Jannah: Just a wish or a Reality??
by Asma bint Shameem
When Fir’aun found out that his wife Aasiyah believed in Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta‘ala, instead of in him, he was furious! How could she? He ordered his guards to beat her. They tied her hands and feet, and beat her mercilessly in the scorching desert heat. She turned to Allah and prayed, “My Lord, build for me a home with You in Jannah and save me from Fir’aun and his deeds and save me from the Zaalimun ( wrong-doers and disbelievers in Allaah).” (Surah at-Tahreem:11).
That was her wish. To be in Jannah. And she got it.
It is said that when she said this, the sky opened for her and she saw her home in Jannah.
Frustrated and angry, the guards picked up a huge rock to crush her completely. But before they could do that, Allah took her soul and she became an example for all the believing men and women until the end of time.
Wishes, hopes and aspirations! Who doesn’t have them?
When you ask the average person what they wish for, some of them may wish for a million dollars, perhaps a fancy sports car and a house by the lake or even a trip to Disney Land.
But few of us remember the highest of humanly wishes. The greatest of wishes, the best of wishes, the loftiest of wishes. Yeah sure, it is there on our list, and we wish for it. But not with the fervor and passion that it deserves.
And what is that wish, after all?
It is a wish for Jannah; the pure, lofty abode for the believers.
The non-Muslims believe in wishing on a star, wishing on a birthday candle and in three wishes that a genie can ‘magically’ grant for you. But Alhamdulillaah, we are Muslims and we don’t need a star or a candle stuck on a cake to make a wish. In fact we don’t even need a genie in a bottle.
All we have to do is to submit to Allaah, believe in Him, do righteous deeds to the best of our ability, hoping for His Mercy while fearing His Wrath.
Allaah has told us in the Quraan:
“Whereas those who believe and do good deeds and humble themselves before their Lord, they are the companions of Paradise, and there they shall live for ever.” (Surah Hood: 23)
As Muslims we also know that achieving something is not just empty words. It is to wish for it in the heart, to use the tongue and make dua for it and to exert the appropriate effort in order to achieve it.
And Jannah is the loftiest of wishes.
But do we really, really wish for it? If so, what have we done to achieve it?
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