Islamic tradition describes heaven as having eight "doors" or "gates." Each one has a name, describing the types of people who will be admitted through it.
Some scholars interpret that these doors are found inside Jannah, after one enters the main gate. The exact nature of these doors is unknown, but they were mentioned in the Quran and their names were given by the Muhammad.
To those who reject Our signs and treat them with arrogance, no opening will there be of the gates of heaven, nor will they enter the garden, until the camel can pass through the eye of the needle. Such is Our reward for those in sin. (Quran 7:40)
And those who feared their Lord will be led to the Garden in crowds, until behold, they arrive there. Its gates will be opened, and its keepers will say: 'Peace be upon you! You have done well! Enter here, to dwell therein.' (Quran 39:73)
Muhammad said: "Whoever spends two things in the way of Allah will be called from the gates of Paradise and will be addressed, 'O slave of Allah, here is prosperity!' So whoever was among the people who used to offer their prayers will be called from the gate of prayer; and whoever was among the people who used to participate in jihad will be called from the gate of jihad; and whoever was among those who used to observe fasts will be called from the gate of ar-Rayyaan; and whoever was among those who used to give in charity will be called from the gate of charity."
The most commonly-cited list of the eight gates of Jannah includes:
- Baab As-Salaat. Those who were punctual and focused in their prayers (salaat) will be granted entry through this gate.
- Baab Al-Jihad. Those who have died in the defense of Islam (jihad) will be granted entry through this gate.
- Baab As-Sadaqah. Those who frequently give away in charity (zakat) will be admitted into Jannah through this gate.
- Baab Ar-Rayyaan. The people who constantly observed fasting (especially during Ramadan) will be granted entry through this door.
- Baab Al-Hajj. Those who observe the Hajj pilgrimage will be admitted through this gate.
- Baab Al-Kaazimeen Al-Ghaiz Wal Aafina Anin Naas. This gate is reserved for those who control their anger and forgive others.
- Baab Al-Iman. This gate is reserved for the entry of such people who have sincere faith and trust in Allah, and who strive to follow the commands of Allah.
- Baab Al-Dhikr. Those who constantly remembered Allah (dhikr) will be admitted through this gate.