How to enter paradise direct?
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My question is what is the correct and most direct route to obtain Jannah for an individual?
Can you please use Revelation of Quran and logic as I find this really useful in explaining concepts.
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Dear and Beloved Brother, Allah Subhanah has Decreed man to a test in this one short transient life on this earth to see what a man does in a given set of good as well as trying conditions. The deeds that a man does in these set of given and Decreed conditions will determine the outcome of his eternal life of the Hereafter.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale Imraan verses 185-186:
185 Every soul shall have a taste of death: and only on the Day of Judgment shall you be paid your full recompense. Only he who is saved far from the Fire and admitted to the Garden will have attained the object (of life): for the life of this world is but goods and chattels of deception.
186 Ye shall certainly be tried and tested in your possessions and in your personal selves; and ye shall certainly hear much that will grieve you from those who received the Book before you and from those who worship many gods. But if ye persevere patiently and guard against evil, then that will be a determining factor in all affairs.
Your Question: My question is what is the correct and most
direct route to obtain Jannah for an individual?
As it is with everything which is expensive or valuable on this earth, it is scarce, and one has to strive a good portion of ones life to achieve his goals. The higher the goal or mission, the harder one has to strive to achieve it! If one were to simply ask any of the high achievers amongst mankind, be it in the fields of education, sports, governance, medicine, science, humanities, or any particular field of their expertise; the one thing each and every one would say is that there is no short-cut to achieving successthe path to success is burdened with dedication, sacrifice, and hard-work.
When one has to single-mindedly dedicate oneself and work tirelessly towards achieving ones mission for a portion of his life time to achieve success on this planet earth; one only has to imagine the level of sacrifice, dedication and hard-work needed to achieve what the Quran calls The Ultimate Success; where all achievements and triumphs absolutely humble and pale themselves in comparison to that Ultimate and Everlasting Success of the Hereafter; namely the entry into the Eternal Gardens of Bliss in the Realms of Paradise!
The Messenger of Allah (saws) said in an
authentic hadith:Verily, the Reward with Allah is extremely expensive
(invaluable)!; Verily, the Reward with Allah is
To fulfill his test of life, Allah Subhanah has bestowed man (and Jinn) with two things which He has not bestowed in any amongst His creation:
Intelligence or the Power of Reasoning
A Free Will to choose whatever path one wishes to follow in this one short transient life.
Whoever amongst mankind, uses his bestowed intelligence or the power of reasoning, recognizes his Creator and His Rights, and of his own free will submits to the Will of his Supreme Creator; he has been promised the Mercy and Grace of Allah Subhanah. And whoever amongst mankind denies his Creator and His Rights, and chooses to live his life according to his own whim, desires and fancy; will have a severe accounting in the Presence of the Majestic Lord on an Inevitable Day.
Allah Subhanah, time and again guides mankind in His
Glorious Quran towards two aspects of life, without which He Declares it would
be absolutely impossible to reach
Belief or Faith (Imaan)
The doing of righteous good deeds in accordance with the guidance of Allah and His Messenger (saws).
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 95 Surah At-Teen verses 4-6:
4 We have indeed created man in the best of molds
5 Then do We abase him (to be) the lowest of the low!
6 Except such as believe and do righteous deeds: for they shall have a Reward Unfailing.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 103 Surah Asr verses 1-3:
1 By (the Token of) time (through the Ages)
2 Verily Man is in loss!
3 Except such as have Faith and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth and of Patience and Constancy.
Thus, in light of the Holy Quran and the guidance of the
Messenger of Allah (saws) the absolute direct and only route to
There are hundreds of other Aayahs in the Glorious Quran whereby Allah Subhanah clarifies the elements of faith and highlights some of the good righteous deeds necessary for one to attain that Ultimate Success in the Hereafter:
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verses 2-5:
2 This is the Book; in it is guidance sure without doubt to those who fear Allah.
3 Who believe in the Unseen are steadfast in prayer and spend out of what We have provided for them.
4 And who believe in the Revelation sent to thee and sent before thy time and (in their hearts) have the assurance of the Hereafter.
5 They are on (true) guidance from their Lord and it is these who will prosper.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale Imran verse 31-32:
O Prophet, tell the people, If you sincerely love Allah, follow me. Then Allah will love you and forgive you your sins, for He is All Forgiving, All Merciful. Also say to them, Obey Allah and His Messenger. And if, in spite of this, they do not accept your invitation, warn them that Allah does not love those, who refuse to obey Him and His Messenger.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verse 111: Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their good; for theirs (in return) is the Garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth through the Law, the Gospel, and the Qur'an: and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah? Then rejoice in the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the Achievement Supreme.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 46 Surah Ahqaaf verses 13-16:
13 Verily those who say "Our Lord is Allah" and remain firm (on that Path), on them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve.
14 Such shall be Companions of the Garden dwelling therein (for aye): a recompense for their (good) deeds.
15 We have enjoined on man Kindness to his parents: in pain did his mother bear him and in pain did she give him birth. The carrying of the (child) to his weaning is (a period of) thirty months. At length when he reaches the age of full strength and attains forty years he says "O my Lord! grant me that I may be grateful for Thy favor which Thou hast bestowed upon me and upon both my parents and that I may work righteousness such as Thou mayest approve; and be gracious to me in my issue. Truly have I turned to Thee and truly do I bow (to Thee) in Islam."
16 Such are they from whom We shall accept the best of their deeds and pass by their ill deeds: (they shall be) among the Companions of the Garden: a Promise of Truth which was made to them (in this life).
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 61 Surah Saff verses 10-12:
10 O ye who believe! Shall I lead you to a bargain that will save you from a grievous Penalty?
11 That ye believe in Allah and His Messenger, and that ye strive (your utmost) in the Cause of Allah with your property and your persons: that will be best for you if ye but knew!
12 He will forgive you your sins and admit you to Gardens beneath which rivers flow, and to beautiful mansions in Gardens of Eternity: that is indeed the Supreme Achievement.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 23 Surah Muminoon verses 1-11:
1 The Believers must (eventually) win through
2 Those who humble themselves in their prayers;
3 Who avoid vain talk;
4 Who are active in deeds of charity;
5 Who abstain from sex
6 Except with those joined to them in the marriage bond or (the captives) whom their right hands possess for (in their case) they are free from blame
7 But those whose desires exceed those limits are transgressors
8 Those who faithfully observe their trust and their covenants;
9 And who (strictly) guard their prayers
10 Those will be the heirs
11 Who will inherit
The thing that is absolutely imperative to develop if one
wishes to attain Paradise, the thing that increases and shines ones faith, and
the one thing that inspires man in his striving to do good righteous deeds in
light of the guidance of the Quran is Sunnah is taqwa (piety,
God-consiousness, and the absolute awe or fear of Allah Subhanah). In our humble opinion, if one is able to
develop taqwa, the path to
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 79 Surah Naziaat verses 35-41:
35 The Day when Man shall remember (all) that he strove for
36 And Hell-Fire shall be placed in full view for (all) to see
37 Then for such as had transgressed all bounds
38 And had preferred the life of this world
39 The Abode will be Hell-Fire;
40 And for such as had entertained the fear of standing before their Lord's (tribunal) and had restrained (their) soul from lower Desires
41 Their abode will be the Garden.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39 Surah Zumar verse 20:
20 But it is for those who fear their Lord that lofty mansions one above another have been built: beneath them flow rivers (of delight): (such is) the Promise of Allah: never doth Allah fail in (His) Promise.
The Messenger of Allah (saws) summed up the entire process
of entry into
Sahih Muslim Hadith 6778 Narrated by Anas ibn Malik
I heard the Messenger of Allah (saws) say:
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your Brother in Islam,