Selections of Ahadith from Miftah al-Ma`ani
A Believer’s Intercession
1. Abu Sa`eed al Khudri reports: “We said, ‘Messenger of Allah, are we going to see our Lord?’ He answered, ‘Do you doubt seeing the Sun on a cloudless day?’ We said, ‘No.’ He asked, ‘Do you doubt seeing the moon when it is full moon cloudless night?’ We said, ‘No.’ He said, ‘(Similarly) You will not doubt sighting your Lord, as you do not doubt sighting the two.’
A caller will call out, ‘Let every people join up with those they were worshipping.’ So, people of the Cross will go to their Cross, and people of the pagan deities will join up with their deities, leaving behind those who worshipped Allah: the virtuous and vicious of them and some left-overs of the people of the Book.
Then Jahannam will be brought forward, as if it is a mirage. The Jews will be asked, ‘What’s it you were worshipping?’ They will say, ‘We used to worship `Uzayr, the son of God.’ They will be told, ‘You lied. Allah did not take a spouse nor a son. What do you want (now)?’ They will say, ‘We wish You could provide us a drink.’ They will be told, ‘(Go ahead) and have drinks.’ They will fall upon each other into Hellfire.
Then the Christians will be asked, ‘What’s it you were worshipping?’ They will reply, ‘We were worshipping Jesus the son of God.’ They will be told, ‘You lied. Allah did not take a spouse nor a son. What do you want (now)?’ They will say, ‘We wish You could provide us a drink.’ They will be told, ‘(Go ahead) and have drinks.’ They will fall upon each other into Hellfire.
There will remain those who worshipped Allah, the virtuous of them and the vicious. They will be asked, ‘What holds you here when others have left?’ They will say, ‘We separated ourselves from them. At the moment we are most in need of Him. When we heard a caller saying, ‘Let every people join up with those they used to worship.’ We are awaiting our Lord (to arrive).’
The Compellar, besides whom there is no deity, will arrive and say, ‘I am your Lord.’ They will say, ‘(Yes) You are our Lord.’ None will speak to him except Prophets. It will be said, ‘Is there a sign between Him and you, that you know of?’ They will say, ‘The saaq (shank).’ The shank will be revealed and every believer will prostrate himself to Him. There will remain he who used to prostrate himself for show off, retentiously. He will attempt to prostrate himself, but his back will be rendered a single plate (so unable to prostrate).
Then the Bridge will be brought forward and laid over the middle of Jahannum. We asked, ‘What bridge is it?’ He answered, ‘A slippery muddy thing upon which will be iron hooks and Husk (hook-shaped projectiles) like the thorny Sa`daan tree found in Najd – well spread.
Then as the people will begin to cross over it some will succeed making it unharmed, some will fly over it; others like lightning, some others like wind, others like fast horsemen yet others like riders. Some Muslims will be unhurt, some injured, while others will fall down over their heads into Jahannum; until when the last one will drag himself through.
And you will not be more persistent (at intercession) before the Compeller than me in truth. When the believers will see that they have been through, but some of their brothers in faith remain behind, they will pray, ‘Our Lord, our brothers: they used to Pray with us, fast with us, and work (good deeds) with us.’ Allah will say, ‘Go in. Whomsoever you find in his heart faith the size of a Dinar (coin), bring them out.’ Allah would have prohibited the Fire from their faces. So they will go to them. Some they will discover would have their feet in the fire, some up to half of their shanks. They will bring them out. (They will repeat their request) and return a second time. He will say, ‘Go in. Whomsoever you find in his heart faith the size of half a Dinar bring him out.’ They will bring them out. (They will repeat their request) and return a third time. He will say, ‘Go in. Whomsoever you find in his heart faith the size of an atom, bring him out.’ They will bring out those they could recognize.”
Abu Sa`eed added, ‘If you do not believe in me (at the extent of the Lord’s mercy), read: “Allah will not do wrong by the weight of an atom. If there is a single good deed, He will multiply it.” [Qur’an 4: 40]
Thus, prophets, angels and believers will intercede. Finally, the Compeller will say, ‘My own intercession remains.’ He will take hold of a section of the Fire and bring out a people who had been burnt. They will be cast into a stream at the mouth of Paradise, called “the life-giving stream.” They will grow up at the banks like a seed grows in the mud left by rain waters, or as you see the mud by the root of rocks, or of trees, so that what of them faces the sun grows green while that which is in the shade remains white. They will emerge as if pearls. Necklaces will be placed around their necks as they enter Paradise. The dwellers of Paradise will say, ‘These are freed-slaves of the All-merciful. He has admitted them into Paradise without a good deed they did, nor any good that they forwarded. They will be told, ‘Your share to keep is what you can see, plus the like of it.’”
Believers are Witnesses
2. Anas reports that a bier passed by the Prophet (saws) and people praised him. He said, ‘It’s become imperative.” Then another passed by and they dispraised him (or something about it). He remarked, ‘It’s become imperative.’ It was asked, “Messenger of Allah, you said it became imperative for this and for that?” He replied, “A people’s testimony. You are Allah’s witnesses on this earth.”
A Believer’s Tent in Paradise
3. Abu Bakr b. `Abdullah b. Qays reported the Prophet through his father: “Paradise indeed has tents carved out of pearls, of sixty mile width, in every of its corner are his female folks, that others cannot see. The believer will go them in rounds.”
A Believer’s Sexual Capacity in Paradise
4. Anas reports the Prophet as having said: “A believer will be given in Paradise the strength (of co-habitation) of so much, and so much.”
– Tirmidhi: Albani: Sahih
A Believer’s Powers in Paradise
5. Ishaq b. Ibrahim quoted the Prophet, “If a believer desires to have children in Paradise, it would happen as he wishes instantly but he will not be wishing.”
– Tirmidhi: Albani: Sahih [SIZ]