Back when I was about ten years old, we used to visit model homes that were just built. Some of them were just amazing. They were sprawling. The staircases were wide and spiraled. The kitchens were huge, with stainless steel fridges and ovens, and wide windows with sunlight pouring in. When you were in there, you could just imagine being together with your family, all laughing and talking happily in the huge family room. Not like that was enough, we’d head upstairs, and the rooms were a dream. I’d sit on the bed wistfully, wishing it could be mine.
Years later, I realized…I could have such a house. But I wouldn’t have to work all day for it for so many years, only to pass away and leave it behind. I could earn it just by spending 12 minutes minimum everyday, and enjoy it for eternity. Just simply by praying the 12 rakaah sunnah with our regular fardh salaah, with sincerity and humility, Allah has promised us a house in Jannah. We could also read Surah Ikhlaas just 10 times daily, for Allah has assured us a house in Jannah for doing so. Now we all know that Jannah is infinate times more amazing than this world, so imagine a house that is more beautiful than a house in this world. Aren’t wishing you could own a house like that? It’s amazing how easily we say that this is just a Sunnah, when in reality by praying it, we are doing ourselves the favor, not Allah and His Rasul. Ibn al Qayyim (Rahimahullah) once stated “None of the Sahabah asked if an act was waajib or sunnah before performing it.“
Aisha (Radiallahu Anha) reported that the Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said
‘Whoever prayed 12 rakah sunnah every day Allah will build for him a house in Jannah; 4 rakahs before Zuhr and 2 after; 2 after maghrib; 2 after Isha and two before Fajar.’
[Tirmidhi; Abu Dawud; Nisai & Ibn Majah]
Mu’adh bin Anas said the Prophet said, “Whoever reads surah ‘Qul Huwalahu Ahad’ ten times Allah will build for him a house in Paradise.”
May Allah instill in our hearts love for His deen, the Quran and Sunnah, and may He guide us to doing deeds that are good for us. Ameen.