The Good Life

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The name of this book is taken from a verse of the
Qur’an, the full text of which is:
Be they men or women those, who believe
and do what is right We shall surely endow
with a good life: We shall reward them
according to their noblest actions (16:97).
The meaning of the “good life” mentioned in this
verse is clear from the phrase “according to their
noblest actions”. A good life is a life of good actions.
The commentator of the Qur’an, ad-Dahhak, has
defined it as “being content with an honest living
and serving God in one’s life.” This is the meaning
that the Companions of the Prophet and their
followers generally inferred from the phrase.

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The Good Life

  1. 1. The Good Life Table of ContentsTABLE OF CONTENTSTable of Contents................................................................2Introduction ........................................................................6God is One ..........................................................................8God—The Sublime, the Tremendous...............................9God’s Signs .......................................................................10In Heaven and on Earth...................................................11The Cosmic Call................................................................13Lord of the Great Throne.................................................15Love for God.....................................................................16God’s Prophets .................................................................18Heaven and Hell...............................................................20Prayer ................................................................................22Fasting ...............................................................................24Alms-giving ......................................................................25Pilgrimage .........................................................................27 ~2~
  2. 2. The Good Life Table of ContentsSacrifice .............................................................................29Serving God ......................................................................30The Shari‘ah ......................................................................31The Servants of the Merciful ...........................................33Trust in God......................................................................35Words of Wisdom ............................................................36God-Fearing People .........................................................37The Good Life ...................................................................38Haram and Halal (Lawful and Unlawful) .....................40Heavenly Souls.................................................................42The Serene Soul ................................................................43Divine Souls......................................................................44The Correct Way...............................................................45Profitable Trading ............................................................46Real Piety...........................................................................47God’s Hospitality .............................................................48 ~3~
  3. 3. The Good Life Table of ContentsThe Believer’s Livelihood ................................................49The People of Paradise.....................................................50Everything for God ..........................................................51The Believer is God’s Tree ...............................................52Good Advice .....................................................................53Doomed to Destruction ...................................................54The Deniers of God’s Signs .............................................55Fair Testimony..................................................................56Living in Harmony...........................................................57Islamic Society ..................................................................58Calling to God...................................................................60Magnifying the Lord ........................................................61Eternity is Better ...............................................................62Their Efforts will be Rewarded.......................................63The Day of Reward and Retribution ..............................65The Religion That is Pleasing to God .............................66 ~4~
  4. 4. The Good Life Table of ContentsPrayers...............................................................................67To the Lord........................................................................68Protect Us! .........................................................................69Help Us! ............................................................................70Purify Our Hearts.............................................................71Grant Us a Righteous End ...............................................72Have Mercy on Us!...........................................................73Save us from Evil..............................................................74Strengthen Us! ..................................................................75Do Not Leave Me Alone! .................................................76Save Us From Doom ........................................................77 ~5~
  5. 5. The Good Life IntroductionINTRODUCTIONThis is the third book in our introduction to Islamseries. It comprises excerpts from the Qur’an,arranged in a special sequence under relevantheadings. No interpretation or commentary has beenadded. It provides an introduction to Islam which isderived directly from the original revealed source.The name of this book is taken from a verse of theQur’an, the full text of which is: Be they men or women those, who believe and do what is right We shall surely endow with a good life: We shall reward them according to their noblest actions (16:97).The meaning of the “good life” mentioned in thisverse is clear from the phrase “according to theirnoblest actions”. A good life is a life of good actions.The commentator of the Qur’an, ad-Dahhak, hasdefined it as “being content with an honest livingand serving God in one’s life.” This is the meaningthat the Companions of the Prophet and theirfollowers generally inferred from the phrase. ~6~
  6. 6. The Good Life IntroductionTo believe in God and implement Hiscommandments is to qualify oneself for His succour.God bestows multiple blessings on a person wholives a life of faith and righteousness. He enables himto experience the joy of closeness to God in hisworship; to settle day-to-day problems in a divinely-inspired manner; to deal with friends and foe in anequally honest-to-God way. God guides him on thestraight path. He always seeks God’s pleasure andnothing can turn him away from this aim.The Qur’an has given a clear exposition of thetheoretical and practical nature of the good life. Theverses which have been selected describe variousfundamental aspects of this life in the Qur’an’sinimitable style. These passages thus provide both adescription of the good life and an authenticexample of how it should be lived. Wahiduddin Khan October, 1980 The Islamic Centre, New Delhi ~7~
  7. 7. The Good Life God is OneGOD IS ONESay: God is One, The Eternal God. He begot none,nor was He begotten. None is equal to Him (112:1-4).Mankind, worship your Lord, who has created youand those before you, so that you may ward off evil;who has made the earth a couch for you and the skya canopy; and has sent down water from the sky,thereby producing fruits for you to eat. So do notknowingly set up rivals to God (2:21-22).God does not forgive partners being ascribed toHim. He forgives whom He will all other sins.Whoever ascribes partners to God has strayed farfrom the truth (4:116). ~8~
  8. 8. The Good Life God—The Sublime, the TremendousGOD—THE SUBLIME, THETREMENDOUSAllah—there is no God save Him, the Ever-living,the Eternal. Neither drowsiness nor sleep overtakesHim. To Him belongs all that is in the heavens andon the earth. Who can intercede with Him save byHis leave? He knows what lies before humans andwhat is after them, and they encompass nothing ofHis knowledge save what He wills. His thronecomprises both the heavens and the earth, and He isnever weary of preserving them. He is the Sublimethe Tremendous (2:255). ~9~
  9. 9. The Good Life God’s SignsGOD’S SIGNSYour Lord is God, who created the skies and theearth in six periods, then ascended His Throne. Hethrows the veil of night over day. Swiftly theyfollow one another. The sun, moon and stars aresubservient to His command. His is the creation,His is the command. Blessed be God, the Lord ofthe worlds. Call on your Lord humbly and secretly;He does not love the transgressors. Do not bringcorruption to the land after things have been setright. Pray to Him fearfully, eagerly. God’s mercy iswithin reach of the righteous. He sends forth thewinds as harbingers of His mercy till, when theybear a heavy cloud, We drive it to a dead land andcause rain to descend thereon, bringing forth allmanner of fruit. Thus We will raise the dead to life;perchance you will take heed. And as for the goodland, its vegetation comes forth by the leave of itsLord. But poor and scant are the fruits which springfrom barren soil. Thus We make plain Our signs forthose who render thanks. (7:54-58). ~ 10 ~
  10. 10. The Good Life In Heaven and on EarthIN HEAVEN AND ON EARTHSo glory be to God morning and evening. Praise beto Him in the heavens and on earth, at twilight andat noon. He brings forth the living from the dead,and the dead from the living, and He revives theearth after it is dead. Likewise you shall be raised tolife. And by one of His signs He created you fromdust; now behold you are human beings, rangingwidely. And by another of His signs He created foryou, of yourselves, spouses that you might findrepose in them and has planted love and kindnessin your hearts. Surely there are signs in this forpeople who reflect. Among His other signs are thecreation of the heavens and the earth and thevariety of your tongues and hues. Surely there aresigns in this for those who know. And by another ofHis signs is your slumbering by night and yourseeking of His bounty by day. Surely in that aresigns for those who hear. The lightning which Heshows you to inspire fear and hope is yet another ofHis signs. He sends down water from the sky,thereby reviving the earth after it is dead. Surely inthis there are signs for a people who understand.The heavens and the earth are firm by His ~ 11 ~
  11. 11. The Good Life In Heaven and on Earthcommand; then when He calls you, suddenly, fromthe earth you shall emerge. To Him belongseverything in the heavens and on earth; all areobedient to Him. He it is who originates creation,then reproduces it, and it is easier for Him. His isthe loftiest attribute in heaven and on earth. He isthe Mighty, the Wise One. (30:17-27). ~ 12 ~
  12. 12. The Good Life The Cosmic CallTHE COSMIC CALLIt is God who splits the grain and the date stone. Hebrings forth the living from the dead, and the deadfrom the living. Such is God. How then can youturn away from Him? He splits the sky into dawn.He has made the night for repose and the sun andthe moon for reckoning. Such is the ordinance ofGod, the Mighty, the Wise. It is He who has createdfor you the stars, so that you may be guided bythem in the darkness by land and sea. We havemade plain our signs for people who understand. Itis He who sent down water from the sky. With itWe bring forth the shoot of every plant and thenWe have brought forth its green leaf and from itclose-compounded grain; and out of the date-palm,from its pollen, dates thick-clustered, ready to thehand; and gardens of grapes, olives andpomegranates, like and unlike one another. Lookupon their fruits when they fructify and ripen.Surely in all this are signs for people who believe.Yet they ascribe as partners to Him the jinn, thoughHe created them, and they impute to Him sons anddaughters without any knowledge. Glory be to Himand exalted be He above what they describe. He is ~ 13 ~
  13. 13. The Good Life The Cosmic Callthe Creator of the heavens and the earth. How canHe have a son, when there is for Him no consort;when He created all things and He has knowledgeof all things? (6:96-104). ~ 14 ~
  14. 14. The Good Life Lord of the Great ThroneLORD OF THE GREAT THRONEDid you think that We created you in vain and thatyou would never be returned to Us? Exalted beGod, the true King. There is no God but He, theLord of the great throne. And whoever invokes anyother deity besides God—a deity of whose divinityhe has no proof—with his Lord alone will be hisreckoning. The unbelievers shall never prosper.And say: Lord, forgive and have mercy, for You arethe best of those that show mercy (23:115-118). ~ 15 ~
  15. 15. The Good Life Love for GodLOVE FOR GODIn the creation of the heavens and the earth; in thealternation of night and day; in the ships that sailthe ocean with cargoes beneficial to men; in thewater which God sends down from the sky andwith which He revives the dead earth after itsdeath, dispersing over it all kinds of beasts; in theswirling of the winds and in the clouds that aredriven between earth and sky; surely in this thereare signs for people who understand. Yet there aresome people who choose from other beings besidesGod, as rivals to God, loving them as God aloneshould be loved—whereas those who believe loveGod more than all else. If the evil-doers could onlysee, when they behold the doom, that power lieswith God alone and that God is severe inpunishment. When those who were followeddisown their followers and they behold the doom,and their cords are cut asunder, those who followedwill say, “If only a return were possible for us, wewould disown them, as they have disowned us.”Thus God will show them their own work asanguish for them. They shall never emerge from theFire. Mankind, eat of what is in the earth lawful and ~ 16 ~
  16. 16. The Good Life Love for Godwholesome, and do not follow in the steps of Satan,for he is your sworn enemy. He commands youonly to evil and indecency and that you shouldassert about God what you do not know (2:164-169). ~ 17 ~
  17. 17. The Good Life God’s ProphetsGOD’S PROPHETSThose who believe and have not tainted their beliefwith wrong-doing shall surely earn salvation forthey follow the right path. Such was the argumentwith which We furnished Abraham against hispeople. We raise whom We will to an exalted rank.Your Lord is Wise, All-Knowing. And We gave tohim Isaac and Jacob; each one We guided as We hadguided Noah before them. Among his progenywere David and Solomon, Job and Joseph, Mosesand Aaron; thus We reward those who do good.And Zachariah and John, Jesus and Elias; each wasof the Righteous. And Ishmael and Elisha, Jonahand Lot, each one We preferred above all beings, asWe exalted their fathers, their offspring and theirbrethren; We elected them and guided them to astraight Path. Such is God’s guidance. He bestows iton whom He pleases of His servants. But if theyhad served other gods besides Him, their labourswould have been in vain. On them We bestowedthe scriptures, wisdom and prophethood. If theseare disbelieved by this generation, then We shallentrust them to others who are not disbelievers.These are the ones whom God guided. Follow their ~ 18 ~
  18. 18. The Good Life God’s Prophetsguidance, and say: ‘I ask no wage for it; it is but areminder to all beings.’ (6:82-90). ~ 19 ~
  19. 19. The Good Life Heaven and HellHEAVEN AND HELLThey underrate the might of God. But on the Day ofResurrection He will hold the entire earth in Hisgrasp and fold up the skies in His right hand. Glorybe to Him! Exalted be He above all that theyassociate with Him. The Trumpet shall be blownand whoever is in the heavens and whoever is onthe earth shall swoon, save whom God wills. Thenit shall be blown a second time and they will standand look around them. The earth will shine with thelight of its Lord and the Book will be set in place.The prophets and witnesses shall be brought in andall shall be judged with fairness: none shall bewronged. Each soul shall be paid in full for what ithas wrought, for He is well-aware of what they do.Then the disbelievers will be driven into Hell inhordes. When they draw near, its gates will beopened, and its keepers will say to them: “Did notmessengers come to you from among yourselves,reciting to you the signs of your Lord and warningyou of the meeting of this day?” They shall say:“Yes, indeed.” And thus the punishment which theunbelievers have been promised shall be fulfilled. Itshall be said: “Enter the gates of Hell, to dwell ~ 20 ~
  20. 20. The Good Life Heaven and Helltherein forever.” Evil is the dwelling-place of thearrogant. Then those who feared their Lord shall beled in bands into Paradise. When they draw near,its gates will be opened and its keepers shall say:“Peace be upon you! Well you have done. EnterParadise and dwell therein forever.” They will say:“Praise be to God, Who has been true to Hispromise to us and has made us inherit the land, thatwe may dwell wherever we wish in Paradise.”Blessed is the reward of the righteous. And you willsee the angels encircling about the Throne, hymningthe praises of their Lord. Mankind will be judgedwith fairness and it will be said: “Praise be to God,Lord of the Worlds.” (39:67-75). ~ 21 ~
  21. 21. The Good Life PrayerPRAYERI am God. There is no god but Me. So serve Me, andperform regular prayers for my remembrance.”(20:14).Perform the prayers at sunset, at nightfall and atdawn; the dawn prayer is witnessed. And pray for apart of the night, an additional duty for you; it maybe that your Lord will raise you up to an honourablestation (17:78-79).Be constant in praying at the beginning and the endof the day, and in the night too. Good deeds makeamends for sins. That is a reminder for the mindful.Therefore have patience; God will not deny therighteous their reward (11:114-115).Be ever mindful of prayers, including the middleprayer. And stand obedient to God (2:238).And when you have performed the prayer,remember God, standing, sitting and lying down.Then, when you are secure, perform the prayer, forprayer is a duty incumbent on the faithful, to beobserved at appointed hours (4:103). ~ 22 ~
  22. 22. The Good Life PrayerRecite what has been revealed to you of the Book,and perform the prayer; prayer prevents indecencyand evil. God’s remembrance is greatest of all. AndGod knows what you do (29:45). ~ 23 ~
  23. 23. The Good Life FastingFASTINGBelievers, fasting is prescribed for you, as it wasprescribed for those before you, so that you mayward off evil. Fast a certain number of days; but ifany of you be sick or on a journey, let him fast asimilar number of other days, and it is incumbentupon those who can afford it to make a sacrifice byfeeding a needy person. He who does good of hisown accord shall be well rewarded, but to fast isbetter for you, if you but knew it. In the month ofRamadan the Qur’an was revealed, a book ofguidance for mankind with clear proofs of guidancedistinguishing right from wrong. So those of youwho witness the month should fast during it. Butanyone who is sick or on a journey may fast asimilar number of other days. God desires ease foryou, not hardship. He desires you to fast the wholemonth so that you may magnify God for havingguided you and He wishes you to render thanks(2:183-186). ~ 24 ~
  24. 24. The Good Life Alms-givingALMS-GIVINGBelievers, bestow in alms a part of that with whichWe have provided you, before there comes a daywhen there shall be neither trading, nor friendshipnor intercession. Truly it is the unbelievers who arethe wrongdoers (2:254).He who spends his wealth in the way of God is like agrain of corn that sprouts seven ears, every earbearing a hundred grains. God gives abundance towhom He wills; God is munificent and all-knowing.Those who spend their wealth in the way of God thendo not follow up what they spend with reproachesand insults shall be rewarded by their Lord; theyshall have nothing to fear or regret. A kind word withforgiveness is better than almsgiving followed byinsults. God is self-sufficient and clement. Believers,do not mar your alms-giving with taunts andmischief-making, like those who spend their wealthonly to be seen and praised by people, and believeneither in God nor in the Last Day. Such people arelike a rock covered with a little earth; a shower fallsupon it and leaves it hard and bare. They shall gainnothing from their works. God does not guide the ~ 25 ~
  25. 25. The Good Life Alms-givingunbelievers. But those who give away their wealthfrom a desire to please God and strengthen theirsouls are like a garden on a hillside; if a rainstormfalls upon it, it yields up twice its normal crop; and ifno rain falls upon it, it is watered by the dew. Godsees what you do. Would any of you, being a manwell-advanced in age with helpless children tosupport, wish to have his garden—a garden plantedwith palm-trees, vines and all manner of fruits, andwatered by running streams—blasted and consumedby a fiery whirlwind? Thus God makes plain to youHis revelation, so that you may give thought.Believers, give in alms of the wealth you havelawfully earned and of that which We Have broughtout of the earth for you; not of worthless things whichyou yourselves would only reluctantly accept. Knowthat God is self-sufficient and glorious. Satanthreatens you with poverty and bids you to commitindecency. But God promises you His forgivenessand bounty. God is munificent and all-knowing. Hegives wisdom to whom He wills; and whoever isgranted wisdom receives great good. But none takeheed except people of understanding (2:261-269). ~ 26 ~
  26. 26. The Good Life PilgrimagePILGRIMAGEPerform the pilgrimage and visit the Sacred Housefor God’s sake. If you are prevented, send suchofferings as you can afford, and do not shave yourheads until the offerings have reached theirdestination. But if any of you is ill or suffers from anailment of the head, he must pay a ransom, eitherby fasting or by alms-giving or by offering asacrifice. In peace time if any of you combines thevisit with the pilgrimage, he must make suchofferings as he can afford; but if he lacks the means,let him fast three days during the pilgrimage andseven when he has returned; that is, ten days in all.That is incumbent on one whose family is notpresent at the Holy Mosque. Have fear of God:know that He is stern in retribution. Make thepilgrimage in the appointed months. Whoeverintends to perform it in those months must abstainfrom sexual intercourse, obscene language andacrimonious disputes while on pilgrimage. God isaware of whatever good you do. Provide yourselveswell; the best provision is piety. Fear Me, then, youthat are endowed with understanding. It is nooffence for you to seek the bounty of your Lord by ~ 27 ~
  27. 27. The Good Life Pilgrimagetrading. When you press on from ‘Arafat, rememberGod as you approach the Sacred Monument.Remember Him who gave you guidance when youwere in error. Then press on from where thepilgrims go out, and implore the forgiveness ofGod. He is forgiving and merciful. And when youhave fulfilled your holy rites, remember God as youremember your fathers or yet more devoutly. Thereare some who say: “Lord, give us abundance in thisworld.” These shall have no share in the world tocome. But there are others who say: “Lord, give uswhat is good both in this world and in the next, andsave us from the doom of Hell.” These shall have ashare of the reward. Swift is the reckoning of God.Remember God during the appointed days. He thatdeparts on the second day incurs no sin, nor doeshe who stays longer, if he truly fears God. Have fearof God, then, and know that you shall be gatheredbefore Him (2:196:203). ~ 28 ~
  28. 28. The Good Life SacrificeSACRIFICEFor every nation We have appointed a holy rite thatthey may pronounce the name of God over thebeasts which He has given them for food. Your Godis One God; so surrender to Him. And give goodnews to the humble, whose hearts tremble with aweat the mention of God; who endure theirmisfortunes with fortitude, attend to their prayersand spend in charity of that which We havebestowed on them. And as for the sacrifice of cattle,We have ordained it for you as one of the symbolsset up by God. They are of much use to you. Sopronounce God’s name over them as you drawthem up in line and slaughter them; and when theyhave fallen down, eat of their flesh, and feed with itthe poor person and the beggar. Thus We havesubjected them to you so that you may be thankful.Their flesh and blood do not reach God; it is yourpiety that reaches Him. Thus He has subjected themto you, so that you may magnify God for havingguided you. And give good news to the righteous(22:34-37). ~ 29 ~
  29. 29. The Good Life Serving GodSERVING GODTo God belongs all that the heavens and the earthcontain. Whether you reveal your thoughts or hidethem, God will bring you to account for them. Hewill forgive whom He will and punish whom Hewill; He has power over all things. The Prophetbelieves in what has been revealed to him by hisLord and so do the faithful. They all believe in Godand His angels, His scriptures and His prophets.We make no distinction between any of Hisprophets. They say: “We hear and We obey. Forgiveus, Lord; to You we shall return.” God does notcharge a soul with more than it can bear. It shall berequited for whatever good and whatever evil it hasdone. “Lord do not take us to task if we forget orlapse into error. Lord, do not lay on us the burdenYou laid on those before us. Lord, do not charge uswith more than we can bear. Pardon us, forgive us,and have mercy on us, You alone are our Protector.Help us against the unbelievers.” (2:284-286). ~ 30 ~
  30. 30. The Good Life The Shari‘ahTHE SHARI‘AHThe Lord has enjoined you to worship none butHim, and to show kindness to parents. If either orboth of them reach old age with you, show them nosign of impatience, nor rebuke them; but speakkindly to them. Treat them with humility andtenderness and say: “Lord, be merciful to them evenas they cherished and reared me when I was aninfant.” Your Lord knows best what is in yourhearts; He knows if you are righteous. He isForgiving to those who turn to Him again andagain. Give to the near of kin their due, and also tothe destitute and to the wayfarers. Do not squanderyour substance wastefully, for the wasteful areSatan’s brothers; and Satan is ever ungrateful to hisLord. But if, while waiting for your Lord’s bounty,you lack the means to assist them then at leastspeak to them kindly. Be neither miserly orprodigal, for then you should either be reproachedor reduced to penury. Your Lord gives abundantlyto whom He wills and sparingly to whom Hepleases. He knows and observes His servants. Youshall not slay your children for fear of want. We willprovide for them and for you. To kill them is a great ~ 31 ~
  31. 31. The Good Life The Shari‘ahsin. Do not commit adultery, for it is indecent andevil. Do not slay any person whom God hasforbidden you to kill, except for a just cause. Ifsomeone is slain unjustly, to his heir We have giventhe right of retaliation. But let him not carry hisvengeance too far, for his victim in turn will beassisted and avenged. Do not interfere with theproperty of orphans except with the best of motives,until they reach maturity. Keep your promises; youare accountable for all that you promise. Give fullmeasure when you measure and weigh with evenscales; that is fair and better in the end. Do notpursue what you do not know; man’s eyes, ears andheart—each of his senses will be closely questioned.Do not walk on the earth with haughty self-conceit;you cannot cleave the earth, nor can you rival themountains in stature. All this is evil and odious inthe sight of your Lord. These injunctions are but apart of the wisdom with which your Lord hasinspired you. Do not appoint another god withGod, or you will be cast into Hell, despised andrejected (17:23-39). ~ 32 ~
  32. 32. The Good Life The Servants of the MercifulTHE SERVANTS OF THE MERCIFULThe true servants of the Merciful are those whowalk humbly upon the earth and say: “Peace!” tothe ignorant who accost them: who pass the nightstanding and prostrate in adoration of their Lord;who say: “Lord ward off from us the punishment ofHell, for its punishment is everlasting, an evildwelling and an evil resting-place”; who, whenthey spend, are neither wasteful nor niggardly, butkeep the golden mean; who invoke no other godbesides God, and do not kill save for a just cause;who do not commit adultery. He that does this shallmeet with evil: his punishment shall be doubled onthe Day of Resurrection and in disgrace he shallabide forever—unless he repent and believe and dogood works, for then God will change his sins togood actions; God is Forgiving and Merciful: he thatrepents and does good works truly returns to God;who do not bear false witness and when they passby idle talk, pass by with dignity; who do not turn ablind eye and a deaf ear to the revelations of theirLord when they are reminded of them; who say:“Lord, give us joy in our spouses and offspring, andmake us examples to those who are God-fearing.” ~ 33 ~
  33. 33. The Good Life The Servants of the MercifulThese shall be rewarded with the highest heaven fortheir patient endurance. There they shall bewelcomed with a greeting and peace, and there theyshall abide forever; a blessed dwelling and a blessedresting place (25:63-76). ~ 34 ~
  34. 34. The Good Life Trust in GodTRUST IN GODThere is but one God. In Him let the believers puttheir trust. Believers, you have an enemy in yourspouses and children: beware of them. But if youoverlook their offences and forgive and pardonthem, then know that God is Forgiving andMerciful. Your wealth and your children are but atemptation. God’s reward is great. Therefore fearHim with all your hearts and be attentive, obedientand charitable for the good of your own selves; forthose who guard themselves from their own avaricewill surely prosper. If you give God a generousloan, He will repay you twofold and will forgiveyou, for God is Ever Responsive to gratitude and isMost Forbearing (64:13-18). ~ 35 ~
  35. 35. The Good Life Words of WisdomWORDS OF WISDOMLuqman admonished his son: “My son,” he said, “donot associate others with God; to associate other withGod is a mighty wrong.” We have enjoined man toshow kindness to his parents, for with much pain hismother bears him, and he is not weaned before he istwo years of age. Give thanks to Me and to yourparents. To Me all things shall return. But if they pressyou to associate others with Me, of whom you knownothing, then then do not obey them. Be kind to themin this world, but follow the way of him who turns tome. To me you shall return and I shall tell you whatyou have done. “My dear son, God will bring allthings to light, be they as small as a grain of mustardseed, be they hidden inside a rock or in heaven or onearth. God is Wise and All-Knowing. My dear son, besteadfast in prayer, enjoin good and forbid evil.Endure with fortitude whatever befalls you. That istrue constancy. Do not treat people with scorn, norwalk haughtily on the earth; God does not love thearrogant and the vainglorious. Rather let your gait bemodest and your voice be low; the ugliest of all voicesis the braying of the ass” (31:13-19). ~ 36 ~
  36. 36. The Good Life God-Fearing PeopleGOD-FEARING PEOPLEThey ask you about the spoils. Say: “The spoilsbelong to God and the Messenger. So fear God andsettle your disputes. Obey God and His Messenger,if you are true believers.” The true believers arethose whose hearts tremble with awe at the mentionof God, and whose faith grows stronger as theylisten to His revelations. They put their trust in theirLord, pray steadfastly, and give in alms from thatwhich We have given them. Such are the truebelievers. They shall be exalted and forgiven bytheir Lord, and a generous provision shall be madefor them (8:1-4). ~ 37 ~
  37. 37. The Good Life The Good LifeTHE GOOD LIFEGod enjoins justice, kindness and charity to one’skindred, and forbids indecency, abomination andoppression. He admonishes you so that you maytake heed. Keep faith with God when you make acovenant with Him. Do not break your oaths afterhaving confirmed them and having called uponGod to be your surety. God has knowledge of allyour actions. Do not, like the woman who unravelsthe thread which she has firmly spun, take oathswith mutual deceit and break them on findingyourselves superior to others in numbers. In thisGod puts you to the proof. On the Day ofResurrection He will make clear to you that overwhich you are at variance. Had God willed, Hewould have united you into one community. ButHe leaves in error whom He wills and guideswhom He wills. You shall be questioned about youractions. Do not take oaths to deceive each other, lestyour foot should slip after it has stood firm, and lestevil should befall you for debarring others from thepath of God, and lest there should await you amighty punishment. ~ 38 ~
  38. 38. The Good Life The Good LifeDo not sell the covenant of God for a trifling price.His reward is better then all your gain, if you butknew it. Your worldly riches are transitory, butGod’s reward is everlasting. We shall reward thesteadfast according to their noblest deeds. Be theymen or women, those who believe and do what isright We shall surely endow with a good life; Weshall reward them according to their noblest actions(16:90-97). ~ 39 ~
  39. 39. The Good Life Haram and Halal (Lawful and Unlawful)HARAM AND HALAL(LAWFUL AND UNLAWFUL)Say: “Come, I will tell you what your Lord hasmade binding on you: that you ascribe no partner toHim: that you show kindness to your parents; thatyou do not slay your children because of poverty;We provide for you and for them; that you do notcommit any shameful deeds, openly or secretly; thatyou do not slay the soul God has prohibited exceptby right. Thus God exhorts you, so that you maygrow in wisdom.” Do not touch the property oforphans, but strive to improve their lot until theyreach maturity. Give just weight and full measure;We never charge a soul with more than it can bear.When you speak, be just, even though it be againsta relative. Be true to God’s covenant. Thus Godexhorts you, so that you may take heed (6:151-152).Say: “My Lord has forbidden all shameful deeds,whether overt or disguised, and sin and wrongfuloppression; or associate with God that for which nowarrant has been revealed, or to tell of God whatyou do not know. Every nation has its term; when ~ 40 ~
  40. 40. The Good Life Haram and Halal (Lawful and Unlawful)their hour comes, they shall not put it back by asingle hour nor put it forward. Children of Adam,when apostles of your own come to proclaim to youMy revelations, those that take warning and mendtheir ways will have nothing to fear or to regret; butthose that deny and scorn Our revelations shall beinhabitants of the Fire, and there they shall remainforever (7:33-36). ~ 41 ~
  41. 41. The Good Life Heavenly SoulsHEAVENLY SOULSIndeed man was born with a restless disposition.When evil befalls him he is filled with self-pity, butblessed with good fortune he grows niggardly. Notso the worshippers who are steadfast in theirprayer; who set aside a due portion of their goodsfor the needy and the dispossessed; who trulybelieve in the Day of Reckoning and dread thepunishment of their Lord (for none is secure fromthe punishment of God); who preserve theirchastity (save with their wives and slave girls, for intheir case they are not blameworthy; but those wholust after other than those are transgressors); whokeep their trusts and promises and bear truewitness; and who attend to their prayers. Theseshall be laden with honours, and shall dwell in fairGardens. (70:19-35). ~ 42 ~
  42. 42. The Good Life The Serene SoulTHE SERENE SOULAs for man, when his Lord tests him by honouringhim and bestowing favours on him, he says: “MyLord has honoured me.” But when He tests him bystraitening his means of life, he says: “My Lorddespises me.” No! But you show no kindness to theorphan, and do not urge one another to feed thepoor. Greedily you devour the inheritance of theweak, and you love riches with all your hearts. No!But when the earth is crushed to fine dust, and yourLord comes, and the angels rank on rank, and Hellis brought near, on that Day man will take heed butwhat good will it do him now? He will say: “Wouldthat I had sent before me some provision for mylife.” But on that Day none will punish as He willpunish, nor will any bind with chains like His.Serene soul, return to your Lord, well-pleased andpleasing Him. Join My servants and enter MyParadise (89:15-30). ~ 43 ~
  43. 43. The Good Life Divine SoulsDIVINE SOULSBelievers, do not live on usury, doubling yourwealth many times over. Have fear of God and youshall prosper. Guard yourselves against the fire ofHell prepared for unbelievers. Obey God and theProphet, so that you may find mercy. Vie with eachother to earn the forgiveness of your Lord and aParadise as vast as heaven and earth, prepared forthe righteous; those who give alms alike inprosperity and in adversity; who curb their angerand forgive their fellow men. God loves thecharitable. And who, if they commit evil or wrongtheir souls, remember God and seek forgiveness fortheir sins—who but God forgives sins—and do notknowingly persist in their misdeeds. These shall berewarded with forgiveness from their Lord andGardens underneath which running streams flow,where they shall dwell forever. Blessed is thereward of those who do good works. (3:130-136). ~ 44 ~
  44. 44. The Good Life The Correct WayTHE CORRECT WAYThat which you have been given is but the fleetingcomfort of this life. For better and more enduring isGod’s reward to those who believe and put theirtrust in Him; who avoid gross sins and indecenciesand, when angered, are willing to forgive; whorespond to the call of their Lord, are constant inprayer, and conduct their affairs by mutual consent;who bestow in alms a portion of that which Wehave given them and, when oppressed, seek toredress their wrongs. Let evil be rewarded with likeevil. But he who forgives and seeks reconcilementshall be rewarded by God. He does not love thewrongdoers. Those who avenge themselves whenwronged incur no guilt. But great is the guilt ofthose who oppress their fellow men and conductthemselves with wickedness and injustice in theland. These shall be sternly punished. But trueconstancy lies in forgiveness and patientforbearance (42:36-43). ~ 45 ~
  45. 45. The Good Life Profitable TradingPROFITABLE TRADINGBelievers, shall I point out to you a profitable coursethat will save you from a painful doom? Believe inGod and His Messenger and strive for His causewith your wealth and your lives. That would bebest for you, if you only knew it. He will forgiveyou your sins and admit you to Gardens,underneath which running streams flow; He willlodge you in pleasant mansions in the Gardens ofEden. That is the supreme triumph. And He willbestow upon you other blessings which you desire:help from God and a speedy victory. Give the goodnews to the faithful. Believers, be God’s helpers.When Jesus, the son of Mary, said to his disciples:“Who will help me on the way to God?” Theyreplied: “We are God’s helpers.” Then some of theIsraelites believed in him while others did not. Wehelped the believers against their enemies and theytriumphed over them (61:10-14). ~ 46 ~
  46. 46. The Good Life Real PietyREAL PIETYPiety does not consist in turning your faces towardsthe east or the west. The pious are those whobelieve in God and in the Last Day, in the angelsand the scriptures and the prophets; who for thelove of God give their wealth to kinsfolk, orphans,the poor, wayfarers in need and beggars, and forthe redemption of captives; who attend to theirprayers and pay the poor their due; who are true totheir promises and endure with fortitudemisfortune, hardships and peril. These are the truebelievers, these are the God-fearing (2:177). ~ 47 ~
  47. 47. The Good Life God’s HospitalityGOD’S HOSPITALITYDo the unbelievers think that they can make Myservants protectors against Me? We have preparedHell to be their dwelling place. Say: “Shall we tell youwho will lose most through their labours? Thosewhose endeavours in this world are misguided andwho think even then that what they do is right; whodisbelieve the revelations of their Lord and deny thatthey will ever meet Him.” Vain are their works. Onthe Day of Resurrection We shall not honour them.Hell is their reward: because they had no faith andscoffed at My messengers and My signs. As for thosewho have faith and do good works, the Gardens ofParadise shall be their abode. They shall dwell thereforever, desiring no change to befall them. Say: “If allthe sea were ink with which to write the words of myLord, the sea would surely be consumed before myLord’s words were finished, though we broughtanother sea to replenish it.” Say: “I am but a mortallike yourselves. It is revealed to me that your Lord isOne God. Let those that hope to meet their Lord dowhat is right and make none sharer of the worshipdue to his Lord.” (18:102-110). ~ 48 ~
  48. 48. The Good Life The Believer’s LivelihoodTHE BELIEVER’S LIVELIHOODBelievers, when you are summoned to Fridayprayer, hasten to the remembrance of God andcease your trading. That would be best for you, ifyou but knew it. Then, when the prayer is ended,disperse and go your ways in quest of God’sbounty. Remember God always, so that you mayprosper. But when they see some merchandise orpassing delight, they flock to it eagerly, leaving youalone. Say: “That which God has in store is farbetter than passing delight or merchandise. God isthe best of providers.” (62:9-11). ~ 49 ~
  49. 49. The Good Life The People of ParadiseTHE PEOPLE OF PARADISETruly successful are the believers who are humblein their prayers; who avoid profanity, and are activein charitable works; who restrain their carnaldesires, (except with their wives and slavegirls, forthese are lawful to them; whoever seeks after morethan that has transgressed); who are true to theirtrusts and promises and never neglect their prayers.These are the inheritors of Paradise, and therein theyshall abide forever (23:1-11). ~ 50 ~
  50. 50. The Good Life Everything for GodEVERYTHING FOR GODGod has bought from the believers their selves andtheir possessions and in return has promised themParadise. They fight for His cause, slay, and areslain. That is a promise binding upon God in theTorah, the Gospel and the Qur’an. And who is moretrue to His promise than God? Rejoice, then, in thebargain you have made. That is the supremetriumph. Those who repent, those who worship,those who praise Him, those who journey, thosewho bow down, those who prostrate themselves,those who enjoin right, forbid wrong, and observethe commandments of God, shall be richlyrewarded. Give the good news to the believers(9:111-112). ~ 51 ~
  51. 51. The Good Life The Believer is God’s TreeTHE BELIEVER IS GOD’S TREEDo you not see how God compares a good word toa good tree? Its root is firm and its branches are inthe sky; it yields its fruit in every season by God’sleave. God gives people parables so that they maytake heed. But an evil word is like an evil tree tornout of the earth, possessing no stability. God willstrengthen the faithful with His steadfast Word,both in this life and the hereafter. He leads thewrongdoers astray. He accomplishes what Hepleases (14:24-27). ~ 52 ~
  52. 52. The Good Life Good AdviceGOOD ADVICEGod commands you to hand back your trusts totheir rightful owners, and to pass judgement uponpeople with fairness. Noble is the advice God givesyou. He hears all and observes all (4:58).He who fears God will take heed, but the mostsinner will flout the warning. He shall be cast intothe great Fire, where he shall neither die nor live.Successful is he who purifies himself, whoremembers the name of his Lord and prays. Yet youprefer the life of this world, although the life tocome is better and more lasting (87:10-17). ~ 53 ~
  53. 53. The Good Life Doomed to DestructionDOOMED TO DESTRUCTIONWoe to every backbiting slanderer who amassesriches and sedulously hoards them, thinking thathis riches will render him immortal! By no means!He shall be flung to the Destroying torment. Wouldthat you knew what the Destroying torment waslike! It is God’s own kindled fire, which will rise upto people’s hearts. It will close upon them fromevery side, in endless columns (104:1-9). ~ 54 ~
  54. 54. The Good Life The Deniers of God’s SignsTHE DENIERS OF GOD’S SIGNSHe who turns away from My remembrance shalllive in anguish and come before Us blind on theDay of Resurrection. “Lord”, he will say, “why haveyou brought me blind before you, when in mylifetime I was blessed with sight?” God will answer:“Because Our signs came to you and you forgotthem. In like manner this Day you are yourselfforgotten.” And thus do We reward thetransgressor who denies the revelations of his Lord.But the punishment of the world to come is moreterrible and more lasting (20:124-127). ~ 55 ~
  55. 55. The Good Life Fair TestimonyFAIR TESTIMONYBelievers, be ever steadfast in your devotion to God,bearing fair testimony. Do not allow hatred forsome people to turn you away from justice. Dealjustly; justice is nearer to piety. Have fear of God;He knows what you do. God has promised thosewho believe and do good works forgiveness and arich reward. And the unbelievers who deny Oursigns shall dwell in Hell (5:8-10). ~ 56 ~
  56. 56. The Good Life Living in HarmonyLIVING IN HARMONYBelievers, when you confront an opposing force,stand firm and make constant mention of God, sothat you may triumph. Obey God and HisMessenger and do not quarrel with one another, lestyou should lose courage and your resolve weaken.Have patience; God is with those who are patient. Donot be like those who left their homelands elated witharrogance and a desire to be seen and praised bymen. They debar others from the path of God: butGod encompasses what they do (8:45-47). ~ 57 ~
  57. 57. The Good Life Islamic SocietyISLAMIC SOCIETYBelievers, if an ungodly person brings you somenews, inquire first into its truth, lest you shouldhurt others unwittingly and, afterwards, be filledwith remorse for what you have done. Know thatGod’s Messenger is among you. If he obeyed you inmany matters, you would surely come to grief. ButGod has endeared the Faith to you and beautified itin your hearts, making unbelief, wrongdoing anddisobedience abhorrent to you. Such are those whoare rightly guided through God’s grace andblessing. God is wise and all-knowing. If twoparties of the believers take up arms against oneanother, make peace between them. If either ofthem commits aggression against the other, fightagainst the aggressors until they submit to God’sjudgement. When they submit, make peace betweenthem in equity and justice; God loves the just. Thebelievers are one brotherhood; make peace amongyour brothers and fear God, so that you may beshown mercy. Believers, let no men mock other menwho may perhaps be better than themselves. Let nowomen mock other women, who may perhaps bebetter than themselves. Do not defame one another, ~ 58 ~
  58. 58. The Good Life Islamic Societynor call one another by nicknames. It is evil to becalled by a bad name after embracing the true faith.Those who do not repent are wrongdoers. Believers,avoid immoderate suspicion, for in some casessuspicion is a sin. Do not spy on one another, norbackbite one another. Would any of you like to eatthe flesh of his dead brother? Surely you wouldloathe it. Have fear of God. He is forgiving andmerciful. Mankind, We have created you from amale and a female and divided you into nations andtribes, so that you may know one another. Thenoblest of you in God’s sight is the one who fearsGod most. God is wise, and all-knowing (49:6-13). ~ 59 ~
  59. 59. The Good Life Calling to GodCALLING TO GODCall people to the way of your Lord with wisdomand kindly exhortation. Argue with them in themost courteous manner. Your Lord knows bestthose who stray from His path and those who arerightly guided. If you punish, let your punishmentbe proportionate to the wrong that has been done toyou. But it is best for you to endure your wrongwith patience. So be patient; your patience is forGod. Do not grieve over the unbelievers, andneither be distressed by their plots. God is with thosewho keep from evil and do good works. (16:125-128). ~ 60 ~
  60. 60. The Good Life Magnifying the LordMAGNIFYING THE LORDYou who are wrapped up in your vestment, ariseand give warning, Magnify your Lord, purify yourinner self. Keep away from all pollution. Be patient,for your Lord’s sake. The day when the trumpetsounds should not be an easy one for theunbelievers; it shall be a day of anguish for them(74:1-10).No, by the moon! By the departing night and therising dawn, Hell is a dire scourge, a warning tomankind; alike to those of you who would advanceand those who would hang back. Each soul is thehostage of its own deeds. But those on the righthand—they will be in their gardens, inquiring of thesinners; “What brought you into the Fire?” Theywill reply: “We never prayed or fed the hungry. Weengaged in vain disputes and denied the Day ofReckoning until death overtook us.” Nointercessor’s plea shall avail them then (74:32-48). ~ 61 ~
  61. 61. The Good Life Eternity is BetterETERNITY IS BETTERSuccessful is the person who purifies himself, whoremembers the name of his Lord, and prays. Yetyou prefer this life, although the life to come isbetter and more lasting. All this is written in earlierscriptures; the scriptures of Abraham and Moses(87:14-19). ~ 62 ~
  62. 62. The Good Life Their Efforts will be RewardedTHEIR EFFORTS WILL BE REWARDEDWe have created man from a drop of thickenedfluid so that We may test him. We made him abeing endowed with hearing and sight. We haveshown him the way, whether he be grateful orungrateful. For the unbelievers We have preparedfetters and chains, and a blazing fire. But therighteous shall drink a cup flavoured with theCamphor—a spring at which the servants of Godwill refresh themselves as it gushes forthabundantly; they who keep their vows and dreadthe far-spread terrors of Judgement Day; who,though they hold it dear, give sustenance to thepoor person, the orphan and the captive, saying:‘We feed you for God’s sake alone; we seek of youneither recompense nor thanks; for we fear fromHim a day of anguish and of woe.” God will deliverthem from the evil of that day, and will make theirfaces shine with joy. He will reward them for theirsteadfastness with robes of silk and the delights ofParadise. Reclining there upon soft couches, theyshall feel neither the scorching heat not the bitingcold. Trees will spread their shade around them,and fruit will hang in clusters over them. They shall ~ 63 ~
  63. 63. The Good Life Their Efforts will be Rewardedbe served with silver dishes, and beakers as large asgoblets; silver goblets which they themselves shallmeasure; and cups brimful with ginger-flavouredwater from the Fount of Selsabil. They shall beattended by boys graced with eternal youth, who, tothe beholder’s eyes will seem like sprinkled pearls.When you gaze upon that scene you will behold akingdom blissful and glorious. They shall bearrayed in garments of fine green silk and richbrocade, and adorned with bracelets of silver. TheirLord will give them pure nectar to drink. Thus youshall be rewarded; since your endeavours in lifeshall be pleasing to God. (76:2-22). ~ 64 ~
  64. 64. The Good Life The Day of Reward and RetributionTHE DAY OF REWARD ANDRETRIBUTIONWhen the sky is cleft asunder; when the stars scatterand the oceans burst beyond their bounds; whenthe graves are overturned; each soul will knowwhat it has sent ahead and it has left behind. Oman! What evil has enticed you away from yourgracious Lord who created you, gave you anupright form, and well-proportioned you? Inwhatever shape He willed, He moulded you. Yet,you deny the Last Judgement. Surely there areguardians watching over you, noble recorders whoknow of all your actions. The righteous shall surelydwell in Bliss. But the wicked shall burn in ablazing fire on the Judgement-Day; which they shallnot be able to evade. Would that you knew what theDay of Judgement is! Oh, would that you knewwhat the Day of Judgement is! A Day when no soulshall be of the least avail to another soul; for on thatDay all sovereignty is God’s alone (82:1-19). ~ 65 ~
  65. 65. The Good Life The Religion That is Pleasing to GodTHE RELIGION THAT IS PLEASING TOGODAs for the home of the world to come, We shallgrant it to those who seek neither to exaltthemselves in this world nor to spread corruption.The righteous shall have a blessed end. Whoeverdoes good shall be rewarded with what is better.But those who do evil shall be requited onlyaccording to what they did (28:83-84).As for him who rebelled, and preferred the life ofthis world; Hell shall be his Final Abode. But as forhim who feared to stand before his Lord andrestrained his soul from base desires; Paradise shallbe his Final Abode (79:37-41).He that chooses a religion other than Islam, it willnot be accepted from him and in the world to comehe will be one of the lost (3:85). ~ 66 ~
  66. 66. The Good Life PrayersPRAYERSPraise be to God, Lord of Creation, the Beneficent,the Merciful, King of Judgement Day. You alone weworship, and to You alone we pray for help. Guideus to the straight path, the path of those whom Youhave favoured, not of those who have incurred Yourwrath, nor of those who have gone astray (I:1-7). ~ 67 ~
  67. 67. The Good Life To the LordTO THE LORDLord, do not take us to task if we forget or lapseinto error. Lord, do not lay on us the burden Youlaid on those before us. Lord, do not charge us withmore than we can bear. Pardon us, forgive us oursins, and have mercy upon us. You alone are ourProtector. Give us victory over the deniers (2:286).God, Lord of all sovereignty, You bestowsovereignty on whom You will and take it awayfrom whom You please; You exalt whomever Youwill and abase whomever You please. In Your handlies all that is good; You have power over all things.You cause the night to pass into the day and the dayto pass into the night; You bring forth the livingfrom the dead and the dead from the living. Yougive without stint to whom You will (3:26-27). ~ 68 ~
  68. 68. The Good Life Protect Us!PROTECT US!Lord, give us joy in our spouses and offspring, andcause us to be foremost among those who are God-fearing (25:74).Inspire me, Lord, to render thanks for the favoursYou have bestowed on me and on my parents, andto do good work that will please You. Admit me,through Your mercy, among your righteousservants (27:19).Lord, Your mercy and knowledge embrace allthings. Forgive those that repent and follow Yourpath. Shield them from the scourge of Hell. Admitthem, Lord, to the Gardens of Eden which You havepromised them, together with all the righteousamong their fathers, their spouses, and theirdescendents. You are the Almighty, the Wise One.Deliver them from all evil. He whom You willdeliver from evil on that Day is surely one You havegraced with Your mercy. That is the supremetriumph (40:7-9). ~ 69 ~
  69. 69. The Good Life Help Us!HELP US!Lord, give us what is good both in this world and inthe next and save us from the chastisement of theFire (2:201).Lord, fill our hearts with steadfastness. Make firmour step and help us against the unbelievers (2:250).Lord, do not cause our hearts to go astray after Youhave guided us. Grant us Your own mercy; You arethe munificent Giver (3:8).Lord, we believe in You: forgive us our sins andkeep us from the torment of Hell-fire (3:16). ~ 70 ~
  70. 70. The Good Life Purify Our HeartsPURIFY OUR HEARTSForgive us, Lord, and forgive our brothers whoembraced the Faith before us. Do not put in ourhearts any malice towards the faithful. Lord, Youare compassionate, and merciful (59:10).Lord, in You we have put our trust; to You we turnand to You we shall come at last. Lord, do notexpose us to the designs of the unbelievers. Forgiveus, Lord; You are the Mighty, the Wise One (60:4-5).Lord, perfect our light for us and forgive us. Youhave power over all things (66:8). ~ 71 ~
  71. 71. The Good Life Grant Us a Righteous EndGRANT US A RIGHTEOUS ENDLord, You have not created this in vain. Glory be toYou! Save us from the torment of Hell-fire. Lord,those whom You will cast into Hell shall be put toeternal shame: none will help the wrongdoers.Lord, we have heard a crier calling men to the trueFaith, saying: “Believe in your Lord.” So webelieved. Lord, then, forgive us our sins and removefrom us our evil deeds and make us die with therighteous. Lord, grant us what You promisedthrough your messengers, and do not cast shame onus on the Day of Resurrection. Truely, You never failto fulfill Your promise (3:191-194). ~ 72 ~
  72. 72. The Good Life Have Mercy on Us!HAVE MERCY ON US!Lord, make me and my descendents steadfast inprayer. Lord, accept my prayer. Forgive me, Lord,and forgive my parents and all the faithful on theDay of Reckoning (14:40-41).Lord, have mercy on them both (i.e., my parents) asthey cherished and cared for me when I was a littlechild (17:24). ~ 73 ~
  73. 73. The Good Life Save us from EvilSAVE US FROM EVILLord, we have wronged our souls. Pardon us andhave mercy on us, or we shall surely be among thelost (7:23).Lord, bless us with patience and let us die asMuslims (who have surrendered themselves toYour Will) (7:126).Lord, You alone are our Guardian. Forgive us andhave mercy on us: You are the Best of those whoforgive. Ordain for us what is good, both in this lifeand in the Hereafter. To You alone we have turnedin repentance (7:155-156).Lord, do not let us suffer at the hands of the wicked.Deliver us, through Your mercy, from theunbelievers (10:85-86).Creator of the heavens and earth, You are myGuardian in this world and in the next. Let me dieas one submitting to Your Will (i.e., Muslim) andjoin the righteous (12:101). ~ 74 ~
  74. 74. The Good Life Strengthen Us!STRENGTHEN US!Lord, grant me a goodly entrance and a goodly exit,and sustain me with Your power. (17:80).Lord, have mercy on us and guide us out of ourordeal. ~ 75 ~
  75. 75. The Good Life Do Not Leave Me Alone!DO NOT LEAVE ME ALONE!Lord, put courage into my heart, and ease my taskfor me. Free my tongue from its impediment, sothat they may understand my speech (20:25-28).Lord, cause me to grow in knowledge (20:114).Lord, I have been afflicted with distress: but Youare the Most Merciful of all who show mercy(21:83).Lord, do not leave me childless; You are the Best ofall heirs (21:89).Lord, let my landing from this ark be blessed. Youalone can make me land in safety. (23:29).Lord, build me a house with You in Paradise(66:11).Lord, I stand in need of the blessing which Youhave sent me (28:24).Lord, deliver me from these corrupt people (29:30).Avenge me, Lord, I am overcome! (54:10). ~ 76 ~
  76. 76. The Good Life Save Us From DoomSAVE US FROM DOOMLord, I seek refuge in You from the promptings ofthe devils. Lord, I seek refuge in You from theirpresence (23:98-99).Lord, we believe in You. Forgive us and have mercyon us; You are the Most Merciful (23:109).Lord, ward off from us the punishment of Hell, forits punishment is everlasting (25:65). ~ 77 ~

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