Jahannam has been covered with Desires

عن أبي هريرة أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم قال حجبت النار بالشهوات وحجبت الجنة بالمكاره

عن أبي هريرة أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم قال ( حجبت النار بالشهوات وحجبت الجنة بالمكاره )

[ ش أخرجه مسلم في أول كتاب الجنة وصفة نعيمها وأهلها رقم 2822 - 2823


Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam is reported to have said, Jahannam has been covered with desires and Jannat has been covered with difficulties / hardships.

 A brief summary of the Hadith is that a person cannot reach Jahannam as long as he indulges in Haraam (sins). Similarly a person cannot reach Jannat if he does not endure the difficulty of worshipping Allah Ta’ala and abstaining from sin. According to the covering that a person tears (either the covering of Jannat or Jahannam), he will reach that which was hidden

فمن هتك الحجاب وصل الي المحجوب

Whoever tears the covering will reach the hidden item

From this we understand that knowledge is a covering of Allah Ta’ala. What does this mean? A person has to seek knowledge to reach Allah Ta’ala. When a person acquires knowledge he gains the recognition of Allah Ta’ala. In this Hadith desires refer to impermissible desires such as drinking, Zinah, Ghibat, etc. There is no harm in permissible things of comfort but to be concerned of luxuries and comfort all the time is barrier from acquiring the close friendship of Allah Ta’ala. (Mazahir-e-Haq) 




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