Rabu, 27 Desember 2023

ONE of the main teachings of Islam is belief in the existence of Heaven [Al Jannah) and Hell [An Naar) as part of the belief in the coming of the last day.

One of them is based on the words of Allah Ta'ala [which means), "Save yourself from hell whose fuel is people and stones, prepared for the disbelievers. And convey the glad tidings to those who believe and do good, that for them are prepared heavens with rivers flowing in them.." [QS. Al-Baqarah: 24-25).

Believing in heaven and hell means confirming with certainty the existence of both, and believing that both are creatures that are eternal by Allah, will not become extinct and will not be destroyed, put into heaven all forms of pleasure and into hell all forms of torment.

Paradise is provided by Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala for the pious. "..which has been prepared for the pious." [QS. Ali Imran: 133). Meanwhile, hell is prepared for those who disbelieve and disbelieve. "..which has been prepared for the disbelievers." [QS. Ali Imran: 131).

So far, our knowledge about heaven that we read about in the Koran is limited to being delicious and beautiful to look at. The pleasures of heaven are described by Allah Ta'ala as rivers flowing in them, while they remain eternal in them.

But did you know that heaven actually has doors.

In a hadith from the companion of Sahl bin Sa'ad, may God be pleased with him, from the Messenger of God, may God bless him and grant him peace, "In heaven there are eight gates, one of which is Ar Rayyan. No one enters it except those who are fasting.” [HR Bukhari Muslim]

From Utbah bin Ghazawan radhiyallaahu anhu, he said regarding the width of each door of heaven, "The Messenger of Allah said to us that the distance between door to door of heaven is forty years, and there will come a day when people who enter it will have to squeeze together."[ Muslim HR]

In another hadith it is also stated, "By the One in Whose Hand my soul is! Indeed, the distance between two doors [with doors) from the gates of heaven is like between Makkah and Hajar, or like between Makkah and Bushra." [HR. Muslim no. 287]

In a letter in the Qur'an, Allah subhanahu wata'ala says;

"And those who fear their Lord will be taken to heaven in groups [also). So that when they reached heaven while the gates were open and the guardians said to them, "Peace be upon you, blessed be you! then enter this paradise, while you remain in it." [QS: Az-Zumar: 73]

Just like hell, heaven has doors. When the doors of heaven have been opened, they will continue to be left open, unlike the doors of hell, they will be immediately closed to those who enter them.

“This is an honor [for them). And indeed, for those who are pious, there is truly a good place to return to, [namely] the paradise of 'Adn whose doors are open for them." [QS. Shad: 49-50)

As for hell, it is not like that, as Allah subhanahu wata'ala said; “[That is) the fire [provided) by Allah that is kindled, which [rises) to the heart. Verily the fire is closed upon them." [QS. Al-Humazah: 6-8]

The secret of the enjoyment of the inhabitants of heaven is that the door is always open to anyone, they can walk around, come and go as they please.

Apart from that, the guardian angel who enters heaven every time is shown with a face full of gentleness and a friendly attitude.

In a hadith, the Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace, said;

"In heaven there are eight doors, one of which is a door called "ar-Royyan". Do not enter that door except those who are fasting."* (hidayatullah)

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