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Three Easy Ways to Raise Your Rank in Jannah

Imagine yourself in Jannah, just one level above your friend, yet the distance between the two of you is of that between the heavens and the earth. Yes! That is the difference between each level!

‘Ubadah bin As-Samit (radiyallahu anhu) narrated that the Messenger of Allahsaw said:

“In Paradise… what is between every two levels is like what is between the heavens and the earth. Al-Firdaus is its highest level, and from it the four rivers of Paradise are made to flow forth…” 1

Without a doubt, Jannah in its entirety, including the lowest level, is tremendously beautiful, so beautiful that with the limited capacity of our minds, we are unable to imagine what it would be like to be there. SubhanAllah, it is unfathomable! However, one does not enter it without paying its price.

Therefore, we must never be satisfied with our level of worship; rather, we must strive to better ourselves tirelessly, as it is our struggle in this life that will determine our final abode, and our endeavor that will determine our ranks in the Hereafter. For this, we must aim higher and work harder in order to deserve the highest of levels and greatest of rewards. This would mean following the example of the Sahaba small - radi-allahu-anhum, who never ceased to ask about the *best* ways to attain Allah’s pleasure. It is embodied in the type of questions they used to ask the Prophet saw, such as, what type of person will be the closest to you in the hereafter? What is best deed to Allah? What is the most beloved deed? It is this admirable determination of theirs that must compel us into imitating them, and along with continuous striving, we must consistently hope and ask Allah swt (1) to enter us into Janntul-Firdaws, as per the Hadith:

Mu’adh bin Jabal (radiyallahu anhu) said:

“I heard the Messenger of Allah say:’…If you ask of Allah, ask Him for Firdaws.'” 2

Do not hesitate in asking for the highest level, for Allah swt (1) is capable of everything, we must do our part too though.

This article will highlight three simple yet highly rewarding deeds that will, by the mercy of Allahswt (1), elevate our ranks in Jannah:
1) Increase in prostrations
It was narrated from Kathir bin Murrah (radiyallahu anhu) that Abu Fatimah told him:
“I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah! Tell me of a deed that I can adhere to and act upon.’ He said: “You should prostrate, for you will not prostrate to Allah but He will raise you in status one degree thereby and erase from you one sin.” 3
SubhanAllah, pondering on these ahadith shows us how merciful Allah swt (1) is. One prostration, reflect upon this with me brothers and sisters, one prostration in this life raises one to a higher degree in Paradise, a degree that is in distance like that between the heavens and the earth! How can we forsake such an opportunity, it really is not difficult if we sincerely desire for our eternal abode to be Jannah.
A practical way to implement this in our lives would be to increase in nawafil (voluntary prayers), here are some virtues of these prayers:
  • Tahjjud(night prayer): Most beloved prayer to Allahswt (1) after the obligatory.
    Abu Hurairah (radiyallahu anhu) narrated that: Allah’s Messenger saw said: “The most virtuous fasting after the month of Ramadan is that of Allah’s month of Al-Muharram. And the most virtuous Salat after the obligatory is the night prayer.” 4
  • Ad-Duha(forenoon prayer): Acts as a charity for the 360 joints in our bodies.
    Abu Dharr (radiyallahu anhu) reported Allah’s Apostle saw as saying: “In the morning charity is due from every bone in the body of every one of you. Every utterance of Allah’s glorification is an act of charity. Every utterance of praise of Him is an act of charity, every utterance of profession of His Oneness is an act of charity, every utterance of profession of His Greatness is an act of charity, enjoining good is an act of charity, forbidding what is distreputable is an act of charity, and two rak’ahs which one prays in the forenoon will suffice.”5
  • Sunan Al-Rawatib: Twelve extra sunnah prayers a day grants one a house in Jannah.
    Umm Habibah (radiyallahu anha) narrated that Allah’s Messenger saw said: “Whoever prays twelve Rak’ah in a day and night, a house will be built from him in Paradise: Four Rak’ah before Zuhr, two Rak’ah after it, two Rak’ah after Maghrib, two Rak’ah after Isha, and two Rak’ah before Fajr in the morning Salat.” 6
  • Witr: Allahswt (1) loves the witr prayer, and it is a sunnah mu’akkada.
    Narrated Ali ibn AbuTalib (radiyallahu anhu): The Prophet saw said: Allah is single (witr) and loves what is single, so observe the witr, you who follow the Qur’an.

These are just some of them, and if we make it a habit to continually pray these nawafil we will not only be immensely rewarded, but will also be elevated in Jannah, in sha Allah.(Kindly research more on the timings of these prayers and how to pray them).

Rabi’ah bin Ka’b Al-Aslami (radiyallahu anhu) said:
“I used to bring to the Messenger of Allah saw water for wudu and serve him. He said: ‘Ask of me.’ I said: ‘I want to be with you in Paradise.’ He said: ‘Is there anything else?’ I said: ‘That is all.’ He said: ‘Help me to fulfill your wish by prostrating a great deal.'” 7
2) Memorize verses from the Qur’an
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr (radiyallahu anhu) that the Prophet saw said: “It shall be said – meaning to the one who memorized the Qur’an – ‘Recite, and rise up, recite (melodiously) as you would recite in the world. For indeed your rank shall be at the last Ayah you recited.'” 8
If memorizing a few Juz’s from the Qur’an grants a Mu’min a higher rank in Jannah, then where will the one who has memorized the entire Qur’an be? Successful will they be indeed! It is one of the greatest acts that a believer can pursue in this dunya to draw closer to His Lord, and with every ayah they will be rising higher and higher in Jannah. It is without a doubt the dream of every Muslim to be with the Prophet saw in Jannah, so does this not motivate us to put in a greater effort in order to earn this privilege?
3) Send peace and blessings upon the Prophet saw
Anas bin Malik (radiyallahu anhu) said:
“The Messenger of Allah saw said: “Whoever sends salah upon me once, Allah swt (1) will send salah upon him tenfold, and will erase ten sins from him, and will raise him ten degrees in status.” 9
SubhanAllah, saying the salwat only once gives us such an incredible reward, only imagine how heavy our scale of good deeds will be if we say more! Ten degrees in status just by repeating a statement sincerely in a couple of seconds, this is an opportunity we cannot forsake brothers and sisters. It does not require a tremendous effort and can be done in any time or place, even now while you are reading this, so let us promise ourselves to make it a habit and remind others of it as well.
May Allahswt (1) enable us to implement these simple deeds and may He elevate our ranks in Jannah and make heavy our scale of good deeds, Ameen.
What are your thoughts about this article? Please share them in the comments section below. 🙂
  1.   Jami` at-Tirmidhi
  2.   Sunan Ibn Majah
  3.   Sunan Ibn Majah
  4.   Jami` at-Tirmidhi
  5.   sahih Muslim
  6.   Jami` at-Tirmidhi
  7.   Sunan an-Nasa’i
  8.   Jami` at-Tirmidhi, Hasan
  9.   Sunan an-Nasa’i, Sahih



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133 Responses

  1. aminatibiyeye@yahoo.com'

    Jazakallahu Khair Sis, I pray Allah reward you tremendously for this and I pray Allah reward us as well for reading it and make it easy for us to implement.


  3. mohammedumaryahuza@gmail.com'

    Jazakallah! This is really a hearttouching article and it’s the much needed article, May Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala guide us and May Jannatul Firdaus be our final abode, Ameen

  4. esmoonieya@gmail.com'
    RJ Lupin

    Thank you for writing this sister. I am reminded and indeed, this is the sign from Allah himself. He found me astray, then He lead me to read this. and I really want to get back to Allah and kinda not sure what to do. as Ramadan will come soon, this is going to be in my to-do list. So, thank you for writing this hopeful article.

    1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

      JazakAllah khair for leaving a comment, I am truly humbled..
      Alhamdulillah, indeed it is Allah who guides us, may Allah show you the path that will lead you to become closer to Him and may He make it easy for us all to implement these tips

  5. Imranatherr@gmail.com'

    Slightly confusing. 100 levels and one prostration gets you up by one so that means I should be easily beyond a thousand by now? Just saying not that I am without sin or anything.

  6. sadiya.afzal786@gmail.com'

    Mashallah nice to read it. Very motivational too. I really appreciate the way you make it so simple for us all to understand it using ahadith.

    1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

      Alhamdulillah, I am glad you found it motivating and inspirational!
      JazakAllah khair for your feedback!

  7. shanzahjaved@gmail.com'

    Mashaa Allah! An amazing article.May Allah swt grant us all jannat ul firdous without hisaab and ability to do these.Ameen

  8. ahmed_koroma2004@yahoo.ca'

    Mash Allah. Its very educative and helpful. May Allah reward you for this article. And may He give us the motivation to do these deeds as much as we can.

  9. hassan.borry@gmail.com'
    Hassan Ibrahim Bori

    I already feel fired up to benefit from Allah’s mercy. May Allah reward you for your efforts and help us to implement the good reminders and avoid evils. But kindly correct this error:
    AD-DUHA is FORENOON and not AFTERNOON nafl

    1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

      JazakAllah khair for pointing it out brother, it has been changed accordingly Alhamdulillah!
      Ameen to your dua’!

  10. misha1805@gmail.com'

    Beautiful and inspirational! If you think deeper, these are such small actions (read- ibadah) one can inculcate in her daily life with ease.. But thee result is so magnanimous! I guess the key is not in the magnitude but in being regular. Allah loves consistency in worship, even if it is the smallest of action!

    Jazakallah khair dear sister.

  11. billychawai@yahoo.com'
    Bilkisu Chawai

    Masha Allah a very helpful reminder as we all are working towards Jannah may Allah make it easy for us. Allahumma inna nas’alukal firdausal a’ala Minal Jannah

    1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

      Alhamdulillah, I am happy you found it motivating sister Ayesha, may Allah make it easy for us to implement all the tips!
      JazakiAllah khair for your feedback!

    1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

      Wa alaykum alsalam
      I am happy you found it motivational brother Usman, may Allah help us implement all the tips!
      JazakAllah khair for your feedback!

  12. siddequa.khaleda@gmail.com'
    Khaleda siddequa

    Assalamualikum warahmatullah. It’s really very inspiring and motivational thoughts to follow the sunnah. May Almighty Allah grant us the ability to perform. Jazakallahu khairan Brother. May Almighty Allah grant you rewards in this world and thereafter.

    1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

      Wa alaykum alsalam wa rahmatullahi wa baraktuhu,
      I am glad you enjoyed reading it Khaleda 🙂
      Ameen to your dua’!
      I am a sister by the way!

  13. fathimamazmi@gmail.com'

    May Allah bless you immensely for your hard work and for sharing such beautiful reminders, both in this world and in the hereafter. Jazakillahu khair sister Ibtihal ?

    1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

      Ameen to your beautiful dua’ sister Fathima! <3
      JazakiAllah khair for reading 🙂
      May Allah accept it!

  14. aslam.hagee@mweb.co.za'
    Aslam Hagee

    Assalamu Alaikum,

    Alhamdulillah very inspiring advise indeed! May Allah subhanahuta’aalah raise evry mumeen’s ranks to Jannatul-Firdous. Aaameen.

  15. humasarfraz83@gmail.com'
    Huma Sarfraz

    Mashallah… A wonderful reminder …we should not delay a second to grab this golden opportunity….
    May Allah subhanahu WA talla accept your endeavors

  16. samina.br95@gmail.com'
    Samina Raihan

    Assalaamualaikum wrwb. JazakiAllahuKhair for such great reminders,which r beautifully written. SubhanAllah Allahswt loves us so much that even a small deed elevates our levels.

    1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

      Wa alaykum alsalam wa rahmatullahi wa baraktuhu,
      That is true indeed! JazakAllah khair for your comment!

  17. aliaddeone@gmail.com'
    Jama Ali

    Thank You Sheima May Allah reward you immensely. This article is very useful may Allah make us easy all the honored deeds that will let us to enter Jannatul-Firdaws.

  18. tariqnishan@gmail.com'

    Assalamu ‘Alaikum.

    My first visit to this site and what an inspirational writing. Thank you very much!

    Jazak Allahu Khairan.

    1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

      Wa alaykum alsalam
      Alhamdulillah, I am glad you enjoyed this article, jazakAllah khair for the feedback brother!
      Your first but in sha Allah not your last visit to this site!

  19. Amreenq92@gmail.com'

    Asalaamualaikum! I love how concise and excellent the reminders are. May we take benefit from it aameen. Jazakillah khairan 🙂

  20. asramouda@gmail.com'

    Masha allah tabarak allah. ..Motivating nd persuading, urging ys to renew nd consolidate oyr iman. May allah swt accept this service from her nd reward her abundantly.

    1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

      Alhamdulillah, I am glad you found this article useful Asra!
      JazakAllah khair for the feedback and Ameen to your beautiful dua’ 🙂

  21. gajaidi@hotmail.com'
    Gail Alonzo

    As salaam alaikum…indeed it’s very interesting, may Almighty Allah continue to shower His blessings towards all who made the effort to enlighten us with these motivational reminders.

    1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

      Alhamdulillah I am so happy that you feel motivated Lubna 🙂
      May Allah make it easy for us all to put it into practice!
      JazakiAllah khair for the feedback

  22. abdullahigos@yahoo.com'
    Toungos Mohammed

    Allahu Akbar. Jazakallahu Khairan my dear brother for this marvelous reminder. May Allah rewards you abundantly. My Allah also gives us the power to do our ibadat in the right way. May HE also give us HIS Jannatul Firdaus. Ameen. You have really awaken me.

    1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

      Alhamdulillah, I am happy that you found this article useful, jazakAllah khair for the feedback!
      Ameen to all your dua’s!
      I am a sister by the way 🙂

    1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

      JazakAllah for the feedback Meher!
      Alhamdulillah, I am glad you found it useful, may Allah make it easy for us to implement all the tips!

  23. karen.nasseri@yahoo.com'
    Karen Nasseri

    Subhan’Allah…such beautiful reminders, mash’Allah. May your powerful article touch many hearts and cause us all to strive for, and in shaa Allah, meet one day, in Jannatul Firdous, ameen.

  24. fateemabee@hotmail.com'
    Fatima Buhari

    Masha Allah..very beautiful and inspiring..thank you for this reminder May Allah reward you and May we All reunite in Aljannatul firdause.amin

  25. abdulmannanhse@yahoo.com'
    Abdul Mannan

    Really, I appreciate this article and this beautiful islamic information – may Allah subhan watalah guide us on right path and bless us to do the good deeds. Aameen.

  26. said.suluo@gmail.com'

    The good thing about the article is that it is action oriented. You read, understand, then act. On top of that, the hadith quotes are indeed motivating to act upon. May Allah make it easy for all of us to act upon this reminder. May Allaah reward the author with Firdausil A’alaa

    1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

      Ameen to your dua’s brother Said!
      Alhamdulillah, I am glad you found the article useful. JazakAllah khair for the feedback, much appreciated!

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    1. Ibtihal Al-Khalifin

      Wa iyyaki Shirin! Alhamdulillah, I am glad you found the article beneficial, do share it with your friends and family too 🙂
      Ameen to your beautiful dua’!

  28. tahira_shameem@yahoo.com'

    Masha Allah. very nicely written points . It’s motivating to think about them and follow them sincerely.

    Jazaak Allaahu Khairan

  29. zaneela_naheem@yahoo.com'

    Jazakallahu Khairan for sharing such a great knowledge. May Allaah reward you with Jannathul Firdouse for sharing this article and make us to think about that.

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