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The last man to enter Paradise

The story of the last man to enter paradise is a famous hadith contained in both Bukhari and Muslim. The hadith begins with the Sahabah questioning the Prophet Muhammad as to whether they will be able to see Allah on the day of resurrection,  and continues with him describing what will happen at the end …

The last man to enter Paradise

The story of the last man to enter paradise is a famous hadith contained in both Bukhari and Muslim. The hadith begins with the Sahabah questioning the Prophet Muhammad as to whether they will be able to see Allah on the day of resurrection,  and continues with him describing what will happen at the end of the day of judgement, and the removal of muslims from the hell-fire once they have completed their prescribed terms. Eventually the final believer will be removed from hell and admitted into Paradise, and thats where this beautiful narration tells us of the extreme generousity that Allah will afford us, and should inspire us all to make Jannah our final abode.

Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 93, Hadith 532, Narrated by ‘Ata’ bin Yazid Al-Laithi on the authority of Abu Huraira

… Then Allah will finish the judgments among the people, and there will remain one man facing the (Hell) Fire and he will be the last person among the people of Hell to enter Paradise. He will say, ‘O my Lord! Please turn my face away from the fire because its air has hurt me and its severe heat has burnt me.’ So he will invoke Allah in the way Allah will wish him to invoke, and then Allah will say to him, ‘If I grant you that, will you then ask for anything else?’ He will reply, ‘No, by Your Power, (Honor) I will not ask You for anything else.’ He will give his Lord whatever promises and covenants Allah will demand.

So Allah will turn his face away from Hell (Fire). When he will face Paradise and will see it, he will remain quiet for as long as Allah will wish him to remain quiet, then he will say, ‘O my Lord! Bring me near to the gate of Paradise.’ Allah will say to him, ‘Didn’t you give your promises and covenants that you would never ask for anything more than what you had been given? Woe on you, O Adam’s son! How treacherous you are!’ He will say, ‘O my lord,’ and will keep on invoking Allah till He says to him, ‘If I give what you are asking, will you then ask for anything else?’ He will reply, ‘No, by Your (Honor) Power, I will not ask for anything else.’

Then he will give covenants and promises to Allah and then Allah will bring him near to the gate of Paradise. When he stands at the gate of Paradise, Paradise will be opened and spread before him, and he will see its splendor and pleasures whereupon he will remain quiet as long as Allah will wish him to remain quiet, and then he will say, ‘O my Lord! Admit me into Paradise.’ Allah will say, ‘Didn’t you give your covenants and promises that you would not ask for anything more than what you had been given?’ Allah will say, ‘Woe on you, O Adam’s son! How treacherous you are! ‘

The man will say, ‘O my Lord! Do not make me the most miserable of Your creation,’ and he will keep on invoking Allah till Allah will laugh because of his sayings, and when Allah will laugh because of him, He will say to him, ‘Enter Paradise,’ and when he will enter it, Allah will say to him, ‘Wish for anything.’ So he will ask his Lord, and he will wish for a great number of things, for Allah Himself will remind him to wish for certain things by saying, ‘(Wish for) so-and-so.’ When there is nothing more to wish for, Allah will say, ‘This is for you, and its equal (is for you) as well.’

‘Ata’ bin Yazid added: Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri who was present with Abu Huraira, did not deny whatever the latter said, but when Abu Huraira said that Allah had said, “That is for you and its equal as well,” Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri said, “And ten times as much, O Abu Huraira!” Abu Huraira said, “I do not remember, except his saying, ‘That is for you and its equal as well.'” Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri then said, “I testify that I remember the Prophet saying, ‘That is for you, and ten times as much.’ ‘ Abu Huraira then added, “That man will be the last person of the people of Paradise to enter Paradise.”

Aisha Sabeer

Aisha Sabeer

Aisha Sabeer is a budding writer from Canada. She has a keen interest in science and comparative religion, and loves travelling the world and meeting other Muslims.
Aisha Sabeer
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