Wishing to Be Reunited with Deceased Father in Paradise
Fatwa No: 83539

Question

My father recently died. I wish to know if I will see him again in jannah (Insh'allah). What if we are on different levels of jannah - would we still meet, recognise each other and remember our lives together in this world?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

A Muslim child meets his father in Paradise and also gets his level if his father is in a higher level of Paradise than his child just as a father gets the level of his child if his child is in a higher rank of Paradise than himself. This is solely by the Grace of Allah.

Allah Says (what means): {And those who believe and whose offspring follow them in Faith, to them shall We join their offspring, and We shall not decrease the reward of their deeds in anything. ….} [Quran 52:21]

Imam Ibn Katheer  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him wrote explaining the above verse: “Allah has informed us in this verse about His Favor, Blessings and Benevolence upon His Slaves, that when the children of believers follow them in believing in Allah, Allah will grant them those higher degrees in Paradise which they cannot gain for their good deeds, only to please their parents. He grants them higher grades only to make them with their parents and does not decrease the degrees of parents to those equal with their children. Everyone in that good place will talk to each other, exchange viewpoints, and remember the days of this world and the hardship they used to face in this world and then they Praise Allah for His great Blessings. Allah Says (what means): {Then they will turn to one another, mutually questioning.} [Quran 37:50]. They find there all good and happiness.

They visit each other, talk to each other face to face reclining on thrones, and many pretty boys will be ready to serve them at any time. All these blessings are so magnificent and luxurious that no one can imagine.

For more benefit that the children of Muslims will be admitted to paradise with their parents, please refer to Fataawa 432550 and 249160.

Allah knows best.

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