Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: I have two questions.

1. If you are in jannah (heaven/paradise) can you bring someone out of hell and into jannah because they say in jannah whatever you wish for comes true.

2. If you are in a lower level of jannah and your family or someone is in a higher level and you want to be with them can you elevate to the higher levels? Or if you want someone in a lower level to come.to your level is that possible?

Answer: assalamu `alaykum

Dear Brother,

Yes, the Qur’an says that the people of Heaven will receive “whatever they wish” (16:31) and this includes being in the company of other people who are in Heaven. One of the Companions of the Prophet (Allah bless him) narrated the following:

A man came to the Prophet (Allah bless him) and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! What do you say about a man who loves some people but cannot catch up with their good deeds?” Allah’s Apostle said, “Everyone will be with those whom he loves.” [Bukhari]

The Qur’an and prophetic traditions also mention that people will be given permission to intercede for others. Intercession includes asking Allah to remove people from Hell and raising their ranks in Heaven.

Now, of course, we need to first try our best to become people of Heaven by living balanced and righteous lives, being good to those around us, as well as always asking Allah for His blessings, mercy, love, and guidance. I say “try our best” because we as human beings will of course make mistakes and do things which are wrong. We might even do these over and over again. This shouldn’t frustrate us. We just need to learn from these mistakes and continue improving.

We should also realize that words alone can’t describe Heaven; it will be something more beautiful than anything we can imagine. Allah has given us an offer that only He is able to: live a good, righteous life for a few years on Earth and in return receive entry into Heaven forever where you can have anything you want.

I hope this helps, and feel free to ask any other questions you have.

Salman

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