O People, fear Allah with what He is worthy of and seek His pleasure from what is narrated from the advice of the Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam). He said: “O People be certain that this life is vanishing and the hereafter is everlasting and work for what is after death when the life will feel like it never existed and the hereafter will feel as though it has always been there”.
Whoever is in this life is a guest and whatever he has possessed in his hands is a loan, and a guest is always expected to leave and a loan is always expected to be paid back. May Allah have mercy on the one is introspective and prepares for his burial while he is alive and takes this opportunity before his time is up and his deeds are finished.
Your life rapidly goes away, frequently changing, beware, and be careful of this weakness of possessing it because shortly you will feel the bitterness of loosing it.
Stay away from the sweetness of life that finishes very fast and favor the bitterness in this life for the sweetness of the hereafter that is everlasting. Do not go around seeking to build homes. Allah has decreed that they will be destroyed. Do not keep strong connection with material things as Allah wants from you to stay away from this. Rather seek developing your hereafter and work hard to perfect it and beautify it before you move to it. For the mansions and castles of paradise and it’s gardens are being prepared according to how you practice and from righteous deeds you do and from what righteous words you say.
Whoever misses his dwelling in paradise will have no other place but the dwelling of the people of humility and grief and the hellfire. On the Day of Resurrection ultimately there will be only two groups, the group of paradise, and the group of the hellfire.
In another incident he (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said: “Let the servant take for himself (meaning work and deeds) to benefit himself and from this world to the hereafter, and utilize his young age before he grows old and take advantage of life before death. By him in whose hand the soul of Muhammad is in, there will be no chance after death to ask forgiveness, and there is no dwelling after this life except for paradise or the hellfire”.
O Muslims it is often that Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala mentions the different kinds of good deeds. He also mentions what he has prepared for those who do good deeds, such as different kinds of pleasure and honoring like beautiful dwellings and rooms and the tasty fruits and springs and running rivers, sweet drinks and the greatest favor of all is the acceptance and pleasure of Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala and being close to Him.
All of that encourages His slaves and servants to do righteous deeds and to take advantage of opportunities and seasons seeking the profitable trade as Allah Subhanahu WaTaala says which translates as: “The believing men and the believing women are allies of one another. They enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and establish prayers, and give Zakaah and obey Allah and his messenger”(At-Tauba: 71-72).
Those Allah will have mercy upon them; indeed Allah is Exalted, and Might and Wise. Allah has promised the believing man and the believing women gardens beneath which rivers flow wherein they abide eternally in pleasant dwellings, in gardens of perpetual residence but the approval and pleasure from Allah is greater, it is that which is the great attainment.
He Subhanahu Wa Taala says which translates as: “Certainly will the believers have succeeded, they who are during their prayers humbly, submissive and they who turn away from ill speech and they who pay the Zakaah and they who guard their private parts except from their wives or those whom their right hands possess, for indeed they would not be blamed, but whoever seeks beyond that then those are the transgressors and they who are to their trusts and their promises attentive and they who carefully maintain their prayers. Those are the inheritors who will inherit Al Firdaus (which is the highest level of paradise). They will abide therein eternally “ (Al-Mu’minun: 1-11).
Allah says which translates as: “O you who have believed shall I guide you to a transaction that will save you from a painful punishment? It is that you believe in Allah and his messenger and strive in the cause of Allah with your wealth and your lives. That is best for you if you should know; he will forgive you, your sins and admit you to gardens beneath which rivers flow and pleasant dwellings and gardens of perpetual residence. That is the great attainment and you will obtain another favor that you love, victory from Allah and an eminent conquest and give good tidings to the believers”(As-Saff: 10-13).
Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala also says which translates as: “The ones who have believed emigrated and striven in the cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives are greater in rank in the sight of Allah and it is those who are the attainers of success. Their Lord gives them good tiding of mercy from him and approval and of gardens for them wherein is enduring pleasure. They will be in abiding forever. Indeed Allah has with him a great reward”(At-Tauba: 20-22).
Therefore, Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala based his generous reward on the good consequences on the righteous deeds and the refraining from prohibitions and evil deeds. So, prepare your place in the hereafter for yourselves and strive for your eternal dwellings. Make your minds busy and concentrate your efforts and how to build your dwellings and what to plant in your gardens of paradise.
It is reported that the Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) met Ibrahim Alaihi Salatu Wa Salam in the night of Al Israa. So, Ibrahim said to him: “O Muhammad salute your nation on my behalf and say Salam and tell them that paradise has good soil and sweet water and it’s land is fertile and it’s plants are Subhanahu Allah Wa Hamdulillah Wa La ilaha ill Allah Wallahu Akbar”.
It is narrated that the angels build castles for the believers in paradise. Sometimes they pause, when asked why have they paused they reply: “Until the expenses are paid or arrived” So your good deeds in this life is for building your castles and planting your gardens in paradise, so do not become lazy and do not become miserly.
O Believers, the Prophet often mentions (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) in his Sunnah minor deeds or actions for which Allah grants people a lot of rewards and dwellings inJannah.
In the book of Imam Muslim reported by Uthman Radhiyallahu Anhu he said I heard the messenger of Allah (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) saying: “He who builds a mosque for Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala as little as a dwelling of a small bird. Allah will build a home for him in paradise”.
Also in the book of Al Imam Muslim, our mother Umu Habiba Radhiyallahu Anha said that she heard the messenger of Allah (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) say: “Any Muslim slaves praying for the sake of Allah twelve rakaat optionally not obligated upon him but Allah will build for him a home in paradise”.
Anas Radhiyallahu Anhu said that the messenger (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said: “He who prays Ad-Duha, which is the prayer after sun rise, twelve Rakaat Allah will build a castle of gold for him in paradise”.
In the virtue of persevering the death of a child and thanking the Lord and saying “Inna lilahi wa inna ilayhi Raji’un” which means we belong to Allah and to Him we shall return. Allah says to His angels build a house for My slave in paradise and name it as the house of praise (Baitul hamd).
This Hadith is in At Tirmidhi and in the book of Al Imam Abu Dawood. He (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said: “I guarantee a house at the lower level of paradise for he who gives up arguing even if he was correct, and a house in the middle of paradise, for he who gives up lying even when joking and a house at the top of paradise for he who has good manners”.
Therefore, servants of Allah rush and compete in doing good deeds. It is an honorable competition and do it before it is too late. Take provisions from the interim dwelling with what suits your eternal dwelling and set for good that will please you and all good is in following the book of Allah and the way of his messenger (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) and the way of our righteous Salaf of this Ummah.
Allah says which translates as: “And the first to embrace Islâm of the Muhâjirûn (those who migrated from Makkah to Al-Madinah) and the Ansâr (the citizens of Al-Madinah who helped and gave aid to the Muhâjirûn) and also those who followed them exactly (in Faith). Allâh is well-pleased with them as they are well-pleased with Him. He has prepared for them Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise), to dwell therein forever. That is the supreme success.” (At-Tauba: 100).
I ask Allah to bless you and I with the guidance of the Qur’an.