See what excitement the believers will encounter on the Day of Resurrection! I imagine how they will feel – may Allah make you and us among the inhabitants of Paradise. After the horrors and hardships the believers saw befalling the sinners on the Day of Judgment and, before that, the trials and desires they patiently resisted in this life, their longing to see the bliss that Allah The Almighty has prepared for them becomes enormously great.
The greater their longing, the greater the enjoyment of the meeting will be. Thus, Allah The Almighty wanted to increase the longing of the believers at the highest level by letting them stand in front of the gates of Paradise for a period of time while thoughts conflict in their minds and they feel that they are at a distance of two bow lengths or nearer from seeing what Allah The Almighty promised them in this life. After the Prophet, , intercedes with his Lord, Allah The Almighty will give him permission to open the gates of Paradise. The Messenger of Allah, , said: "The distance between two shutters in Paradise equals the distance of a forty-year walk. People throng there like camels that throng to drink water after five days of thirst." [As-Silsilah As-Saheehah by Al-Albaani]
Can you imagine the width of the gate? It is like a distance of a forty-year walk, i.e. it is impossible to see the end of it, where people crowd as if one has brought camels to water after five days of thirst. Imagine how they will run. Similarly, this will be the state of the people of Paradise in their longing for it. After entering Paradise, its gate will not be shut behind you, do you know why? Imaam Ibn Al-Qayyim will tell you that. He said,
Reflect on the Saying of Allah The Almighty (which means):
Now, we will leave you to choose which gate you would like to enter Paradise through. The Messenger of Allah, , said:
Whoever performs a couple of acts of voluntary worship of the same type or spends two things for the Sake of Allah, will be called from the gates of Paradise: O slave of Allah, here is prosperity. He will enter Paradise from the Gate of Prayer if he observed voluntary prayer as his favored act of worship; from the Gate of Jihaad if he was a Mujaahid and Jihaad was his favored act of worship; and from the Gate of Charity if he gave voluntary charity as his favored act of worship; from the Gate of Ar-Rayyaan if he observed voluntary fasting as his favored act of worship." Abu Bakr, May Allah Be Pleased with him, said, "O Messenger of Allah! Those who are called from these gates will stand in need of nothing. Will anybody be called from all of those gates?'' The Messenger of Allah, , replied: "Yes, and I hope that you will be one of them." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
Now, choose the gate you wish to access Paradise from, and how excellent if you will be a companion of Abu Bakr on the Day of Judgment!
Dear reader do you see the extent to which Allah The Almighty prepared Paradise for His righteous slaves and how He made them long for it before they enter? Has your heart not been softened, dear brother? Do you not long to enter Paradise and experience this bliss?