Prophet pbuh said, “Paradise is surrounded by things that are disliked and Hellfire is surrounded by lusts.” (Sahih Muslim)
“Jahanam ( Hell) has been cloaked with desires and Jannah (Heaven) has been cloaked with difficulties”. (Bukhari)
Paradise is the rewards and mercy on behalf of good deeds for that one has to overpower his own desire so as to obey Allah’s command. Then only he/she can enter Allah’s kingdom in Paradise. For instance, if anyone wants to become a doctor, there are pre-requisite to fulfil it, first he has to set a goal for it, then strive to get the medical seat then he has to honestly give his time, energy, money with sincere efforts on his studies. Likewise, if anyone wants Paradise so he has to obey the law of Allah, he has to sacrifice to attain it, his time, his money, his desire, his efforts and that’s not one time attempt but constant efforts till his last breath. Quran says : “Indeed, my prayer, my rites of sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the worlds. (Qur’an 6 :162) Thus, we must ececute the orders of Allah and leave the prohibitions which Allah’s has defined.
And Hellfire is the punishment, retributionb to those who committed sin and bad deeds. When a person neither set a goal nor he have any purpose of life, then he tend to follow his own desires and whims. And he totally becomes the slaves of his own soul by fulfilling the desire. The command of Allah seems so difficult to obey. Then no one can save or guide to such a person.
: “Have you seen the one who takes as his god his own desire?” (Qur’an 25 : 43)
: “Have you seen he who has taken as his god his [own] desire, and Allah has sent him astray due to knowledge and has set a seal upon his hearing and his heart and put over his vision a veil? So who will guide him after Allah ? Then will you not be reminded? (Qur’an 45 : 23)
The scholars said: This beautiful analogy is from the exquisite, eloquent and comprehensive speech which was bestowed on the prophet It means that nothing will help you to reach al-Jannah except going through hardships, and nothing will lead you to the Hell-fire except whims and desires. Both are veiled as described, so whoever tears down the veil will reach what is hidden behind it. So the veil of al-Jannah is torn down by going through hardships, and the veil of the Hell-fire is torn down by giving in to whims and desires. And hardships include striving in ‘ibaadah (worship) and persevering upon that, and sabr in the face of hardships, and restraining one’s anger, forgiving and having long-suffering (hilm), giving voluntary charity, having ihsaan(excellent behavior) with those who mistreat you, having sabr against desires, and so on.
“And to Allah belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth, that He may requite those who do evil with that which they have done (i.e. punish them in Hell), and reward those who do good, with what is best (i.e. Paradise)”. [Qur’an 53 : 31]
May Allah protect us from hellfire and guide us to the right path. Ameen