Those Who Take Their Positions in the Highest Levels

Dr. `Umar Al-Ashqar

 

Among those who will occupy the highest levels in Paradise are the shuhadaa’ (martyrs), the best of whom are those who fight in the front ranks and never turn away until they are killed. Ahmad and At-Tabarani report with a sahih isnad from Na`im ibn Hamaar [Ibn Hajar said in Taqrib al-tahdhihb: "Na`im ibn Hammaar, or Hibaar, or Khammaar. He was a Sahabi, and the majority of sources give his father’s name as Himaar."] that the Prophet, sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam said:

"The best of the shuhada’ are those who fight in the first rank and do not turn their faces away until they are killed. They will have the pleasure of occupying the highest dwellings in Paradise. Your Rabb will smile at them, and whenever your Rabb smiles upon any of His slaves, that person will not be brought to account." [Musnad Ahmad, Kitab al-zuhd, 2/286, hadith no. 2982]

The one who helps widows and the destitute will have the status of a mujahid in Paradise. Muslim reports from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet, sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam, said:

"The one who helps widows and the destitute is like one who fights in jihad for the sake of Allah. I (the narrator) think he said: "And he is like the one who stands all night in prayer and never sleeps, and like the one who fasts continually and never breaks his fast." [Sahih Muslim, kitab al-zuhd, 2/2286, hadith no. 2982]

The one who sponsors an orphan will be close to the Prophet, sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam, in Paradise. Muslim reports from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet, sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam, said:

"The one who sponsors an orphan, whether from his own wealth or from the orphan’s wealth, I and he will be like these two in Paradise." – and Malik (the narrator) gestured with his forefinger and middle finger." [ibid.; The phrase "lahu aw li ghayrihi" ("whether from his own wealth or from the orphan’s wealth") means whether he supports him from his own wealth or is a legal guardian over the orphan and the orphan’s wealth. [Author]]

Allah will raise the status of fathers (parents) by the blessings of their children’s du`aa. Ahmad reports from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam, said:

"Allah will raise the status of His righteous slave in Paradise, and he will say, ‘O my Rabb, how could I deserve this?’ He will say, ‘Because your child sought forgiveness for you.’"

Ibn Kathir said: This is a sahih isnad, although none of the authors of the Six Books reported it. But there is a corroborating report in Sahih Muslim from Abu Hurayrah, according to which the Prophet, sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam, said: "When a son of Adam dies, his good works come to an end, except for three: Sadaqah jariyah (ongoing charity), beneficial knowledge (that he discovered or propagated), and a righteous son who will pray for him.’" [Ibn Kathir, al-Nihayah, 2/340]

The Final Day – Paradise and Hell In the Light of the Quran and Sunnah
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