The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
Seven are (the persons) whom Allah will give protection with His Shade* on the Day when there will be no shade except His Shade (i.e., on the Day of Resurrection), and they are: A just ruler; a youth who grew up with the worship of Allah; a person whose heart is attached to the mosque; two persons who love and meet each other and depart from each other for the sake of Allah; a man whom a beautiful and high ranking woman seduces (for illicit relation), but he (rejects this offer by saying): ‘I fear Allah’; a person who gives a charity and conceals it (to such an extent) that the left hand might not know what the right has given; and a person who remembers Allah in solitude and his eyes well up. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
1. A Just Ruler
The concept of Justice in Islam is very important and it is something which the Muslim—the ruler and the ruled—must apply in all matters without exception. Justice means to give each the right he deserves: Muslim or non-Muslim, relative or stranger, friend or enemy. Allah says:
[…] do not let hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness […] (5:8)
Unfortunately, even if we admit this in theory, we quickly forget it in practice. So we find that when we speak about our friends and loved ones, we praise them beyond reason and when we speak about those whom we hold difference with, we can find no good in them and we capitalize on their bad points. This is far removed from the justice which Allah loves and gives great reward for, as mentioned in the following hadith:
The doers of justice will be on thrones of light at Allah’s Right Hand – and both of Allah’s Hands are Right Hands. (Muslim)
They are those who were just in their ruling, with their families and in all that over which they were given authority.
2. A Youth who Grew up in the Worship of Allah
In another interesting hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him), he says:
Take advantage of five matters before five other matters: your youth, before you become old; and your health, before you fall sick; and your richness, before you become poor; and your free time before you become busy; and your life, before your death. (Ahmad)
Shaykh Yaser Birjas states in one of his (sermons):
“Youthfulness is a time when a person is the most energetic, when he lays out the foundations for his future, and when he plans his life. So the Prophet (peace be upon him) said to take advantage of this time before the time comes when you do not have that enthusiasm, when you do not have that zeal, or that outlook.
The enthusiasm and energy that you have been blessed with will never again be given to you after this age. Therefore, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said to seize the moment and take advantage of it. A person should exercise this energy for the sake of Allah by procuring knowledge of Allah, obtaining halal (lawful) sustenance and worshiping Allah through acts that he might not be able to do later on in life.”
Moreover, this young age is a time when desires are more, and the will to disobey Allah is more. The mind is rebellious and the temptations of the shaytan (Satan) are at its maximum. The one who does his part in restraining himself/herself and obeys Allah surely deserves the shade under the throne of Allah.
3. A Man whose Heart is Attached to the Mosques
Numerous hadiths of the Prophet (peace be upon him) say that praying in the mosque has 27 times more reward than praying in homes (Al-Bukhari and Muslim). Also the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
He does not take a step [towards the mosque] except that because of it, he is raised by one rank and one sin is removed from him. Then when he prays, the Angels do not cease supplicating for him [for] as long as he remains at his place of Prayer [saying]: O Allah send blessings upon him, O Allah have mercy upon him… (Al-Bukhari)
It must be emphasized here however, that all the hadiths encouraging the men to be attached to the mosques are not intended to lead one to the conclusion that Islam is a religion which should be confined to the mosques, as many people imagine.
Nonetheless, the mosque should be at the heart of the Muslim community, and the role of those in authority of the mosques is vital here. They are the ones mainly responsible for making the mosque a welcome refuge for the Muslims, rather than an arena for politics and power struggles as many seem to have become these days.
4. Two men who love each other for Allah’s sake, meeting for that and parting upon that
Having mutual love for the sake of Allah is one of the great doors leading to the good of the Hereafter and a cause of tasting the sweetness of faith in this world.
Loving one another for Allah’s sake means one loves another only because of his deen (religion). So it does not matter what the person looks like, what he wears, how rich or poor he is, where he comes from, or what the color of his skin is-perhaps you dislike everything about him, but you love him for his iman: this is loving for Allah’s sake.
“Allah, the Mighty and Magnificent says:
“Those who have mutual love for the sake of My Glory will have pillars of light and will be envied by the Prophets and martyrs.” (Al-Tirmidhi and Ahmad)