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Description of the People of Paradise

Mawlana Shaykh Hisham Kabbani

11 May 2012 Jakarta, Indonesia

Jumu`ah Khutbah at Masjid Raya

As-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh.

(Du`a of Khutbah)

We thank Allah (swt) for making us to be from Ummat an-Nabi (s), thanking Him that he made us Muslims and monotheists, to say, “Laa ilaaha illa-Llah Muhammadun Rasoolullah.”

O Muslims who are present! Say, “Laa ilaaha illa-Llahu wahdahu laa shareek lah,” and testify that Muhammad (s) is His Prophet and Messenger, sent from the weightiest of Arabs in the Scale and clearest in explanation. And may Allah (swt) be pleased with the Companions of the Prophet (s), especially Sayyidina Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (r), Sayyidina `Umar (r), Sayyidina `Uthman (r) and Sayyidina `Ali (r).

A`oodhu billahi min ash-Shaytani ‘r-rajeem. Bismillahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-Raheem.

وَالنَّجْمِ إِذَا هَوَى مَا ضَلَّ صَاحِبُكُمْ وَمَا غَوَى وَمَا يَنطِقُ عَنِ الْهَوَى إِنْ هُوَ إِلَّا وَحْيٌ يُوحَى

Wa ’n-najmi idhaa hawaa maa dalla saahibukum wa maa ghawaa. Wa maa yantiqu `ani 'l-hawaa in huwa illa wahyun yoohaa.

By the star when it goes down, your Companion is neither astray nor being misled, nor does he say (aught) of (his own) desire. It is no less than inspiration sent down to him. (Surat an-Najm, 53:1-4)

Allah (swt) said:

يس وَالْقُرْآنِ الْحَكِيمِ إِنَّكَ لَمِنَ الْمُرْسَلِينَ عَلَى صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ تَنزِيلَ الْعَزِيزِ الرَّحِيمِ

Yaseen wa ‘l-qur’an al-hakeem. innaka la-mina ’l-mursaleen `ala siraatin mustaqeem. tanzeel al-`azeezi ‘r-raheem.

Yaseen. By the wise Qur'an, verily You (O Muhammad) are of those sent on a Straight Path, a revelation of the Mighty, the Merciful. (Surah YaSeen, 36:1-5)

O Muslims! Allah (swt) has sent us guidance from heavens, and that guide is Muhammad (s) al-haadi ila ‘t-tareeqi ‘l-mustaqeem! He is the one who guided us to Allah (swt), taking us on this long journey of Islam, as Allah (swt) says in the Holy Qur'an:

نَّ الدِّينَ عِندَ اللّهِ الإِسْلاَمُ

Inna ad-deena `inda Allaahi al-islaam.

The religion in Allah’s view is Islam (submission to His Will). (Surat Aali-`Imraan, 3:19)

There is no other religion, the religion to Allah (swt) is Islam. Some people might ask why. There are some who follow Sayyidina `Isa (a) and some who follow Sayyidina Musa (a). As Muslims, we say yes to both, as Sayyidina Musa came with Shari`ah and Sayyidina `Isa came with spirituality, with Purification of the Self from attachment to dunya. Islam combines what they brought, which is what Sayyidina Muhammad (s) came with.

When Jibreel (a) asked the Prophet (s), ma al-Islamu yaa Rasoolullah, “What is Islam, yaa Rasoolullah?” he distinguished the five pillars of Islam: Shahadah, the five prayers, to fast Ramadan, to pay zakaat and to perform Hajj. These are the Shari`ah laws that Sayyidina Musa (a) came with. Then Jibreel (a) asked him, “What is Imaan, yaa Rasoolullah?” to which he replied, “To believe in Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Prophets, the Next Life, and in Pre-destination, good or bad.” Finally Jibreel (a) asked him, “What is Ihsaan, Moral Excellence, yaa Rasoolullah?” and this is what you cannot find in any other religion. The Prophet (s) said:

أن تعبد الله كأنك تراه، فإن لم تكن تراه فإنه يراك

An ta`bud Allaha ka'annaka taraahu, fa in lam takun taraahu fa innahu yaraak.

That you worship Allah as if you see Him, for, if you don't see Him, truly He sees you. (Bukhari)

O Muslims! Our religion of Islam consists of three levels: Islam, Imaan, and Ihsaan, which combine all religions into one: Islam. In this hadith, te Prophet (s) gathered altogether the religions that came with different Prophets. Holy Qur’an completes all religions, which is why Allah (swt) said, “Inna ad-deena `inda Allaahi al-islaam.”

O Muslims! Do you like to know about Paradise? Do you want to be in Paradise? All of us here pray to Allah (swt) and we praise Him and raise Him with no partner and no child. He is the Creator and He is One!

قُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ أَحَداللَّهُ الصَّمَدُلَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدوَلَمْ يَكُنْ لَه ُُ كُفُواً أَحَد

Qul huwa Allahu Ahad. Allahu ‘s-samad. Lam yalid wa lam yoolad walam yakun Lahu kufuwan ahad.

Say, "He is Allah, the Unique One! The Self-Sufficient Master, Whom all creatures need. He neither eats nor drinks. He begets not, nor was He begotten, and there is no one comparable or equal to Him!" (Surat al-Ikhlaas, 112:1-5)

Whoever says this will reach Paradise!

عن حارثة بن وهب رضي الله عنه: قال سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول: ألا أخبركم بأهل الجنة؟ كل ضعيف متضعف لو أقسم على الله لأبره, ‏ألا أخبركم بأهل النار كل ‏عتل‏ ‏جواظ‏ ‏مستكبر

Alaa ukhbirukum bi ahli ’l-jannah? Kullu da`eefin mutada`afin. Law aqsama `ala Allahi la-abarrahu...

(The Prophet [s] said) Shall I inform you about the people of Paradise? (They will be) every weak and oppressed person. Were he to swear by Allah, Allah would fulfill his oath... (Narrated by Haritha bin Wahb. Bukhari, Muslim)

You are the People of Jannah! Do you want to know what the Prophet (s) said about the People of Jannah, like you? The Sahaabah (r) were anxious to know, as everyone wants to be in Jannah with the Prophet (s), and in every moment they seek from Allah (swt) to be resurrected with the Prophet (s)! So the Prophet (s) said, “I will tell you about the People of Paradise.” They are those who are described by the Prophet (s). If you want to be from Ahlu ‘l-Jannah, you must have these two characters: humbleness and weakness, someone who is not arrogant and proud of himself. Such people are from Ahlu ‘l-Jannah. There is no pride and no arrogance in Islam! Islam teaches us to be humble, so we must learn humility in order to enter Paradise.

So the Prophet (s) said, “Everyone who humbles himself, who does not seek to make himself the best, not saying ‘I know everything,’ the one who listens to everyone, to the younger and to the elder, Allah (swt) will give any Muslim with that characteristic anything he asks.” So if you want your du`a to be accepted, be humble!

Then the Prophet (s) said, “Do you want me to tell you about the People of Hellfire, those who are going to be punished? Every ignorant one who is arrogant and knows nothing deserves punishment and Hellfire.” We ask Allah (swt) to make us from the People of Paradise, not from the People of Hellfire!

In Sahih Muslim, it is related the Prophet (s) said:

أحب الكلام إلى الله أربع : ( سبحان الله ، والحمد لله ، ولا إله إلا الله ، والله أكبر ) ، لا يضرك بأيهن بدأت

Ahabbu ’l-kalaam ila-Allahi arba`: subhaanallah w ’alhamdulillah wa laa ilaaha illa-Llah w ’Allahu Akbar, laa yadurruka bi-ayyihinna badaat.

The most beloved words to Allah are four, and no harm whichever one you begin with: SubhaanAllah w ’alhamdulillah wa laa ilaaha illa ’Llah w ’Allahu Akbar! Glory be to God, all Praise is to God, there is no God but Allah, and Allah is the Greatest! (Bukhari)

Allah (swt) loves to be remembered with these descriptions! He loves His servants to say, “SubhaanAllah w ’alhamdulillah wa laa ilaaha illa ’Llah w ’Allahu Akbar.” By saying “subhaanAllah,” you are praising your Lord; by “alhamdulillah,” you are thanking Allah (swt) for His Favor; by “laa ilaaha illa-Llah,” you are saying ‘there is no Creator except our Lord;’ and by “Allahu Akbar” you are saying Allah is the Greatest, with no description of His Greatness! Anyone who says these four words, Allah (swt) will love him.

Also in another hadith, the Prophet (s) said:

أفضل الكلام بعد القرآن أربع وهن من القرآن : سبحان الله والحمد لله ولا إله إلا الله والله أكبر

Afdala ‘l-kalaam ba`d al-qur’an arba` wa hunna: subhaanAllah w ’alhamdulillah wa laa ilaaha illa-Llah w’Allahu Akbar.

There are four best words after Holy Qur'an: SubhaanAllah w ’alhamdulillah wa laa ilaaha illa-Llah w ’Allahu Akbar.

He said that the four best recitations after reciting the Holy Qur'an are these four words, which are from the Holy Qur'an. Allah (swt) loves for everyone to recite them after reading Qur’an or after prayer. These words are light on the tongue but very heavy on the Scale. They are, SubhaanAllah wa bi-hamdihi. SubhaanAllahi ‘l-`Azheem istaghfirullah.

عن ‏ ‏أبي هريرة ‏ ‏قال ‏قال رسول الله ‏ ‏صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ ‏لأن أقول سبحان الله والحمد لله ولا إله إلا الله والله أكبر أحب إلي مما طلعت عليه الشمس ‏

Abu Hurayrah (r) reported that the Messenger of Allah (s) said, “The uttering of the words ‘SubhaanAllah w ’alhamdulillah wa laa ilaaha illa ’Llah w ’Allahu Akbar’ are more lovely and peaceful to my heart than when the sun rises in the sky.” (Sahih Muslim)

As related by Abu Hurayrah (r), the Prophet (s) said that on Judgment Day there will be people who think they can buy Paradise with their money, as they will be so big with all their wealth, thinking they are above everyone. They think they are the followers of Sayyidina Muhammad (s), but in fact they are followers of Shaytan because they are so proud and arrogant! Such a person in Allah’s Sight has no weight, not even the weight of the wing of a mosquito. They are like mosquitoes that spread malaria or dengue fever and they are the dengue among the ummah, thinking they can buy anyone. No! Leave the Muslims alone and keep your money to yourself; leave them to be busy with their work, families, schools and their religion!

O Believers! Fear Allah! Fear Allah! Fear Allah! Verily Allah (swt) is with those who fear Him and who are perfect in character.



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