Imagine two people talking to each other on the other side of the room. They’re talking about how to reach this successful station and what not to do. Imagine you have the chance to join them; wouldn’t you pay attention to each word they’re saying, take notes, and use this information for yourself?
The dwellers of Paradise will call out to the dwellers of Hell: “We have found that what our Lord promised us is true. Have you found that what your Lord promised you is true?” They will say: “Yes, we have! (Quran 7:44)
Learn Now from Future Conversations!
Hell-fire and Paradise are already there; they were created before the rest of creation and Allah created inhabitants for each of them. Allah didn’t just describe Hell-fire and Paradise— He also decided to enrich us in the Quran with the details of many dialogues, conversations, and discussions of its inhabitants.
These are the dialogues you will be part of yourself one day. So ask yourself: What lessons can I learn now from the conversations of the people of the Hereafter?
Imagine entering Jannah; you will recognize your home in Paradise just as you recognize your home in this world. You will now start conversing with the angels.
Lesson 1: Work Patience
Those who were patient in hard times, patient in avoiding what Allah has forbidden, patient in following His commands, and patient with others, will taste the fruit of their patience. Patience takes work, so work patience in this world to hear these words in Jannah:
And those who kept their duty to their Lord will be led to Paradise in groups, till, when they reach it, and its gates will be opened and its keepers will say: Salamun ‘alaykum! You have done well, so enter here to abide therein. (Quran 39:73)
Lesson 2: Be Grateful for Guidance
Feel a deep sense of gratitude for the fact that Allah Al-Hadi has guided you, and thank Him every day for His hidayah (guidance)!
If you are of ahlul-Jannah, the people of Paradise, you will then say in total ecstasy:
All the praises and thanks be to Allah, Who has guided us to this, and never could we have found guidance, were it not that Allah had guided us! (Quran 7:43)
On the complete opposite side, fear and horror will take over you. After some time the people of Hellfire begin to lose hope.
Lesson 3: Call upon Your Lord while You Still Can
Call upon Allah now you still can, call upon Him for every matter, situation or hardship you are in and ask Him to protect you from the Fire.
And those in the Fire will say to the keepers (angels) of Hell: “Call upon your Lord to lighten for us the torment for a day!” They will say: “Did there not come to you, your Messengers with (clear) evidence (and signs)?” They will say: “Yes.” They will reply: “Then call (as you like)!” (Quran 40:49-50)
Lesson 4: Pray, Feed the Poor, Mind Your Speech, and Remember the Day of Judgment
When you read the dialogues of people of Jannah and people of Hell, you can learn from their mistakes now by listening to their words! When the people of Jannah ask the people of Hell, why did you enter the fire? The first thing they will say is, we didn’t pray. Do you see the importance of prayer?
Apart from your connection to Allah in prayer, mind your connection with the ummah and make it your duty to look after the poor and needy. Actively look out for those who need help (or guidance) and give your wealth and time to helping out those in need local and further away.
Doing these, always strive to keep your conversations with others pure from evil habits like backbiting, swearing, or simple talk about useless matters.
Finally, always remind yourself of the Day of Judgment to keep all your actions in check, and, most importantly, repent when you go wrong.
[Who will be] in gardens, questioning each other, About the criminals, [And asking them], “What put you into Saqar?” They will say, We were not of those who prayed, Nor did we used to feed the poor. And we used to enter into vain discourse with those who engaged [in it], And we used to deny the Day of Recompense. Until there came to us the certainty. (Quran 74:40-47)
Lesson 5: Recognize Your Blessings
Realize all the blessings Allah is giving you right now, even one glass of water. Increase in saying Alhamdulillah!
The dwellers of Hell will call out to the dwellers of Paradise: “Throw down some water to us, or some of what Allah has provided you with.” They will say: “Allah has forbidden them to the disbelievers.” (Quran 7: 50)
Lesson 6: Know who to Follow
How easy is it to follow the media, singers, actors, and fashion instead of sticking to the ways of the Prophet Muhammad? When you feel tempted by your environment, learn from this moment of extreme regret when the people of Hell realize that those whom they followed in the world are not able to help them in their pain and deep suffering!
…and has prepared for them a flaming Fire (Hell). Wherein they will abide forever, and they will find neither a protector, nor a helper. On the Day when their faces will be turned over in the Fire, they will say: “Oh, would that we had obeyed Allah and obeyed the Messenger.” (Quran 33:64-66)
May Allah Ar-Rahman make you and me of the people of Paradise. Ameen!