Open The Gates of Jannat
The greatest success we can achieve in this life and in our hereafter is to attain the ultimate pleasure of Allah Subhanuhu Ta’ala. With His pleasure, we attain Jannat and a successful eternal life.
Allah has promised to believers, men and women, gardens under which rivers flow to dwell therein eternally and good homes in gardens of everlasting bliss. But the pleasure of Allah is greatest. That is the supreme triumph.” [at-Tawbah, 9: 72]
The Gates as mentioned in Sunnah:
There are 8 Gates of Jannat mentioned in the Sunnah. The distance between each gate is like the
· Bab al-Jihad - The Gates Of Jihaad
· Bab Ar-Raiyan - The Gate of Fasting
· Bab as-Salat - The Gate of Salah
· Bab as-Sadaqa - The Gate of Charity
· Bab al-Iman The Gate of Belief
· Bab al-Kadhemean al-Gaidh
· Bab ar-Radiyeen – The Gate of Zaakireen
· Bab at-Taubah – Gate of Repentance
By Him in Whose Hand my soul is, the
distance between every two gate-posts of Paradise is like the distance between
For each good deed we practice, there are gates that call to us on the Day of Judgement.
Abu Hurairah (radiAllahu anhu) narrated
that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said:
“Whoever spends two things in the way of Allah will be called from the gates of
Anyone who performs the perfect ablution and then recites the Shahadah, will Inshallah have all the gates of Jannat open to him/her and he/she can chose to enter from any one of them.
Uqba bin Amir (radiAllahu anhu) said: “We
were entrusted with the task of tending the camels – On my turn, when I came
back in the evening after grazing them in the pastures, I found Allah’s
Messenger (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) stand and address
the people. I heard these words of his, ‘If any Muslim performs ablution well,
then stands and prays two rak’ahs, setting about them with his heart as well as
1. The Gate of Jihaad – Bab al-Jihaad
The highest level of Jannat that can be attained is Jannatul Firdaws and this is the level to which we should ask Allah Subhanahu Ta’ala to attain. This level is reserved for those who have died in the cause of Allah.
It is narrated that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said: “Whoever believes in Allah and His Apostle (salAllahu alayhi wasalam), offers prayer perfectly and fasts the month of Ramadan will rightfully be granted Paradise by Allah, no matter whether he fights in Allah’s cause or remains in the land where he is born.”
The people said, “Oh Allah’s Apostle! Shall we acquaint the people with this good news?” He said, “
But, Subhanallah, even in this, Allah has given us a way to dies as Mujahideen without even being on the battlefield. All we need to do is ask to die for the cause of Allah and Inshallah Allah may grant us that death, even if it’s in our sleep.
It was narrated from Sahl ibn Haneef that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever asks Allah sincerely for martyrdom, Allah will cause him to reach the status of the martyrs even if he dies in his bed.” [Sahih al-Bukhaari, 1909].
2. The Gate of Fast – Bab ar-Raiyan
Most of us can fast, Alhamdulillah. During the month of Ramadan, we should make sure to try to fast in the best way possible. And if we have missed any, we should remember to make them up.
Sahl bin Sa’d (radiAllahu
anhu) reported that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said:
Besides the fasting of Ramadan, it is Sunnah to fast every Mondays and Thursdays. These are also the two nights that the gates of Jannat are opened and our deeds are sent up to Allah and recorded on Thursdays. What better thing to write in our book of records than fasting and praying to Allah, the All Mighty, on those days.
The best fast is the fast of Daud (pbuh) who fasted every other day.
Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Amr: Allah's Apostle was informed that I had taken an oath to fast daily and to pray (every night) all the night throughout my life (so Allah's Apostle came to me and asked whether it was correct): I replied, "Let my parents be sacrificed for you! I said so." The Prophet said, "You can not do that. So, fast for few days and give it up for few days, [offer] prayers and sleep [at night]. Fast three days a month as the reward of good deeds is multiplied ten times and that will be equal to one year of fasting." I replied, "I can do better than that." The Prophet said to me, "Fast one day and give up fasting for a day and that is the fasting of Prophet David and that is the best fasting." I said, "I have the power to fast better (more) than that." The Prophet said, "There is no better fasting than that."
Just remember to not fast only on Fridays unless it is accompanied by a day before or after it.
Narrated Muhammad bin 'Abbas: I asked Jabir "Did the Prophet forbid fasting on Fridays?" He replied, "Yes." (Other narrators added, "If he intends to fast only that day.")
Narrated Abu Huraira: I heard the Prophet saying, "None of you should fast on Friday unless he fasts a day before or after it."
3. The Gate of Iman – Bab al-Iman
This Gate is for those who have true sincere faith and trust in Allah and Acceptance of Islam according to the Quran and Sunnah. True iman comes when one gives up all that is haram and doubtful and starts to implement the commands of Allah and when following the Sunnah of our Prophet (pbuh).
It is very easy to say we believe and follow some of the prescribed actions in Islam but it is more difficult to live our live in the path of Islam. To be a Muslim is to see, taste, smell, hear, speak and think Islam. Even the most minor sin is a transgression. We must continuously strive to better ourselves and give up sins, big and small, and constantly keep praying and asking for forgiveness.
4. Bab al-Kadhemean al-Gaidh
This Gate is for those who repress/depress their anger for the sake of Allah. Even when they know that they are right, they keep themselves from creating fitna and enmity with other Muslims.
Those who do not quarrel even
though they are on the right: "I guarantee a house in the surroundings of
5. The Gate of Zaakireen - Baba r-Radiyeen
This is the Gate for those who are constantly engaged in Dhikr.
6. The Gate of Repentance – Bab at-Taubah
This is the Gate for those who have performed sincere taubah (repentance) to Allah.
7. The Gate of Salat – Bab as-Salat
This Gate is for those who continuously perform their Salat in the best manner. They pray as though Allah were before them, watching them.
There are five levels of supplicants and we should strive to be of the highest level to reach Allah’s pleasure and to attain Jannat through Bab as-Salat.
- One who prays but is negligent in doing his/her wudoo correctly or their salah correctly – These people are punishable for their negligence.
- One who prays and tries to do proper wudo and proper salah but who is easily swayed by his/her waswaas (insinuations/thoughts) – These people are accountable to their lack of focus and for their wayward thoughts.
- One who prays and does his wudo properly and tries to control his waswaas but the struggle still continues with the Shaitan to keep his/her focus - These people will not be considered a sinner on account of their trying their best.
- One who prays and does his wudo properly and is totally focused and alert on getting his/her prayers done correctly lest he/she omit anything of importance. His/her heart is totally immersed in worshipping Allah. – These people will be rewarded for their worship.
- The highest level is the one who prays and does wudo correctly and keeps focus AND they pray as though Allah were before them, judging them. This person has no barriers between him/her and Allah; They find joy in the physical worship of Allah – These people will be drawn closer to Allah.
A short video on random distractions during salah and how to overcome them:
Those who preserve their
covenant and pray on time: Those who are faithfully true to their trusts and to
their covenants; And those who strictly guard their
(five compulsory congregational) prayers (at their fixed stated hours). These
are indeed the inheritors. Who shall inherit the Firdaus (
8. The Gate of Sadaqa – Bab as-Sadaqa
This Gate is for those who continuously give away their (halal) possessions for the sake of Allah. Sadaqa can be in all forms: physical, financial, emotional, knowledge, et al.
Gates of Hell
In comparison, there are 7 gates of Hell. It is easy to see where believers will go who did not follow the Quran and Sunnah will go before they are forgiven by Allah (Inshallah) and taken into Jannat as their final abode. Those who claimed to be Muslims but were not Muslims at heart or in their actions will be in the deepest part of hell.
1. Jaheem - the shallowest level of Hell.
It is reserved for those who believed in Allah and His Messenger (S.A.W.),
but who ignored His commands.
2. Jahanam - a deeper level where the idol-worshippers are to be sent on the Day of Judgement.
3. Sa'ir - is reserved for the worshippers of fire.
4. Saqar - this is where those who did not believe in Allah will be sent on the Day of Judgement.
5. Ladha - will be the home of the Jews.
6. Hawiyah - will be the abode of the Christians.
7. Hutama - the deepest level of Hellfire. This is where the religious hypocrites will spend eternity. The worst of Allah's creation are the Munafiqeen (Hypocrites), whether they be mankind or Jinn, for they outwardly appear to accept, but inwardly reject Allah and His Messenger (S.A.W.).
Opening the Gates to Jannat by means of Dhikr and One’s Actions
There are many ways to have the Gates of Jannat open for us and call us on the Day of Judgement, Inshallah. Inshallah, just implementing a few of these habits will endear us to Allah and will Inshallah make us one step closer to attaining eternal success.
1) Be Merciful to others.
A Muslim should only wish the best for another Muslim, especially when it comes to forgiveness and having patience with one another. No one is perfect so why should we hold another’s shortcomings to fault when we are, ourselves, imperfect? We need to learn to overlook our anger and our hatred and learn to love for the sake of Allah and for Allah’s ultimate forgiveness.
“The gates of
[Muslim, Malik and abu Dawud]
2) Seek forgiveness from Allah with sincerity constantly.
“Be foremost (in seeking)
forgiveness from your Lord. And a garden of bliss, the width of the heavens
and the earth prepared for those who believe in Allah and His messengers - that
is the grace of Allah which He bestows on whom He pleases, and Allah is the
Lord of abounding grace.”
[Al Hadid, 57:21]
3) Memorize the Quran and recite it often.
Time is a most precious gift that we all take for granted. Inshallah we should make every effort to try to get in some time to read the Quran and possibly to memorize as much as we can. We should also make the effort to learn what is being said to us.
‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “It will be said to the companion of the Qur’aan: ‘Recite and rise in status as you used to recite in the world, and your position will be at the last verse you recite.’” Narrated by Abu Dawood, 1646; al-Tirmidhi, 2914; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.
4) Perform wudu well and then go to the masjid to wait for salah.
It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Shall I not tell you of something by means of which Allaah erases sins and raises you in status?” They said: “Yes, O Messenger of Allaah.” He said: “Doing wudoo’ well even when it is difficult, taking many steps to the mosques and waiting for prayer after prayer. That is (equivalent) to guarding the frontier.” [Muslim, 251]
5) Learn Allah’s 99 Beautiful names.
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah has ninety-nine Names, i.e., one hundred minus one, and whoever believes in their meanings and acts accordingly, will enter Paradise; and Allah is Witr (one) and loves 'the Witr' (i.e., odd numbers). [Sahih al-Bukhari, 419]
Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: There are ninety-nine
names of Allah; he who commits them to memory would get into
6) Dhikr - Subhan Allah Al-'Azim and 'Subhan Allah wa bihamdihi
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "There are two expressions which are very easy for the tongue to say, but they are very heavy in the balance and are very dear to The Beneficent (Allah), and they are, 'Subhan Allah Al-'Azim and 'Subhan Allah wa bihamdihi.'" [Sahih al-Bukhari, 415]
7) Dhikr - La ilaha illal-lah wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahu-l-mulk wa lahu-l-hamd wa huwa 'ala kulli shai'in qadir
Allah's Apostle said," Whoever says: "La ilaha illal-lah wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahu-l-mulk wa lahu-l-hamd wa huwa 'ala kulli shai'in qadir," one hundred times will get the same reward as given for manumitting ten slaves; and one hundred good deeds will be written in his accounts, and one hundred sins will be deducted from his accounts, and it (his saying) will be a shield for him from Satan on that day till night, and nobody will be able to do a better deed except the one who does more than he." [Sahih al-Bukhari, 412]
8) Say Amin after the Imam.
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "When the Imam says 'Amin', then you should all say 'Amin', for the angels say 'Amin' at that time, and he whose 'Amin' coincides with the 'Amin' of the angels, all his past sins will be forgiven." [Sahih al-Bukhari, 411]
9) Give Charity in whatever form you are capable of giving in.
One of the best things we can do is to give in charity, be it with money, personal property or time, or one’s knowledge or kindness or good words. No good deed towards another Muslim goes to waste Subhanallah.
Narrated Abu Burda: from his father from his grandfather that the Prophet said, "Every Muslim has to give in charity." The people asked, "O Allah's Prophet! If someone has nothing to give, what will he do?" He said, "He should work with his hands and benefit himself and also give in charity (from what he earns)." The people further asked, "If he cannot find even that?" He replied, "He should help the needy who appeal for help." Then the people asked, "If he cannot do that?" He replied, "Then he should perform good deeds and keep away from evil deeds and this will be regarded as charitable deeds." [Sahih al-Bukhari, 524]
Even the charity using another person’s rizq is a great charity and counts for everyone.
Narrated 'Aisha: The Prophet said, "When a woman gives in charity from her house meals in Allah's Cause without spoiling her husband's property, she will get a reward for it, and her husband will also get the reward for his earnings and the storekeeper will get a reward likewise." [Sahih al-Bukhari, 521]
10) Patience, Truth, Pure Worship, Repentance, and Charity.
Dhikr: Rabbana innana amanna faghfirlana zunubana waqina a’azabannar
“Say, ‘Shall I bring your attention to things far better than those? For the righteous are gardens in nearness to their Lord, with rivers flowing beneath, eternal therein, with pure companions and the good pleasure of Allah. For within Allah’s sight are all His servants – especially those who say, “Our Lord, we have indeed believed, so forgive us our sins and protect us from the agony of the Fire.” (Rabbana innana amanna faghfirlana zunubana waqina a’azabannar.) Those who are patient, are truthful, who worship devoutly, who spend in the way of Allah and who prays for forgiveness in the pre-dawn hours (Tahajjud).’” [ali'-Imran, 3: 15-17]
11) Repentance – Ask for forgiveness the way our Prophet (pbuh) used to ask.
Narrated 'Aisha: The Prophet used to say, "O Allah! I seek refuge with You from laziness from geriatric old age, from being in debt, and from committing sins. O Allah! I seek refuge with You from the punishment of the Fire, the afflictions of the grave, the punishment in the grave, and the evil of the affliction of poverty and from the evil of the affliction caused by Al-Masih Ad-Dajjal. O Allah! Wash away my sins with the water of snow and hail, and cleanse my heart from the sins as a white garment is cleansed of filth, and let there be a far away distance between me and my sins as You have set far away the East and the West from each other." [Sahih al-Bukhari, 386]
12) Dhikr - Hasbiyallaahu laa 'ilaaha 'illaa Huwa 'alayhi tawakkaltu wa Huwa Rabbul-'Arshil-'Adheem (7x)
Dhikr – HasbiyAllahu, La ilaha illa huwa, Alaihi Tawakkaltu (71x)
Allah will grant whoever recites this seven times in the morning or evening whatever he desires from this world or the next, Ibn As-Sunni (no. 71), Abu Dawud 4/321. Both reports are attributed directly to the Prophet j§ (Marfu1). The chain of transmission is sound (Sahih). Ibn As-Sunni. (Allah is sufficient for me. There is none worthy of worship but Him. I have placed my trust in Him, He is Lord of the Majestic Throne)
Muhammad (PBUH) said, (Whomever
says it) seventy times in the morning and in the evening, Allah will take care
of whatever worries him/her of the matters of this world and the hereafter.” (morning means after Fajr and before sunrise, evening means
after ‘Asr). (“HasbiyAllahu, La
ilaha illa huwa, Alaihi Tawakkaltu”
Enough is Allah for me (ie to defend me, love me, cherish me etc!), There is no god but He, in Him i trust.)
13) Dhikr - Allaahumma 'Anta Rabbee laa 'ilaaha 'illaa 'Anta, khalaqtanee wa 'anaa 'abduka, wa 'anaa 'alaa 'ahdika wa wa'dika mas-tata'tu, 'a'oothu bika min sharri maa sana'tu, 'aboo'u laka bini'matika 'alayya, wa 'aboo'u bithanbee faghfir lee fa'innahu laa yaghfiruth-thunooba 'illaa 'Anta.
Whoever recites this with conviction in the evening and dies during that night shall enter Paradise, and whoever recites it with conviction in the morning and dies during that day shall enter Paradise [Al-Bukhari 7/150] (O Allah, You are my Lord, there is none worthy of worship but You. You created me and I am your slave. I keep Your covenant, and my pledge to You so far as I am able. I seek refuge in You from the evil of what I have done. I admit to Your blessings upon me, and I admit to my misdeeds. Forgive me, for there is none who may forgive sins but You.)
14) Dhikr – Subhaanallahi wa bihamdihi
Whoever recites this one hundred times in the morning and in the evening will not be surpassed on the Day of Resurrection by anyone having done better than this except for someone who had recited it more. " Al-Bukhari 4/2071
15) Dhikr – Laa 'ilaaha 'illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu, wa Huwa 'alaa kulli shay'in Qadeer.
Whoever recites this one hundred times a day will have the reward of freeing ten slaves. One hundred Hasanaat (rewards) will be written for him and one hundred misdeeds will be washed away. He will be shielded from Satan until the evening. No one will be able to present anything better than this except for someone who has recited more than this. Al-Bukhari 4/95, Muslim 4/2071
16) Dhikr before Tahajjud Prayer - La ilaha il-lallah Wahdahu la Sharika lahu Lahu-l-mulk, waLahu-l-hamd wahuwa 'ala kullishai'in Qadir. Alhamdu lil-lahi wa subhanal-lahi wa la-ilaha il-lal-lah wa-l-lahu akbar wa la hawla Wala Quwata il-la-bil-lah – Allahumma’ghfirli (or any dua)
Narrated 'Ubada bin As-Samit: The Prophet "Whoever gets up at night and says: -- 'La ilaha il-lallah Wahdahu la Sharika lahu Lahu-l-mulk, waLahu-l-hamd wahuwa 'ala kullishai'in Qadir. Alhamdu lil-lahi wa subhanal-lahi wa la-ilaha il-lal-lah wa-l-lahu akbar wa la hawla Wala Quwata il-la-bil-lah.' (None has the right to be worshipped but Allah. He is the Only One and has no partners . For Him is the Kingdom and all the praises are due for Him. He is Omnipotent. All the praises are for Allah. All the glories are for Allah. And none has the right to be worshipped but Allah, And Allah is Great And there is neither Might nor Power Except with Allah). And then says: -- Allahumma, Ighfir li(O Allah! Forgive me). Or invokes (Allah), he will be responded to and if he performs ablution (and prays), his prayer will be accepted."
16.) Salatul Tasbih for forgiveness of sins - Subhaan Allahi Wal Hamdulillahi Wa Laa ilaha illal Laahu Wallahu Akbar ('Glory be to Allah. All praise is due to Allah. There is no God except Allah. Allah is the greatest)
This salat is the recitation of the above dua during the different postures of salat. It is recommended to do atleast once in your lifetime if not more.
Our Beloved Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) said to his uncle (father’s brother) Sayyiduna Abbass (may Allah be pleased with him) Oh uncle shall I not give you Shall I not grant you Shall I not award you Shall I not do mercy on you When you do 10 things Allah will forgive your sins: of the future and of the past; new and old; those you have forgotten and those you did knowingly; big and small; hidden and revealed. Then he (pbuh) explained the taught the way to pray Salatul Tasbih and then said if you can pray this salah once a day, if you can not pray once a day then every Friday, and even if this is not possible then once a month and even if this is not possible then once a year and even if this is not possible then at least once in a lifetime.
This hadith is related by Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah, Ibn Khuzaimah in his sahih, and at-Tabarani and Tirimzi.
- Ruku, Subhana rabbiyal azeem 3x, read Dua 10x, say “Samiyallahu.. Rabbana wa lakal hamd” and get up, read Dua 10x
- Go to Sajdah with Takbir, Subhana Rabbiyal A’la 3x, read Dua 10x, get up, read Dua 10x, Go to Sajdah, Subhana Rabbiyal A’la, read Dua 10x, get up
Second Rakat as first Rakat without the
After 2nd sijdah, recite Attahiyat, Durood and any duas and get up for 3rd Rakat without Salam.
Start 3rd Rakat with “Subhanaka Allahumma” and continue as 1st and 2nd rakats
After Fourth Rakat is finished, recite Attahiyat, Durood and any duas and say Salaam.
Don’t Waste Valuable Time
As our beloved Prophet, peace be upon him, has told us, one of the most precious blessings that we lose is our time for doing good. Let’s not waste ours or wait till it’s too late to make a difference for our afterlife.
Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: The Prophet said, "There are two blessings which many people lose: (They are) Health and free time for doing good." [Sahih al-Bukhari, 421]