Allah’s ‘Arsh (Throne): “…from which four rivers of Paradise flow and above which is the Throne…”

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Allah’s ‘Arsh (Throne) is above Al-Firdaws, which is the highest of the one hundred levels of Paradise. Ubadah ibn al-Samit reported:

“The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, ‘Paradise has one hundred levels and between each two levels is a distance like that between the heavens and earth. Al-Firdaws is its highest level, from which four rivers of Paradise flow and above which is the Throne. When you ask from Allah, ask for Al-Firdaws.’” (Musnad Ahmad)

We learn from this that when we pray to Allah to grant us Jannah, we should ask for Al-Firdaws, as that is the highest level of Jannah.

We read in a hadith that one of the categories of people who will be in the shade of Allah’s Throne is the people who grant relief to their debtors. Abu Qatadah reported:

“The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, ‘Whoever grants relief to a debtor or absolves his debt, he will be in the shade of the Throne on the Day of Resurrection.’” (Musnad Ahmad)

Allah’s Throne is also something that the Prophet (SAW) would mention in supplications, and teach others to recite too, such as by saying “Glory to Allah by the weight of his throne.” Juwayriyah bint al-Harith reported:

“The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, passed by her while she was supplicating in the mosque. Then, he passed by her again while it was close to midday. The Prophet said to her, ‘You are still in your place?’ She said yes. The Prophet said, ‘Shall I not teach you some words to say? Glory to Allah by the number of his creation. Glory to Allah by the number of his creation. Glory to Allah by the number of his creation. Glory to Allah as pleasing to him. Glory to Allah as pleasing to him. Glory to Allah as pleasing to him. Glory to Allah by the weight of his throne. Glory to Allah by the weight of his throne. Glory to Allah by the weight of his throne. Glory to Allah by the extent of his words. Glory to Allah by the extent of his words. Glory to Allah by the extent of his words.’” (Sunan al-Nasai)

The Prophet (SAW) would also mention Allah’s Throne in supplications when he was in times of distress. This shows us that whenever we are going through a hardship, we should try our best to remember Allah and know that He has power over all things. We read in a hadith:

Ibn Abbas reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, would say at a time of distress, “There is no god but Allah, the All-Knowing, the Forbearing. There is no god but Allah, Lord of the Great Throne. There is no god but Allah, Lord of the heavens, the earth, and the Noble Throne.” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)

May Allah make us among those who will be in the shade of the Allah’s Throne. Aameen.

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