Jannah-the idyllic abode: –
At many places in the Holy Quran, Allah talks about the bounties and blessings of Jannah. Allah promises the blissful life in Jannah to all those who spend their lives in this world according to the teachings of the Holy Quran. The wonders of Jannah are beyond the comprehension of a human mind. Although much is known about Jannah through the Holy Quran and ahadith its truest essence cannot be described in words. According to a hadith: –
“In Jannah are things an eye has never seen, an ear has never heard, and a mind can’t imagine”
The doors of Jannah: –
There are eight doors of Jannah. These are smaller doors, however; main entrance to the Jannah is through the main door. These doors can be accessed by people having certain good traits and qualities. These doors are also known by the names of those good characteristics and personality traits. Allah says in the Holy Quran: –
“And those who feared their Lord will be led to the Garden in crowds until behold, they arrive there. Its gates will be opened, and its keepers will say: ‘Peace be upon you! You have done well! Enter here, to dwell therein.”
Baab As-Salaat: –
Prayer is one of the five pillars of Islam. Allah has made offering prayers obligatory five times in a day. We offer prayers to thank Allah for His blessings. It is also very important to note that prayers signify the fact that we begin our day by worshipping Allah and end the day by remembering Him. Even when we are engrossed in our routine chores we must take out time to remember our Creator. Prayer is the best way to communicate with the Lord to thank him, glorify him and supplicate to him. There is no excuse for missing prayers. Those who offer prayers regularly with all due attention and respect shall enter Paradise through Baab As-Salaat.
Baab Al-Jihaad: –
Jihaad is one of the most important concepts in Islam. Islam does not encourage oppression or rivalry. However if faced with oppression, tyranny and injustice, Allah orders to go for Jihaad if all the efforts for peaceful resolution fail and it becomes inevitable. Those who sacrifice their lives for the cause of Allah are regarded as martyrs. Martyrs have a very exalted status in Islam. Those who die fighting for the cause of Allah shall enter Paradise through Baab Al-Jihaad.
Baab Al-Rayyan: –
Fasting is also one of the five basic pillars on which the faith of Islam stands. We fast from dawn till dusk, abstaining from food, drink, and sexual interaction. Fasting is very important as it teaches resilience and patience. When we keep fast we also understand the pain of hunger that the poor people face in their daily lives, hence fasting makes us more empathetic towards the poor and needy people of the society. There is a huge reward for those who fast to attain the goodwill and pleasure of Allah. When we keep fast we must also try to engage in good deeds and refrain from bad deeds so as to earn great rewards. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: –
“In Paradise there is a gate called Al-Rayyaan, through which those who used to fast will enter on the Day of Resurrection, and no one but they will enter it. It will be said, ‘Where are those who fasted?’ They will get up, and none will enter it but them. When they have entered, it will be locked, and no one else will enter” (Bukhari 1763).
Islam advocates vehemently its followers to engage in charity and welfare of the society. It is a very important duty of Muslim parents to inculcate the habit of charity amongst their children. Baab Al-Sadaqah shall welcome all those Muslims warmly who spent their lives in charitable endeavors and giving Sadaqah.
Baab Al-Hajj: –
Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam. Allah rewards those who perform Hajj immensely. It is the form of worship that requires physical, spiritual and financial devotion. Those who performed Hajj sincerely during their lifetime so as to please Allah shall enter the gardens of Paradise through Baab Al-Hajj.
Baab Al-Kazimeen Al-Ghaiz: –
Allah loves those who are merciful and benevolent towards His people. One of the most favorite character traits of Allah is the ability to suppress anger and forgive others. Those who possess such qualities and observed such principles in their lives shall enter Jannah through this door.
Baab Al-Imaan: –
The strength of Imaan is one of the greatest virtues a person can have. Those who submitted themselves completely to the will of Allah and remained steadfast in their faith shall enter Paradise through Baab Al-Imaan.
Baab Al-Dhikr: –
Allah loves those who engage in his Dhikr and remember Him at all times. It is one of the most favorite forms of worship of Allah. Such people shall enter Heaven through Baab Al-Dhikr.
Now that we know what acts and deeds shall take us to Heaven, we must try to engage in such actions so that we enjoy eternal blissful life in the gardens of Heaven.