The desire to enter jannah burns in the heart of every Muslim like a never extinguishing flame. Admittedly, some of us have become too busy in worldly affairs. This has resulted in divergence, more and more Muslims have strayed from the path of righteousness. And yet, if you ask a Muslim if he or she wants a house in jannah, the answer wouldn’t be anything but yes! In this discussion, we are going to talk about the top 5 ways to earn a house in jannah. We are sure you must have heard of these ways before as well, consider this reading a revision. We have evidence from hadiths to show you that everyone still has a chance to earn a house in jannah!
1- Build a mosque
Building a place of worship for fellow Muslims is one fine way of building a house for yourself in jannah. Islam emphasizes on praying together in a mosque, hence, a mosque is a signature symbol of an Islamic society. As the population has increased exponentially over the last few centuries, the need for more mosques to be built is always there. The following hadith reveals the reward for building a mosque in this world:
Narrator: Umar bin Al-Khattab (RA)
“I heard the Messenger of Allah (saw) say: ‘Whoever builds a masjid (mosque) in which the Name of Allah is mentioned, Allah will build a house for him in Paradise.'” (Sahih)
2- Read Soorah-e-Ikhlaas
The benefits and the gifts associated with reciting The Holy Quran are numerous. In particular, there is an immense value of reciting the four QULS. Soorah-e-Ikhlaas is one of these QULS. The rewards of reciting and reading the holy verses of this Soorah are numerous. One reward is a house in jannah, as mentioned in the hadith below:
Narrator: Mu’adh ibn Anas (RA)
“Whoever recites the chapter ten times completely, ‘He is Allah, the One’ (112:1), Allah will build a palace for him in Paradise” (Musnad Ahmed)
3- Fill the gap
What gap could be that possibly which is promising a house in jannah if it is filled? Any guesses? Well, if your mind jumped to the gaps left between people during prayer, you got it right. Islam isn’t just a religion, it is a great teacher of discipline as well. When praying, one must take care that there are no gaps left between people. One who does that is promised a permanent abode in the best of the places in the life hereafter. The supporting evidence is the following hadith:
Narrator: Al-Albâni (RA)
“Whoever fills the gap, Allah will raise him a level and build for him a house in Jannah” (Sahih-Al-Jami)
4- Give up the argument
Often, things get heated up during an argument. People shout and yell at each other. Things go haywire and turn nasty. It is also logical that at least one of the arguers is wrong and the other one is right. There is a great reward for the person who is on the right side of things if he or she gives up an argument. Yes, you guessed it right, a house in jannah! The following hadith is a proof of that:
“I guarantee a house in lowest parts of Jannah for the one who leaves off argument even when he is right…” (Sunan Abi Dawud)
It is a great pity that for Muslims of the 21st century, Salah has become a matter of secondary nature. Worldly affairs are more important for us, they are our top priority. Five prayers a day seem too much for an average Muslim. And yet, the promises of extra prayers are so tremendous that they can dazzle your eyes. For example, as the following hadith states, a house in jannah!
Narrator: Umm Habibah (RA)
“Whoever prays 12 Rak’ah in the day and night, a house in Jannah will be built for him” (Sunan an-Nasa’i)
Well, folks, that is all from this discussion. There are so many ways in which you can enter the jannah and they are not all of religious nature. May Allah (SWT) help us all in protecting our faith and adopting at least one of the 5 ways to earn a house in jannah, as discussed in this discussion!