Category Archives: ibadah
Al-Bukhaari (520) narrated that Buraydah said:
The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever does not pray ‘Asr, his good deeds will be annulled”
When it comes to Ramadan, so many of us pray and fast. We know it is required of us. We are conscious of Allah, of His SWT wrath, and His SWT mercy, we love Him and fear Him.
Even those who do not pray at all the rest of the year will pray in Ramadan. Part of the reasoning of this is as we want our efforts in fasting to be rewarded. We Don’t want to go the whole day without food and drink. We struggle and strive in order to receive a reward from Allah, we want His SWT mercy and blessings. We want our duas to be answered, and in this holy month, we understand that prayer is required in order for our desires to please Allah and benefit from ibadah to be a reality.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen was asked in Fataawa al-Siyaam (p. 87) about the ruling on the fasting of one who does not pray.
The fast of one who does not pray is not valid and is not accepted, because the one who does not pray is a kaafir and an apostate, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“But if they repent [by rejecting Shirk (polytheism) and accept Islamic Monotheism], perform As-Salaah (Iqaamat-as-Salaah) and give Zakaah, then they are your brethren in religion”
And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“Between a man and shirk and kufr stands his giving up prayer.” Narrated by Muslim, 82. And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The covenant that separates us from them is prayer; whoever gives up prayer is a kaafir.”
Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2621; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani inSaheeh al-Tirmidhi.
However what we seem to be failing to truly understand and internalise is that this ruling is not just for Ramadan. The one who does not pray, all his good deeds will be invalid.
“Whoever abandons the ‘Asr prayer, his deeds of worship become void.”
This means that our striving, our dawah, our smiling as it is a sunnah, saying salaam, looking after our children, being good to our husbands, EVERYTHING that we do, is of no use to us in akhirah if we do not pray.
It is pointless being seen as a person who inspires and does good, it is pointless giving sadaqah, fasting, hajj EVERYTHING is pointless if we do not pray.
It is pointless as it will not benefit us in the akhirah.
Everything we do should be first with the intention to please Allah. But if we don’t pray, we don’t please Him SWT.
Think about this, take a moment to digest.
All the good deeds you do in a day. From making your husband a cup of tea, to feeding your kids, to smiling at your neighbour, to sharing beneficial knowledge. Think about all the things you do in a day.
What potential for reward is there?
What are you missing out on?
In Ramadan we understand that this is the month of mercy and blessings and we are afraid of missing out on the rewards.
However Allah SWT in His mercy, has given us so many opportunities out of Ramadan to gain his pleasure. In every action we do, every moment of the day there is an opportunity to gain his pleasure.
Giving £1 on layalatul Qadr may be like giving £1 every day for 83 years, but every moment of every day not in Ramadan we still have opportunities that are just as important to our scales of deeds. For every intention to do good there is a chance we will be rewarded.
By not praying we are throwing this down the pan.
We are no different in the merit of our deeds then those who do not believe in Allah.
This hadith is seen by the scholars as a severe deterrent. SO let us heed it. Let it deter us.
Let us be just as worried about the struggles and deeds we do daily being accepted, as our efforts in fasting being accepted.
It makes no sense not to be.
This is a reminder to myself first.
May Allah guide us and strengthen us, May He SWT allow us to continue the good habits we have upheld during Ramadan during the rest of the year. May He increase our iman, and accept our ibadah in all that we do. May He SWT guide us and keep us on the straight path and grant us jannah.
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Dua from The Quran
حَسْبِيَ اللّهُ لا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ عَلَيْهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ وَهُوَ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِي
Hasbiyah Allahu la Ilaa ha illa huwa. ‘alayhi twakkal tu wa huwa rabbul ‘arshil adheem (9:129)
Allah is sufficient for me. None has the right to be worshipped but He, in Him I put my trust and He is the Lord of the Mighty Throne.
The Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said, “Allah will grant whoever recites this seven times in the morning and evening whatever he desires from this world or the next.” [Saheeh, Sunan Abee Dawood]
Indeed the nearest to Allah are those who make salaam first. (Ahmad)
Exchanging salaam holds a high position in Islam. Not only is salaam equated with many other important deeds, but it is one of the defining criteria of belief.
The names and attributes of Allah are part of tahweed (belief). To know Allah we need to know His attributes.
Al Quddus :
The One who is Very Pure, Absolutely Pure, He is far and above anything that does not befit Him.
The basic meaning is derived from the word “Quds”-pure and blessed. So, Al-Quddus refers to one who is free and perfect from any deficiency, holy in all aspects
The First meaning of Qaf-daal-seen (ق د س), quds, is taharah (cleanliness). The verb qadasa is from the same root and it is used for the movement of a bucket. Why is it called qadasa? Because from the bucket that has water, you will obtain purity and cleanliness.
The second meaning of this root is barakah, a lot of goodness. So with this meaning, Al Quddoos means: The One who is Blessed, the One who is the Source of All Good, The One with a lot of Khayr. This root means to be or go far away. So Allah ta`ala (most High) is far from any impurity or imperfection.
Dua for morning and evening (morning between fajr and sunrise, evening between asr and maghrib)
Say the following invocation, three times in the morning and three times in the evening:
Bismillahi al-lazi la yadhurru ma’asmihi shay’un filardhi wala fis-sama i wa huwwa as-sami’u
In the Name of Allah, with Whose Name nothing harms, on earth and in Heavens, andHe is the All-Hearer, the All-Aware. At-Tirmidhi: 5/133 .
In the morning and in the evening.
‘A ‘uzu bikalimati Allahi at-tammati min sharri ma khalaq,Muslim: (An-Nawawi: 17/32)
(In addition to Tickets to jannah Duas)
Dua Before Removing Clothing
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الَّذِي لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا هُوَ
Dua When Putting on Clothing
الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي كَسَانِي مَا أُوَارِي بِهِ عَوْرَتِي وَأَتَجَمَّلُ بِهِ فِي حَيَاتِي
Dua for Marital Relations
Ibn ‘Abbas (RA) reported: “The Prophet (Peace and Blessing upon Him) said, ‘If you say the following invocation during sexual intercourse, and a baby is conceived, Satan would never harm that baby.
Allahumma jannibna ash-shaytan wa jannibi ash-shytan ma razaqtana.
O Allah! Keep us away from Satan, and keep Satan away from any blessing you bestow on us. Al-Bukhari (Fath Al-Bari: 1/291) and Muslim
Dua After Eating
الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَطْعَمَنَا وَسَقَانَا وَجَعَلَنَا ْمُسْلِمِينَ
Dua before Sleeping
اَللّهُمَّ بِسْمِكَ أَمُوْتُ وَ أَحْيَ
O Allah, with Your name I die and live (Bukhari)
Dua Upon Waking Up.
اَلْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِىْ اَحْيَانَا بَعْدَ مَا اَمَاتَنَا وَ اِلَيْهِ النُّشُوْرُ
Dua When Entering the Toilet
بِسْمِ اللهِ اَللّهُمَّ إِنِّيْ أَعُوْذُ بِكَ مِنَ الخبُثِ وَ الخَبَائِثِ
In the name of Allah, O Allah, I seek your protection from male and female devils.(Bukhari)
Allahumma inni a’udu bika minal-khubtiwal-khba’iti
Dua When Leaving the Toilet
غُفْرَانَكَ اَلْحَمْدُ لِللَّهِ الَّذِيْ أَذْهَبَ عَنِّيْ الأَذّىَ وَ عَافَانِيْ
O Allah. I seek your forgiveness. All praises are due to Allah who has taken away from me the discomfort and granted me comfort.
Dua Before Eating
بِسْمِ الله وَبَرَكَةِ الل
In the name of Allah and with the blessings of Allah.(Al-Hisnul Haseen)
Dua When Entering a Market or Mall
لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ يُحْيِي وَيُمِيتُ
وَهُوَ حَيٌّ لَا يَمُوتُ بِيَدِهِ الْخُيْرُ وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٍ
There is no Lord except Allah. He is One and has no partners. His is the Kingdom and for Him are all praises. He gives life and gives death. He is eternal and everlasting In His control is goodness, and He has power over everything.(Tirmidhi)
The messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: Whoever enters the market and says: “None has the right to be worshipped except Allah, alone, without partner, to Him belongs all sovereignty and praise. He gives life and causes death, and He is living and does not die. In His hand is all good and He Omnipotent over all things.” ..Allah will wipe a million bad deeds from his record and grant him a million good deeds, and will elevate him a million degree (of virtue)- ([and will build him a house in paradise] in another narration)
. – laa ilaaha ill-allaahu waḥdahu laa shareeka lah, lah-ul-mulku wa lahul-ḥamdu, yuḥyee wa yumeetu wa huwa ḥayun laa yamootu, bi yadi-hil-khayru, wa huwa ‛alaa kulli shay’in qadeer
Daily dua and adhkar is referred to as “the Fortress of the Muslims”. What does this mean?
Fortress = a defense which is impenetrable, heavily protected building.
So what is the building we are protecting?
Faith is Imaan.
Why are we trying to protect our imaan?
Our imaan is the most valuable thing we have. Shaytaan attacks our imaan from various angles and tries to steal it.
Each of these circles is a protective sphere. Fardh acts protect our imaan, emphasised sunnahs (actions that if regularly left may be sinful, such as not doing sunnahs of wudhu and only washing once etc) protect our fardh actions, and so on.
1st precious thing is imaan,
2nd precious thing fardh
if Shaytaan cannot attack this, as it has a protective circle around it, then he will attack the next most important circle which is fardh.
Therefore the more lines of defense we have protecting our imaan, the stronger our defence against the attacks of Shaytaan.
If we don’t have these protective circles then shaytaan has a clear path to our imaan.
3rd precious thing Sunnah; if we remember our Sunnah, we will not forget our fardh.
4th precious thing adhab.
When we say only adhab, only sunnah is not important, then we have broken the barriers, and it is easy for us to relax and forget fardh and to relax and forget imaan.
Everything brought by Muhammad SAW has worth to it.
What are we protecting against?
The adkhar are part of the circle which includes sunnah acts Adhkar are those duas that are authentically narrated from the prophet alayhis salam and cover protection from all things. I advise you to buy a book called “The Fortress Of A Muslim” – a lot of them are in here)
the Adhkar (invocations and remembrances said at certain times on a regular basis) which are ordained by Allah. Plural of dhikr.
Benefits of Adhkar.
– keep Shaitan away from the person who recites them,
– prevent the evil from mankind and jinn from harming such people.
The person who recites these Adhkar on a daily basis builds around himself a fortress to protect himself from his enemy.
Unfortunately, most Muslims today are ignorant of these Adhkar, and very few recite them on a daily basis. As a result, we see many Muslims constantly falling victim to Shaitan and his associates from mankind and jinn, living in misery and depression all their lives
Most of them can be found among the ruins and dilapidated areas, as well as the places where there are many impure things, such as, bathrooms, hashish dens, garbage dumps, the places of the camels, cemeteries.
Ibn Taimiyyah – those people who are close to Satan usually inhibit such areas.
hadith – say that one should not pray in bathrooms due to the impurities present and because it is the abode of Satan, or in cemeteries as this leads to polytheism and it is also a home for the devils.
A Muslim should seek refuge with Allah (‘Azza wa Jalla) upon entering the toilet, because Satan takes advantage of the Muslim’s presence in the toilet in order to in this filthy place which is the home of Satanic Jinn.
“ One day, a Jinn informed methat he entered and possessed a person because he did not seek refuge in Allah uponentering the toilet. However, Allah supported me in driving him out of that person. Furthermore, one Jinn told me that Allah(‘Azza wa Jalla) has given us a strong weapon to conquer them, but we do not use it. I asked him what was it, and he said, ‘the invocations laid down by the Prophet (Peace and Blessing upon Him)
Personal hygiene is extremely important. Not only is it an integral part of faith to be clean and fresh, it is also directly linked with shayateen..
This is why we make the duaa before entering the bathroom “o Allah I seek refuge in you from the male and female unclean evil spirits”
When someone is possessed, one of the signs is that their personal hygiene will deteriorate. The person may refuse to shower or make wudhu. The shayateen hate places of purity, so let’s make our hearts and bodies a place of purity, filled with the remembrance of Allah. May Allah guide us to purity.
The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) gave the following advice to one of his Companions,
The devils live in the same houses in which people live. One can stop them from entering or repel them from such houses by remembering or mentioning Allaah (dhikr), reciting the Qur’aan, in particular, surah al-Baqara and Aayatul Kursee (verse 255 of that surah).
The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) stated that the devils spread out and roam about increasingly when the dark first comes, and, therefore, he has advised Muslims to bring in their children during that period of time. (AI-Bukhari & Muslim).
And the devils run away from the call to prayer and cannot stand listening to it. And in the month of Ramadhaan they are chained.
This is why we have recommended adkhar to make as protection when entering and leaving the bathroom, when entering the market place, when hearing the adhaan. We should not take things such as displaying pictures in our houses and the like, lightly.
Regularly reciting the Adhkar for morning and evening
-One of the greatest means of protecting oneself against witchcraft.
– prevent against witchcraft before it happens, protecting one against it and warding off its evil, and remedying it if it does happen.
Ibn Al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
“Among the most effective divinely-prescribed remedies for witchcraft, indeed the only thing that works, for the effects of evil souls and warding off their effects can only be by means of that which opposes and resists them, namely Dhikr, the Qur’anic Verses and Du’as which cancel out their actions and effects. The stronger they are the further they will spread. This is like the meeting of two armies, each of which has its equipment and weapons with it; whichever of them overpowers the other and subdues it will emerge the victor.”
If the heart is filled with remembrance of Allah and has Du’as, Dhikrs, prayers for refuge which it never fails to recite, in which the person focuses with his heart and mind, this will be one of the greatest means of warding off witchcraft before it strikes and it is one of the greatest remedies for it after it has struck.
the Prophet (Peace and Blessing upon Him) said:
“… and I enjoin you to remember Allah, for this is like a man who is being pursued by the enemy, then he comes to a strong fortress and saves himself from them. Similarly a man cannot save himself from the Shaytan except by means of Dhikr.” Narrated byAhmad in Al-Musnad, 408/202; Al-Tirmidhi, no.2867. This is a Sahih Hadith
What can happen if we don’t say these adkhar?
The Jinn wait for these opportunities.
The jinn referred to here are non muslim, bad jinn under the control of shaytaan, not Muslim Jinn.
Narrated Hudhaifah (may Allah be pleased with him)
We came to eat and a girl came as if she was being pushed (or impelled) forward and she went to put her hand in the food, but the messenger alayhis-salam grabbed her hand. Then a bedouin man came and it was as if he was being pushed (or impelled) forward, but the prophet (alayhis-salam) seized his hand and said:
“The Shaitan considers it permissible for himself to eat from the food over which the name of Allah is not mentioned; and he has come with this slave-girl trying to make lawful food for himself, and I grabbed her hand, and with this Bedouin man, trying to eat, and I grabbed his hand. By He who my soul is in His Hand, his hand and her hand are both in my hand.” (Collected by Muslim, 2017) (Mentioned in Zaad Al Ma’ad)
Jaabir (R.A.) narrates that Prophet Mohammad (S.A.W.) stated that when a man enters his home and makes Dhikr (remembers Allah) and also makes Dhikr at meal times, then Satan says to his colleagues that the night cannot be spent there nor can they partake of the peoples food and if no Dhikr was made on entering the house, then Satan says to his colleagues that they have an opportunity to spend the night there and if no Dhikr was made at meal times, then Satan tells his colleagues that they will be able to stay there and also get food.
(Mishkat, Chapter on food)
Women should wake up at fajr time and do the relevant adhkar even if they are not praying in order to protect themselves. So you wake up, say your adhkar and then go back to sleep. An added benefit of this is that you will be training your body to wake up at this time.
When you take your clothes off, say bismillah. This is especially important for sisters because the jinn can fall in love with a person based on their physical beauty
Use dua and adhkar the way you use paracetamol, infact, more often than that.
Every believing man and woman should read Adhkar and supplications for refuge and protection regularly at their appointed times. Muslims have to show humbleness and sincerity to Allah (may He be Exalted)while doing such readings. They have to put their trust in Him (Glorified and Exalted be He) for He is the One Who manages every thing, Who knows every thing, and Who is able to do every thing. There is neither deity nor Lord but Him (Glorified be He), in Whose Hand is giving, depriving, benefitting and harming, and Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) is the Owner of everything.
This Christian blogger describes her expereinces, leading to the realisation that she does not have enough trust in God.
Her expereinces are also relevant to Muslims.
When something bad happens to us, what do we do?
Do we ask why me?
As Muslims we should expect to be tested, and know the tests will be hard. We need to trust in Allah’s plan, and know the correct way to supplicate through dua. As well as knowing the possible outcomes for any duas we make.
We should say “allhamdulillahi alla kulli hal – All praise to Allah in every situation”, and feel the trust and certainty of Allah’s hikmah (wisdom) witin our hearts.
“Qul, Hasbia Allahu, la illaha illa Huwa, allayhi tawakkul tu, wa Huwal rabbil arshil adheem
– Say, Allah sufficieth me, there is no God but Him, in Him I have trust, and He is the Lord of the Great arsh”
“ I knew God could heal me, but for some reason, He wasn’t.
What is Eid about? WHy do we celebrate it? How?
Are we supposed to stay in our houses all day and cook biriyani and eat, and dress up in our fancy new clothes? Where is the remembrance of Allah in the celebrations?
As a revert, these were all questions I had, Eid seemed no different to Christmas to me. Presents, nice clothes, family meal, old movies on the telly, but where was Islam?
I thought I must be missing something, so I asked questions, like “How is Eid different from Christmas?” The answer I got was that so many men went to Eid Salaah.
But I am a woman! For a woman how is it different from christmas?
Then I asked different sisters why they didn’t go to Eid salaah, I got answers such as “It is better for women to pray at home” and “We have to stay home and cook” and “It is not in our culture”, and when I asked about the hadiths commanding women to go out on Eid day, there were no answers to why they didn’t. (for more info see fatwa here https://muslimahdirections.wordpress.com/muslimah-matter-circles/women-and-eid-salaah-161012/).
So to be honest, for me EId day was always boring, it never lived up to expectations, I got dressed up, sat in families house, and my husband was often out so didn’t even see me dressed up!
After I moved to my own house, I started going to Eid salaah. The feeling was amazing. I remember my first Eid salaah, eating a date before I left, saying takbeer walking down the street, and wallahi I had tears in my eyes while I was walking, I was so grateful to Allah for giving me this opportunity, I walked home a different route as per sunnah. I felt so light and happy, following in the path of my prophet Muhammad sallalahu allayhi wa salaam. It is a shame lots of women don’t get the opportunity to feel this, to feel this connection to the ummah, knowing at the same time all around the world (well the parts where it is morning) so many of the ummah are doing the same actions, to see the Muslims gathered, the lines in the masjid so packed and spilling out on to the road, the crowds of Muslims walking to and from the masjid.
Instead the women are home making chuna pouri. (I normally make mine night before so is ready!)
This article covers some of my questions alhamdulillah, inshallah it may be useful to you too, or at least make you think and re evaluate your actions on EId day.
I have used this article to answer some of my own questions below!
What is Eid for?
some people describe Eid as a feast, wearing new clothes, going out and enjoying their day. Eid in Arabic means the day of happiness. Many Muslims celebrate this day without knowing the purpose and the meaning of it; they do not know the reason for their happiness and joy. Muslims need to ponder upon what it is they are doing to serve Allah SWT that they are happy about?
Umar Ibn Abdul Aziz RA, the caliph of the time had two of his daughters come to him wearing dresses with holes in them and asked for new Eid dresses. He RA told them,
“The day of Eid is not for those who dress in new clothing, but it is the day for those who fear the Day of Judgment.””
What is the importance of this day?
“Allah Ta’ala will then say, “O My servants put your requests to Me now, for this I swear by My Might and My Majesty, you will not ask Me this day, in this gathering of yours for anything connected with your life hereafter, without My granting it to you; nor for anything connected with your life in this lower world, without My attending to your need. By My Might and My Majesty, I will not put you to shame, nor will I expose you to disgrace amongst those who are faithfully committed to observing the laws (of Shariah). Now you may depart, knowing that you have been forgiven. You have won My approval, and I am well pleased with you.” [Ghunyalit Taalibi Tareeqal Haq, Vol. 3]
Therefore, this day holds great spiritual importance.”
How should women celebrate Eid? by cooking?
“The prophet SAW did not usually encourage women to go outside of their home for prayers, however, he SAW strongly advised everyone to attend the two Eid prayers. He encouraged entire families to attend the prayers including children and menstruating women. (Bukhari and Muslim) One may ask why? Prophet SAW said words to the effect of:
“Do not deny them of the goodness which spreads on this day.”
When one goes out of the home to Eid salah there are angels present making dua’a, making dhikr, and recording the names and steps of the attendees to be presented to Allah SWT.”
“How do we celebrate it? Where is the remembrance of Allah?
How To Celebrate The Day:
“As soon as one finds out the day of Eid they should start saying takbirat.
Allahu Akbar x3 La ilaha illa Allah
|Allah is great (3 times) no one is God except Allah
Allah is Great (3 times) and all praise is to Allah
Allah is the Greatest and lots of praise to Allah (is due)
Glory to Allah in the morning and in the evening
No God except Allah, alone
He fulfilled His promise and gave victory to his slave
And strengthened His soldiers
and alone defeated the Ahzab
No God except Allah, alone
And we do not worship except Him
Even if the unbelievers dislike it
Oh Allah send blessings on our master Muhammad
And the household of our master Muhammad
And the Sahaba of our master Muhammad
And the Ansar of our Master Muhammad
And the wives of our master Muhammad
And the descendents of our master Muhammad
And save abundantly.”
“We have to keep the purpose of this celebration alive in our hearts, minds and our practices. Our focus shouldn’t be on how many dishes to make nor which dresses to wear. Our happiness or sense of celebration shouldn’t depend on how many houses we visit and what kind of sweets we eat, rather our happiness should be directly related to our remembrance of Allah and the remembrance of the condition of other Muslims. We should remember our less unfortunate brothers and sisters, both in money and in spirituality. We should be busy thinking about and praying to leave behind a good legacy, to gain His mercy and forgiveness, and ultimately the happiness of entering Jannah.”
SubhanAllah, what an amazing, blessed time!
It is Friday, it is the first ten days of Dhul hijjah, and it is raining!!
What better opportunity to reflect on the mercy of Allah! To make dua, to seek forgiveness and to gain rewards!!
Let’s make dua together inshallah.
Ya Rahman we thank You for this blessed opportunity.
Ya Razzaq, all we have is from you, please continue to bestow the blessings of rizq upon us and our families,
Ya AlHadid, Thank you for the gift of deen which we treasure, keep us always guided on sitatul mustaqeem,
Ya Al Muhaymin,protect the iman in our hearts,
Ya Al Fatah, please open the hearts of those Non Muslims around us, let the dawah of Islam be spread through us,
Ya Al Mumin, keep us and our families safe from the evil actions of every evil beast,
Ya Al Ghaffur, forgive us our sins and our weaknesses,
Ya Al-Hakim, let our intentions be always correct, and our endeavours lead us to, in this dunya and the akhirah.
Ya As Samiul Alim answer the call of our brothers and sisters who are suffering, oppressed and humiliated,
Ya Al Azizul Azim, let the Ummah be united,
Ya Al Hayyul Qayyum let us please you and be close to you, and let us be from the people of jannatul firdaus.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever can guarantee to me what is between his two lips and what is between his two legs, I can guarantee for him Paradise.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (6474)]
The Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) was asked about that which mostly enters people the paradise so he said “the fear of Allah and good character” and he was asked about that which mostly enters people the hellfire and he said “the mouth and the private parts”.
[At-Tirmidhi – Classed as Hasan by Sh Al-Albaani]
This hadith shows two types of actions which are a reason for one entering the paradise just as it shows two types of actions which are a reason for one entering the hellfire.
The two actions which help one enter paradise are:
- Taqwah (fear of Allah) – The scholars defined Taqwah as “placing a barrier between yourself and the punishment of Allah by performing that which He ordered and abstaining from that which He prohibited”.
- Good character – The meaning of this is to have good character towards the creation. The lowest form of good character is not to harm people and its highest form is to do good to those who do bad to you.
The two actions which are a reason for entering hellfire are:
- The mouth – Speaking that which displeases Allah
- The private parts – All forms of adultery