A comprehensive ayah that tells us who the true believers are, and for whom Allah swt has prepared the paradise. Therefore, a longer post, please be patient and take out some more time to read it 🙂 May Allah make it beneficial for you and me.
Verily, the Muslims (those who submit to Allah in Islam) men and women, the believers men and women (who believe in Islamic Monotheism), the men and the women who are obedient (to Allah), the men and women who are truthful (in their speech and deeds), the men and the women who are patient (in performing all the duties which Allah has ordered and in abstaining from all that Allah has forbidden), the men and the women who are humble (before their Lord Allah), the men and the women who give Sadaqat (i.e. Zakat, and alms, etc.), the men and the women who observe Saum (fast) (the obligatory fasting during the month of Ramadan, and the optional Nawafil fasting), the men and the women who guard their chastity (from illegal sexual acts) and the men and the women who remember Allah much with their hearts and tongues (while sitting, standing, lying, etc. for more than 300 times extra over the remembrance of Allah during the five compulsory congregational prayers) or praying extra additional Nawafil prayers of night in the last part of night, etc.) Allah has prepared for them forgiveness and a great reward (i.e. Paradise). (Al Ahzab 33:35)
Everyone knows the good from bad, at least everyone thinks they do. Even though there are universal goods and bads, like truth and lies, fairness and cheating, it is not the same everywhere. What may necessarily be a good for you, may or may not be the same for others. It varies from culture to countries and practices. In this ayah, Allah swt given us a very detailed description of what is good and what is bad, and for what kind of people, has He swt prepared the beautiful Jannah. Let’s take one by one, but very briefly, in sha Allah.
The Muslim Men and Women
The ones who submit to Islam and proclaim themselves to be Muslims. Iman is slightly more specific than Islam. It can be understood by this ayah in Al Hujurat (Tafsir Ibn Kathir)
The bedouins say: “We believe.” Say: “You believe not but you only say, ‘We have surrendered (in Islam),’ for Faith has not yet entered your hearts…… ” (49:14)
The Believing Men and Women
Those who have Imaan, who have submitted to Allah and believe in Islamic Monothesim. These are the ones who believe that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad (pbuh) is His messenger. They are the ones, who have not only submitted by their tongues, but also by their hearts to Islam and have Faith (Imaan).
The Obedient Men and Women
The ones who are obedient to Allah swt in all His commands and rules. The ones who do everything that is good and the ones who avoid falling into disobedience of Allah swt. In everything; in every small and big thing. We can’t be obedient to Allah swt by our own preferences, and rules of the world. Yes we are living in this world, and No, that doesn’t mean we do everything the world asks us to. Allah swt has laid down for you the way of life and that’s it. You either follow it or don’t. There is nothing like adapting to this world by shunning what Allah swt has commanded you to do. Don’t go where the world takes you, the latest trends or the cheat sheets of success and more money, go where Allah swt is taking you. You know better which one leads to true success!
The Truthful Men and Women
The men and women who are honest, truthful in every word they say, in every deed they do. Lying is a sign of the hypocrites, not keeping your word and promises too, makes you among the hypocrites. And Allah swt doesn’t like the hypocrites! Therefore, ensure that you are among the ones who are always honest, always truthful, not only in their words, but also in the actions. Be honest in your jobs, in your business, even if it means less profit, be honest, in sha Allah you will find barakah in that. When you say things, mean them, when you make promises, mean to fulfill them. Don’t just say them with no intentions of fulfilling them.
The Patient Men and Women
The men and women who are patient in the face of life. Whatever happens, they stick to their faith and don’t disobey Allah, no matter how hard their life might be. The ones who are patient in their acts of obedience and worship, who do what Allah has commanded them to do, and keep themselves safe from what He swt has forbidden. Showing patience, in times of hardship and difficulties, being patient with Allah swt’s trials and tests. They are the men and women, who are always grateful to Allah at every time and patient in His decree without as much as of a complain to anyone else.
The Humble Men and Women
The men and women who are humble before their Lord. The ones who are not arrogant or vain. However blessed they might be, be it in worldly riches or in religious riches, they know their roots and keep to them. They know it is all from Allah swt and without Him and His help, they would not have achieved it.They know and believe it, they humble themselves before Allah swt. They believe that everything is from Allah swt and to Him is their final return. These are the men and women, who know that duniya is just a means of getting over to the life that is eternal.
The Charitable Men and Women
These are the ones who spend of their wealth and intellect in the way of Allah. Be it obligatory charity, or the voluntary ones, they are the ones who are always foremost in spending for Allah. These are the ones who are always helpful, kind and generous to others. The ones who spend only for Allah swt, seeking His love and pleasure alone and not for showing off or gaining fame in this world.
The Fasting Men and Women
These are the ones, who fast the month of Ramadan in a true sense, complying to all its obligations and keeping away from everything that is forbidden. Every act of worship is for our own benefit, but for fasting. The ones who add to their compulsory fasts, more fasts out of will, voluntarily, seeking their pleasure form Allah swt and nearness to Him. Allah swt says, that Fasting is for Him swt and He shall reward a fasting believer as He swt pleases. May He swt accept our fasts and help us keep them to the best of manners.
The Chaste Men and Women
The men and women who guard their modesty, their chastity. Who try to be strong enough not to fall into the lusts and temptations that are so widespread around them. Who seek help from Allah to keep them on the straight path, when it is so easy to fall off the track. In times, where modesty and chastity are two concepts fading off from the ‘ethical’ world, being modest and chaste, will bring you more reward, in sha Allah.
The Men and Women who remember Allah much
These are the ones who remember Allah swt every day, in their prayers, and after their prayers, by words and by deeds. By glorifying His praises, by seeking His repentance! These are the ones who keep their tongues and heart busy with the remembrance of Allah swt. The ones who pray more than just obligatory prayers, who add nawafil to their prayers, in the days and during the nights when everyone else is sleeping. May Allah swt make us among these. These men and women are the ones, who keep a part of their days and nights for worshiping Allah swt and remembering Him. They are the ones, whom Allah swt said about:
Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said, “Allah, the Exalted, has said: ‘I will declare war against him who treats with hostility a pious worshiper of Mine. And the most beloved thing with which My slave comes nearer to Me, is what I have enjoined upon him; and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (voluntary prayers or doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) until I love him, (so much so that) I become his hearing with which he hears, and his sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he strikes, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks Me something, I will surely give him, and if he seeks My Protection (refuge), I will surely protect him”. (Bukhari 386)
So, these are the men and women for whom Allah swt has reserved His forgiveness and for whom He swt has prepared the awesome Jannah and everything that there is in them. The beautiful gardens, the gushing waters, fruits and flowers, wherein there shall be only happiness and peace and you will be always be with your loved ones. In sha Allah. May Allah swt make us and our loved ones among the dwellers of His Jannah. Ameen.
No one is perfect and we are all struggling with ourselves, with some with a few, some with more than one or two of these qualities, while a few others will all of these. But Don’t lose hope. Don’t despair. We should keep trying and practicing till we perfect them,. One by one, you can achieve much. In sha Allah with our efforts, Allah swt will make it easy for us.
So work on this list and keep a check on yourself with regards to it. Now and always. 🙂
May Allah swt make us among the people mentioned in this Ayah. May He swt make us and our loved ones among the dwellers of Jannah. May He swt grant us the will, the strength and courage to take ourselves out of His disobedience and may he swt make it easy for us, to be obedient to Him.