The most successful among you are those who are going to make Jannah (paradise). Almost every religion shed a bit of light on the promise of paradise but none of these books describes Jannah better than the holy Quran. It is said in Bukhari that: “In Jannah are things an eye has never seen, an ear has never heard, and a mind can’t imagine”
In line with this description, Jannah is said to have eight gates, and it can only be accessible by certain people with unique characteristics. The gates are believed to be located inside Jannah itself but they are like sub-entrances after the main entrance. Although their exact nature is unknown they are mentioned in the Holy Quran and their names are given by Prophet Muhammad ﷺ .
In the Quran we read:
“To those who reject Our signs and treat them with arrogance, no opening will there be of the gates of heaven, nor will they enter the garden, until the camel can pass through the eye of the needle. Such is Our reward for those in sin”.
“And those who feared their Lord will be led to the Garden in crowds until behold, they arrive there. Its gates will be opened, and its keepers will say: ‘Peace be upon you! You have done well! Enter here, to dwell therein.”
Ubadah narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “If anyone testifies that none has the right to be worshiped but Allah Alone Who has no partners, and that Muhammad is his slave and His Apostle, and that Jesus is Allah’s Slave and His Apostle and His Word which He bestowed on Mary and a spirit created by Him, and that Paradise is true, and Hell is true, Allah will admit him into Paradise through any of its eight gates he likes.”
Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet ﷺ said: “Whoever spends two things in the way of Allah will be called from the gates of Paradise and will be addressed, ‘O slave of Allah, here is prosperity!’ So, whoever was among the people who used to offer their prayers will be called from the gate of prayer; and whoever was among the people who used to participate in Jihad will be called from the gate of Jihad; and whoever was among those who used to observe fasts will be called from the gate of Ar-Rayyan; and whoever was among those who used to give in charity will be called from the gate of charity.”
This article looks into these doors and the kind people that will have access to them on the day of reckoning.
#1. Baab As-salaat
Specifically, will be accessible by those who are punctual and focused in their prayers.
#2. Baab Al-jihad
Those who lost their lives in defense of Islam will have access through this door. It should be noted that Allah calls on Muslims to solve issues by peaceful means and only engage in defensive battles.
“Let there be no hostility except to those who practice oppression”
#3. Baab As-sadaqah
Will be reserved for those who frequently give out charity.
#4. Baab Ar-rayyaan
Will only be accessible by those who often observe fast especially during the glorious month of Ramadan.
#5. Baab Al-hajj
Those who perform hajj (pilgrimage) will be allowed through this door.
#6. Baab Al- kaazimeen Al-ghaiz Wal Aafina Anin Naas
This door will specifically be reserved for those who control their anger and forgive others.
#7. Baab Al-iman
This is a door that will be accessible only by those with sincere and unreserved faith and trust in Allah who used to abide by Allaah’s commands.
#8. Baab Al- zikr
Specifically for those who constantly remember Allah.
May Allah (SWT) grant us access through any of these doors. Amen