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Fear of Not Getting Jannat ul Firdos

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Assalamualaikum,

I have a few questions. After listening to several lectures, I have began to think more and more about Jannat and the akhirat in general. I know that once the Day of Judgement comes, wherever we go (May Allah give us all Jannah), we will be there forever. At the same time, I know that there are different levels of Jannat and Jahannam. A question came to my mind: what if I get Jannat, but not the highest level? Since then, I’ve been having this weird feeling inside of me. I know that Jannat will be so beautiful and amazing to us, but what if I see the higher levels and become “jealous” you could say. To make an easier example, what if I buy a Mercedes and my friend buys a Lamborghini for the same price. Seeing this, I would most likely say “I could have also gotten that Lamborghini, but it’s too late now, I have the Mercedes”. Of course the Mercedes is very nice and beautiful, but imagine if I had the Lamborghini. The worst part is that I can’t even go back and get the Lamborghini now. So now there would be that feeling of uneasiness or jealousy, that I could have had an even better car. Basically these are my questions:

  1. Will I be sad if I have a lower level of Jannat?
  2. Is it okay to have this kind of thinking or fear?
  3. Are there any duas or actions I can perform to please Allah so that he may place me in the highest level of Jannah?

I apologise for the long post, but this has been in my mind for a few weeks now.

Jazakallah

Fear of Not Getting Jannat ul Firdos

الجواب وباللہ التوفیق

Jealousy is one of the quality among the evil qualities found in the human and Allaah Rabbul ‘Izzat will purify and cleanse the people going to Jannat from all such qualities and enter them in Jannat as narrated in the Aayaat of Surah A’araaf and Surah Hajr that ونزعنا ما فی صدورھم من غل. Therefore, we come to know that if someone will be in a lower level Jannat then he will neither have jealousy seeing the people in the upper levels nor he will have any kind of grief and restlessness.

And some of the actions narrated in the Qur’aan and Hadith for the achievement of high levels of Jannat are as follows:

Obedience of Allaah and Rasool ﷺ in all affairs, Utmost love with Rasool ﷺ, steadfastness on all Faraaid (mandatory actions), fulfilling all actions according to Sunnats, obedience of the parents, with that abundance of Nafil Salaat, regularity in Azkaar, etc.

واللہ اعلم بالصواب

This answer was collected from Shariahboard.org. It was established under the supervision of the eminent faqih of our era, Hazrat Shah Mufti Mohammed Navalur Rahman damat barakatuhum.

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