Saturday, 29 June 2013

WAYS TO BUILD A HOUSE IN JANNAH (PARADISE)


The Prophet said, "A place in Paradise as small as the bow or lash of one of you is better than all the world and whatever is in it" [ Saheeh Bukhari 4:51, Narrated by Abu Huraira ]
The prophet (s.a.w) said : everybody will recognize his dwelling in Paradise better than he recognizes his dwelling in this world.

[Saheeh Bukhaari, Vol. 3, Book 43, Hadith 620]


Have you ever walked by a house or a mansion that just took your breath away? A place that made your own house look like something that was thrown into a fight with the very essence of ugliness and lost big time?

Because I mean let’s face it your place isn’t really a mansion now is it? (Stop reading this email and look around at your house)

There is no need to deny that this is the case for most of us, even if you think your place is the best there will always be something better, but that is the nature of this dunya.

However the aakhirah is different, it is not like this world and like the scholars tell us, the only thing similar between this world and the hereafter is just in the names, meaning a mansion in this world will never be equal to the mansion in Jannah etc.

And having looked through some ahadeeth of the Prophet, all authentic, I have made this list of a few deeds that will earn you a house in Jannah. InshaaAllaah it will prove beneficial and hopefully we can teach our family and friends about these simple actions that will not only grant us a house in Jannah but will also (more importantly) grant us the pleasure of Allaah the All-Mighty.

HOUSE # 1 : THE DHIKR UPON ENTERING THE MARKETS

This is something that we do perhaps on a daily basis, actually some youth seem to live inside the malls and shops, due to them always being there. Whilst others take it upon themselves to perform Tawaaf around the city center/down town, even though the Prophet clearly told us these places do not bring much good and are actually a source of distraction from the remembrance of Allaah.

That is why this beautiful hadeeth contains dhikr that should be said upon entering such a place:

The Messenger of Allaah – sallallaahu alyhi wasallam – said; “Whoever enters a market place and says



مَنْ قَالَ حِينَ يَدْخُلُ السُّوقَ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ يُحْيِي وَيُمِيتُ وَهُوَ حَىٌّ لاَ يَمُوتُ بِيَدِهِ الْخَيْرُ كُلُّهُ وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَىْءٍ قَدِيرٌ - كَتَبَ اللَّهُ لَهُ أَلْفَ أَلْفِ حَسَنَةٍ وَمَحَا عَنْهُ أَلْفَ أَلْفِ سَيِّئَةٍ وَبَنَى لَهُ بَيْتًا فِي الْجَنَّةِ ‏

‘Laa ilaaha illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lah, lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu yuhyee wa yumeetu wahuwa hayyun laa yamootu, biyadihi alkhayru wahuwa ala kulli shayyin qadeer’
(There is none worthy of worship in truth except Allah alone, He has no partners, He has the dominion and for him is all the praise, He gives life and he takes life and he is the ever living and does not die, in his hand is goodness and he is capable of all things)

Allaah will write for him thousand thousand reward and erase from him thousand thousand sin and raise him thousand thousand and build for him a house in Jannah!”


[ Recorded in Sunan al-Nasa'ee (Eng ref: Vol. 3, Book 12, Hadith 2235) and Jami` at-Tirmidhi (3428); al-Jaami' as-Sagheer (v. 1 p. 1118) Shaikh al-Albaanee said the hadeeth is Hasan , Also classified as Hassan in Takhreej Mishkat al Masaabeh (2366) , Saheeh al Jaami' (6231) and Also recorded in Ibn Taymiyyah's book called " Gaining rewards" pg. 20]

Yaa SubhaanAllaah! Just by saying this one dhikr upon entering such a place you gain so much reward and get rid of so much sin! How merciful is Allaah!


HOUSE # 2 : BEING PATIENT WHEN LOSING A CHILD


The Messenger of Allaah – sallallaahu alyhi wasallam – said;

“When the child of a slave (of Allaah) passes away, Allaah says to the Angels ‘Did you take the soul of the child of My slave?’

Whereupon the Angels reply ‘Yes’ and Allaah says ‘Did you take (away) the fruit of his heart (i.e. the child is described as something very precious in the heart of the parent)’

Whereupon the Angels say ‘Yes’ Allaah then says ‘What did My slave say?’

The Angels reply ‘He praised you and said everything will return to You’ Allaah then says ‘Build for My slave a house in Jannah and name it the house of praise!
’”

[Jami` at-Tirmidhi (1021) al-Jaami' as-Sagheer (v. 1 p. 80) Shaikh al-Albaanee said this hadeeth is Hasan]


This is authentically reported from the Prophet , who said: "There is no Muslim individual, male or female, who has three of his children pass away whilst they are young and he is patient with that, except that they will come and intercede for him on the Day of Judgment." So 'Umar asked, 'What about two [children]?' Upon this the Prophet said, "It is the same for two [children]."

(Al-Bazzaar, al-Haakim. Sh. al-Albaanee mentions it in his book, Kitaabul-Janaa-iz)


It is reported that the Prophet used to sit down in his sitting place and his companions would sit in front of him to seek benefit and learn from him. From amongst them was a man who had a small boy; he used to come to the Prophet from behind his back by way of respect, then he used to sit in front of him and sit his son in front of the Prophet . The Prophet asked, "Do you love this child of yours?" The man replied, "Yes, and may Allah cause you to love him also." Then it happened that this child passed away, and the man was so sad that he used to refrain from coming to sit with the Prophet . So the Prophet asked his companions about this man saying, "Why is it that he no longer comes to my sitting place?" And this was from the Sunnah of the Prophet , that if he had people who would come to him and then stop coming, he would ask about their condition and their affairs. So the companions told him that the man's son had passed away and that he was sad because of that. So the Prophet went to meet this man and asked him, "What has happened to your son?" And the man told him that he had passed away. So the Prophet said, "Do you wish that your son could be here with you spending time with you, or do you prefer that your son would reach Paradise before you, waiting at the Doors of Paradise to open them for you?" So the man said, "O Messenger of Allah. I wish that my son would go forth before me and precede me to Paradise." So the Prophet said to him, "Verily, this is for you." So upon this, one of the companions said, "O Messenger of Allah, may I be sacrificed for your sake! Is this (reward) only for this man or is it for all of the people?" He said, "No, this reward is for all of the people (i.e. those who lose a child and are patient with their loss)."

[Al-Haakim. Adh-Dhahabee declared it Saheeh as did Sh. Al-Albaanee]


Narrated Abu Sa`id:

A woman came to Allah's Messenger (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) and said, "O Allah's Messenger (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam)! Men (only) benefit by your teachings, so please devote to us from (some of) your time, a day on which we may come to you so that you may teach us of what Allah has taught you." Allah's Messenger (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said, "Gather on such-and-such a day at suchand- such a place." They gathered and Allah's Messenger (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) came to them and taught them of what Allah had taught him. He then said, "No woman among you who has lost her three children (died) but that they will screen her from the Fire." A woman among them said, "O Allah's Messenger (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam)! If she lost two children?" She repeated her question twice, whereupon the Prophet (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said, "Even two, even two, even two!"

[Sahih Bukhaari, Vol. 9, Book 92, Hadith 413]



HOUSE # 3 : BUILDING A MASJID FOR THE SAKE OF ALLAH


The Messenger of Allaah – sallallaahu alyhi wasallam – said;

The Messenger of Allah said: "Whoever builds a mosque for the sake of Allah, like a sparrow's nest (i.e even if it be very small) for Allah or even smaller, Allah will build for him a house in Paradise

[Sunan Ibn Majah 738; similar version is in al-Jaami' as-Sagheer v. 1 p. 1108 Shaikh al-Albaanee said this hadeeth is Saheeh, Also in Jami` at-Tirmidhi 319 and Sunan an-Nasa'i 688]

Building a masjid is not as expensive as people think, obviously masjids in the west do cost a lot, but there are many other places around the world where there is a dire need to build masjids and the cost of a masjid is not a lot at all.

Places like Africa and Asia, building a Masjid that will function as a madrassah as well as a place of worship would greatly help those communities and help you get that amazing house in Jannah too, its a win win situation!


HOUSE # 4 : READING SURAH IKHLAAS 10 TIMES


The Messenger of Allaah – sallallaahu alyhi wasallam – said;

“Whoever reads Soorah ‘Qul Huwa Allaah Ahad’ ten times, Allaah will build for him a house in Jannah”

[al-Jaami' as-Sagheer v. 1 p. 1142 Shaikh al-Albaanee said this hadeeth is Saheeh]



HOUSE # 5 : PRAYING THE RAWAATIB (Sunnah) PRAYER 


Rawaatib refers to those optional prayers that we often pray (or rather should pray) along with our fardh salah. You know those two rakahs after magrib those two rakahs before fajr etc. There is actually a special reward for whoever safeguards these prayers and guess what that reward is? Yep, you guessed it right, a house in Jannah!

The Messenger of Allaah – sallallaahu alyhi wasallam – said;

“There is no Muslim who prays to Allaah everyday 12 units of prayer voluntarily excluding the mandatory prayers except that Allaah will build for him a house in Jannah”

[Saheeh at-Targheeb v. 1 p. 140 Shaikh al-Albaanee said this hadeeth is Saheeh]

And for those of us who might not know the rawaatib then they are, 2 units before Fajr, 4 before Dhuhr and 2 after it, 2 after Maghrib, 2 after Isha which gives us a total of 12.

Here have a look at this article titled " The number of rak'ahs for prayers in Islam : http://the-finalrevelation.blogspot.in/2012/07/the-number-of-rakahs-for-prayers_248.html "



HOUSE # 6 : FILLING THE GAPS BETWEEN THE ROWS 

Is it getting easier and easier or is just me? Honestly, how many times have we not seen a space between people in the row in front of us but been too lazy to move? And we’ve waited for the person next to us to move instead, just because the carpet might be extra nice just where we standing right now, but little do we know that we just lost ourselves a house in Jannah

The Messenger of Allaah – sallallaahu alyhi wasallam – said;

“Whoever fills the gap, Allaah will raise him a level and build for him a house in Jannah”

[Saheeh at-Targheeb v. 1 p. 336 Shaikh al-Albaanee said this hadeeth is  Saheeh li Ghayrihi]

DISCLAIMER: Just don’t squeeze your way into a tight spot and when people around you step on your feet you say I told me to do this! I will not be held responsible for any injuries you might sustain.



HOUSE # 7 : AVOIDING ARGUMENTS

Sometimes in life we argue, actually more like everyday for some of us. And there are times when you meet some individuals that argue so much, every little thing they have to argue about and on top of it they have to always be right. Those type of people can be very annoying, and are often a waste of time.

Even if they know they are wrong they will still defend their foolishness and that is when you have to learn to be the bigger man in the discussion and for that you will actually get a house in Jannah.

The Messenger of Allaah – sallallaahu alyhi wasallam – said;

“I guarantee a house in lowest parts of Jannah for the one who leaves off argument even when he is right, and a house in the middle part of Jannah for the one who leaves off lying even if hes just joking, and a house in the highest part of Jannah for the one with good manners”

[Sunan Abi Dawud 4800 and Silsilah as-Saheeha v. 1 p. 491]


HOUSE # 8 : STRIVING (JIHAD) IN THE WAY OF ALLAH !


It was narrated from 'Amr bin Malik Al-Janbi that he heard Fadalah bin 'Ubaid say:
"I heard the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) say: 'I am a Za'im - and the Za'im is the guarantor - for the one who believes in me and accepts Islam, and emigrates: A house on the outskirts of Paradise and a house in the middle of Paradise. And I am a guarantor, for the one who believes in me and accepts Islam, and strives in the cause of Allah: A house on the outskirts of Paradise and a house in the middle of Paradise and a house in the highest chambers of Paradise. Whoever does that and seeks goodness wherever it is, and avoids evil wherever it is, may die wherever he wants to die.'

[ Sunan an-Nasa'i 3133, Hassan]

Source: http://khalduun.com/say-what/7-ways-of-building-a-house-in-jannah/

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