Paradise is in my heart

Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem

I praise Allah for everything and I write this seeking His Pleasure.

Have you ever experienced a moment in your life where you felt as if you were in Paradise?

It is indeed a beautiful feeling. One of the moments I felt this way was at fajr time when I started to listen to the Qur’an. My heart could feel the peace, the serenity. The moment was just so beautiful SubhanAllah! I could hear the birds chirping and the golden orange rays of the sunrise looked so amazingly beautiful. It was a sunrise during summer time and everything felt so peaceful. I closed my eyes for a moment and enjoyed every second of it Alhamdulillah.

In the midst of this amazing moment, I recalled a famous quote by Ibn Taymiyyah (Rahimahullah):

“What can my enemies do to me! My garden and my Paradise are in my heart, wherever I go they are with me. If my enemies kill me, I become a martyr and if they banish me from my country, I go abroad as a tourist; and by imprisoning me, they allow me to have solitude (so that I can worship Allah).”

It made me reflect as how one can have Paradise in their heart. This was the moment I realized that indeed if we get closer to Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala we will find our paradise. The abode of happiness and eternal joy.

If we think about it, Paradise is no where but in our heart if we nourish it with our emaan and taqwa until we reach the Jannah that Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala has prepared for us InshaAllah. May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala grant us all a high place in Jannah. Allahumma Ameen.

Ibraheem Ibn Adhaam (Rahimahullah) said:

“We live such a life (of amazing pleasure in the worship of Allah) that if the kings knew about it, they would fight us over it with swords”.

This Dunya is deceptive, defective and degraded in so many ways. There is no true pleasure in this Dunya if we are not on the right path. When we sin, we are left with so much guilt in a way that we feel remorse about it. There is no happiness other than the love of Allah.

Love of Allah is life itself, and to be deprived of it entails a terrible death; it is the light without which one would sail in a sea of darkness; it is the cure without which one’s heart will be overwhelmed by a multitude of diseases; it is the joy without which one will remain in permanent grief; it is the essence of faith and deeds, without which they become like a soulless body.

It is the means without which people will never reach their destination nor attain their place in Paradise; it is the means with which people reach their beloved (i.e., Allah). I swear by Allah that if people can achieve this honor in both this life and the Hereafter, then they have attained the true joy and happiness.”

I find my paradise when I say “La Ilaha IllAllah Muhammad Ur Rasulullah (Sall Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) which increases my imaan.

I find my paradise when I read about the life of our beloved Prophet (Sall Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam). The times when He (Sall Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) smiled also made me smile Alhamdulillah.

I find my paradise when I am in sujood where I feel very close to my Lord Most High.

I find my paradise when I make du’a asking Allah for so many things all at once and He takes care of my affairs.

I find my paradise when I make dhikr and my heart feels humble thinking of His Great qualities, Names and Attributes.

I find my paradise when I look around and I have everything to thank Him for.

I find my paradise when I know Allah is with me every moment and he sees my tears.

I find my paradise when I know I have something to strive for which is the hereafter.

These are such precious moments when we remember Allah, our hearts find rest.

Indeed Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala says:

“Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah . Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured.” (Al Qur’an 13:28)

Our soul is like the snow. Pure until it’s kept pure. Dirty when it’s stepped on. When it gets darkened, it needs to be cleansed.

Our hearts without the remembrance of Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala are dead. We have filled our hearts with the cups of pleasures and our desires. To gain control of our soul is not do what we like always. Islam means submission to One God, Allah SWT. We submit to His Will. We didn’t come into this world with our own will, we will not die with our own will. So submit to Allah’s will. Allah takes care of all hearts, broken or darkened. We seek His help always. To Him we belong and To Him we return.

Our creator created us to worship Him. He wants what is best for us. He is the Best Disposer of Affairs. If our relationship with Allah is good, then there is no grief. His pleasure suffices us. It gives us so much peace and happiness. Obedience to Him leads us to the everlasting Paradise that we all dream of all our lives.

So now, Let’s walk towards the way of our Lord!

Think about this:

Your heart has a longing for a place where you want to be…right at this moment…right at this time. The city of Makkah and Madinah, where our beloved Prophet SalAllahu Alayhi Wa Sallam spent his life with his companions. You feel this place is calling you and your heart yearns for it as one longs for his own home. The place where Islam began. And you wish to be there performing Hajj and Umrah but you cannot go there now. Only if you take your mind and heart there, you’ll make it. Close your eyes, do the ibadah. Stand for Salah, you will find yourself in front of the Kabah. This is where you will ask Allah SWT everything you ever wished for and you will ask Him to help you. Put down every sorrow you will there, speak your heart out. Tell your Lord the way you feel and you will find comfort inside. Salam! Allah is Peace! Worship No God but Him and Submit to His will. Try to come close to Him and He will run to you. He is the Most High. He is Al Wadud.

All of a sudden I experience this new world in front of me which I never felt before Subhan Allah!

In this state of peace,

All you would want to do is seek Allah’s love by doing good deeds and trying to get closer to Him. You now pay attention to every word you say whether it pleases Him or not. You long to be pure for Him in both heart and mind because He is Al Quddus, the Holy, the Pure.

In this moment, what others think don’t matter to you. Everything you want to do, you wanna make sure it’s for His sake only. Truly no one understands you more than Him. He loves you the most and He rewards you like no other.

When you have emaan, you are at aman in dunya and aakhirah, and a person who has amaanah, people have emaan in him and people have aman from him.

It is the aman, the peace and security that Allah gives the believers, that causes them to be composed and serene. This shows us in difficult situations, we should ask Al Mu’min for aman: ask the One that gives aman to give you aman. In difficult situations, we should not just panic and vent, we should pray to Al Mu’min to give us peace and serenity in our hearts.

Allah looks at our hearts, intentions and actions.

“Verily, Allah does not look to your faces and your wealth but He looks to your hearts and to your deeds” (Muslim). 

Be clean from shirk, from nifaaq (hypocrisy), from lies, from jealousy and all such vices. Emaan in Allah is clean, and He will only help the one who is clean. It can only be in a qalb (heart) that is saleem, sound and good.

It’s those moments when your forehead touches the ground when you’re praying, or when you walk outside all covered up in blazing weather, or when you’re reading Qur’an and there’s tears in your eyes. Those moments are when you know that you don’t need anything or anyone but Allah. Those are the moments I live for.

The famous American psychologist, William James, spoke these word that caught my attention:

“We humankind, brood over what we don’t own and we don’t thank God for what we do own. We always dwell on the tragic and dark side of our lives, and we don’t look at the brighter side of our existence. We rue over what is missing in our lives and we are not happy with what is there.”

May Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala beautify our hearts with faith and grant us serenity in our hearts. Ameen

Experience submitted by a person who wishes to remain anonymous.