Jannah (Paradise) is a desired luxury full of happiness, countless wealth, and unlimited abundance which may achieve through the pleasure and mercy of Allah. Jannah is the ultimate success and destination of every Muslim. But unfortunately, not all people from mankind will find this precious goal. The merciful greatest Allah has described the blessings of paradise and shown many ways to get the ownership of Jannah (Heaven) in the Qur’an in many verses.
Qur’anic Instractions for Achieving Paradise
The Holy Qur’an is the guidance for mankind. Peace on earth and liberation in the hereafter is the main theme of the Quran in the concept of Islam. finally, Heaven is the intended destination of mankind. The God Almighty has described the ways to get Jannah in the Holy Qur’an in numerous verses. Let’s have a look at some of these verses:
“And give good tidings to those who believe and do righteous deeds that they will have gardens (in Paradise) beneath with rivers flow.” -(Surah Al Baqarah:25)
“But they who believe and do righteous deeds- those are the companions of Paradise.” -(Al Baqarah:82)
“But those who believe and do righteous deeds -I will admit them to Paradise beneath which rivers flow”. -(Surah An- Nisa:57)
“And whoever does righteous deeds, whether male or female, while being a believer- those will enter Paradise ”. -(Surah An- Nisa:124)
“Verily, those who believe and do righteous good deeds, for them will be Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise). That is a great success.” -( Surah Al Buruj:11)
So, as per the verses mentioned above, getting into paradise is depending on:
1. Being a Believer:
Belief is the first characteristic of a Muslim that fills the first condition to get ownership of paradise (Jannah). A Muslim believer must have a firm belief in:
- Allah as the one, unique, and most powerful entity who has created us for His worship;
- His Angels who exist in countless numbers and various types and worship Allah and carry out His commands.
- The prophets as the guidance for the misguided mankind throughout the eras. These individuals had received revelation from Allah and conveyed it to the people. Hazrat Adam (A) was the first and Hazrat Muhammad (SA) was the last and final prophet.
- Divine books that contain messages of Allah as the guidance for human beings.
- The predestination of the Almighty that is determined by Him thousands of years ago of creating the human being.
- And on the day of judgment as a certain period of getting the exchanges of this worldly doings.
After acquiring the belief in the above articles, a person must achieve some noble virtues of a believer to be a Muttaqee. To be true believers, we have to live our life according to the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Allah, the Almighty has described the virtues of those who deserve to be called true believers in the Qur’an in many verses. One of these is: “The believers are only those who, when Allah is mentioned, feel a fear in their hearts and when His verses (Qur’an) are recited unto them, they increase their faith; and they put their trust in their Lord. Who establish the Salat and spend out of what I have provided them.”- (Surah Al Anfal:2-3)
2. Doing Righteous Good Deeds:
Doing good deeds will reward a Muslim and help gain the mercy of Allah in this world and afterward. Islam believes that good deeds are one of the pillars of faith and a witness to the Tawhid. A good deed is pleasing to the Almighty Allah. These deeds always should be done following the Islamic law and intended to please and obey the Almighty.
Good deeds are boundless and included with all that the Almighty Allah has commanded us to do in the term of obligatory and desirable acts of worship like, not only performing Salat, Fasting, Zakat, Hajj, Charity, etc. but also doing all the deeds for the welfare of every creature of the Almighty. A Muslim should perform them in obedience to Allah and submission to his law for being the person of righteous deeds.
So, belief and righteous good deeds are related to each other. A believer does the righteous deeds to please the Almighty and expects its exchange from Him alone in this world and on the day of judgment. That’s why the Almighty Allah has announced the award of paradise for those who has firm belief in the unseen and do righteous deeds. If someone has the belief but does not do the righteous good deeds his belief is valueless to Allah. Similarly, nobody can achieve paradise by doing good deeds only unless acquiring the concept of belief. So, to achieve the mercy and satisfaction of our Lord, the Almighty, and the ownership of blessing paradise we, all should be firm believers and do righteous good deeds.