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4:69 Deeds will be the criterion in ranks of Paradise

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All who obey Allah and the messenger are in the company of those on whom is the Grace of Allah,- of the prophets (who teach), the sincere (lovers of Truth), the witnesses (who testify), and the Righteous (who do good): Ah! what a beautiful fellowship!

Deeds will be the criterion in ranks of Paradise
Those who do everything Allah and His Messenger have asked
them to do and stay away from everything Allah and His Messenger
have prohibited, shall receive different ranks in terms of their deeds.
The foremost among them will be blessed with the highest stations of
Paradise along with the noble prophets, may peace be upon them all.
Next to them will come those who will be blessed with the rank of
those who are only next to prophets. They are known as the Siddiqin,
that is, the great Companions of the Holy Prophet (S) who
came forward to believe in the very initial stage without any hesitation or hostility, like Sayyidna Abu Bakr. Then, there will be a third rank of people who will be with the noble Shuhada. The Shuhada are
people who sacrificed their lives and wealth in the way of Allah. Then,
those in the fourth rank will be with the revered Righteous. The
Salihin or the Righteous are people who restrict themselves, outwardly
and inwardly, to doing only what is good and right.

In short, all those who are totally obedient to Allah and Hi5
Messenger shall be in the company of those who are the most exalted
and the most favoured in the sight of Allah Almighty and who have
been identified here under four ranks: Prophets, Siddiqin, Shuhada
and Salihin (righteous).


Shafi, Muhammad (2008). Maariful Quran. (Vol .2 surah 4 verse 69). English-MaarifulQuran-MuftiShafiUsmaniRA-Vol-2.pdf (

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