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‘Ibad-ur Rahman – The Rewards for ‘Ibad-ur Rahman | Part 10

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

25:75

Ola-ika yujzawna alghurfata bimasabaroo wayulaqqawna feeha tahiyyatan wasalama
Those will be rewarded with the highest place because of their patience, therein they shall be met with greetings and the word of peace and respect. [75]

25:76
Khalideena feeha hasunatmustaqarran wamuqama
Abiding therein; excellent it is as an abode, and as a place to dwell. [76]
{Surah Al-Furqan 25:75-76}

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Alhamdulillah, in our previous articles, we have discussed all nine characteristics of the ‘Ibad-ur Rahman. To recap, those nine characteristics are:

  1. They have humility (tawadhu‘)
  2. They are courteous, even when treated harshly
  3. They are diligent and consistent with their Tahajjud
  4. They always seek refuge from Jahannam
  5. They are not spendthrifts, nor are they stingy
  6. They do not commit shirk, murder, and zina
  7. They do not associate themselves with immoral gatherings and useless activities
  8. They respond to the Ayat of Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala.
  9. They always make supplication to Allah to grant them spouses and lineage who will be the coolness of their eyes

In this final article, we will look in detail of the great rewards that Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala has promised the ‘Ibad-ur Rahman.

First: Reward of Jannah
After mentioning the beautiful attributes of the ‘Ibad-ur Rahman and their good words and deeds, Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala then says that believers who are described with these beautiful characteristics will be rewarded with Jannah. Jannah is described as “the highest place” in this ayah because of its elevation.

It is also important to note that Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala says:

Those will be rewarded with the highest place because of their patience…
{Surah Al-Furqan 25:75}

Know that each of these nine beautiful qualities of ‘Ibad-ur Rahman require patience and consistency. It means that when we take these qualities, it must be for a lifetime. Our struggles to beautify our akhlaq, to follow the footsteps of ‘Ibad-ur Rahman, to become a better slave of Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala is a lifetime effort. And if we are able to make that as our lifestyle, then Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala will reward us with lofty palace in Jannah.

Second: Welcome and Honor From the Angels

Therein they shall be met with greetings and the word of peace and respect.
{Surah Al-Furqan 25:75}

 Because of their patience and consistency in portraying and carrying out these beautiful qualities, the ‘Ibad-ur Rahman will be greeted in peace from the angels. This means that they will be greeted first with words of welcome and honor in Jannah. Peace will be theirs and they will be wished peace. The angels will be so pleased with them, that they would enter from all gates just to greet such people of patience. This is as Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala says:

…And angels shall enter unto them from every gate (saying):
“Salamun ‘Alaikum (peace be upon you) for that you persevered in patience!
Excellent indeed is the final home!”
{Surah Ar-Rad 13: Verses 23-24}

Third: They Will Remain Forever in Jannah

Abiding therein…
{Surah Al-Furqan 25: Verse 76}

This portion of the ayah means that the ‘Ibad-ur Rahman will settle in Jannah and will never leave, or move, or die. They will never exit, or even wish to move to somewhere else! This is like the Ayah,

And those who are blessed, they will be in Jannah,
abiding therein for all the time that the heavens and the earth endure…
{Surah Hud 11: Verse 108}

Ibnu Jarir Ath Thobari rahimahullah said that when the Arabs want to describe something that lasts forever, they usually say:

هذا دائم دوام السموات والأرض
“It shall remain as long as the heavens and the earth exist.”
(I.e. it will remain forever)

My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, internalize and sink this fact into our hearts: Jannah is forever. There is no end to this perfect gift from AllahSubhanahu-wa-Taala. You will no longer feel sad in Jannah. You will no longer worry about the future. You will no longer need to work hard, or earn money, or pay those bills. You will no longer worry of losing anyone you love. Anything painful that you are enduring right now, any sadness, any heartbreak or heartache – all of them will come to pass the moment you step in Jannah. Remember when Rasulallah said:

“The people of Jannah will enter Jannah, and the people of the Fire will enter the Fire;
then a call-maker will get up (and make an announcement) among them:
O the people of the Fire! No death anymore!
And O people of Paradise! No death (anymore) but Eternity.”
[Sahih Bukhari]

So for this, strive o Muslims! Strive to be one of those whom Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala allow to step into Jannah, where exactly on that moment, you will leave and forget every single sadness and every single anguish behind, just as Rasulallah  said:

“One of the people of Jannah who had experienced extreme misery in the life of this world will be dipped in Jannah. Then he will be asked: ‘O son of Adam! Did you ever experience any misery? Did you ever encounter difficulty?’
He will say, ‘By Allah, no my Rabb, I neither experienced misery nor passed through hardship.’ “
[Sahih Muslim]

Fourth: They Will Attain The Best Abode

Abiding therein; excellent it is as an abode, and as a place to dwell.
{Surah Al-Furqan 25:76}

The ‘Ibadur-Rahman will be granted with the BEST abode, the BEST home, the BEST real estate that they will ever attain! Its appearance will be so beautiful, that it’s impossible to imagine by the human mind.

Subhanallah…

Such are the amazing rewards for ‘Ibad-ur Rahman.

My brothers and sisters in Islam, from now onwards, let’s aspire to become from the group of ‘Ibad-ur Rahman. Let us do our best in doing good deeds that are pleasing to Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala, and steer away from all types of sins for the sake of Allah. May Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala make us all truly ‘Ibad-ur Rahman – Allahumma ameen.

With that, our lessons on the Nine Characteristics of the ‘Ibad-ur Rahman has come to an end – alhamdulillah. I advise to myself foremost, and then to others, to always come back to these lessons so that they remain in our hearts, and not forgotten by our limbs and tongue. I encourage everyone to use these articles as teaching materials for your children and other loved ones.

And with that, I end this article by a beautiful comprehensive du’a that sums up the gist of this series:

It was narrated from ‘Aishah  that RasulAllah  taught her this supplication:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ مِنَ الْخَيْرِ كُلِّهِ عَاجِلِهِ وَآجِلِهِ مَا عَلِمْتُ مِنْهُ وَمَا لَمْ أَعْلَمْ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الشَّرِّ كُلِّهِ عَاجِلِهِ وَآجِلِهِ مَا عَلِمْتُ مِنْهُ وَمَا لَمْ أَعْلَمْ اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ خَيْرِ مَا سَأَلَكَ عَبْدُكَ وَنَبِيُّكَ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا عَاذَ بِهِ عَبْدُكَ وَنَبِيُّكَ اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الْجَنَّةَ وَمَا قَرَّبَ إِلَيْهَا مِنْ قَوْلٍ أَوْ عَمَلٍ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ النَّارِ وَمَا قَرَّبَ إِلَيْهَا مِنْ قَوْلٍ أَوْ عَمَلٍ وَأَسْأَلُكَ أَنْ تَجْعَلَ كُلَّ قَضَاءٍ قَضَيْتَهُ لِي خَيْرًا

Allahumma inni as’aluka minal-khayri kullihi, ‘ajilihi wa ajilihi, ma ‘alimtu minhu wa ma la a’lam
O Allah, I ask You for all that is good, in this world and in the Hereafter, what I know and what I do not know

Wa a’udhu bika minash-sharri kullihi, ‘ajilihi wa ajilihi, ma ‘alimtu minhu wa ma la a’lam
And I seek refuge with You from all evil, in this world and in the Hereafter, what I know and what I do not know

Allahumma inni as’aluka min khayri ma sa’alaka ‘abduka wa nabiyyuka
O Allah, I ask You for the good that Your slave and Prophet has asked You for

wa a’udhu bika min sharri ma ‘adha bihi ‘abduka wa nabiyyuka
And I seek refuge with You from the evil from which Your slave and Prophet sought refuge

Allahumma inni as’alukal-jannatah wa ma qarrab ilayha min qawlin aw ‘amalin
O Allah, I ask You for Jannah and for that which brings one closer to it, in word and deed

Wa a’udhu bika minan-nari wa ma qarraba ilayha min qawlin aw ‘amalin
And I seek refuge in You from Hell and from that which brings one closer to it, in word and deed

Wa as’aluka an taj’al kulla qada’in qadaytahuli khayran.
And I ask You to make every decree that You decree concerning me good.
[Sunan Ibn Majah | Grade: Sahih]

Allahumma Ameen.

References:
1. Tafsir Ibn Kathir
2. Who Gets Allah’s Mercy by Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan

Authored by Aida Misr
Edited by
Ibtahal Minhaj

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

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