‘Why are you praying alone? Why didn’t you wake me?’ his wife asked as she woke up with a start.
‘Are you not ‘off-salaat’?’ he asked.
‘Did you ask me? You are not serious o! You won’t enter Al-Jannah alone, we are going together in sha Allah!’ she retorted and hurried to perform ablution in the adjoining bathroom. ‘Wait for me!’ she yelled from the bathroom.
The husband simply smiled and shook his head.
Troublesome woman, you might say but do you blame her? He is possibly hurrying to salat so he can meet up with the houris (purified mates) promised him in Al-Jannah.*wink*
We will all enter Paradise, in sha Allah, based on our deeds, and the mercy of Allah. No one will bear another’s burdens but we should encourage each other to good deeds. It is not enough that you go for Arabic classes alone at the masjid, invite your brother/sister in Islam. If you benefit from a message, share it with others. It is not enough to merely get up at night for Tahajjud (voluntary late night prayers), wake your spouse too. It does not suffice that you have all the available Islamic literature adorning your shelves, lend them out to others who will benefit from them and above all, always involve your children in such deeds.
Abu Mas’ud ‘Uqbah bin ‘Amr Al-Ansari Al-Badri (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “Whoever guides someone to virtue will be rewarded equivalent to him who practices that good action”.[Muslim]- Riyadu-s-Saliheen Book 1, Hadith 173
Paradise is big enough to accommodate all of us. No one will enter alone. We should assist each other so we can all walk into Paradise hand-in-hand. After all, what is happiness if it cannot be spent with those you love?