Want a House in Paradise?

June 28, 2008

I have not done too many posts on hadith reflections (though I have done a couple, see: https://mustaqeem.wordpress.com/2007/04/20/the-seven-under-the-shade-of-allah/ and https://mustaqeem.wordpress.com/2008/03/30/are-we-the-people-this-hadith-is-referring-to/), but I really have started to love the following hadith and I feel it is something that we need to incorporate into our everyday lives if we want to be successful.

Rasoolullah (SAW) said, “I guarantee a house in Jannah (Paradise) for one who gives up arguing, even if he is in the right; and I guarantee a house in the middle of Jannah for one who abandons lying even when joking / for the sake of fun; and I guarantee a house in the highest part of Jannah for one who has good manners.” [narrated by Abu Dawud]

The breakdown:

  • for one who gives up arguing, even if he is in the right

So basically any house in paradise is amazing even if it is in the lowest parts of paradise for we know we will not be jealous of one another in paradise, insh’Allah. 

Imam Shafii (rahimullah) stated, “I have never disputed anyone in order to overcome him, and whenever I dispute anyone, I love that the truth should become manifest at his hands.”  Look at the wisdom of Imam Shafii, he would love to lose a debate as long as the truth prevailed!  Subhan’Allah, many of us become a part of some movement and we defend our stances even if we know we are wrong.  Are we to be given a house in paradise then? 

Imam Shafii further stated, “I debated a scholar and beat him. Then I debated a layman and that layman beat me – he had no knowledge of the principles and texts. I had nothing to say.” 

Nowadays, knowledge is only with few as the one of the signs of the Day of Judgement is that knowledge will be lost.  Therefore, my brother or sister in Islam, avoid confrontation and debating.

  • for one who abandons lying even when joking / for the sake of fun

People love to joke and have fun.  However, Rasoolullah (SAW) stated “If you knew what I know, you would laugh little and weep much.”  Laughing and joking in Islam are, of course, permissible, but to an extent. 

Imaam al-Nawawi (rahimullah) said: “The kind of joking which is forbidden is that which is excessive and persistent, for it leads to too much laughter and hardening of the heart, it distracts from remembrance of Allaah, and it often leads to hurt feelings, generates hatred and causes people to lose respect and dignity. But whoever is safe from such dangers, then that which the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to do is permissible for him.”

Joking and laughter has its limits and one of those limits is that we do not lie when we joke.

  • for one who has good manners

Good manners were studied by the scholars of the past twice as long as knowledge was.  Indeed, one’s manners can be the means by which one has a house in the highest part of paradise!  What is our relationship with our parents, with our friends, with ourselves, and most importantly, with ALLAH?

Subhana’Allah, many people exert poor manners when they are trying to prove something and their entire message is lost in their actions.  I want to give a small personal example that irritates me.  Many people put the mus’haf on the ground and though this may be something that is permissible (Allahu Alim), but we should not do it out of respect for kalaam Allah (the Speech of Allah – the Quran).  We should respect our hearts out with the Quran.  We should love the Quran and not let it sit on the ground when we are not reading it.  Furthermore, out of respect for the Quran, we should not have ayaats of it scribbled on our clothing or on some necklase that we wear, but we should recite it more than anything.  This gives the proper respect to the Quran.

Another example that can be used is how we enter the masjid.  There is no specific hadith that says enter the masjid with the right foot (as far I know), but we know of the hadith that says to enter the bathroom with the left foot.  From this hadith and out of respect for the place we worship Allah, we should enter the masjid with our right foot, if possible.  I know of a couple brothers who would enter the masjid specifically with the left foot to make a point.  This is not respect.  Respect is something we, as Muslims, need to work on.

The good in this article is from Allah and the bad is from me and the rejected shaytaan.

May Allah SWT guide us all to the truth.  Ameen.

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5 Responses to “Want a House in Paradise?”

  1. Amer Says:

    “Furthermore, out of respect for the Quran, we should have ayaats of it scribbled on our clothing or on some necklase that we wear, but we should recite it more than anything. This gives the proper respect to the Quran.”

    Did you intend to write that we should not have ayaats scribbled on our clothing??


  2. asselamu `aleykum,

    wow. Jazakum Allahu khayran akhi for this one. Very very beneficial alhamdulillah. jazakum Allahu khayr.

    selamun `aleykum


  3. Yes, thank you for the correction Br. Amer.
    I have corrected the note to reflect the change.

    Wa assalamu alaikum

  4. a.a. Says:

    assalaamu ‘alaik… Can you please inform me of reference for Imaam Shafi’ee’s words “I debated a scholar and beat him. Then I debated a layman and that layman beat me – he had no knowledge of the principles and texts. I had nothing to say.”? wajazzaakAllaahu khairaa


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