What to do to ensure that we make it to Jannah (to the best of our ability)? This is an important question that would take a an entire volume to answer if not more. I want to attempt to look at it briefly for now and perhaps look at expanding on it further in later posts inshaaAllah.
We all want to make it to Jannah and avoid Jahannum. While nobody can foretell the ultimate fate in the hereafter there (because we don’t know how we will live the rest of our lives and how we will die), there are steps we must take in order to ensure to the best of our abilities that we achieve this ultimate success and avoid the ultimate loss.
The Quran and Sunnah/Hadith of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) spell out the lifestyle we must engage in to succeed. This lifestyle is comprehensive and includes correct intention, correct words/utterances and correct actions and avoiding wrong ones.
To make the task easier, Allah has put in everyone a Fitrah where they would innately recognize good and evil. Furthermore, there is nothing that has been left unexplained: Allah in the Quran addresses everything needed for our salvation and the Prophet (ﷺ) gave details and explained and showed by his own practice how to achieve it. We need only to rely on the Quran and Hadith to get the full picture of what is require.
If we do what is required of us (obligatory actions) and avoid what we have been forbidden to do and stay away from what is doubtful, we would certainly succeed. All of the possible categories of actions that are required are spelled out and examples given (so there is no ambiguities) and all of the actions that are forbidden are spelled out and explained so there is no excuse if we still do them. Finally, out of Allah’s infinite Mercy, we also have the blessing of forgiveness that we can seek for when fall short, commit mistakes knowingly or unknowingly. All of this requires that we consciously recognize the need to pursue Jannah (and avoid Jahannum) for an ultimate success that is our salvation. May Allah guide us all and keep us firmly rooted in the guidance and protect us from misguidance until the day we die.