An Old Woman Cannot Enter Jannah

An Old Woman Cannot Enter Jannah

There’s a hadith in Shama’il Muhammadiyah that tells the story of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) and an old woman. She was told that an old woman cannot enter Jannah.

Hasan Basri radiyallahu anhu says that an old woman came to Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam and made a request, O Messenger of Allah make Dua that Allah grants me entrance into Jannah.
Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam replied, O Mother, an old woman cannot enter Jannah. That woman started crying and began to leave. Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam said, Say to the woman that one will not enter in a state of old age, but Allah will make all the women of Jannah young virgins. Allah Ta’ala says, Lo! We have created them a (new) creation and made them virgins, lovers, equal in age. Shama’il Muhammadiyah

Women In Jannah

From this, we get a description of women in Jannah.

Take this example. A woman destined for Jannah reaches old age in this life. When she passes away, she won’t enter Jannah in the state of old age. Rather, Allah will make her into a new creation as a young virgin.

This is referred to in Surah Al-Waqi’ah, ayat 35-37.

Indeed, We have produced the women of Paradise in a [new] creation
And made them virgins,
Devoted [to their husbands] and of equal age, Qur’an 56:35-37

The Prophet’s (ﷺ) Humour

We also get a glimpse of the Prophet’s (ﷺ) humour.

He had a good sense of humour, but didn’t lie or use sarcasm in order to tell jokes. His jokes always had an element of truth in them.

Abu Hurayra reported that the people said, “Messenger of Allah, you joke with us!” He replied, “But I only speak the truth.” Al-Adab Al-Mufrad

Rasool Allah (ﷺ) told the lady that an old woman cannot enter Jannah. Ouch! The old lady felt hurt and left. But it was the truth.

After he let the joke play out for a bit, he gave her the good news that she can enter Jannah, just not as an old woman!

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