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Charting A Course To Paradise

  1. 1. Mirza Ali-Mohammed Islamic Da’wah Movement, Trinidad & Tobago Youth Conference November 2009
  2. 2. Islamic Dawah Movement (IDM) Youth Conference 14 th November 2009 UWI, JFK Auditorium Mirza Ali-Mohammed Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  3. 3. OUTLINE <ul><li>Conceptualize topic </li></ul><ul><li>Objective of Muslims – clarify </li></ul><ul><li>Paradise – description from Qur’an and Hadeeth </li></ul><ul><li>Steps in charting a course to Paradise </li></ul><ul><li>How bad do you want it? </li></ul>Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  4. 4. Conceptualizing <ul><li>Charting – carving, developing, planning, mapping, pointing in a direction </li></ul><ul><li>Course – way, path, road, </li></ul><ul><li>Paradise – Jannah, Heaven, a place which no earthly eyes have seen, beautifully described in Qur’an </li></ul>Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  5. 5. Objective of Life Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  6. 6. Birth Death The Continuum of Life H H Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  7. 7. <ul><li>What does Islam say about this? </li></ul>Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  8. 8. Life in this world <ul><li>Know you (all), that the life of this world is but play and amusement, pomp and mutual boasting and multiplying (in rivalry) among yourselves, riches and children. Here is a similitude: how rain and the growth which it brings forth delight (the hearts of) the tillers; soon it withers; you will see it grow yellow; then it becomes dry and crumbles away. But in the Hereafter is a penalty severe (for the devotees of wrong). And forgiveness from Allah and (His) good pleasure (for the devotees of Allah). And what is the life of this world, but goods and chattels of deception? (Surat al-Hadid: 20) </li></ul>Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  9. 9. &quot;And put forward to them the example of the life of this world: It is like the water (rain) which We send down from the sky, and the vegetation of the earth mingles with it, and becomes fresh and green. But (later) it becomes dry and broken pieces, which the winds scatter. And Allah is Able to do everything.&quot; (Quran 18:45) Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  10. 10. &quot;My similitude and that of the life of this world is that of a traveler who took a rest at mid-day under a shade of a tree and then left it.&quot; (Ahmad, at-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah and al-Hakim) A comparison Mirza Ali-Mohammed
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  12. 12. Well-defined plan <ul><li>Our final destination is the life of the Hereafter. Where we end up, Jannah (Paradise) or Jahannam (Hell-fire) depends on what we worked towards in this life. </li></ul><ul><li>Paradise is the aim and the hope of every Muslim. But like trying to attain any goal, in order to achieve success, one must have a well-defined plan , and it must be implemented to be successful. </li></ul>Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  13. 13. To prepare for our journey, we need to find out what our destination is like; who are its people, and most importantly, how to get there. The Journey Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  14. 14. Do You Already Have a Plan? ? ? ? ? Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  15. 15. PLANNING TOOLS Mirza Ali-Mohammed
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  18. 18. Mirza Ali-Mohammed Prayer Dhikr Respect Fasting
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  20. 20. Description <ul><li>The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) told us that within Paradise are things that no eyes have ever seen, nor ears have ever heard, and that things in it are beyond our imagination and comprehension, but we all have our own personal ideas of what eternal bliss would probably be like. </li></ul>Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  21. 21. From Qur’an <ul><li>&quot;The description of Paradise which the Muttaqoon have been promised is that in it are rivers of water, the taste and smell of which are never changed. Rivers of milk the taste of which will remain unchanged. Rivers of wine that will be delicious to those who drink from it and rivers of clear, pure honey. For them will be every kind of fruit and forgiveness from their Lord.&quot; [ 47:15] </li></ul>Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  22. 22. From Qur’an <ul><li>&quot;And those foremost (In Tawheed and obedience to Allah and His Messenger in this life) will be foremost (in Paradise). They will be those nearest to Allah in the Gardens of Delight… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Al Qur’an 56:38 </li></ul></ul>Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  23. 23. From Qur’an <ul><li>Surah 76: 12 – 21 </li></ul><ul><li>Surah 56: 10-38 </li></ul><ul><li>Surah 36: 55-58 </li></ul>Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  24. 24. From the Hadeeth <ul><li>&quot;The people of Paradise will look at the dwellers of lofty mansions (i.e. a superior place in Paradise) in the same way as one looks at a brilliant star, far away in the East or in the West of the horizon. This is because of their superiority over one another (in reward).&quot; One of the people asked, &quot;O Allah's Messenger, are these lofty mansions for the Prophets which no one else can reach?&quot; The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) replied, &quot;No! By Allah, in whose Hands is my life, these are for men who believe in Allah and also believe in the Messenger.&quot; [Bukhari and Muslim] </li></ul>Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  25. 25. From the Hadeeth <ul><li>Anas ibn Malik narrated that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Verily in Paradise there is a market in which (the inhabitants of Paradise) will come to every Friday. The North wind will blow and scatter fragrances on their faces and on their clothes. This will add to their beauty and their attractiveness. They will then go back to their families after having an added luster to their beauty and their attractiveness. Their families will say to them, 'By Allah you have been increased in beauty and loveliness after leaving us,' and they will say, 'By Allah you too have increased in beauty and attractiveness after us.'&quot; (Muslim) </li></ul>Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  26. 26. From the Hadeeth <ul><li>Jabir ibn Abdullah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said, </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;(I saw in a dream that) I entered Paradise, and behold, there was a palace built of gold. I asked, 'Whose is this palace?' They (the angels) replied, 'For a man from the Quraysh.' So I thought it might be I, so I asked, 'And who is he?' They said, 'Umar Ibnul Khattab.' Nothing stopped me form entering it except your Ghirah (sense of honor).&quot; Umar said, &quot;My Ghirah would never be offended by you, O Messenger of Allah.&quot; [Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim] </li></ul>Mirza Ali-Mohammed
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  28. 28. Abu ‘Abdullah Jabir bin ‘Abdullah al-Ansari, radiyallahu anhuma , reported that a man questioned the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam , saying: <ul><li>&quot;Do you see, if I pray the prescribed (prayers), fast during Ramadhan, treat the lawful as permissible and treat the forbidden as prohibited, but do nothing more than that, shall I enter Paradise?” He (the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam ) answered: “Yes.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[Muslim] </li></ul></ul>Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  29. 29. Hadeeth <ul><li>Imam Nawawi said that the meaning of “treat the forbidden as prohibited” is to avoid the forbidden, and the meaning of to “treat the lawful as permissible” is to perform them believing that they are permissible. </li></ul>Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  30. 30. Forgiveness <ul><li>Rasul Allah, sal Allah alayhi wa sallam, said, “If anyone continually asks forgiveness, Allah will appoint for him a way out of every distress, relief from anxiety, and will provide for him from where he never realized.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Abdu Dawood, Hadith 599 </li></ul></ul></ul>Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  31. 31. <ul><li>Make it a Habit </li></ul>Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  32. 32. Following the Prophet (saw) <ul><li>&quot;All of my followers will enter Paradise except those who refuse.&quot; It was asked, &quot;O Messenger of Allah, who would refuse?&quot; He said, &quot;He who obeys me enters Paradise and he who disobeys me has refused.&quot; [Sahih al-Bukhari] </li></ul>Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  33. 33. STEPS TO PARADISE Mirza Ali-Mohammed Summarized by Imam Ibn Hajar in his commentary of Sahih Al-Bukhari
  34. 34. 1. Tawheed and Love of Allah Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  35. 35. 2. Love the Messenger of Allah , peace and blessings of Allah be upon him Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  36. 36. <ul><li>Arkaan </li></ul><ul><li>The Fundamental Pillars of Islam </li></ul>Mirza Ali-Mohammed Maa salaqakum fee Saqar: Ar-Rayyan; Hajj Mabroor reward
  37. 37. 4. Dhikrullah (Remembrance of Allah) and Duah Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  38. 38. 5. Al Qur’an (The Book of Allah) Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  39. 39. 6. As Sadaqa (Charity) Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  40. 40. 7. Silat-ur-Rahim Keeping Family Ties (Bonds) Khadijah: …you Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  41. 41. 8. As-Sidq (Truthfulness / To be Truthful) Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  42. 42. 9. At- Tawbah (Repentance to Allah) Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  43. 43. 10. Al-Afw (Forgiving others / pardoning others when wronged) Mirza Ali-Mohammed
  44. 44. Let us Chart our Course for our Destination Mirza Ali-Mohammed
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  48. 48. Thank You Mirza Ali-Mohammed