This life is temporary, the Hereafter is everlasting.
The Believers supplicate to Allah to grant them the best in this life and the Hereafter. [2:201]
The Believers conduct themselves in ways that please Allah and hope for Paradise by His Mercy.
Pleasing Allah is the only right measure of all thought, speech and action.
“Surely, my prayer, my sacrifice, my life and my death are for Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.” [6:162]
The Believers begin all acts by saying, Bismillah ("in The Name of Allah").
They also justify their actions as fisabilillah ("in the Cause of Allah").
Earn they help others in need they are only making known their intention to please Allah.
They do not satisfy the needs of others. Allah is the sole Sustainer of all needs.
The Believers spend in charity out of what Allah has provided for their sustenance. [2:3]
What passed from them to another person was nothing more than handing over what Allah had decreed for the other person.
And if others don’t appreciate, it dosen’t matter. They didn’t do it for them anyway. It was to please Allah.
Truly generous person feed the hungry “Saying, ‘We feed you for the sake of Allah Alone, we seek from you neither reward nor thanks’.” [76:9]
The Believers seek their reward from their Creator and Lord, not from others.
Prophet Noha (pbuh) told his people: “I do not ask you any wealth for this work, for none but Allah can reward me.” [11:29]
We can’t know weather our deeds please Allah because only He knows best. [17:25]
The Believers supplicate to Allah to accept the “good” in their deeds, forgive the “bad” in them and for guidance.
The Prophet (pbuh) said: “The reward for deeds depends upon the intentions and everyone will get the reward according to what he has intended.” [Bukhari]
What intentions will Allah accept?
“Allah is pure and good, and He accepts only what is pure and good.” [Muslim]
Intentions are good when the conform to what are permitted (halal) and prohibited (haram) in The Qur’an.
They are pure when the aim is solely to please Allah Most High.
Purity of intention (ikhlas un-niyyat) is a matter of the heart.
Only an intention from a heart purified of all things other than Allah will please Allah.
One achieves purity by purging the heart of the desire to please oneself and others.
Al Junayd compared the effort to purity the heart to “a war in which there is no peace.”
It is a war against the desire for fame, power and glory, and the pulls of greed, lust, jealousy and vengeance.
It is a war against the enemy within us.
Allah knows what is in our hearts. [3:29]
Allah grants success and guidance to whom He chooses. [28:69]
Allah Most High promises that: “Those who strive in Our cause, We guide them to Our ways.” [29:69]
Attaining purity of intention is thus a gift from Allah.
We can and must prepare ourselves to be worthy of receiving this gift.
One who seeks to please Allah must be truthful in all matters.
“Allah does not guide one who is a liar and a disbeliever.” [39:3, 2:264]
Islam clarifies and guides to the Truth.
The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Truthfulness leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to Heaven.” [Burkhari, Muslim, Abu Dawood, Tirmithi]
The seekers of Allah’s pleasure must at all times be grateful as they are promised “abundance” for being grateful. [14:7]
The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Allah is truly pleased with a servant eating a meal and thanking Him for it and having a drink and thanking Him for it.” [Muslim]
Allah The Most Generous says that “if you want to count the favours of Allah, you will never be able to count them.” [14:34]
Sari al-Saqati explained ‘gratefulness’ thus: “It is to NOT USE Allah’s favours for the purpose of disobeying Him.”
Satan who seduces mankind to disobey Allah will in the end deny responsibility on the Day of Judgment:
“I had no power over you. I just invited you (to do evil by making it appear good), and you accepted my invitation. Now! Do not blame me, but blame yourselves.” [14:22]
The best protection against the evil whispers of Satan is to seek refuge in Allah through constant remembrance Him (dhikrullah)
“And had it not been for Allah’s grace and mercy, none of you would have been purified of sins. Allah purifies whom He pleases. Allah is All Knowing and All Hearing.” [24:21]
Let us be thankful, grateful and seek refuge in Allah. May He be pleased with us. Ameen
By Dr Y Mansoor Marican, Ph. D