The Way to al-Firdaus al-A’la November 5, 2017 – Posted in: Blog
Paradise is expensive merchandise, and al-Firdaws al-A‘la is the highest and best part of Paradise. No one reaches it except those whom Allah has singled out for more of His grace.
If Paradise is surrounded with difficulties and different kinds of hardships, then how about the highest of its degrees and the most sublime of its statuses?
This indicates that the matter is not something easy.
Ibn al-Qayyim said:
The purest of all created things, and the most sublime, luminous, noblest and highest in both literal and metaphorical terms is the Throne of the Most Gracious, may He be glorified and exalted. Hence it was fit for Him to rise above it. Therefore the closer anything is to the Throne, the more luminous, pure and noble it is than that which is further away from it. Hence, Jannat al-Firdaws is the highest, noblest, most luminous and best part of Paradise, because it is close to the Throne, for the Throne is its roof, and the further away anything is from it, the darker and more constricted it is. Hence, the lowest of the low is the worst of places and the most constricted and furthest from all that is good. End quote.
Al-Fawaa’id (p. 27).
The people of al-Firdaws al-A‘la are the ones who hasten to do good as they are commanded. Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):
“And those foremost (in Islamic Faith of Monotheism and in performing righteous deeds in the life of this world on the very first call for to embrace Islam,) will be foremost (in Paradise).
These will be those nearest to Allah.
In the Gardens of delight (Paradise)”
Those who are nearest to Allah are the elite of mankind.
End quote. Tafseer as-Sa‘di (p. 833)