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We believe in a God that looks at our intention and not the magnitude of our actions.
Do we have the ticket to Jannah?
We have absolutely no clue as to which of our deeds will be our ticket to Jannah. It is very possible that the tiniest good deed that we did within our lifespan becomes the cause of us attaining everlasting bliss.
So never underestimate any good deed. It may look small in your eyes, but maybe that deed will buy you a castle in Jannah.
At the same time, never underestimate anyone. We don't know what good deeds they're committing outside of our knowledge. Some or one of them might be their ticket to Jannah.
We don't know
We don't know if Jannah is written for us, nor do we know that the Fire is written for us.
Hence, we should be hopeful and remain hopeful.
The fact that we don't know should push us to try and to try for as long as we can breathe. Because we don't know, despite all of our imperfections, maybe that one final good deed that we did just before our last breath might be what tips the scale in our favour.
We don't know
Therefore, we shouldn't act as if we know. We shouldn't act as if the ticket to Jannah is already in our pocket. We shouldn't also act as if we are the ones giving those tickets to people.
Jannah has many gates. If one gate is closed, others are still open. Who are we to close all the gates for the sinners we met? Besides, aren't we sinners too?
Never despair in the Mercy of Allah.
Say, "O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah . Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful." (Surah az-Zumar: 53)
His Mercy is one that we'll never comprehend.
So, never despair. Allah loves you for trying.