The Eight Gates of Paradise

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“There are eight gates for Paradise and seven gates for the Fire.” said the Prophet (pbuh).

The saying of praise for Allah, “Al-Hamdu Lil-lahi,” has eight alphabets*; the number of the gates of Paradise is also eight, therefore he who recites these eight alphabets out of purity of heart does deserve (the opening of) the eight gates of Paradise.

Know that indeed there are eight gates for Paradise, and in the rank that you reach after reciting, “I take refuge in Allah from Shaytan the outcast…” one gate of the eight gates of Paradise opens for you; that is the gate of Ma’refa (Divine Gnosis).

A second gate is that of al-Dhikr (Remembrance) as you are reciting Bismil-lahir Rahmanir Rahim’.

The third gate is that of Shukr (Gratitude) after reciting Al-Hamdu Lil-Lahi Rabbil Alamin’.

The fourth gate is that of Hope when you recite Ar-Rahanir Rahimi’.

The fifth gate is that of Fear when you recite ‘Maliki Yaumid-Din’.

The sixth gate is that of Purity born out of the Ma’refa (Divine Gnosis) of ‘Ubudiat (Servitude) and Rububiat (Divinity) in your reciting ‘Iyyaka Na’budu Wa Iyyaka Nasta’inu’.

The seventh gate is that of Du’a (Invocation) in your reciting ‘Ihdinas Siratal Mustaqim’.

The eighth gate is that of ‘Iqtidā’ (emulation or following the example) of the good and pure souls, and of seeking guidance through their Nur (Divine Light) and that is in your reciting of ‘Siratal La-Dhina…’

Now you know the secrets of the Eight Gates of Paradise and what is referred to in 38:50. ‘The Gardens of Eden with opened gates for them’. For the Gardens of Divine Gnosis have been opened by these spiritual keys, and this does point to what happens during the Prayer of Spiritual Ascension, like that of the Prophet (pbuh) to the Heavens.

– From the Tasfir al-Kabir (The Great Commentary), al-Fatiha, verse 7, by Fahkr al-Din al-Razi (his exegesis on the Quran), also named the Mafatih al-Ghayb (The Keys to the Unknown).

Taken, with thanks to Brother Dara, from the Untiredwithloving website.

*Note: The eight alphabets: Al: Alif+Lam (Lam is the ‘l’ sound)
Hamd: Ha+Mim+Dal (o sound of Al-Hamdo is not an alphabet), Ha is ‘h’ sound, Mim ‘m’ and Dal ‘d’ sound
Lil: Lam
La: Lam
Hi: Ha

Ya Haqq!

18 Responses to The Eight Gates of Paradise

  1. Safa says:


    Dear brother Irving,
    Thanks for this beautiful post, and may all the eight Gates of Paradise be ever open to you and all those frequenters of His Love Temples, that is, the hearts of His lovers! And may this new year be a year full of love and joy and Grace of Allah to you and your loved ones!


  2. That is so cool. May Allah reward you for your efforts. Ameeeen!

  3. Achelois says:

    Thank you for this awesome reminder, dear brother Irving

  4. Shahrzad says:

    Waw, Very beautiful Tafseer This sura al hamd has all duas one needs to be surrenderer to God.. Alhamdulilah.. May God reward you and may help us to be Ahl Al Jannah.. Ameen..

  5. Mysticsaint says:

    beautiful. alhamdulillah.

  6. krishna.n.c says:

    Respected Beloved Brother Irving,
    what a wonderful and informative post!! thank you so much for sharing:)) i was so fascinated to read about the eight gates of paradise,i wasnt much aware of it..May Allah open up all these gates for a beautiful and a pure soul like you:))
    wishing you a very happy and blessed new year!!
    my sincere love and prayers for the person i so very much admire and look up to:)

  7. almiskeenah says:

    Assalamu alaikum Dear Irving Darvish,
    Alhumdulillah!!!!!!!! another of your exquisite lustres shedding light on our path to the Garden of Bliss. May we all be blessed with being called to enter one of these eight Gates, Ameen.
    Wassalamu alaikum

  8. Maithri says:

    Blessed brother,

    I learn so much reading your beautiful blog.

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom,

    Peace and light, Maithri

  9. Agnespk says:

    i am gonna show this to my friend, brother

  10. IrishMcCleary says:

    Subhana’Allah! May Allah swt bless you with the most rewards in Paradise for this wonderful post. May you receive many righteous good deeds for this post as well. Insha’Allah. And Alhamdulillah (الحمد لله)! Allahu Akbar. la ilaha illAllah! Mahamdar Rasulallah!

  11. Hajar Alwi says:

    Dearest brother Irving, much thanks for sharing this delightful post. May we be blessed to enter one of the 8 Gates. Insha’Allah. :)

  12. Rabu says:

    Beautiful.. Subhana-Allah!!

  13. ibraaheem says:

    thank u so much it was wonderful may allah bless u

  14. ibraaheem says:

    i am so happy i came to this site and took notes.

  15. umar says:

    can u plz write a story about the 8 doors of jannah coz i really need it. plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  16. darvish says:

    Salaam Brother Umar:

    If the above story about the eight gates or doors of Jannah, or Paradise, are not enough, what exactly do you need? Is this for an assignment? Please be specific so I can help you :)

    Ya Haqq!

  17. beenish says:

    ‘ Ar-Rahmaanir
    Rahimi’ is the correct spelling
    plz give Arabic instead of english for Quranic Words so ppl dont pronounce wronly thanks

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