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f:812 -    Is offering Salaat for Jannah Kufr
Country : India,
Name : Inayath Ali Himmathy Naqshbandi Qadri
Question:     Assalam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakutuhu, Mufti Sahab, my question is that is offering Salaat for Jannah is Kufr? A certain Maulana said so.  
Answer:     Walaikum Assalaam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakutuhu, paradise (Jannah) is a place of the approval of Allah Most High and is the abode of His pious slaves.  Allah Most High has placed many great bounties in it.  Entering paradise is a great privilege and bounty.  Allah Most High has mentioned paradise and its bounties numerous times in the Holy Quran and has exhorted us towards it:

And, (O Godfearing folk,) this is the Paradise of which you have been made the owners, a recompense of those (works) which you used to do.  Surah Al Zukhruf (43:72)

Surely those who believe and do good deeds persistently shall have the Gardens of Paradise as their hospitality.  Surah Al Kahf (18:107)

Thus, saying that offering Salaat for the sake of paradise is Kufr (disbelief) is ignorance.  We should not talk like this and whoever said this should repent.  If any person worships for the sake of paradise with the intention that I am not concerned with the approval of Allah Most High, then that person is out of the fold of Islam.  

And Allah Most High knows best.

Mufti Hafidh Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri

[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia
Founder-Director Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]
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