Narrated by Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (may Allaah be pleased with him), that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
The last entrant to Paradise would be a man who walks and stumbles once and be burnt by the fire once. When he gets beyond it, he will turn to it and say: “Blessed is He who saved me from you and has given me what He gave nobody in the earlier or later times.” Then a tree will be raised up for him. So he will say: “O my Lord! Bring me closer to this tree so that I may take shelter in its shade and drink from its water.” Allaah would say: “O son of Adam! If I grant you this, you will demand Me something else.” He will say: “No, my Lord.” He promised that he would ask for nothing else. His Lord would excuse him because he sees the man will not have patience over it. So he will make him near it. Then he will take shelter in its shade and drink its water. Afterwards, a tree more beautiful than the first will be raised up before him. So he will say: “O my Lord! Bring me near this tree, so that I may drink its water and take shelter in its shade. I shall not ask you for anything other than that.” Allaah will say: “O son of Adam! Did you not promise Me that you would not ask Me for anything else.” He will reply: “Probably I shall ask for nothing if you bring me near it.” And he promised Him he will not ask him for anything else. His Lord would excuse him because He knows that he would not keep his word. He would bring him near to the tree. The man will take shelter in its shade and drink its water. Then a tree more beautiful than the first two will be raised up at the gate of Paradise. He will say: “O Lord! Please make me near to this tree so that I may enjoy its shade and drink its water. I shall not ask you anything else.” His Lord would excuse him as the temptation of which he could not resist. When He would bring him near it, he would hear the voices of the inhabitants of Paradise. He would say: “O my Lord! Admit me to it.” Allaah would say: “O son of Adam! What will bring an end to your demands to me? Will it please you if I give you the (whole) world and a similar one along with it?” The man will say: “Are you mocking at me, though you are the Lord of the Worlds?”
Narrating this Hadith ibn Mas’ud laughed and asked the hearers: Why don’t you ask me what I am laughing at. They said: Why do you laugh? He said: In the same way the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) laughed (and when he said this Hadith, and the Companions asked: why do you laugh, O Messenger of Allaah? He replied: On account of the laughter of the Lord of the Worlds when the desirous of Paradise said: Are you mocking at me though you ar the Lord of the Worlds? At this, Allaah will remark: “I am not mocking at you, but I am All-Capable to do whatever I wish.”
“Be quick in the race for forgiveness from your Lord, and for a Garden whose width is that (of the whole) of the heavens and of the earth, prepared for the righteous.” 1
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- Aal-e-’Imran 3:133 ↩