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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

UAE Friday sermon: how to earn a house in Paradise

The sermon will tell mosque-goers that belief in God and performing good deeds are some of the many ways a Muslim can earn a great home in Heaven

True believers have a gracious home awaiting them in the afterlife, the sermon will tell mosque-goers on Friday.

"Allah has promised the believing men and believing women gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they abide eternally, and pleasant dwellings in gardens of perpetual residence; but approval from Allah is greater. It is that which is the great attainment." (At-Tawba: 72).

In the Quran, God described the houses of Paradise and the blessings within them.

The walls of the houses are built with gold and silver bricks. Its mortar is a heavily fragranced musk, its pebbles are pearls and rubies, and its earth is saffron.

Whoever enters these homes shall live and not suffer, they will feel joy and never die, nor shall their clothes wear out, or their youth come to an end.

Many good people will earn such homes in Heaven and the sermon will say that among them is Sayida Khadija.

God built her a house in Paradise for her belief in him and for supporting her husband, Prophet Mohammed.

In one Hadith it was said that the angel Gabriel said to the Prophet "O Allah's Messenger! This is Khadija coming to you with a dish having meat soup (or some food or drink). When she reaches you, greet her on behalf of her Lord and on my behalf, and give her the glad tidings of having a Qasab palace in Paradise wherein there will be neither any noise nor any fatigue (trouble). This means, a house made of pearls.”

Building a mosque is among the great acts one can fulfil to be granted a house in Paradise. It was narrated that the Prophet said "Whoever built a mosque, Allah would build for him a similar place in Paradise."

Muslims who perform Nawafil – or nonobligatory – prayers will also earn favour with God.

Other ways of earning a house in Paradise include having good manners and embracing good ethics, avoiding arguments and being truthful. Speaking good words and being sincere will earn a believer “a house in the upper part of Paradise”, Prophet Mohammed said.

Treating people with kindness, helping the weak and visiting the ill will cause the angels to invoke Allah on behalf of a person to grant him an abode in Heaven.

Furthermore, patience is another quality will earn a believer a house in Paradise, the sermon will say. As will whoever endures the burdens of life and relies on Allah.

"Those who have believed and done righteous deeds – We will surely assign to them of Paradise [elevated] chambers beneath which rivers flow, wherein they abide eternally. Excellent is the reward of the [righteous] workers who have been patient and upon their Lord rely." (Al-Ankaboot: 58-59).