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February 18, 2011

How to enter Paradise in tranquility…

by Umm Muawiyah

Assalamu Alaikum.

How, you ask?

Here’s how:

لما قدم رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم المدينة انجفل الناس إليه وقيل قدم رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قدم رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قدم رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فجئت في الناس لأنظر إليه فلما استثبت وجه رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم عرفت أن وجهه ليس بوجه كذاب وكان أول شيء تكلم به أن قال أيها الناس أفشوا السلام ، وأطعموا الطعام ، وصلوا والناس نيام ، تدخلوا الجنة بسلام

Abdullah ibn Salam (radiallahu anhu) said: “When the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alaihi wasallam) arrived – meaning in Al-Madinah – the people came out to meet him. It was said that the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alaihi wasallam) had arrived, so I went among the people to get a look at him. When I gazed upon the face of the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alaihi wasallam), I knew that this face was not the face of a liar.

The first thing that he spoke about was that he said: “O people! Spread the salaam (greetings of peace), feed others and pray (at night) while the people are sleeping. You will enter Paradise in tranquility.*”” [Sunan At-Tirmidhi, Hadeeth No. 2485. Graded “saheeh” by Al-Albani in Saheeh Sunan At-Tirmidhi, Hadeeth No. 2485.]

[*The word mentioned is “bi-salaam” which means with salaam. It could mean with the greetings of peace or in tranquility.]

Another narration states:

يا أيها الناس أفشوا السلام وأطعموا الطعام وصلوا بالليل والناس نيام تدخلوا الجنة بسلام

“O people! Spread the salaam, feed others, uphold the ties of kinship, and pray at night when people are sleeping. You will enter Paradise in tranquility.” [Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadeeth No. 3251. Graded “saheeh” by Al-Albani in Saheeh Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadeeth No. 3251.]

So, we need to do four things, insha-Allah:

1) Spread the salaam – And this is not just to those we know!

2) Feed others – This includes the poor and one’s guests.

3) Uphold ties of kinship

4) Pray at night

Yes, I know. It’s easier said than done but we can all give it a shot, can’t we?

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