Sheikh Saalih aal Taalib
September 12, 2008 ~ Ramadaan 1, 1429
All praise be to Allah. All praise be to Allah, the Possessor of virtue and bounties. For him is abundant praise and purest greetings, and (in) Him is the hope for forgiveness of sins and errors. He threats and He promises, and makes the good outcome for the one who believes in Him and guides and who is steadfast and guided and does not ascribe any partners with his Lord.
And I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone. He has no partner. He begets not, nor was He begotten, and there is none co-equal or comparable unto Him.
And I bear witness that Muhammad is Allah’s servant and messenger. He gave his nation the glad-tidings of Paradise and warned them of Hellfire, and being dissatisfied with this abode, longing for the permanent abode. May Allah send salutations, peace and blessings on him and on his pure family and chosen companions and those who follow them and those who follow them in goodness until the Day of Judgement.
O Muslims: I advise you and myself with the fear of Allah. For it is the preparation of this life to reach to the promise of the God. And do not let the life of this world distract you, for verily life is a wheel that will soon stop and souls are approaching and nearing their deadlines. Then all the creation will thereafter arrive at the promise of Allah or His threat. “O my people! Truly, this life of the world is nothing but a enjoyment, and verily, the Hereafter that is the home that will remain forever. Whosoever does an evil deed, will not be requited except the like thereof, and whosoever does a righteous deed, whether male or female and is a true believer, such will enter Paradise, where they will be provided therein (with all things in abundance) without limit.” [Ghafir: Verse 39-40] So the one who is granted the ability is the one who is earnest and strives and in the seasons of goodness he strives and in them he rejoices to attain Paradise and with Paradise he is triumphant.
O fasters, O worshipers, O weak repenters: Allah’s glad-tidings for you is the eternal Garden, the home of peace. And His Promise for you is Lofty Gardens. And for the one who fears the standing (in front of) his Lord is two gardens. Talking about Paradise – O believers – is an antidote, a solace, a yearning and faith. And at the time of good deeds, the hearts are eager for its promised and they hope for gardens from their Lord and the One they (hearts) worship, for Paradise is promised by the Lord of the worlds and (it is) His recompense for the pious workers, and it is the solace of the patient ones and the destination of the journey of the worshipers. It is the houses of the prophets and the abode of the true, happy friends and the resting place of the saints. Paradise and whatever is in it is the end of the hope of the hopeful and the objective of the ambitions of the ambitious. The talk about Paradise is the “departure of the souls to the lands of joys”, and the objective of it (talking about Paradise) is strengthening courage and melting the hearts and reminding the souls, and giving glad-tidings to the people of faith and Sunnah of what Allah has prepared for them in Paradise, for verily they are deserving of good news in the life of this world and the Hereafter. “And give glad tidings to those who believe and do righteous good deeds, that for them will be Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise).” [Baqarah: Verse 25] “That is (the Paradise) whereof Allah gives glad tidings to His slaves who believe (in the Oneness of Allah) and do righteous good deeds.” [Shoora: Verse 23] “Those who believed (in the Oneness of Allah) and emigrated and strove hard and fought in Allah’s Cause with their wealth and their lives are far higher in degree with Allah. They are the successful. Their Lord gives them glad tidings of a mercy from Him, and that He is pleased (with them), and of Gardens (Paradise) for them wherein are everlasting delights. They will dwell therein forever. Verily, with Allah is a great reward.” [Tawbah: Verse 20-22]
Paradise is the promised and its bounties surpass description and imagination. In the two authentic (books) (Bukhari and Muslim): “A (small) place equal to an area occupied by a whip in Paradise is better that the world and whatever is in it.” The people of Paradise will be welcomed with security and the glad tidings of eternity. “My worshipers! No fear shall be on you this Day, nor shall you grieve, (you) who have believed in Our verses and were Muslims. Enter Paradise, you and your wives, in happiness. Trays of gold and cups will be passed round them, therein all that the one’s inner-selves could desire, all that the eyes could delight in, and you will abide therein forever. This is the Paradise which you have been made to inherit because of your deeds which you used to do. Therein for you will be fruits in plenty, of which you will eat.” [Zukhruf: Verse 68-73]
And in the two authentic (books) (Bukhari and Muslim): That the prophet – peace be upon him – said: “Verily the first group (of people) who will enter Paradise will be (glittering) like the moon when it is full; and those who will enter next will be (glittering) like the most brilliant star in the sky. They will not urinate, defecate, spit or blow their noses. Their utensils will be of gold and their sweat will smell like musk. The aloes-wood will be used in their centers. Their wives will be the fair wide-eyed maidens. All of them will look alike and will resemble their father Aadam (in statute), sixty cubits tall.”
O Muslims: In Paradise, troubles will be cast off for a believer and he will relax from hardship, and he will praise Allah for this rest: “And they will say: ‘All the praises and thanks be to Allah, Who has removed from us (all) grief. Verily our Lord is indeed Oft-Forgiving, Most Ready to appreciate. Who, out of His Grace, has lodged us in a home that will last forever; there, toil will touch us not, nor weariness will touch us.’” [Faatir: Verse 34-35]
Paradise is free from disturbances: “(They will enter) Eden Paradise, which the Most Beneficent has promised to His slaves in the unseen. Verily! His Promise must come to pass. They shall not hear therein any evil talk, but only salutations of peace. And they will have therein their sustenance, morning and afternoon. Such is the Paradise which We shall give as an inheritance to those of Our slaves who have been pious and righteous.” [Maryam: Verse 61-63].
Listen, O you pious. Verily you are the inheritors. And this promise is the truth by Allah. Verily, His Promise must come to pass. “Verily! The pious will be in a place of Security (Paradise). Among Gardens and Springs. Dressed in fine silk and (also) in thick silk, facing each other, So (it will be), and We shall marry them to female fair ones with wide, lovely eyes. They will call therein for every kind of fruit in peace and security; They will never taste death therein except the first death (of this world), and He will save them from the torment of the blazing Fire, – As a Bounty from your Lord! That will be the supreme success!” [Dukhaan: Verse 51-57].
Verily Paradise has no danger in it. It is, by the Lord of the ka’bah, a shining light and a vibrating sweet fragrance and a constructed castle and a steady (flowing) river and abundant, ripe fruit and a good, beautiful wife; and abundant jewels in an everlasting place; in silk and gold; in tall gorgeous houses; enmity, hatred and (evil) whisperings removed from their hearts. “And We shall remove from their hearts any sense of injury (that they may have), (So they will be like) brothers facing each other on thrones.” [Hijr: Verse 47]
Abu Hurairah – may Allah be pleased with him – narrates that the messenger of Allah – peace be upon him – said: “Allah – the Exalted – said: ‘I have prepared for my righteous servants what no eye has seen and no ear has heard, nor has it occurred to the human heart.” Thus recite if you wish: “And no soul knows what joy for them has been kept hidden.” [Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim]
Eden Paradise (Everlasting Gardens): its rooms are (made) of all types of jewels; and its tents are (made) of hollow pearls on the shores of its pleasant rivers. The throne of the Most Beneficent is its roof; and musk and saffron are its soil; and pearls, ruby and jewels are its pebbles; and gold and silver are its bricks; lofty rooms, one above another under which rivers flow.
And if you want more, then listen to what will meet the fearful working believers, those who: “And they give food, inspite of their love for it (or for the love of Him), to the poor, the orphan and the captive (saying): ‘We feed you seeking Allah’s Countenance only. We wish for no reward, nor thanks from you. Verily we fear from our Lord a Day, hard and distressful, that will make the faces look horrible (from extreme dislike for it).’ So Allah saved them from the evil of that Day, and gave them a light of beauty and joy. And their recompense shall be Paradise, and silken garments, because they were patient. Reclining therein on raised thrones, they will see there neither the excessive heat of the sun, nor the excessive bitter cold, (as in Paradise there is no sun and no moon). And the shade thereof is close upon them, and the bunches of fruit thereof will hang low within their reach. And amongst them will be passed round vessels of silver and cups of crystal, crystal-clear, made of silver. They will determine the measure thereof according to their wishes. And they will be given to drink there a cup (of wine) mixed with ginger, A spring there, called Salsabil. And round about them will (serve) boys of everlasting youth. If you see them, you would think them scattered pearls. And when you look there (in Paradise), you will see a delight (that cannot be imagined), and a great dominion. Their garments will be of fine green silk, and gold embroidery. They will be adorned with bracelets of silver, and their Lord will give them a pure drink. (And it will be said to them): ‘Verily, this is a reward for you, and your endeavour has been accepted.” [Insaan: Verse 8-22].
The delight of the body with gardens and rivers and fruits; and the delight of the self with pure wives; and the delight of the heart and coolness of the eyes with eternity and permanence. Life and delight forever and ever. “This is a Reminder, and verily, for the pious is a good final return (Paradise), – Eden Paradise, whose doors will be open for them, Therein they will call for fruits in abundance and drinks; And beside them will be chaste females restraining their glances only for their husbands, of equal ages. This is what you are promised for the Day of Reckoning! (It will be said to them)! Verily, this is Our Provision which will never finish.” [Saad: Verse 49-54]
And if you ask about the wives, then they are the fair, wide-eyed maidens, good and beautiful. They combine both outward and inward beauty; beautiful fair females restrained in pavilions; loving their spouses; virgins, whom no man or jinn has had sexual relations with before them. If one of them had appeared in this world, whatever is between the sky and earth would be filled with fragrance and perfume and her light and radiance will outshine the light of the sun and her veil on her head is better than this world and whatever is in it. And Allah will reward the believing women with their being created in the best creation: “Verily, We have created them (maidens) of special creation. And made them virgins. Loving (their husbands only), equal in age. For those on the Right Hand.” [Waqi’ah: Verse 35-38].
Allah will unite their gathering and make their families accompany them. “Eden Paradise (Everlasting Gardens), which they shall enter and (also) those who acted righteously from among their fathers, and their wives, and their offspring. And angels shall enter unto them from every gate (saying): ‘Peace be upon you for that you persevered in patience! Excellent is the final home!’” [Ra’d: Verse 23-24] “Verily, the dwellers of Paradise, that Day, will be busy in joyful things. They and their wives will be in pleasant shade, reclining on thrones. They will have therein fruits (of all kinds) and all that they ask for. (It will be said to them): Peace be on you, a Word from the Lord, Most Merciful.” [Yaseen: Verse 55-58].
Everlasting pleasure and eternity and radiance and happiness. “Verily the pious who fear Allah and avoid evil will be in Delight (Paradise). On thrones, looking (at all things). You will recognise in their faces the brightness of delight. They will be given to drink pure sealed wine. The last thereof will be the smell of musk, and for this let (all) those strive who want to strive (i.e. hasten earnestly to the obedience of Allah). It will be mixed with Tasnim. A spring whereof drink those nearest to Allah.” [Mutaffifeen: Verse 21-28].
This; and if you ask about the Day of Increase (in reward) and the visit of the all-Mighty, all-Wise, and the sight of His Face – free from any resemblance or likeness to anything – as you see the Sun in the middle of the day and the full Moon on a cloudless night, as was constantly conveyed by the truthful, the trusted, which is present in the books of authentic Ahadeeth, narrated by Jurair, Suhaib, Anas, Abu Hurairah, Abu Moosa and Abu Sa’eed – may Allah be pleased with them all: “Then listen on the day that the caller will call: ‘O People of Paradise! Your Lord – Blessed and Exalted – requests you to visit Him, so come to visit Him!’ So they will say: ‘We hear and obey!‘
Until, when they finally reach the wide valley where they will all meet – and none of them will turn down the request of the caller – the Lord – Blessed and Exalted – will order His Chair to be brought there. Then, pulpits of light will emerge, as well as pulpits of pearls, gemstone, gold, and silver. The lowest of them in rank will sit on sheets of musk, and will not see what those who are on the chairs above them are given. When they are comfortable where they are sitting and are secure in their places, and the caller calls: ‘O People of Paradise! You have an appointment with Allah in which He wishes to reward you!’ So they will say: ‘And what is that reward? Has He not already made our faces bright, made our scales heavy, entered us into Paradise, and pushed us away from the Fire?’
And when they are like that, all of a sudden a light shines that encompasses all of Paradise. So, they raise their heads, and, behold: the Compeller – Exalted is He, and Holy are His Names – has come to them from above them and majestified them and said: ‘O People of Paradise! Peace be upon you!’ So, this greeting will not be responded to with anything better than: ‘O Allah! You are Peace, and from You is Peace! Blessed are You, O possessor of Majesty and Honour!’ So the Lord – Blessed and Exalted – will laugh to them and say: ‘O People of Paradise! Where are those who used to obey Me without having ever seen Me? This is the Day of Increase!’
So, they will all give the same response: ‘We are pleased, so be pleased with us!’ So, He will say: ‘O People of Paradise! If I were not pleased with you, I would not have made you inhabitants of My Paradise! So, ask of Me!’ So, they will all give the same response: ‘Show us Your Face so that we may look at it!’ So, the Lord – Mighty and Majestic – will remove His covering and will majestify them and will cover them with His Light, which, if Allah – the Exalted – had not Willed not to burn them, would have burned them.
And there will not remain a single person in this gathering except that his Lord – the Exalted – will speak to him and say: ‘Do you remember the day that you did this and that?’ and He will remind him of some of his bad deeds in the worldy life, so he will say: ‘O Lord! Will you not forgive me?’ So, He will say: ‘Of course! You have not reached this position of yours (in Paradise) except by My forgiveness.’”
O Allah we ask you for the enjoyment of seeing Your Noble Face and yearning for Your Meeting, without any harm nor misguiding trial.
O Allah bless us in the Quraan and Sunnah, and benefit us in what is in them of verses and wisdom. I say these words of mine and I seek the forgiveness of Allah – the Exalted – for me and you.
All praise be to Allah. He made the Firdaws Paradise an abode for His believing servants. And He varied for them righteous deeds as a means to be taken to these gardens. And He made the appointment for entering them the Day of coming to Him. And He set the period of temporary life with no postponement.
And I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone. He has no partner. We are not self-sufficient (even) for the blink of an eye of His bounties and mercy. And we have no craving for (entering) Paradise except through His Pardon and Forgiveness. And I bear witness that Muhammad is Allah’s servant, His messenger, His friend and His chosen one. May Allah send salutations, peace and blessings on him and on all his family and companions.
O Muslims: These words are nothing except references. Verily the realities are greater, and Allah – the Exalted – is more Generous, so who is the striver for Paradise? Say (you all): We are the strivers, if Allah wills. For it is – by Allah – The life. Alas, evil is the one who prefers the life of this world over it (Paradise). He trades the everlasting Paradise for a temporary life. If he is happy for a little while, he will cry a lot and if he is pleased for a day, he will be sad for a month. Its (The life of this world) beginning are fears, and its end are deserts. Evil is a nation that delights in this world as if they were created for it and they tread every path, whether permissible or forbidden, in order to obtain it as if they are everlasting in it. Evil is a nation that forgets the Hereafter and neglects it and leaves out the commands of Allah and flouts them. Tomorrow it will be said to them: “Then taste you (the torment of the fire) because of your forgetting the Meeting of this Day of yours, (and) surely! We too will forget you” [Sajdah: Verse 14]. So how strange is the one who prefers the temporary over the permanent. And surely the exorbitant fraud will be apparent on the Day of Judgement, when grief and regret will be apparent. When the pious will be gathered unto the Most Beneficent like delegates, and the criminals will be driven to Hell, thirsty. And a caller will call out bearing testimony: The standing people will surely know who is more deserving of hospitality among the servants. And if you see the noble believers “They will be served by immortal boys, with cups, and jugs, and a glass from the flowing wine, Wherefrom they will get neither any aching of the head, nor any intoxication. And fruit; that they may choose. And the flesh of fowls that they desire. And (there will be) fair females with wide, lovely eyes, Like unto preserved pearls. A reward for what they used to do.” [Waqi’ah: Verse 17-24]
Thereafter O servants of Allah: Here you are in the era of ploughing, work, storing and hope. And verily this world is patience for an hour, then to Allah is the returning. So show Allah the best of yourselves. “And march forth in the way (which leads to) forgiveness from your Lord, and for Paradise as wide as are the heavens and the earth, prepared for the pious.” [Aal Imraan: Verse 133]. Then Allah – the Exalted – calls you: “Allah calls to the home of peace” [Yunus: Verse 25]. So come to Paradise and pleasure, and be like those who the Most Beneficent has described: “They used to sleep but little by night. And in the hours before dawn, they were (found) asking (Allah) for forgiveness. And in their properties there was the right of the beggar, and the poor who does not ask others.” [Thaariyaat: Verse 17-19].
And verily in Paradise there are rooms which can be seen from the inside and the outside. Allah has prepared them for he who utters good, feeds the poor and spends the night in prayer while the people are asleep. And here is the month of Ramadan, the season of repentance and returning and the occasion of supplications and answering (of supplications), the month of prayer, fasting, charity and joining family ties. Take provisions from good deeds and increase in good until it is said to you tomorrow in the Hereafter: “Eat and drink at ease for that which you have sent on before you in days past!” [Haaqqah: Verse 24]. Reach out for yourselves, for verily among people, there are poor, destitute, those overwhelmed by debts, disabled, struggling, orphans, widows, prisoners, the families of prisoners, beggars and those keeping chaste (seeking marriage). All of them are in need of your charities. And in the lands, there are national committees for the welfare of prisoners and their release and the welfare of their families, so fulfil their needs. And a Fatwa (religious ruling) has been issued (that) Zakaat (annual obligatory charity) may be given to them, so help them. “As for him who gives (in charity) and keeps his duty to Allah and fears Him, And believes in The Best, We will make smooth for him the path of ease.” [Layl: Verse 5-7]
O Allah make us from the people of Paradise. O Allah make us from the people of Paradise. O Allah make us from the people of Paradise.
This; and send salutations and peace on the best of mankind and the purest of humans, the messenger of Allah, Muhammad, the son of Abdullah. O Allah send salutations, peace and increase and (send) blessings on your servant and messenger Muhammad and on his family and companions.
O Allah let us drink from his pond. O Allah let us drink from his pond and resurrect us in his gathering and grant us his company in Paradise.
O Allah grant honour to Islam and the Muslims…