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Hadith on Paradise: The Gates of Paradise and Their Associations

📖Sahih al-Bukhari 3666
Narrated Abu Huraira: I heard Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) saying, “Anybody who spends a pair of something in Allah’s Cause will be called from all the gates of Paradise, “O Allah’s slave! This is good.’ He who is amongst those who pray will be called from the gate of the prayer (in Paradise) and he who is from the people of Jihad will be called from the gate of Jihad, and he who is from those’ who give in charity (i.e. Zakat) will be called from the gate of charity, and he who is amongst those who observe fast will be called from the gate of fasting, the gate of Raiyan.” Abu Bakr said, “He who is called from all those gates will need nothing,” He added, “Will anyone be called from all those gates, O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)?” He said, “Yes, and I hope you will be among those, O Abu Bakr.”

  • This Hadith from Sahih al-Bukhari 3666 is a narration by Abu Huraira, in which he reports that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said that whoever spends a pair of something for the sake of Allah will be called from all the gates of Paradise, and will be greeted with the words “O Allah’s slave! This is good.” The Prophet then goes on to say that those who are regular in prayer will be called from the gate of prayer in Paradise, those who engage in Jihad will be called from the gate of Jihad, those who give in charity will be called from the gate of charity, and those who observe fast will be called from the gate of fasting, which is known as the gate of Raiyan. Abu Bakr, one of the Prophet’s closest companions, then asks if anyone will be called from all of these gates. The Prophet replies in the affirmative and expresses hope that Abu Bakr himself will be among those fortunate individuals.

Footnote:

The term “jihad” is often misunderstood, and it is important to understand its context in Islam. Jihad is often translated as “holy war,” but in Islam, it has a broader meaning and refers to a struggle or effort in the way of Allah. This struggle can be both internal and external, and it includes various forms of worship, such as fighting against one’s own ego, striving to do good deeds, standing up for justice, and defending oneself and others against oppression and aggression.

The overall meaning of this Hadith is that there are multiple gates in Paradise, and those who excel in different acts of worship will be called from the corresponding gates. The ultimate reward is to be called from all of the gates, which is a sign of Allah’s great pleasure and favor.