The last to enter Paradise
29) Narrated 'Abdullah bin Mas 'ud: Allah's Messenger said: The last entrant to Paradise
would be a man who walks once and stumbles once and be burnt by the fire once, When he gets beyond it, he will tum to it and say: Blessed is He who has saved me from you and has given me what He gave nobody in the earlier or later times. Then a tree would be raised up for him. So he will
say: 0 my Lord! bring me closer to this tree so that I may take shelter in its shade and drink from its water. Allah say: 0 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 that the man would 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 would be raised up before him. So he will say: 0 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. Allah will say: 0 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 that he would not ask Him for anything else. His Lord would excuse him because He knows that he would not keep his word. Anyhow, 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 would be raised up at the gate of Paradise. He will say: 0 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. So He will make him near this tree. When He would bring him near it, he would hear the voices of the inhabitants of Paradise. He would say: 0 my Lord! Admit me to it. Allah would say: 0 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 Haditli 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 Allah's
Messenger also laughed (when he said this Hadith, and (the Companions) asked: Why do you laugh, 0 Messenger of Allah? He replied: On account of the laughter of the Lordof theworlds when thedesirous of Paradise said:Are you mocking at me though you are the Lord of the worlds? At this, Allah will remark: I am not mocking at you, but I am All-Capable to do whatever I wish.
(This Haditb is sound and reported by Muslim).
This Hadith highlights the fact that the last entrant to Paradise will undergo various phases. It also shows the aspect of human nature that man is not contended with one thing but always desires better than that is available to him.