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What Qualifies You for Jannah?

Rabbi Zidnee Ilman
“My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.”

When we’re blessed with many bounties it’s common to think that we’re better than others. We tend to feel superior if we’re blessed with beauty, health, wealth, children, or knowledge. We often forget why we’ve been blessed with something that’s been denied to others. The bounties we receive are means by which Allah سبحانه و تعالىrefines us and prepares us to enter Jannah.

Proud of What We Are
It’s a natural human weakness to  forget to value the bounties we’ve been granted. We want to think that good things have come to us because of our own goodness, and we forget that the more we’re blessed, the more we’re tested.
Some of us go beyond this and assume that we’re even qualified to go to Jannah with what we have in this world. Some of us assume that being born to Muslim parents gives us a free ticket to Jannah. Still others among us think that having a proud lineage, connected to great personalities in history automatically reserves our seats in Jannah.

Allah Almighty says in the Glorious Quran,
“And know ye that your possessions and your progeny are but a trial; and that it is Allah with Whom lies your highest reward.”
{Surat Al-‘Anfāl 8: Verse 28}

Every Bounty is a Test
Allah سبحانه و تعالىwill test us according to that with which He has provided us, so we must not take life for  granted; we’ll have to answer Almighty Allah one day for the way we used His bounty.

“Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere.”
{Surat Al Baqarah 2: Verse 155}

  • Allah will surely credit us for the way we used His bounty for others. If we’re rich, Allah سبحانه و تعالىwill judge us according to the way we treated the poor.
  • If we’re blessed with children, Allah سبحانه و تعالىwill judge us according to how we raised them and also according to how we treated those women unable to bear children.
  • If we’re healthy, Allah سبحانه و تعالىwill question how obedient we were in following His instructions.
  • If we’re blessed with intelligence and talent, Allah سبحانه و تعالى will judge us by how we used these gifts in His service.

Everything blessed in this life is a test for us on the Day of Judgment.

Not Their Fault
A person who is physically challenged is not in this condition because of sins he or his parents have committed; rather this is a test for him and his parents. Whoever bears the pains patiently and accepts what life brings, will be rewarded on the day he or she meets The Almighty Allah سبحانه و تعالى.

“He Who created Death and Life, that He may try which of you is best in deed: and He is the Exalted in Might, Oft-Forgiving.”
{Surat Al Mulk 67: Verse 2}

The proud who oppress others will win today but not in front of Almighty Allah سبحانه و تعالى. Nothing Allah سبحانه و تعالى gives you is due to your superiority; rather it is Allah’s mercy, and surely He is testing you!

There’s Always a Cost
Remember that the most tested on this earth were the ones who were sent with glad tidings from Allah سبحانه و تعالى. Every prophet, may Allah’s سبحانه و تعالى blessings be on them, was tested with difficult tasks on earth. Accept life as if it’s borrowed and you have to return it! The worldly deeds we earn will never serve as qualifications to enter Jannah. And remember that being beautiful, healthy, wealthy, or blessed with children or knowledge won’t take us to Jannah unless we use these things according to how Allah سبحانه و تعالىwants us to use them in this world.

There’s always a cost for the best, so there’s no free ride to Jannah. Let’s strive to use the blessings of Allah سبحانه و تعالىfor the sake of Allah alone.

Authored by Zaneefa Zaneer
Edited by Nasmira Firdous

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ - "Convey (knowledge) from me even if it is just one ayah" [Bukhari 3461]

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  1. Mouni Mouni Mouni

    very informative and inspirational article! Thank you sister Zaneefa Zaneer 🙂

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