malls, office and business complexes, etcetera. One must be fully vaccinated with 2 doses of the approved vaccines and exhibit no visible symptoms of having being infected by the deadly Coronavirus.
That is just a small measure of the many hurdles that one must pass or overcome in order to enter a business complex, here on Earth. Do we even dare to contemplate on the various requirements that one must fulfill in order to qualify, one’s admittance to Allah’s Heavens?
Saying that I fear Hell and want to go to Heaven is what every rational human being would express, naturally. Yet, one has to realize that in order to be able to escape the Hellfire’s, one has to strive to obtain the required credentials to enter Paradise.
First and foremost, one has to be fully aware of the criteria to qualify oneself to enter Allah’s Jannah @ Heavens.
Narrated Abu Aiyub:
A man said to the Prophet (ﷺ) “Tell me of such a deed as will make me enter Paradise.” The people said, “What is the matter with him? What is the matter with him?” The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “He has something to ask. (What he needs greatly) The Prophet (ﷺ) said: (In order to enter Paradise) you should worship Allah and do not ascribe any partners to Him, offer prayer perfectly, pay the Zakat and keep good relations with your Kith and kin.” (See Hadith No. 12, Vol 8).
As the Blessed Prophet has stated, in order to merit, one’s entrance or admittance to Allah’s Heavens, one must believe in Allah completely! One must truly be a Mukmin. A Believer. There’s no room for even an iota of doubt! There is no if’s or but’s about it.
You must truly believe in Allah. A 100%. Not even allow a 0.0001 % of doubt about it. If one is a rational and logical person, with the ability to fully exercise his or her Faculty of Reason, then there would be no obstacles for him or her to fully realize, the true Reality of Almighty Allah, our Supreme and Only Creator.
You and I know for sure that apart from Allah, all the others, that wayward humans are worshipping, are just a figment of human imagination. Let’s not beat around the bush for once. There’s nothing to be shy here. It’s a matter of Life and Death. We are alive right now BUT surely can and will die, at any time, for sure.
It’s all up to HIM, the Almighty.
He, who created us, and formed us in our mother’s womb. Gave us all that we need to live our lives. He gave us our eyes to see. Ears to hear with. Nose to smell with. Sense of touch to feel. Brain to think with and to decide what we must do in order to choose what’s best for us. Yet, many do not think with proper logic and reason as to what they worship!
How can a human being simply worship another creation or a figment of their imagination?
To say that one fears Hellfire and wants to go to Heaven is but a natural human inclination but surely, one needs to realize that entrance to Heaven doesn’t come easy. Even to enter just a shopping complex nowadays, where one needs to pay for and buy what one needs, there are at the moment, so many SOPs and regulations to merit permission for entry, shouldn’t one think about the requirements needed to qualify one’s entry into Allah’s Paradises?
I said ‘Paradises’ because Allah the Almighty has created and prepared 7 different levels of Paradises.
They are [from the highest to the lowest]:
- Jannatul Firdaus.
Jannatul Firdaus is said to be created by Allah from Reddish Gold. It is the source of all the heavenly rivers flowing in Paradise.
Those eligible to enter Jannatul Firdaus [The Highest Level of Paradise] are:
- The Prophets and Messengers of Allah;
- The Shuhada [Martyrs] who died fighting in the Cause of Allah;
- Those who paid Zakat [Charity];
- Those who kept their trusts and fulfilled their promises;
- Those who kept their solat [prayers];
- Those who refrained from useless pursuits;
- Those who guarded their genitalia from Zina [Adultery] and modesty.
2. Jannatul Ma’wa
The 2nd highest level of Paradise is known as Jannatul Ma’wa.
Jannatul Ma’wa is created by Allah from green emerald. Allah mentions it by name in Surah Al-Najm, Verse 15. You may start reading about it from Verse 12 to learn about the whole revelation. Go to https://www.quran.com/53/12-15
As mere human beings who are currently alive and being mere mortals, we are not capable of entering the spiritual realm yet. When our time to depart from this earthly existence arrives, we’ll then experience what Allah has in store for us. Depending on how we conduct ourselves, here on Earth and in the 3rd realm of our existence, we will know our fate and our stations then after we die and will be in the Realm of Barzakh. Life in the Grave. Insya Allah.
The criteria to be eligible to enter Jannatul Ma’wa are as follows:
- Those who are firm believers in Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala;
- Those who are true believers and do good;
- Those who fear Allah’s Greatness and guard themselves from succumbing to their lusts.
3. Jannatul Ad’n
The 3rd highest level of Paradise is known as Jannatul Ad’n and created by Almighty Allah from white pearls.
The characteristics of the Dwellers of Jannatul Ad’n are:
- Those who are Believers and Do Good;
- Those who are Patient in Seeking the Contentment of Allah, by performing their Solats and give a portion of their sustenance that Allah gives them as charity without fanfare or do so publicly and rebut Evil with Goodness;
- Those who are repentant, have faith and do good;
- Those who are truly Faithful;
- Those who reciprocate Evil with Goodness.
4. Jannatul ‘Khuldi
The Jannatul ‘Khuldi is created by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala from Red and Yellow Coral. The Firman of Allah which means: ” Ask those [Hell Dwellers] Is the [torment of Hellfire] better or the Eternal Paradise, promised to those who have Faith?” (Surah Al-Furqan, Chapter 25 verse 15)
The criteria of the Dwellers of Jannatul Khuldi are those who are fastidious in carrying out the Commandments of Allah and stay away from all His Prohibitions.
5. Jannatul Na’im
Jannatul Na’im is created by Allah from White Silver. Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala reveals: ” And make me those who are the Inheritors of Jannatul Na’im”.
The criterion of the Dwellers of Jannatul Naim are:
- Those who have Faith and Doers of Good;
- Those who are Believers.
6. Jannatul Dar As Salam
The Jannatul Dar As-Salam is created by Allah from Red Rubies which is a precious gemstone. The term ‘Dar As-Salam’ means a place that is full of peace and safety, which is a House of Allah and also one of the 99 Most Beautiful Names of Allah. Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala reveals,” For them are the Paradise of Dar As-salam (abode of peace and tranquility) besides their Lord, and He is their Saviour, due to their deeds (good) which they did.” (Surah Al An’am, Chapter 6, Verse 127)
The criteria of the Dwellers of Jannatul Dar As-Salam are:
- Those who are of strong Faith and Islamic practices;
- Those who study the Verses of the Al-Quran and practice them in their daily lives solely because of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala.
7. Jannatul Dar Al-Qarar
Jannatul Dar Al-Qarar is created by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala from white pearls.
Named Dar Al-Qarar because its inhabitants are immortal and will reside in it eternally as per the Revelation of Allah Azza Wa Jalla in Surah Ghafir, Chapter 40, Verse 39 which means: “ O my People! This worldly life is only [a temporary] enjoyment, and indeed, the Hereafter is the [permanent] settlement”.
The criteria of the Dwellers of Jannatul Dar Al-Qarar are those who do immense good deeds and seldom go astray.
Ask any person [sane and rational] as to where they would prefer to end up after this earthly life and 9 out of 10, chances are that they would want to end up in Paradise.
Only the weirdo would say, “I want to go to Hell!“
Reason being that Hell is not a joke. Eternal torture. One gets roasted and burned to crisp. Then his or her skin gets renewed and the torture starts anew. This goes on till eternity.
To those who fear Hellfire and say that they want to go to Allah’s Paradises, then make sure that you are praying to the Only True Lord, our God Almighty, Allahu Rabbul Alamin.
It’s entirely your choice.
Be a Muslim. Nothing else.