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Submission to allah (swt)

  2. 2. Submission to Allah is a Common Trait in the Whole Creation <ul><li>هُوَ اللَّهُ الْخَالِقُ الْبَارِئُ الْمُصَوِّرُ لَهُ الأسْمَاءُ الْحُسْنَى يُسَبِّحُ لَهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأرْضِ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ </li></ul><ul><li>059.024 </li></ul><ul><li>Whatever is in the heavens and on earth doth declare His Praises and Glory: and He is the exalted in Might, the Wise </li></ul><ul><li>وَلِلَّهِ يَسْجُدُ مَنْ فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأرْضِ طَوْعًا وَكَرْهًا وَظِلالُهُمْ بِالْغُدُوِّ وَالآصَالِ </li></ul><ul><li>13.015 (Ar-Rad) All that is in the heavens and the earth prostrates itself, whether willingly or by force, before Allah </li></ul>
  3. 3. Human beings are given a choice <ul><li>When it comes to human (and jinns), he is given conscience and choice. </li></ul><ul><li>Question is: will he use his conscience and the Guidance of Allah (SWT) and recognize his Lord? </li></ul><ul><li>If he does not submit willingly, then eventually he does so unwillingly. For he never has the freedom to escape from the laws that Allah (swt) has set for him. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is true submission to Allah? <ul><li>It is not just an intellectual position of man in relation to his Creator </li></ul><ul><li>Nor is it a mere manifestation of a few ritual observations </li></ul><ul><li>It goes further beyond and is reflected in all aspects of his practical life and modes. </li></ul><ul><li>Allah (SWT) knows what is expressed as well as what is in everyone's heart. He is going to hold the man accountable. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Status of a submitted believer <ul><li>The case of the believer is wonderful: there is good for him in everything, and this characteristic is exclusively for him alone. If he experiences something pleasant, he is grateful to Allah and that is good for him; and if he comes across some adversity, he is patient and submissive and that too is good for him. (Reported by Muslim) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Submitted believer is Nafs Mutmainnah (Fajr, 28-30) <ul><li>He is in peace with Allah </li></ul><ul><li>He is in peace with himself </li></ul><ul><li>He is in peace with all that is around him </li></ul><ul><li>He is a part of a global family of all animated and unanimated beings with a common goal of worshipping Allah (swt). </li></ul><ul><li>Nothing but goodness emanates from him. </li></ul><ul><li>And when he dies, everyone sheds tear for him - even the earth he walked on. </li></ul>
  7. 7. What is happiness? <ul><li>Happiness is a feeling that resides in the heart. It is characterized by peace of mind, tranquility, a sense of well-being, and a relaxed disposition. It comes as a result of proper behavior, both inward and outward, and is inspired by strong faith </li></ul>
  8. 8. Perfect Happiness: Now and Forever <ul><li>Happiness is an exclusive quality of the soul and it depends on the degree of growth and development attained by the soul. </li></ul><ul><li>Thus, a body that attains all the material successes it longs for - money, power, fame, etc. - often belongs to an unhappy person. </li></ul><ul><li>The Quran provides a detailed map towards perfect happiness for both body and soul, both in this world and in the eternal Hereafter </li></ul>
  9. 9. Quran on happiness <ul><li>And whosever follows My (Allah's) guidance, on them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve&quot;. (2:38) </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;And your Lord declared publicly: if you are grateful, I will add more favors unto you&quot;. (14:7) </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Whosoever follows My (Allah's) guidance, will not loose his way nor fall into misery. But whosoever turns away from My message, verily for him is a miserable life&quot;. (20:123-124). </li></ul>
  10. 10. Friends of Allah (SWT) <ul><li>Now surely the friends of Allah, they shall have no fear nor shall they grieve. Those who believe and guarded (against evil): They shall have good news in this world's life and in the hereafter; there is no changing the words of Allah; that is the mighty achievement. Noble Qur'an (10:62-64) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Happy life is promised to righteous. <ul><li>&quot;Whoever does good whether male or female and he is a believer, We will most certainly make him live a happy life, and We will most certainly give them their reward for the best of what they did.&quot; (16:97) </li></ul>
  12. 12. ROAD TO HAPPINESS Seek to Please God <ul><li>God promises those among you who believe and lead righteous life, that He will make them sovereigns on earth, as He did for those before them, and will establish for them the religion He has chosen for them, and will substitute peace and security for them in place of fear. All this because they worship Me alone, without setting up any idols besides Me. Those who disbelieve after this are the truly wicked&quot; (24:55). </li></ul>
  13. 13. God: Number one priority <ul><li>What is the number one priority in your life? </li></ul><ul><li>If you make anything more important than pleasing God, you will be tested over and over. (3:14,8:28). </li></ul><ul><li>If you do not realize that fact after all the tests, you will lose both in this world and in the Hereafter. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Why those who submit face hardship? Allah (SWT) puts us through tests. <ul><li>You should know that your money and your children are a test, and that God possesses a great recompense. — 8:28 </li></ul><ul><li>Solomon with all his wealth was put to the test by God through his horses (38:31-34). He realized they distracted him from his worship of God. He submitted to God’s will and was blessed with even more material wealth. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Happiness does not equal status in this life either. <ul><li>If our status in life were the measure of happiness, then only the richest, most famous or strongest people among us would be happy. </li></ul><ul><li>In the story of two men with gardens, given in the Quran (18:32-44), one man clearly says that he is more prosperous than the other. But he didn’t factor God into his success. He ended up sorrowful and lamenting all that he had done in vain. </li></ul>
  16. 16. What is our goal in this life? <ul><li>Is it to get an education, then a job, then a big house, get married, have children, put money in the bank, find a nice retirement place and await our death? </li></ul><ul><li>Whoever seeks the rewards of the Hereafter, we multiply the rewards for him. And whoever seeks the materials of this world, we give him there from, then he receives no share in the Hereafter. — 42:20  </li></ul>
  17. 17. Are we trying to please God alone? We need to look at our striving. <ul><li>Do we strive to do all five of our daily prayers? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we willingly give our obligatory charity? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we try hard to make it to the Friday prayer and study the Quran? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we force ourselves to be with the believers to please them or please Him? </li></ul><ul><li>Are we careful to observe God’s laws around the believers, only to break them with  other people? </li></ul>
  18. 18. Let us examine our actions <ul><li>Do our actions often have to be justified with excuses and exceptions to God’s commandments? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we talk to promote kindness, tolerance and justice in others, without putting them to practice ourselves? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we speak up to others because we honestly want to share our thoughts and understanding with them or do we just want to show off to them? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we discuss ideas to try to learn with those around us or just to put them down with our knowledge? </li></ul>
  19. 19. We can see this idea in the Bible <ul><li>Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law. — Proverbs 29:18 </li></ul><ul><li>Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, So do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. — Job 5:17 </li></ul><ul><li>No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. — Matthew 6:24, Luke 16:13 </li></ul>
  20. 20. Conclusion Way to peace and happiness is through Ibada of Allah <ul><li>يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا هَلْ أَدُلُّكُمْ عَلَى تِجَارَةٍ تُنْجِيكُمْ مِنْ عَذَابٍ أَلِيمٍ </li></ul><ul><li>تُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ وَتُجَاهِدُونَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ بِأَمْوَالِكُمْ وَأَنْفُسِكُمْ ذَلِكُمْ خَيْرٌ لَكُمْ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ </li></ul><ul><li>يَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَيُدْخِلْكُمْ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي مِنْ تَحْتِهَا الأنْهَارُ وَمَسَاكِنَ طَيِّبَةً فِي جَنَّاتِ عَدْنٍ ذَلِك الْفَوْزُ الْعَظِيمُ </li></ul><ul><li>وَأُخْرَى تُحِبُّونَهَا نَصْرٌ مِنَ اللَّهِ وَفَتْحٌ قَرِيبٌ وَبَشِّرِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ </li></ul><ul><li>يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُونُوا أَنْصَارَ اللَّهِ </li></ul><ul><li>Al-Qur'an, 061.010-014 </li></ul>