This narration is the last one from the chapter of Angels. It mentions the guard of hell-fire, Maalik, and the angels that guard Madinah so Dajjal can’t enter it.
Volume 4, Book 54, Number 462 :
Narrated by Ibn Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “On the night of my ascent to the Heaven, I saw Moses who was a tall brown curly-haired man as if he was one of the men of Shan’awa tribe, and I saw Jesus, a man of medium height and moderate complexion inclined to the red and white colors and of lank hair. I also saw Malik, the gate-keeper of the (Hell) Fire and Ad-Dajjal amongst the signs which Allah showed me.” (The Prophet then recited the Holy Verse): “So be not you in doubt of meeting him (i.e., when you met Moses during the night of Mi’raj over the heavens)… (32.23)
Narrated Anas and Abu Bakra: The Prophet said, “The angels will guard Medina from Ad-Dajjal (who will not be able to enter the city of Medina).”
Chapter of Paradise and its characteristics starts here. Don’t stop your imagination from going wild from this point forward. :)
Volume 4, Book 54, Number 463 :
Narrated by Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “When anyone of you dies, he will be shown his destination both in the morning and in the evening, and if he belongs to the people of Paradise, he will be shown his place in Paradise, and if he is from the people of Hell, he will be shown his place in Hell.”
Longing for Jannah is possibly the most beautiful concept ever. Reading its vivid descriptions and looking at it through the camera of the mind, the heart is flooded by feelings and emotions that I fail to describe as anything but ‘sweet’. The heart longs for a lot of people and a lot of things, but it doesn’t yearn for anything as it yearns for Jannah. If home is where heart is, then I’d like a one-way ticket to mine please! <3
Volume 4, Book 54, Number 464 :
Narrated by ‘Imran bin Husain (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “I looked at Paradise and found poor people forming the majority of its inhabitants; and I looked at Hell and saw that the majority of its inhabitants were women.”
Of what benefit is wealth if it can’t get you to Jannah? What you wear determines your class and rank in society today and what you do will determine your rank in the Hereafter. Yes, there’s a difference between Chanel and Zara (duh?), but there’s also a difference between praying and not praying. Let’s say praying tahajjud could be your Hermès and irregular prayers could be Forever 21. Make sense? :P
Bottom line: the Guccis and Pradas will stay here but our good deeds, our real wealth, will go with us.
With regard to the reason for this, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was asked about it and he explained the reason.
It was narrated that ‘Abd-Allah ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “I was shown Hell and I have never seen anything more terrifying than it. And I saw that the majority of its people are women.” They said, “Why, O Messenger of Allah?” He said, “Because of their ingratitude (kufr).” It was said, “Are they ungrateful to Allah?” He said, “They are ungrateful to their companions (husbands) and ungrateful for good treatment. If you are kind to one of them for a lifetime then she sees one (undesirable) thing in you, she will say, ‘I have never had anything good from you.’” (Narrated by al-Bukhari, 1052)
Another reason is explained in the following hadith:
It was reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There are two types of the people of Hell that I have not seen yet: men with whips like the tails of cattle, with which they strike the people, and women who are clothed yet naked, walking with an enticing gait, with something on their heads that looks like the humps of camels, leaning to one side. They will never enter Paradise or even smell its fragrance, although its fragrance can be detected from such and such a distance.” (Narrated by Ahmad and by Muslim in al-Saheeh)
I always ask myself this before leaving the house: can anything about me entice a man? Works every time!
Volume 4, Book 54, Number 465 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu)
While we were in the company of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam), he said, “While I was asleep, I saw myself in Paradise and there I beheld a woman making ablution beside a palace. I asked, “To whom does this palace belong?” She said, “To ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab”. Then I remembered ‘Umar’s Ghaira (concerning women), and so I quickly went away from that palace.” (When ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) heard this from the Prophet), he wept and said, “Do you think it is likely that I feel Ghaira because of you, O Allah’s Apostle?”
Volume 4, Book 54, Number 466 :
Narrated by ‘Abdullah bin Qais Al-Ashari (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “A tent (in Paradise) is like a hollow pearl which is thirty miles in height and on every corner of the tent the believer will have a family that cannot be seen by the others.”
(Narrated Abu Imran in another narration, “(The tent is) sixty miles (in height)”.)
If that’s how tents are in Paradise, I wonder what palaces would look like!
On a side note, who wouldn’t like to go camping in Jannah? :D
For perspective: shown above is the Pearl of Lao Tzu (also referred to as Pearl of Lao Tze), the largest known pearl in the world. It is not a gem-quality pearl, but is instead what is known as a “clam pearl” or “Tridacna pearl” from a giant clam. It measures 24 centimeters in diameter (9.45 inches) and weighs 6.4 kilograms (14.1 lb).
Volume 4, Book 54, Number 467 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu)
Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Allah said, “I have prepared for My pious slaves things which have never been seen by an eye, or heard by an ear, or imagined by a human being.” If you wish, you can recite this Verse from the Holy Quran:-“No soul knows what is kept hidden for them, of joy as a reward for what they used to do.” (32.17)