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18 June 2019 CE | 15 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

The Levels of Paradise

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “The people of Jannah will look at the people dwelling in the chambers above them in the same way that people look at a brilliant star shining far away on the horizon, in the East or West, because of their superiority [in reward] over them.” The people asked, “O Messenger of Allah, are these the dwellings of the Prophets which no one else can attain?” He replied, “No, by the One in Whose Hand is my soul, they are for the men who believed in Allah, and also believed in His Messengers.” [Sahih Bukhari]

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) explained that people will be in different levels in Jannah according to their status. “In Jannah, there are a hundred levels, between every two levels is (the distance of) a hundred years.” [Jami At-Tirmidhi] Another hadith states, “What is between every two levels is like what is between the heavens and the earth. Al-Firdaus is the highest of Jannah and its most expansive, and above that is the Throne of Ar-Rahman (the Most Merciful), and from it the rivers of Jannah are made to flow forth. So when you ask Allah, ask Him for Al-Firdaus.” [Jami At-Tirmidhi]

The more good deeds one does with the intention of pleasing only Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) with those deeds, the higher one’s level will be in Jannah.

In life don’t we desire to move from one locality to a better locality? We want to move from ordinary neighbourhoods to more prestigious neighbourhoods. Some people like to move from small towns to big towns, others like to move from cities to suburbs. Everybody likes to move to areas with better facilities, greater comfort and beauty. Everybody enjoys spaciousness.

We reach for the best things in life, although we know with certainty that we will lose them upon death. Should we not then aim for the best things for that life in which whatever we obtain will be ours for keeps?

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is not limited in any way. So the Prophet of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) told us that when we ask of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala), we should ask Him for the best: Al-Firdaus. Our deeds should also be such that it is apparent we really believe in the existence of Al-Firdaus and are aiming for it.

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