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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 17 July 2018

UAE Friday sermon: Respect, kindness and good deeds bring us to Paradise

Treating people with kindness, helping the weak will ensure the highest place in Paradise, worshippers will hear

Those who have been righteous and obedient should know that Allah has built them accommodation that will please their souls and dazzle their eyes, the sermon will tell worshippers on Friday.

The Quran says: “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.”

Muslims are reminded that they will rejoice in Paradise in good, strong homes with walls that are built with gold and silver bricks. The mortar will have the fragrance of musk, the pebbles will be of pearls and rubies and the earth will be saffron.

Those that enter here shall not suffer, will feel joy, they shall not die, their clothes will never wear out and they will forever remain young.

Only those who work sincerely and are true believers will attain homes in this elevated garden described in the Quran as a place, “wherein they will hear no unsuitable speech. Within it is a flowing spring. Within it are couches raised high, and cups put in place, and cushions lined up, and carpets spread around”.

Muslims must show persistence by performing good deeds and then they will be safe and secure in the upper chambers of Paradise.

To be granted an honourable place, worshippers must go regularly to the mosque for prayers since mosques are the houses of Allah on Earth.

Muslims must also remember to treat people with kindness, help the weak, visit those who are ill, show good manners, embrace good ethics and deeds for the highest place in Paradise.

For 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)

Worshippers have been asked to bear these teachings in mind while asking Allah to help them through good deeds and words to draw them closer and obey his message.