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    The delights of Paradise surpass the imagination and defy description. They are like nothing known to the people of this world; no matter how advanced we may become, what we achieve is as nothing in comparison with the joys of the Hereafter. As is mentioned in several reports, there is nothing like Paradise:

    "It is sparkling light, aromatic plants, a lofty palace, a flowing river, ripe fruit, a beautiful wife and abundant clothing, in an eternal abode of radiant joy, in beautiful soundly-constructed high houses".
    [Ibn Majah, as-Sunan, Kitab az-Zuhd, Bab Sifat al-Jannah, 2/1448, no. 4332. Ibn Hibban narrated it in his sahîh]

    The Sahabah asked the Prophet about the buildings of Paradise and he replied with a wonderful description:

    "Bricks of gold and silver, and mortar of fragrant musk, pebbles of pearl and sapphire, and soil of saffron. Whoever enters it is filled with joy and will never feel miserable; he will live there forever and never die; their clothes will never wear out and their youth will never fade." [Ahmad, at-Tirmidhi, ad-Darimî, Mishkat al-Masabîh, 3/29, sahih].

    Allah indeed spoke the truth when He said:

    "And when you look there [in Paradise] you will see a delight [that cannot be imagined]. And a great dominion" [76:20]

    What Allah has kept hidden from us the delights of Paradise is beyond our ability to comprehend: al-Bukhari reported from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet said that Allah said

    "I have prepared for My slaves what no eye has seen, no ear has heard and no human heart can imagine". Recite if you wish, "No person know what is kept hidden for them of joy as a reward for what they used to do." (32:17).

    In the version reported by Muslim from Abu Hurayrah, there is the addition,

    "Never mind what Allah has told you; what He has not told you is EVEN greater".
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    Sins have a tendency of creating restlessness in one's heart in one form or the other.
    [Uthman r.a.]
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    In Muslim, Abu Hurayrah said:
    The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said:
    "Whoever relieves a believer of distress in this world, Allah will relieve him of some of the distress of the Day of Resurrection. Whoever makes things easy for those who are in difficulty, Allah will make things easy for him in this world and in the next. Whoever conceals (the faults of) a Muslim in this world, Allah will conceal him (his faults) in this world and in the Hereafter. Allah will help the slave so long as the slave helps his brother."
    [Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh, 1/71, hadith no. 204.]


    Narrated from 'Abdullah ibn 'Umar that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said:
    "The Muslim is the brother of his fellow-Muslim; he should not mistreat him or let him down. Whoever meets the needs of his brother, Allah will meet his needs, and whoever relieves a Muslim of some distress, Allah will relieve him of some of the distress of the Day of Resurrection. Whoever conceals (the faults of) a Muslim, Allah will conceal him (his faults) in this world and the next."
    [Bukhari: Kitaab al-Mazaalim, Baab laa Yazlim al-Muslim al-Muslim, Fath al-Baari, 5/97.]

    Ad-Deenoori narrated in Al-Mujaalisah, Al-Bayhaqi narrated in Al-Shu'ab and Ad-Diyaa' narrated in Al-Mukhtaarah from Anas that the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said:
    "Whoever helps his brother in secret, Allah will help him in this world and the next."
    [Silsilat al-Ahaadeeth as-Saheehah, 3/218, hadith no. 1217.]
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    Abu Dharr (Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) told what Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, had said:
    O' My servants, you commit error night and day, and I am there to pardon your sins, so beg pardon from Me so that I should grant you pardon.
    [Muslim]
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    It was narrated that Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
    “Whoever is mainly concerned about the Hereafter, Allaah will make him feel independent of others and will make him focused and content, and his worldly affairs will fall into place. But whoever is mainly concerned with this world, Allaah will make him feel in constant need of others and will make him distracted and unfocused, and he will get nothing of this world except what is decreed for him.”

    (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2389; classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 6510)
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    Yunus bin Abdullah said,
    "What is the matter with me? When I lose a chicken I feel concerned, but when I miss the prayer in congregation, it does not grieve me."
    [Hilyat al Awliya, 3/19]
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    'Abdullah bin 'Amr bin al-'As narrated that the Messenger of Allah said:
    "There are two characteristics that no servant possesses except that he will enter Paradise. They are both very easy, but those who act upon them are quite few:

    The first is that one of you says 'Subhan Allah' ten times, 'al-Hamdu lillah' ten times, and 'Allahu Akbar' ten times after each prayer. This is 150 (30 X five prayers) with the tongue, and 1,500 in the Scale.

    The second is that if he goes to bed, he says 'Subhan Allah' thirty-three times, 'al-Hamdu lillah' thirty-three times, and 'Allahu Akbar' thirty-four times. This is 100 with the tongue, and 1,000 in the Scale.

    So, which of you performs 2,500 sins in the course of a day and night?!
    "
    'Abdullah said:
    "I saw the Messenger of Allah counting them on his fingers."
    It was asked:
    "O, Messenger of Allah! Why is it that those who do this are few?"
    The Prophet replied:
    "Satan comes to one of you in his prayer and says to him: 'Remember such-and-such that you have to attend to after the prayer!' Likewise, he comes to one of you when he goes to bed and causes him to fall asleep (without making these adhkar)."
    [Reported by at-Tabrizi in 'Mishkat al-Masabih' (2406), and it is in 'Sahih Mawarid ath-Thaman' (449)]
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    How amazing it is then that we perceive the foolish man as a gentle person, and the feeble minded person as one who is Intelligent!

    They (the misled) are the ones who reap the bounties of this unlasting despicable place and hold it higher in regard than the priceless bounties which are everlasting (Aakhirah). He sold a Paradise whose width is the distance of the Heavens and the Earth in return for a narrow prison infested with diseases and trials. He traded the luxurious homes placed in Jannah with rivers flowing beneath for narrow hovels which will one day be diminished to ruins and destruction. He exchanged the Companiable Virgins who resemble pearls and rubies for women who have impurities and are of evil traits. He traded the Hoor of Jannah who are guarded in pavilions for the foulmouthed filthy women of human race. He exchanged the flowing rivers of Wine delicious to those who drink for a Drink which is Najis (filthy); it does away with the senses and destructs ones Dunya and Deen. He traded the delight of seeing the face of the Most Exalted, the Most Merciful in favor of seeing the blamed and abhorrent faces of mankind. He traded the delight of listening to the speech of the All-Gracious in place of listening to stringed instruments and songs and melodious tunes. Similarly he traded sitting on thrones of Pearls and chrysolite and rubies on the Day of bounty, in favor of attending the gatherings of the hypocrites, of being in the company of Every Rebellious Devil. He forgoes the calling of the caller: “O inhabitants of Jannah! Verily today you will live in luxury and you will never despair. You will live forever more and never die and you will inhabit (Jannah) and will never be made to leave. You will stay young and never grow old”, In favor of listening to the songs of the singers.

    [Ibn Qayyim - Haadi al-Arwaah ilaa Bilaad il-Afraah]
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    Al-Shaafa’i (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
    "When people go to sleep, I let my tears flow, and I recite a verse of the most eloquent poetry

    Is it not a waste that nights go by and I do not increase in knowledge, yet this time is counted as part of my life?"
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    It was narrated that Al-Hasan al-Basri (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
    "If a man who met the early Salaf were to be brought back to life today, he would not recognize anything of Islam" - and he put his hand on his cheek, then said, "apart from this prayer - By Allah, anyone who lives in these strange times and did not meet the righteous salaf, and sees the innovator promoting his bid'ah and the one whose main concern is wordly gains calling others to join him; but Allah protects him from that and causes him to long for the righteous salaf, asking about their path and following their footsteps, and he follows their path, he will be compensated with a great reward. Be like that, in sha' Allah."

    [Al-Khateeb in Al-Faqeeh wal-Mutafaqqih.]
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    How beautiful are the words of the scholar Al-Fudayl ibn 'Iyaad (may Allah have mercy on him) who said:
    "Follow the path of guidance, and do not worry about how few are the people who follow it. Beware of the paths of misguidance, and do not be decieved by the large numbers of those who doomed."

    [Miftaah al-Jannah fil-I'tisaam bis-Sunnah by As-Suyooti.]
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    Sufyaan ath-Thawri (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
    "If you hear that a man in the east is a follower of the Sunnah, then send salaams to him, for Ahl as-Sunnah are becoming very few."

    [Al-Laalkaa'i in Sharh Usool Ahl as-Sunnah.]
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    Al-Hasan Al-Basrï (r) used to say to his companions:
    “O Ahl-us-Sunnah! Be gentle with one another and may Allàh have mercy on you. For indeed, you are from amongst the fewest of people.”

    Yunus Ibn ‘Ubaid (r) said:
    “There is not a thing more stranger than the Sunnah. And what is more stranger than it, is the one who knows it.”

    Sufyàn Ath-Thawrï (r) said:
    “Treat the Ahl-us-Sunnah kindly, for verily, they are strangers.”
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    Ibn al Qayyim said in Zaad al Ma'aad:
    "As for the weeping of the Prophet (saw) it was in the same degree as his laughter. He wouldn't sob loudly and raise his voice, just like his laughter wasn't loud. However his eyes would fill up with tears, until they flowed out, and you would hear the sound like that of a whistling kettle coming from his chest. He would weep out of mercy for the dead, out of fear and compassion for his ummah, out of deep fear of Allah, upon listening to the Qur'an. And it was a weeping of longing, love and exaltation, accompanied by fear and khashyah".
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    One of the righteous people used to weep night and day, and something was said to him about that. He said: “I am afraid that Allaah will see me committing sin and will say: ‘Go away from Me for I am angry with you." Hence Sufyaan used to weep and say: “I am afraid that my faith will be taken away at the moment of death.”


    Ismaa’eel ibn Zakariya described Habeeb ibn Muhammad, who was a neighbour of his. He said: “Every evening I heard him weeping and every morning I heard him weeping, so I went to his wife and said: ‘What is the matter with him? He weeps in the evening and he weeps in the morning!’ She said to me: ‘By Allaah, when evening comes he fears that he will not live till morning and when morning comes he fears that he will not live till evening.’”


    When Yazeed al-Raqaashi was criticised for weeping a great deal and it was said to him, “If the Fire had been created exclusively for you, you would not weep more than this,” he said: “Has the Fire been created for anyone other than me and my companions and brothers among the jinn and mankind?”


    When ‘Ata’ al-Sulaymi was asked: “What is this grief?” he said: “Woe to you! Death is close at hand, the grave is my house, on the Day of Resurrection I will stand and my path is over a bridge across Hell, and I do not know what will become of me.”


    Faddalah ibn Sayfi used to weep a great deal. A man entered upon him when he was weeping and said to his wife: “What is the matter with him?” She said: “He says that he wants to undertake a long journey and he does not have proper provision for it.”


    One night al-Hasan woke up weeping, and he disturbed the other people in the house with his weeping. They asked him what was the matter and he said: “I remembered a sin that I committed and I wept.”


    It was narrated that Tameem al-Daari (may Allaah be pleased with him) recited this verse interpretation of the meaning): “Or do those who earn evil deeds think that We shall hold them equal with those who believe (in the Oneness of Allaah Islamic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds” [Surah al-Jaathiyah 45:21] and he started repeating it and weeping until morning came.


    Hudhayfah (may Allaah be pleased with him) used to weep intensely, and it was said to him: “Why are you weeping?” He said: “I do not know what is ahead of me – Divine pleasure or divine wrath.”


    Sa’d ibn al-Akhram said: I was walking with Ibn Mas’ood and he passed by the blacksmiths, who had brought a piece of iron out of the fire. He stood and looked at the molten iron and wept.
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    On the authority of Haani, the freed slave of 'Uthman, who said

    "When 'Uthman ibn 'Affan stood at a grave he would weep until his beard was wet. So it was said to him: "Indeed you make mention of Paradise and Hellfire and you do not weep, and you are weeping at this?". He replied, "Indeed the Messenger of Allah (saw) said, "Verily the grave is the first abode of the Hereafter, if one is saved from it then what follows is made easier for him. And if one is not saved from it, then what follows is more severe". He also (saw) said, "I have never seen a sight more horrid than the grave""

    (at-Tirmidhi -ghareeb, Ibn Majah)
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    On the authority on Sa'd ibn Ibrahim, that his father said,
    "'Abdur Rahman ibn 'Auf was brought some food when he had been fasting, and he remarked: "Mus'ab ibn 'Umayr has been martyred, and he was better than me. His shroud was so short, that if his head was covered (with it) then his legs showed, and if his legs were covered, then his head showed, and I witnessed this." He also said, "Hamzah was martyred and he was better than me. And now the world has been spread out for us." Or he said: "We have been given the abundance of the world, and we fear that we have been rewarded for our good deeds here (quickly in this world only)". Then he began to cry, such that he left his food"

    (al Bukhari)
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    On the authority of Anas (ra) who said,
    "Salman was suffering from illness, so Sa'd visited him and saw him crying, so he said to him, "What is it that makes you weep, O my brother? Did you not accompany the Messenger of Allah (saw)? Is that not so, is that not so?!" Salman replied, "I am not weeping for either of the following reasons: I am not weeping for the sake of the world nor out of hate of the Hereafter. Rather the Messenger of Allah (saw) entrusted me with a pledge, and I can only see myself as having transgressed." So he asked, "What were you entrusted with?" He replied, "He entrusted me with a pledge that the provision of a traveller should suffice anyone of us, and I see myself as only having transgressed. And as for you, O Sa'd! Fear Allah with your ruling when you make a judgement, and fear Him with your distribution when you distribute, and fear Him with your intention when you intend to do something.""
    (Ibn Majah and others)


    Thaabit said:
    "I heard that he only left twenty dirhams from the money that he had (after his death)"
    (Saheeh Sunan Ibn Majah)
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    Description of Paradise

    by Imaam Ibn al-Qayyim, Rahimahullaah


    Ibn al-Qayyim said, in regards to the description of the Paradise and the delights that it contains:

    And if you ask about its ground and its soil, then it is of musk and saffron.

    And if you ask about its roof, then it is the Throne of the Most Merciful.

    And if you ask about its rocks,
    then they are pearls and jewels.

    And if you ask about its buildings,
    then they are made of bricks of gold and silver.

    And if you ask about its trees,
    then it does not contain a single tree except that its trunk is made of gold and silver.

    And if you ask about its fruits, then they are softer than butter and sweeter than honey.

    And if you ask about its leaves,
    then they are softer than the softest cloth.

    And if you ask about its rivers,
    then there are rivers of milk who's taste does not change, and rivers of wine that is delicious to those who drink it, and rivers of honey that is pure, and rivers of water that is fresh.

    And if you ask about their food,
    then it is fruits from whatever they will choose, and the meat of whatever birds they desire.

    And if you ask about their drink,
    then it is Tasneem, ginger, and Kaafoor.

    And if you ask about their drinking cups
    ,
    then they are crystal-clear and made of gold and silver.

    And if you ask about its shade, then a fast rider would ride in the shade of one of its trees for a hundred years and not escape it.

    And if you ask about its vastness, then the lowest of its people would have within his kingdom and walls and palaces and gardens the distance that would be travelled in a thousand years.

    And if you ask about its tents and encampments,
    then one tent is like a concealed pearl that is sixty miles long.

    And if you ask about its towers, then they are rooms above rooms in buildings that have rivers running underneath them.

    And if you ask about how far it reaches into the sky,
    then look at the shining star that is visible, as well as those that are far in the heavens that the eyesight cannot possibly reach.

    And if you ask about the clothing of its inhabitants, then they are of silk and gold.

    And if you ask about its beds
    ,
    then its blankets are of the finest silk laid out in the highest of its levels.

    And if you ask about the faces of its inhabitants and their beauty,
    then they are like the image of the Moon.

    And if you ask about their age,
    then they are young ones of 33 years in the image of Adam, the father of humanity.

    And if you ask about what they will be hearing, then it is the singing of their wives from among the Hoor al-'Ayn, and better than that are the voices of the Angels and the Prophets, and better than that is the Speech of the Lord of the Worlds.

    And if you ask about their servants,
    then they are young boys of everlasting youth who resemble scattered pearls.

    And if you ask about their brides and wives, then they are young and full-breasted and have had the liquid of youth flow through their limbs; the Sun runs along the beauty of her face if she shows it, light shines from between her teeth if she smiles; if you meet her love, then say whatever you want regarding the joining of two lights; he sees his face in the roundness of her cheek as if he is looking into a polished mirror, and he sees the brightness from behind her muscles and bones; if she were to be unleashed upon the World, she would fill what is between the Heavens and the Earth with a beautiful wind, and the mouths of the creation would glorifiy, praise, and exclaim greatness, and everything between the East and the West would be adorned for her, and every eye would be shut from everthing but her, and the light of the Sun would be outshone just as the light of the Sun outshines the light of the stars, and everyone on the face of the Earth would believe in the Ever-Living, the One who Sustains and Protects all the exists.

    And the covering on her head is better than the World and all that is in it, and she does not increase with age except in beauty; free from an umbilical cord, childbirth and menses, and pure of mucous, saliva, urine and other filthy things; her youth never fades, her clothing is never worn out, no garment can be created that matches her beauty, and no one who is with her can ever become bored; her attention is restricted to her husband, so she desires none but him, just as his attention is restricted to her so she is the sole object of his desire, and he is with her in utmost safety and security, as none has touched her before of either humans or Jinn.


    And if you ask about the Day of Increase (in reward) and the visit of the all-Mighty, all-Wise, and the sight of His Face - free from any resemblance or likeness to anything - as you see the Sun in the middle of the day and the full Moon on a cloudless night, then listen on the day that the caller will call: 'O People of Paradise! Your Lord - Blessed and Exalted - requests you to visit Him, so come to visit Him!' So they will say: 'We hear and obey!' Until, when they finally reach the wide valley where they will all meet - and none of them will turn down the request of the caller - the Lord - Blessed and Exalted - will order His Chair to be brought there.

    Then, pulpits of light will emerge, as well as pulpits of pearls, gemstone, gold, and silver. The lowest of them in rank will sit on sheets of musk, and will not see what those who are on the chairs above them are given. When they are comfortable where they are sitting and are secure in their places, and the caller calls:
    'O People of Paradise! You have an appointment with Allaah in which He wishes to reward you!' So they will say: 'And what is that reward? Has He not already made our faces bright, made our scales heavy, entered us into Paradise, and pushed us away from the Fire?'

    And when they are like that, all of a sudden a light shines that encompasses all of Paradise. So, they raise their heads, and, behold: the Compeller - Exalted is He, and Holy are His Names - has come to them from above them and majestified them and said: 'O People of Paradise! Peace be upon you!' So, this greeting will not be responded to with anything better than: 'O Allaah! You are Peace, and from You is Peace! Blessed are You, O possessor of Majesty and Honor!' So the Lord - Blessed and Exalted - will laugh to them and say: 'O People of Paradise! Where are those who used to obey Me without having ever seen Me? This is the Day of Increase!' So, they will all give the same response: 'We are pleased, so be pleased with us!' So, He will say: 'O People of Paradise! If I were not pleased with you, I would not have made you inhabitants of My Paradise! So, ask of Me!' So, they will all give the same response: 'Show us your Face so that we may look at it!'So, the Lord - Mighty and Majestic - will remove his covering and will majestify them and will cover them with His Light, which, if Allaah - the Exalted - had not Willed not to burn them, would have burned them.

    And there will not remain a single person in this gathering except that his Lord - the Exalted - will speak to him and say:
    'Do you remember the day that you did this and that?'and He will remind him of some of his bad deeds in the Worldy life, so he will say: 'O Lord! Will you not forgive me?' So, He will say: 'Of course! You have not reached this position of yours (in Paradise) except by my forgiveness.'

    So, how sweet is this speech to the ears, and how cooled are the righteous eyes by the glance at His Noble Face in the Afterlife...

    {Some faces that Day will be shining and radiant, l ooking at their Lord...}
    (al-Qiyaamah:22-3)

    [from the amazing and beautiful book Haadi al-Arwaah ilaa Bilaad il-Afraah by Ibn al-Qayyim, pg. 193]
    ar- Raqâ’iq - The Heart Softening Narrations

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    'Abd-Allah ibn Mas'ood (R) said:
    "Whoever wants to follow an example, let him follow the example of those who have passed away, the Companions of Muhammad (S). They were the best of this ummah, the purest in heart, the deepest in knowledge, the least in sophistication. They were people whom Allah chose to be the Companions of His Prophet (S) and to convey His religion, so imitate their ways and behaviour, for they were following the Straight Path."

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