What is the width of Paradise?

Width of Paradise

Question: What is the width of Paradise?

Answer: The width of Paradise is very great. Allah Almighty says in the Holy Quran:

سَابِقُوْۤا اِلٰى مَغْفِرَةٍ مِّنْ رَّبِّكُمْ وَ جَنَّةٍ عَرْضُهَا كَعَرْضِ السَّمَآءِ وَ الْاَرْضِۙ-

Translation from Kanz-ul-Iman: Surpass one another in hastening towards forgiveness from your Lord, and towards that Paradise; the width of which is as of the distance of the heaven and earth.

 (Part 27, Surah Al-Hadeed, Ayah. 21)

It is written in Khaza’in-ul-‘Irfan: If seven skies and seven earths are combined together after being shaped into pages, so the width of Paradise will be equal to the width of all of these combined skies and earths. If this is the great width of Paradise, then how great its length will be! (Tafseer-e-Khaza`in-ul-‘Irfan, Part 27, Surah Al-Hadeed, Taht-al-Ayah, 21, pp. 997)

It is written in the Hadees that the width of Paradise is equal to the earth and the sky.

 (Muslim, pp. 811. Hadees. 4915)

وَاللہُ اَعْلَمُ   عَزَّوَجَلَّ   وَ رَسُوْلُہ اَعْلَم   صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ واٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم

صَلُّوْا عَلَی الْحَبِیْب!                    صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلٰی مُحَمَّد

Reciting Kalimah-e-Shahadat after performing Wudu

Question: We have been recommended to recite Kalimah-e-Shahadat after performing Wudu while looking towards the sky. Can we still recite it if there is a ceiling in between or is it compulsory to look towards the sky?

Answer: We can find both types of Ahadees in this regard. It is written in Musnad Imam Ahmad: “Whoever performs Wudu well, then say the following while looking towards the sky: “اَشْهَدُ اَنْ لَآ اِلٰهَ اِلَّا اللّٰهُ وَحْدَہٗ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهٗ وَاَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُہٗ وَرَسُوْلُه”, all the eight gates of Paradise will be opened for him and he may enter through any gate he wishes.”

 (Musnad-e-Imam Ahmad, vol. 6, pp. 132, Hadees 17368)

Moreover, it is written in the book Nisa’i: “Whoever performs Wudu well and says:
اَشْهَدُ اَنْ لَآ اِلٰهَ اِلَّا اللّٰهُ وَ اَشْهَدُ اَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُہٗ وَرَسُوْلُه” all the eight gates of Paradise will be opened for him and he may enter through any gate he wishes.” (Nisa’i, pp. 32, Hadees 148)

Therefore, we should act upon both Ahadees, depending upon the situation.

وَاللہُ اَعْلَمُ   عَزَّوَجَلَّ   وَ رَسُوْلُہ اَعْلَم   صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ واٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم

صَلُّوْا عَلَی الْحَبِیْب!                    صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلٰی مُحَمَّد

How is it to make the intention of Qasr at the time of Maghrib Salah?

Question: Will a traveller offer Maghrib Salah with the intention of Qasr Salah?

Answer: A traveller does not need to make the intention of Qasr at the time of Maghrib Salah because there is no Qasr in Maghrib Salah.

وَاللہُ اَعْلَمُ   عَزَّوَجَلَّ   وَ رَسُوْلُہ اَعْلَم   صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ واٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم

صَلُّوْا عَلَی الْحَبِیْب!                    صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلٰی مُحَمَّد

 

Clothes of silk

Question: How is it for men to wear clothes made of silk?

Answer: It is written in Bahar-e-Shari’at: Silk clothes are Haraam for a man. Whether or not there is another cloth between the body and [the silk] clothes, this is Haraam in both cases.

(Bahar-e-Shari’at, vol. 3, pp. 410)

وَاللہُ اَعْلَمُ   عَزَّوَجَلَّ   وَ رَسُوْلُہ اَعْلَم   صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ واٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم

صَلُّوْا عَلَی الْحَبِیْب!                    صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلٰی مُحَمَّد

 

How is it to eat rabbit?

Question: Is it Halaal to eat [the meat of] a rabbit?

Answer: It is Halaal. (Fatawa Razawiyyah, vol. 20, pp. 322) Moreover, it has to be slaughtered with a sharp knife while reciting بِسْمِ اللّٰہِ اَللّٰہُ اَکْبَر.

وَاللہُ اَعْلَمُ   عَزَّوَجَلَّ   وَ رَسُوْلُہ اَعْلَم   صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ واٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم

صَلُّوْا عَلَی الْحَبِیْب!                    صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلٰی مُحَمَّد

How is it for a woman to go to perform Umrah with her nephew [i.e. the son of her real brother]?

Question: Is a woman allowed to go to perform Umrah with her nephew [i.e. the son of her real brother]?

Answer: Yes she is allowed. This is because her nephew [i.e. the son of her real brother] is her Mahram and a woman is allowed to make a Shar’i journey with her Mahram. However, observance of Islamic veil is necessary between a male and the wife of his father’s elder brother as well as the wife of his father’s younger brother. Therefore, these two ladies are not allowed to make a Shar’i journey with their nephew [i.e. the son of their brother-in-law] even for the purpose of performing Umrah. The same ruling applies to a male and the wife of his mother’s brother. (To get important information regarding Islamic veil, read the book “Parday kay baray may Suwal Jawab”) (Madani Muzakarah, 4 Muharram-ul-Haraam, 1440)

وَاللہُ اَعْلَمُ   عَزَّوَجَلَّ   وَ رَسُوْلُہ اَعْلَم   صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ واٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم

صَلُّوْا عَلَی الْحَبِیْب!                    صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلٰی مُحَمَّد

Soul begins to come out of feet

Question: From which part of a body does a soul begin to come out?

Answer:  It begins to come out from feet.

 (Mirat-ul-Manajeeh, vol. 3, pp. 365) (Madani Muzakarah, 3 Muharram-ul-Haraam, 1440)

 

وَاللہُ اَعْلَمُ   عَزَّوَجَلَّ   وَ رَسُوْلُہ اَعْلَم   صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ واٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم

صَلُّوْا عَلَی الْحَبِیْب!                    صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلٰی مُحَمَّد

Fire under the sea

Question:  It is said that there is fire under the sea, is this true?

Answer: Yes, A’la Hadrat, Imam Ahmad Raza Khan رَحْمَةُ اللّٰهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه stated on page 269 of the 27th Volume of Fatawa-e-Razawiyyah: There is fire under the sea. The Holy Quran says: وَالْبَحْرِ الْمَسْجُوۡرِ

Translation from Kanz-ul-Iman: And by the scorching sea (oceans will be made into fire on the Day of Judgement). (Part 27, Surah At-Toor, Ayah 6)

It is stated in the Hadees: “اِنَّ تَحْتَ الْبَحْرِ نَارًا” (No doubt, there is fire under the sea.)

(Mustadrak lil Haakim, vol. 4, pp. 596) (Fatawa Razawiyyah, vol. 27, pp. 269)

وَاللہُ اَعْلَمُ   عَزَّوَجَلَّ   وَ رَسُوْلُہ اَعْلَم   صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ واٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم

صَلُّوْا عَلَی الْحَبِیْب!                    صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلٰی مُحَمَّد

What is the meaning of Naza’

Question: What is Naza’?

Answer: The literal meaning of the word Naz’a is to pull. The process of the separation of a soul from a body is called Naz’a. (Urdu Lughat, vol. 19, pp. 899)

Naza’-e-Rooh mayn aasani dayn

Kalimah Yaad dilatay yeh hayn

(Hada`iq-e-Bakhshish, pp. 482) (Madani Muzakarah, 3 Muharram-ul-Haraam, 1440)

وَاللہُ اَعْلَمُ   عَزَّوَجَلَّ   وَ رَسُوْلُہ اَعْلَم   صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ واٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم

صَلُّوْا عَلَی الْحَبِیْب!                    صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلٰی مُحَمَّد

Ruling related to Wudu

Question: If an actor does acting after he has performed Wudu, can he offer Salah with the same Wudu?

Answer: Yes he can, because acting doesn’t invalidate Wudu. (However, it should be kept in mind that the acting which is usually done these days in movies, etc., is not something good. Moreover, in some cases it becomes impermissible.) (Madani Muzakarah, 4 Muharram-ul-Haraam, 1440)

وَاللہُ اَعْلَمُ   عَزَّوَجَلَّ   وَ رَسُوْلُہ اَعْلَم   صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ واٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم

صَلُّوْا عَلَی الْحَبِیْب!                    صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلٰی مُحَمَّد

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