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72 virgins, guarenteed paradise, blah blah blah.  I’m so sick of islamophobic arm chair internet insta scholars thinking they have these deep insights into the behaviors and actions of muslims based on God knows what.

It is recorded in Muslim and at-Tirmidhi that Abu Hurayrah (ra) said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (saws) say:

The first of people against whom judgment will be pronounced on the Day of Resurrection will be a man who died a martyr. He will be brought and Allah will make known to him His favours and he will recognize them. [ The Almighty] will say: And what did you do about them? He will say: I fought for you until I died a martyr. He will say: You have lied – you did but fight that it might be said [of you]: He is courageous. And so it was said. Then he will be ordered to be dragged along on his face until he is cast into Hell-fire.

[Another] will be a man who has studied [religious] knowledge and has taught it and who used to recite the Quran. He will be brought and Allah will make known to his His favours and he will recognize them. [The Almighty] will say: And what did you do about them? He will say: I studied [religious] knowledge and I taught it and I recited the Quran for Your sake. He will say: You have lied – you did but study [religious] knowledge that it might be said [of you]: He is learned. And you recited the Quran that it might be said [of you]: He is a reciter. And so it was said. Then he will be ordered to be dragged along on his face until he is cast into Hell-fire.

[Another] will be a man whom Allah had made rich and to whom He had given all kinds of wealth. He will be brought and Allah will make known to his His favours and he will recognize them. [The Almighty] will say: And what did you do about them? He will say: I left no path [untrodden] in which You like money to be spent without spending in it for Your sake. He will say: You have lied – you did but do so that it might be said [of you]: He is open-handed. And so it was said. Then he will be ordered to be dragged along on his face until he is cast into Hell-fire.

No one, not even the Prophet (saws) himself, was given a free pass to sin.  Even if one does an act where Allah (swt) guarantees paradise, we can mess it up royally and lose any hope of reward simply through misguided intentions.

It is only through the Mercy of the One who is the source of all Mercy that we may enter into Jannah, inshaAllah.  It would behoove us to remember this and be constantly thankful for the blessings we have received and repentant for any mistakes we have made.

I’m starting to feel like one of those crazy wild eyed preachers who would stand in the college commons and yell at the students to leave their sinful ways and repent.  I mocked them at the time, but now here I am doing the same thing.  Repent ya’ll!  Get yourselves right with Allah (swt)!  Check your intentions, and make sure that you’re working for the pleasure of Allah (swt), and not this dunya!

(this of course, all goes doubley for me.  Self, get yourself right with Allah (swt)!  Down nafs, bad nafs!)

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