Islam is a religion that teaches us to remain balanced in our approach in different aspects of life. Islam motivates its followers to follow the right path and avoid evil. You must have observed that the description of paradise in Islam is based on the reward that the righteous people will achieve as result of their noble deeds. Paradise or Jannah has been explained in the Holy Quran as an endless life of peace and happiness.
The Holy Quran says that in paradise there will be “gardens under which rivers flow”. This beautiful scenic imagery inspires a man to live his life according to the principles of God in order to achieve the best reward in eternal life. Jannah is an Arabic word. The literal meaning of this word is “to conceal or cover up something.” Jannah is therefore something that has been kept hidden by the Almighty God and it is an eternal abode for the true believers.
Jannah in Quran:
While reciting Quran you will come across various verses in which Jannah is described as a beautiful place. It will be a blessing for the devout followers of religion.
“And give good news to those who believe and do righteous deeds that they will have gardens (in paradise) under which rivers flow.”(quran 2:25)
“For them (are) Gardens of Eden, flows from underneath them the rivers. They will be adorned (with) bracelets of gold and will wear garments, green, of fine silk and heavy brocade, reclining therein on adorned couches.”(Quran 18:31)
“For them awaits a known provision,a variety of delicious fruits; and they shall be honored in the Gardens of Bliss.”(Quran 37: 41-43)
“[Other] faces, that Day, will show pleasure. With their effort [they are] satisfied. In an elevated garden, they will hear no unsuitable speech. Within it is a flowing spring. Within it are couches raised high. And cups put in place; And cushions lined up; And carpets spread around.”(Quran 88:8-16)
Jannah in the light of Hadith
According to Hadith, besides the physical pleasure, the virtuous people will have the spiritual pleasures too. According to Sahih Muslim a collection of Ahadith, the righteous people will have the honour of glancing at the countenance of God. Description of Paradise has been provided in detail.
Levels of Jannah
Holy Prophet advised the muslims to pray to God for the highest level of Jannah. The highest level of jannah is Janat ul Firdaus.
Holy Prophet said:
“Paradise has one hundred grades, each of which is as big as the distance between heaven and earth. The highest of them is Firdaus and the best of them is Firdaus. The Throne is above Firdaus and from it springs forth the rivers of Paradise. If you ask of Allah, ask Him for Firdaus”(Sahih Ibn Majah).
Gates of Jannah:
Ubaidah (RA) reported that Holy Prophet (PBUH) said:
“Whoever bears witness that there is no god but Allah alone, with no partner or associate, and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger, and that ‘Esa is the slave of Allah and His Messenger, and a word which Allah bestowed on Maryam and a spirit created by Him and that Paradise is true and Hell is true, will have the right to be admitted by Allah to Paradise through whichever of the eight gates he wishes, because of his good deeds.”
1: Baab as salat:
Those who are regular in their prayers will enter from this door.
2: Baab al Jihad
The true believers who sacrificed their lives for the sake of god will have the highest hour to enter from this door.
3: Baab as Sadaqah:
Those who spent their money in charity to help the humanity will enter from bab as sadaqah.
4: Baab ar Rayan:
It is the door of Jannah through which those people will enter who used to fast.
5: Baab al Hajj:
The believers who performed pilgrimage will enter into paradise through this gate.
6: Baab Al-Kaazimeen Al-Ghaiz Wal Aafina Anin Naas:
Those who are patient and control their anger and forgive their brothers will enter from this gate.
7: Baab al Iman:
The believers who will remain firm on their Iman will have the honour to enter the heaven through this gate.
8: Baab al Zikr:
Those who remember God on easy and difficult moments and do zikr will enter from this gate.
The believers will enter in the gardens of Jannah through these gates.
The holy Quran says:
“Gardens of perpetual residence; they will enter them with whoever were righteous among their fathers, their spouses and their descendants. And the angels will enter upon them from every gate, [saying], “Peace be upon you for what you patiently endured. And excellent is the final home”(Quran 13:23-24)
With this description of Paradise, we are sure that you would have felt motivated. We pray that we all get the right direction and righteous path to get into Jannah.