Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated the Messenger of Allah said: “ Whoever asks Allah for Jannah three times, Paradise says, “ Oh Allah enter him into Jannah. Whoever seeks protection with Allah from Hell three times, Jahanim says, “ Oh Allah protect him from the Fire.”
Collected by At-Tirmithi (2572) and others. Shaykh Al-Albani (May Allah have mercy on him) graded this hadeeth as being Saheeh in Saheeh At-Tirmithi.
Benefits for this subject:
Shaykh Al-Hafith Al-Mubarkfuri ( [1353 H] may Allah have mercy on him) mentioned some valuable information about this hadeeth. He wrote:
“Whoever asks Allah for Jannah…” This can be said with the following words “ Oh Allah, I ask you for Jannah” or “Oh Allah, let me enter Jannah”
“ three times…” This means he repeats that request at one time. Saying it three times is an earnest request. This etiquette of supplication is authentically reported in the Sunnah.
“Paradise says, “This is a petition or with it’s tongue. Allah has the ability to make things that don’t normally speak or are non-living talk.
“Oh Allah enter him into Jannah…”Allow him to enter with those in the beginning or with those later.
“Whoever seeks protection…”This refers to the person who seeks guard or protection from the Fire.
“ from Hell…”This can be said with the following words, “Oh Allah, protect me from Hell.
“Jahanim says,.. “ This means that Hell says,” Save him and rescue him.”
“ from the Fire…”These words refer to Hell asking Allah to allow the slave to be saved from entering the Fire or residing inside it forever.
Taken from “ Tuhfatul Ahwathee bi Sharhee Jami’ At-Tirmithi”