Those who used to fast will be called from the gate of al-Rayyaan

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “In Paradise there is a gate called al-Rayyaan, through which those who used to fast will enter on the Day of Resurrection, and no one but they will enter it. It will be said, ‘Where are those who fasted?’ They will get up, and none will enter it but them. When they have entered, it will be locked, and no one else will enter.”

[Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Commentary:

As we have discussed previously the virtues of Fasting and especially fasting the month Ramadan are many. From them is that which Allah has promised those who fast, namely entering Paradise through the gate of al-Rayyaan. This is the name of one of the gates of Jannah (Paradise) which was narrated in the above Hadith whose authenticity is agreed upon (i.e. found in both Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim, which are the two most authentic books of ahadith).

It is known that Paradise has many gates, because Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“‘Adn (Eden) Paradise (everlasting Gardens), which they shall enter and (also) those who acted righteously from among their fathers, and their wives, and their offspring. And angels shall enter unto them from every gate” [Al-Ra’d 13:23]

“And those who kept their duty to their Lord (Al-Muttaqoon – the pious) will be led to Paradise in groups till when they reach it, and its gates will be opened (before their arrival for their reception) and its keepers will say: Salaamun ‘Alaykum (peace be upon you)! You have done well, so enter here to abide therein”  [Al-Zumar 39:73]

Paradise has eight gates as the following Sahih ahadith prove:

It was narrated from Sahl ibn Sa’d (radi Allahu anhu) that the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “In Paradise there are eight gates, among which is a gate called al-Rayyaan, which none will enter but those who fast.” [Sahih al-Bukhari]

It was also narrated from ‘Ubaadah (radi Allahu anhu) that the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Whoever bears witness that there is no god but Allah alone, with no partner or associate, and that Muhammad(sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) is His slave and Messenger, and that ‘Eesa (Jesus) is the slave of Allah and His Messenger, and a word which Allah bestowed on Maryam and a spirit created by Him (cf. al-Nisa’ 4:171), and that Paradise is true and Hell is true, will have the right to be admitted by Allah to Paradise through whichever of the eight gates he wishes, because of his good deeds.” [Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim]

We ask Allah to make us among those who will enter Paradise from whichever gate we wish!

And Allah knows best!

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