500 years of worship will not take you to Jannah, if…

Once, Jibrael عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ approached Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and told him about the man who worshipped Allah for 500 years.

Salty and Sweet Water

He used to reside atop the mountain where Allah blessed him with shelter. Near the hill, a stream of water used to flow, but its water was salty.

As the man was pious, Allah blessed him with another stream of water whose water was sweet. This way, the man could enjoy the sweet water for drinking and ablution purposes.

Allah Almighty also took care of his food. A pomegranate tree was grown at the mountain from which the man could enjoy fresh fruit every day.

He died in Sujood

One day, while the man was worshipping Allah, he made a supplication that his death would arrive while he was in Sujood. His dua was accepted by Allah, and the man who worshipped Allah for 500 years died while performing Sajda.

On the Day of Judgement

Jibrael عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ told Prophet Muhammad ﷺ that on the Day of Judgment, Allah will ask his angels to open the doors of paradise for the man who worshipped Allah for 500 years and let him enjoy the bounties of heaven through Allah’s mercy.

However, this man will insist that he should enter paradise through the good deeds he has performed and not because of Allah’s mercy أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللّٰهَ.

Allah will talk to the man

At that point, Allah and the man who worshipped Allah for 500 years will have the following discussion.

  • Allah: Oh my servant, who created you?
  • The worshipper: Oh Allah, You have created me.
  • Allah: Were you created because of the good deeds you have done or because of My mercy?
  • The worshipper: Because of Your mercy.
  • Allah: Who granted you the ability to worship for 500 years?
  • The worshipper: Oh the Almighty! You have granted me that ability.
  • Allah: Who placed you on the mountain surrounded by the ocean? Who caused a stream of sweet water to flow in between the salty water? Who caused a pomegranate tree to grow for you? Who granted you death while in the state of prostration?
  • The worshipper: Oh the Sustainer of the Worlds! You have done all of these.
  • Then Allah will say, “All these have happened due to My mercy and you too will enter Paradise only through My Mercy.”

The above mentioned Hadith is recorded in ‘Mustadrak ala Sahihain’ and Hakim remarked it as Sahih.  (مستدرک علی الصحیحین 4/278– Hadith No. 7637)

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