Paradise Lost?

854281_oak.jpgAssalaamu-Alaykum (Peace be Upon you)

Imagine this:

Your walking along this narrow but beautiful country path when all of a sudden, a tree of enormous proportions comes into view…

You step closer to the tree and as you approach it you see that it is laden with glistening fruit, a closer inspection of which reveals that they are mangoes- mmm delicious!

Anyway, just as the thought of eating those delicious looking mangoes enters your head, to your utter amazement, one of the branches leans over to you, effectively putting the mangoes in the palm of your hand!

So you take one, and as you watch the branch go back to its original position, you take a bite of the fruit and discover a sweetness you’ve never experienced before! Such lusciousness which words alone cannot do justice – you might as well be in Paradise!

Well actually you are, or rather you will be, and episodes like the one described above, although sounding like some sort of fantasy film, are actually descriptions of Jannah (Paradise) from Hadith (Traditions of the Prophet Muhammad PBUH).

And obviously, it is every Believer’s ultimate objective to attain Jannah, which is why the Believer will do every thing he or she can in this life to please Allah so that entry into the Gardens of Paradise is granted.

But are we doing the right things? Are we going about seeking Allah’s pleasure the right way?

Are we as Muslims practising Islam properly? Are the Muslims being as tolerant as Islam commands us to be?

Just take the example of the greatest man that ever lived – Prophet Muhammad (PBUH): On his way back from Taif, after the people of Taif had rejected his call to Islam, after being pounded with stones by those people for mile upon mile ,with blood loss reaching such an extent that his sandals were clogged with it, what did the Prophet (PBUH) do?

Did he call for their destruction? Or did he call for their annihilation?

He did neither.

No, the call of Prophethood was a call far nobler than that, and so he prayed to Allah for guidance – that if they are not guided, then somebody from their progeny would be guided. And look what happened…

Centuries later, Mohammed bin Qasim a descendant of the people of Taif, leads an army of Muslims onto the Asian sub-continent and becomes the means of bringing Islam to India and the countries around it.

So now, in 21st century Britain, we’ve got to remember this, and not get whipped up into a rash fervour by the elements around us – I am of course referring to the recent news headline concerning a Muslim in Birmingham who planned to kidnap a Muslim soldier and behead him on camera.

What is the need for this? This isn’t Islam!! Did he honestly think that what he planned to do was right and that it would get him on the ‘fast track’ to Jannah?

So what must we do?

Keeping the lesson of Prophethood in mind, we must keep a cool head and pray and we must propagate. We should keep on learning so that we can keep on propagating and at the end of it all pray to the One in whose Hands all affairs lie, or else it might be that we go looking for heaven and find a paradise lost…

And Allah knows best.

Ma’as-salaam

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3 Responses to “Paradise Lost?”

  1. A truly excellent post. Go to the top of the class! We need to always remember there is no fast track to Jannah.It may seem a longer and thankless task to win over others with deeds and knowledge but the rewards will be many.

  2. Wow, what an excellent post and I think you have hit the nail on the head. The true way to paradise is by practicing what you believe; a Muslim person who does this will display excellent manners.

    This will make you happy, your loved one happy and people around you will take notice and will want to know more, this is the publicity we should want for Islam.

  3. SubhanAllah!!
    Truly inspiring..!!

    (May Allah SWT reward you all enormously for your efforts! This site is amazing.)

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