The Way to Al-Firdaus

The way to Al-Firdaus (Jannah) is through improving your character
Arguing with people is strongly discouraged in Islam. We are to state our point of view and then leave it at that. Nor are we to involve ourselves in matters that do not affect a person’s deen. Note that a person is to shun argument whether he is in the right or whether his stand is wrong. Both get houses built for them in Paradise. But since the person who knows that he is right finds it more difficult to leave the argument and let things be, he/she is promised a greater reward.

Arguing with people rarely gets anyone to change their minds. It usually only produces defensiveness and creates ill feelings between people. The issue becomes a matter of one’s ego and makes it more difficult for a person to change their stance. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) loves to have Muslims live harmoniously with each other. Try these hadith out in practice, and you will see that your relations improve with people and that you have greater peace of mind.



التَّرغيبُ إلَى الجَنَّةِ / Paradise

1ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): ألاَ وإنّي لَم أرَ كالجَنَّةِ نامَ طالِبُها ، ولا كالنّارِ نامَ هارِبُها!

1- Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Indeed I have not seen anything like Paradise, the seeker whereof is sleeping, nor have I seen anything like the Fire, whose escapee is sleeping.’[Nahj al-Balagha, Sermon 28]

2ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): الجَنَّةُ أفضَلُ غايَةٍ.

2- Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Paradise is the best goal.’[Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 1024]

3ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): الجَنّةُ دارُ الأمانِ.

3- Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Paradise is the abode of security.’[Ibid. no. 397]

لَيسَ لأنفُسِكُم ثَمَنٌ إلّا الجَنَّةُ / There is No Price for Your Souls Except for Paradise

4ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): إنَّهُ ليسَ لأنْفُسِكُم ثَمَنٌ إلّا الجَنّةُ ، فلا تَبيعوها إلّا بِها.

4– Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Verily there is no price for your soul except for Paradise, so do not sell it for anything else.[ Bihar al-Anwar, v. 78, p. 13, no. 71]

ثَمَنُ الجَنَّةِ / The Price for Paradise

5ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): ثَمَنُ الجَنّةِ العَملُ الصّالحُ.

5– Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘The price for Paradise is righteous deeds.’[Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 4698]

6ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): ثَمنُ الجَنّةِ الزُّهدُ في الدُّنيا.

6– Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘The price for Paradise is abstention from the world.’[Ibid. no. 4700]

7ـ الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): قَولُ « لا إلهَ إلّا اللّه‏ُ» ثَمَنُ الجَنّـةِ.

7– Imam al-Sadiq (AS) said, ‘Saying ‘There is no god but Allah’ is the price for Paradise.’[al-Tawhid, p. 21, no. 13]

موجِباتُ دُخولِ الجَنَّةِ / Requirements for Entering Paradise

8ـ رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): أكْثَرُ ما تَلِجُ بهِ اُمَّتي الجَنّةَ : تَقْوى اللّه‏ِ وحُسْنُ الخُلقِ .

8– The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘The most effective way my community will enter Paradise is through God wariness and good character.’[al-Kafi, v. 2, p. 100, no. 6]

9ـ رسول اللّه‏ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): ثلاثٌ مَن لَقِيَ اللّه‏َ عزّ وجلّ بهِنَّ ‏دَخلَ الجَنّةَ مِن أيِّ بابٍ شاءَ : مَن حسنَ خُلقُهُ ، وخَشِيَ اللّه‏َ في المَغيبِ والمَحْضَرِ ، وتَرَكَ المِراءَ وإنْ‏كانَ مُحِقّاً.

9– The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘Whoever meets Allah with three things will enter Paradise from any door he likes: good character, fear of Allah in public as well as in solitude, and desisting from disputation even when in the right.’[Ibid. p. 300, no. 2]

10ـ رسول اللّه‏ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): أكُلُّكُم يُحِبُّ أنْ يَدخُلَ الجَنّةَ ؟ قالوا : نَعَم يا رسولَ اللّه‏ِ ، قالَ : قَصِّروا مِن الأملِ ، وثـَبِّـتوا آجالَكُم بينَ أبْصارِكُم ، واسْتَحْيوا مِن اللّه‏ِ حقَّ الحَياءِ.

10- The Prophet (SAWA) asked, ‘Would you all love to enter Paradise?’ They replied, ‘Yes, O Prophet of Allah.’ He said, ‘Shorten your expectations, fix your eyes on death, and feel ashamed in front of Allah to the extent one ought to.’[Tanbih al-Khawatir, v. 1, p. 272]

11ـ رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): مَن خُتِمَ لَهُ بجِهادٍ في سَبيلِ اللّه‏ِ ولو قَدْرَ فَواقِ ناقَةٍ دَخلَ الجَنّةَ.

11- The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘Whoever meets his end in jihād for the sake of Allah, even for a moment equal to the gasping of a camel, will enter Paradise.’[Mustadrak al-Wasail, v. 2, p. 122, no. 1604]

12ـ الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): ثلاثٌ مَن أتى اللّه‏َ بواحِدَةٍ مِنْهنَّ أوْجَبَ اللّه‏ُ لَهُ الجَنّةَ: الإنْفاقُ مِن إقْتارٍ ، والبِشْرُ لِجَميعِ العالَمِ، والإنْصافُ مِن نَفْسِهِ.

12- Imam al-Sadiq (AS) said, ‘There are three things which if a person performs even one, Allah will make Paradise incumbent upon him: to give charity when one is needy oneself, cheerfulness with the whole world, and being just in spite of one’s self.’[al-Kafi, v. 2, p. 103, no. 2]

الجَنَّةُ مَحفوفَةٌ بِالمَكارِهِ / Paradise Surrounded by Trials

13ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): بالمَكارِهِ تُنالُ الجَنّةُ .

13– Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Through trials one attains Paradise.’[Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 4204]

14ـ الإمامُ الباقرُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): الجَنّةُ مَحفوفةٌ بالمَكارِهِ والصَّبرِ ، فمَن صَبرَ على المَكارِهِ في الدُّنيا دَخلَ الجَنّةَ. وجَهنّمُ مَحفوفةٌ باللَّذّاتِ والشَّهَواتِ ، فمَن أعطى نَفْسَهُ لَذَّتَها وشَهْوَتَها دَخلَ النّارَ .

14– Imam al-Baqir (AS) said, ‘Paradise is surrounded by trials and patience. So whoever endures trials in the world will enter Paradise. Hell is surrounded by pleasures and desires. Thus, whoever allows himself its pleasures and desires [of the world] will enter the Fire.’[al-Kafi, v. 2, p. 89, no. 7]

15ـ الإمامُ الرِّضا (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): مَن سألَ اللّه‏َ الجَنّةَ ولَم يَصْبِرْ على الشَّدائدِ فَقدِ اسْتَهْزأ بنَفْسِهِ .

15- Imam al-Rida (AS) said, ‘Whoever asks Allah for Paradise but does not endure tribulations has in fact ridiculed himself.’[Bihar al-Anwar, v. 78, p. 356, no. 11]

مَن ضُمِنَت لَهُ الجَنَّةُ / Those for Whom Paradise is Guaranteed

16ـ رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): مَن ضَمِنَ لي ما بينَ لِحْيَيْهِ وما بينَ رِجْلَيْهِ ضَمِنتُ له الجَنّةَ .

16–The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘Whoever safeguards, for my sake, what is between his beard [i.e. his tongue] and what is between his legs [i.e. his private parts], I will safeguard Paradise for him.’[Ma`ani al-Akhbar, p. 411, no. 99]

17ـ رسول اللّه‏ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): تَقَبّلوا لي بسِتٍّ أتَقَبّلْ لَكُم بالجَنّةِ : إذا حَدَّثْتُم فلا تَكْذِبوا ، وإذا وَعدْتُم فلا تُخْلِفوا ، وإذا ائتُمِنْتُم فلا تَخونوا ، وغُضّوا أبْصارَكُم ، واحْفَظوا فُروجَكُم ، وكُفُّوا أيديَكُم وألسِنَتَكُم.

17– The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘Present me with six things and I will present you with Paradise. When you speak, do not lie; when you promise, do not break it; when you are entrusted with something, do not betray; lower your gazes, guard your private parts, restrain your hands and your tongues.’[Amali al-Saduq, p. 82, no. 2]

مَن تُحَرَّمُ عَلَيهِ الجَنَّةُ / Those for Whom Paradise is Forbidden

18ـ رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): تَحْرُمُ الجنّةُ على ثلاثةٍ : على المَنّانِ ، وعلى المُغْتابِ ، وعلى مُدمِنِ الخَمرِ.

18– The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘Paradise is forbidden to three types of people: one who is reproachful for his gifts, one who backbites, and one who imbibes alcohol.’[al-Zuhd li al-Husayn b. Sa`id, p. 9, no. 17]

19ـ رسول اللّه‏ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): لايَدخُلُ الجَنّةَ خِبٌّ ولا خائِنٌ.

19– The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘A traitor and a deceiver will not enter Paradise.’[Kanz al-`Ummal, no. 43777]

20ـ رسول اللّه‏ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): مَنِ اسْتَرْعى رَعِيَّةً فغَشَّها حَرّمَ‏اللّه‏ُ علَيهِ الجَنّةَ .

20– The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘Whoever assumes responsibility of taking care of a people, then deceives them, Allah forbids him entry into Paradise.’[Tanbih al-Khawatir, v. 2, p. 227]

أبوابُ الجَنَّةِ / The Gates of Paradise

21ـ رسول اللهِ‏ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): الجَنَّةُ لَها ثَمانِيَةُ أبوابٍ… مَن أرادَ الدُّخولَ مِن هذِهِ الأَبوابِ الثَّمانِيَةِ فَليَتَمَسَّك بِأَربَعِ خِصالٍ : الصَّدَقَةِ وَالسَّخاءِ وحُسنِ الخُلُقِ وكَفِّ الأذى عَن عِبادِ اللّه‏ِ تَعالى.

21– The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘Indeed the doors of Paradise are under the shade of the swords.’[al-Durr al ManthÙr, v. 1, p. 597]

22ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): إنَّ لِلجَنّةِ ثَمانِيَةَ أبوابٍ: بابٌ يَدخُلُ مِنهُ النَّبِيّونَ والصِّدِّيقونَ ، وبابٌ يَدخُلُ مِنهُ الشُّهَداءُ والصّالِحونَ ، وخَمسَةُ أبْوابٍ يَدخُلُ مِنها شِيعَتُنا ومُحِبّونا …، وبابٌ يَدخُلُ مِنهُ سائـرُ المُسلِمينَ مِمَّنْ شَهِدَ أنْ لا إلهَ إلّا اللّه‏ُ ، ولَم يَكُنْ في قَلبِهِ مِقْدارُ ذَرَّةٍ مِن بُغْضِنا أهلَ البَيتِ.

22– Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Paradise has eight doors: a door through which the prophets and the truthful ones will enter, a door through which the martyrs and the righteous will enter, five doors through which our shi`a and our lovers will enter …, a door through which the rest of the Muslims will enter, that is, those that bear witness to ‘There is no god but Allah’ and who do not bear an atom’s weight of enmity towards us, the ahl al-bayt.’[al-Khisal, p. 408, no. 6]

دَرَجاتُ الجَنَّةِ / The Ranks in Paradise

23ـ رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): إنَّ في الجَنّةِ دَرَجةً لا يَنالُها إلّا إمامٌ عادِلٌ ، أو ذو رَحِمٍ وَصُولٌ ، أو ذو عِيالٍ صَبورٌ.

23– The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘There is a station in Paradise that none can attain except a just leader, or one who has maintained relations with his kin, or who is forbearing with his family.’[Ibid. p. 93, no. 39]

24ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) ـ في صفةِ الجنّةِ ـ : دَرَجاتٌ مُتَفاضِلاتٌ ، ومَنازِلُ مُتَفاوِتاتٌ.

24– Imam Ali (AS) said, describing Paradise, ‘There are degrees differing in excellence, and various stations.’[Nahj al-Balagha, Sermon 85]

25ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): إنَّ أهْلَ الجَنّةِ لَيَتَراؤونَ مَنازِلَ شِيعَتِنا كما يَتَراءى الرّجُلُ مِنكُمُ الكَواكِبَ في اُفُقِ السَّماءِ .

25– Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘The people of Paradise will gaze upon the stations of our shi`a just as one of you gazes at the stars on the horizons of the sky.’[Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 3514]

26ـ الإمامُ زينُ العابدينَ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): علَيكَ بالقُرآنِ، فإنَّ اللّه‏َ خَلـقَ الجَنّـةَ … وجَعلَ دَرَجاتِها على قَدْرِ آياتِ القُرآنِ، فمَن قَرأَ القُرآنَ قالَ لَهُ : إقْرَأْ وارْقَ ، ومَن دَخـلَ مِنهُمُ الجَنّةَ لَم يَكُنْ في الجَنّةِ أعلى دَرَجـةً مِنهُ ما خلا النَّبِيّينَ والصِّدِّيقينَ .

26– Imam Zayn al-Abidin (AS) said, ‘Adhere to the Qur’an …for Allah has created Paradise, and has made its stations in accordance with the verses of the Qur’an. So whoever reads the Qur’an, it will say to him, ‘Read and ascend!’ So whoever from among them enters Paradise, there will not be a station higher than theirs except for the prophets and the truthful ones.’[Bihar al-Anwar, v. 8, p. 133, no. 39]

27ـ الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): إنَّ أدنى أهْلِ الجَنّةِ مَنزِلاً لَو نَزلَ بهِ‏الثّقَلانِ ـ الجِنُّ والإنسُ ـ لَوَسِعَهُم طَعاماً وشَراباً ، ولا يَنْقُصُ مِمّا عِندَهُ شَيءٌ .

27– Imam al-Sadiq (AS) said, ‘For the one who occupies the lowest station in Paradise, were the humans and the jinn to appear as guests for him, nothing would diminish from him if he were to provide them all with food and drink.’[Ibid. v. 8, p. 120, no. 11]

أوَّلُ مَن يَدخُلُ الجَنَّةَ / The First to Enter Paradise

28ـ رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) ـ لعليٍّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) ـ : إنَّ أوَّلَ أربَعةٍ يَدْخُلونَ الجَنّةَ: أنا وأنتَ والحَسنُ والحُسينُ.

28– The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘The first of people to enter Paradise will be the poor.’[Kanz al-`Ummal, no. 16636]

29ـ رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): أوَّلُ مَن يَدخُلُ الجَنّةَ مِن‏خَلقِ اللّه‏ِ الفُقَراءُ.

29– The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘The first to enter Paradise will be the martyr and the servant who worshipped his Lord well.’[Tanbih al-Khawatir, p. 1, no. 57]

30ـ رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): أوَّلُ مَن يَدخُلُ الجَنّةَ شَهيدٌ وعَبدٌ أحسنَ عِبادةَ ربِّهِ.

30– The Prophet (SAWA) said to Imam Ali (AS), ‘The first four people to enter Paradise will be you, me, Hasan and Husayn.’[al-Mu`jam al-Kabir, v. 1, p. 319, no. 950]

31ـ الإمامُ الباقرُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): أوَّلُ أهْلِ الجَنّةِ دُخولاً إلى الجَنّةِ أهْلُ المَعروفِ.

31– Imam al-Baqir (AS) said, ‘Among the people of Paradise, the first to enter therein will be the one who does good to others.’[Amali al-Saduq, p. 210, no. 5]

أهلُِ الجَنَّةِ / The People of Paradise

32- رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): ألاَ اُنَبِّئُكَ بأهلِ الجنّةِ ؟ الضُّعَفاءُ المَغْلوبونَ .

32– The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘Shall I inform you of the people of Paradise? They will be the weak and the defeated.’[Kanz al-`Ummal, no. 39338]

33- رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): أهلُ الجنّةِ جُرْدٌ مُرْدٌ كُحْلٌ ، لا يَفنى شَبابُهُم ، ولا تَبلى ثِيابُهُم .

33– The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘The people of Paradise will be without hair upon their bodies, beardless, and whose eyes are adorned with antimony [kohl], their youth will never cease, nor will their garments wear out.’[Ibid. no. 39301]

34- الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): إنَّ أهلَ‏الجنّةِ كلُّ مؤمنٍ هَيِّنٍ لَيّنٍ .

34– Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘The people of Paradise will be the believers who are lenient and of soft temperament.’[Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 3400]

شُمولُ الجَنَّةِ / Inclusiveness of Paradise

35ـ رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): كُلُّكُم يَدخُلونَ الجنّةَ، إلّامَن شَرَدَ على اللّه‏ِ شِرادَ البَعيرِ على أهلِهِ .

35– The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘All of you shall enter Paradise except for the one who fled from Allah like the fleeing of a camel from its owner.’[Kanz al-`Ummal, no. 10221]

36ـ الإمامُ زينُ العابدينَ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): معاشِرَ شيعتِنا ،أمّا الجنّةُ فلَن تَفوتَكُم سَريعاً كانَ أو بَطيئاً، ولكنْ تَنافَسُوا في الدَّرَجاتِ .

36– Imam Zayn al-Abidin (AS) said, ‘O our shi`a! As for Paradise, it will not escape you sooner or later, but do compete with each other to attain stations therein.’[Bihar al-Anwar, v. 74, p. 308, no. 61]



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