Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet (Peace & Blessings of Allaah be upon Him) was speaking about the people of Paradise one day when a Bedouin was present. He described how a man of the people of Paradise will ask his Lord’s permission to grow some plants. (In Arabic, the past tense is used here to show that this will undoubtedly happen). Allaah will ask him, “Do you not already have all that you want?” He will say, “Yes, but I like to grow things.” So he will go and plant his seeds, and within the blinking of an eye they will grow, ripen, be harvested and piled up like mountains. Allaah will say, “Here you are, O son of Adam, nothing makes you satisfied!” The Bedouin said, “O Messenger of Allaah, you will find that he is either from Quraysh or the Ansaar, for they are the ones who like to grow things; we don’t like to grow anything!” The Prophet (Peace & Blessings of Allaah be upon Him) smiled broadly.
[Reported by al-Bukhaari, 6965]

Every once in a while, my imagination takes me somewhere up there where I catch glimpses of people enjoying certain charms known to this world as extraordinary. I don’t know many of them but what I know is that whatsoever they are enjoying is exactly what they left behind in this world because of the contamination that came along with it.

Somewhere up there, I see a brother who’s almost always chilling around with the Prophet Muhammad PBUH. I learned that he’s not one of His PBUH companions or the successors. Then, it doesn’t take long for me to recall that this brother was always the odd one out where ever I saw him. He was the strangest and to some, scariest person to roam around with. He used to ‘annoy’ us to pray on time, stay away from movies, turn the music off, and grow our beards the way the Prophet Muhammad PBUH had it. We were really fed up with his redundant alhamdolillahs and subhanallahs every now and then. His humbleness and apparent piety was really frustrating. We never saw him angry, impatient, or complaining about circumstances. We were jealous and annoyed … He was living the best moments of his life.

Somewhere up there, I see a brother surfing the blue waves of a beautiful sea that he owns while riding the most stylish Jetski, which is out of this world. Within moments a flashback roughly reminds me of the incident where the very same brother denied accompanying his friends to a beach party on a summer weekend, embarrassingly mentioning that “it’s too much” .. they ridiculed him for his lack of courage and for messing up the whole plan for his stupid ideas. But right now, I can’t stop looking at this beautiful sight; he just wouldn’t get tired surfing it.

Somewhere up there, once, I saw a few brothers cruising in some sort of vehicles. Those weren’t the cars we drive here but a lot faster than the fastest super cars I know of. They were competing in all sorts of competitions from sprints to drag races. Noticing them for a while, I realized that only a few of them were good at it, but they were all happy and content, they were loving it. One of them was a rich brother that I knew of. He was very rich but he chose to live a simple life.. we used to think that he’s a stingy person, and he’s just hoarding money. Just after he died we were shocked to know that he was not saving his money for the duniya, he was donating all of it for his akhirah. Next to him, was another brother who was almost always found around mosques and religious gatherings. He belonged to a lower middle class family, but he loved cars. He was pious, God-fearing, humble, and patient – but he just loved cars! Up there, they were enjoying together in the rides they never dreamed of.. they were happy, unlike anything!

But then I come back. I come back to find myself sitting on a couch with a bunch of worries. I find myself in midst of a chaos where every decision has the potential to lead me away from the straight path. And so we all have to come back. We all have to come back in this world which is worth nothing compared to what’s up there.

This temptation that leads us to struggle in certain matters of our lives is derived from our innate desire to achieve perfection. Unfortunately, it is not possible. It was never meant to be possible. But up there, you can let your desires drive your future. The future that has no boundaries :>

So, somewhere up there, I want to see myself enjoying everything that I must keep myself away from in this world. I want to see myself with my people. By Allah, I believe that many of us are very close to change this beautiful imagination into reality. A little more perseverance and patience, and Inshallah by means of Allah swt’s mercy, we are all set for the never ending, and uncontaminated pleasures of Jannah ..

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said (that Allaah said): ‘I have prepared for My righteous slaves that which no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and it has never entered the mind of man.’ Recite if you wish: “No person knows what is kept hidden for them of joy as a reward for what they used to do” [al-Sajdah 32:17]
[al-Bukhaari, 3244; Muslim 2824]

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