Allâh Guides Us to Eternal Success and Happiness

(Especially for Non-Muslim Readers)

By Dr. Norlain Dindang Mababaya

Allâh (Subhanahu wa ta’ala, meaning: the Exalted, Most Glorious) guides us toward eternal success and hence, happiness. He tells us to read and follow the Qur’ân so that we can believe and worship Him as the Only God, obey His Messenger (s.a.w.) by following His Sunnah and be righteous in this world. In this way, we attain His Mercy. He directs us to follow the Qur’ân and not the desires of those who know not (45:18). He guides us to pray for a well-balanced life to be happy both here and in the Hereafter and save us from the torment of the Hell-Fire (2:201). In line with this, He guides us to work for our material and spiritual wellbeing both in this life and the world to come. He says:

“But seek, with the wealth which Allâh has bestowed on you, the Home of the Hereafter, nor forget your portion in this World. But do you good, as Allâh has been good to you, and seek not (occasions for) mischief in the land, for Allâh loves not those who do mischief.” (28:77)

“And when the prayer is finished, then may you disperse through the land, and seek the Bounty of Allâh: and remember Allâh frequently that you may prosper.” (62:10)

Though we are to seek a good life here on earth and in the world to come, Allâh the Almighty guides us to prefer the latter life. The life in the Hereafter is eternal and lasting compared to this temporal world. He says:

“Nothing is the life of this world but play and amusement. But for better is the Home in the Hereafter for those who are pious. Will you not then understand?” (6:32)

“O you who believe! What is the matter with you, that, when you are asked to go forth in the Cause of Allâh, you cling heavily to the earth? Do you prefer the life of this world to the Hereafter? But little is the comfort of this life, as compared with the Hereafter.” (9:38)

“Allâh does enlarge, or grant by (strict) measure, the Sustenance (which He gives) to whom so He pleases. They rejoice in the life of this world: but the life of this world is nothing but little comfort compared to the Hereafter.” (13:26)

 “Know (all), that the life of this world is nothing but play and a pastime, adornment and mutual boasting and multiplying, (in rivalry) among yourselves, riches and children. Here is a similitude; how rain and the growth, which it brings forth, delight (the hearts of) the tillers; soon it withers; you will see it grow yellow; then it becomes dry and crumbles away. But in the Hereafter is a Penalty severe (for the devotees of wrong) and forgiveness from Allâh and (His) Good Pleasure (for the devotees of Allâh). And what is the life of this world, but goods and chattels of deception?” (57:20)

Allâh  makes it clear to us that the life of this world is deceiving (6:130). Many people love this fleeting life and neglect the Hereafter (75:20-21). Those who desire the life of the Present and its glitter will suffer in the Fire in the Hereafter (11:15-16). Those who wish for the transitory things (of this life), Allâh will grant them such things as He wills, to such persons as He wills. In the end, however, He has provided for them punishment in Hell. They will burn therein, disgraced and rejected (17:18). Our Creator makes it clear that supreme success is the eternal life in Paradise and that the dwellers of Paradise are the ones who are indeed successful:

“Who is averted from such a torment on that Day, (Allâh) has surely been merciful to him. And that would be the obvious success.” (6:16)

“For them Allâh has got ready Gardens (Paradise) under which rivers flow, to dwell therein for ever. That is the supreme success.” (9:89)

“They will never taste death therein except the first death (of this world). And He will save them from the Torment of the Blazing Fire as a bounty from your Rabb! That will be the supreme success!” (44:56, 57)

“Not equal are the dwellers of the Fire and the dwellers of the Paradise. It is the dwellers of Paradise that will be successful.” (59:20)

If you want salvation in order to have eternal happiness and success, read the Qur’ân and follow Allâh’s commandments to believe and adhere to righteousness. You must remember that everything you do is recorded. Allâh  has assigned to each one of us two guardian angels. The guardian angels record whatever we utter and do. Allâh tells us:

“Behold, two (guardian angels) appointed to learn (his doings) learn (and note them), one setting on the right and one on the left. Not a word does he utter but a vigilant Guardian is with him (to record it).” (50:17-18)

Allâh further guides us to salvation when He says that we have to seek His forgiveness. He is the Rabb of Grace Abounding, Most Forgiving, Most Merciful. We should always turn to Him for guidance and forgiveness. He says:

“Be you foremost (in seeking) forgiveness from your Rabb, and a Garden (of Bliss), the width whereof is as the width of Heaven and earth, prepared for those who believe in Allâh and His Messengers. That is the Grace of Allâh, which He bestows on whom He pleases; and Allâh is the Rabb (Only God) of Grace abounding.” (57:21)

“O you who believe! Fear, Allâh, and believe in His Messenger, and He will bestow on you a double portion of His Mercy. He will provide for you a Light by which you shall walk (straight in your path), and He will forgive you (your past); for Allâh is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (57:28)

“O you who believe! Turn to Allâh with sincere repentance in the hope that your Rabb will remove from you your evil deeds and admit you to Gardens beneath which Rivers flow ¾ the Day that Allâh will not permit to be humiliated the Prophet and those who believe with him. Their light will run forward before them and by their right hands, while they say, ‘Our Rabb! Perfect our Light for us, and grant us Forgiveness, for You have power over all things.'” (66:8)

In Ayâh (66:8), Allah the All-Knowing teaches us to pray to Him for His forgiveness. This shows how complete the Glorious Book is. To reiterate, the Qur’ân contains not only praises to Allâh but also prayers to Him. Many of the Qur’ânic verses that invoke prayers pertain to forgiveness. For our own salvation, we should always turn to Allâh for His forgiveness.

If you have not yet made the best decision in your life to be among the successful Believers (Muslims), time has come for you to believe in Allâh  as the Only God worthy to be worshipped and the One Who revealed the Qur’ân to us. Before it is too late or death comes to you, turn to Allâh  for repentance and follow His Book. Remember death is certainly inevitable. Allâh the Almighty says:

“Every soul shall have a taste of death; and on the Day of Judgment shall you be paid your full recompense. Only he who is saved far from the Fire and admitted to Paradise, he indeed is successful. The life of this world is nothing but enjoyment of deception.” (3:185)

When you pray for Allâh’s forgiveness, He will certainly forgive you because He is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful (57:28). He forgives all sins except the association of partner with Him. Our Creator says:

“Allâh forgives not that partners should be set up with Him in worship; but He forgives anything else, to whom He pleases. To set up partners with Allâh is to devise a sin most heinous indeed.” (4:48)

“Say: ‘O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of Allâh, for Allâh forgives all sins. Indeed He is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful.’ Turn to your Rabb (in repentance) and submit to Him, before the Chastisement comes to you. After that you shall not be helped.” (39:53-54)

Once Allâh has forgiven you, He will reward you eternal happiness and hence, supreme success in the Hereafter. This you should believe because verily, Allâh will not fail in His promise (13:31). Therefore, for your eternal success, read and follow the Divine Message from Allâh. Believe in the universal divine message that Allâh is the Only True God worthy of our worship. He is our Only Protector and the Only One Who will reward us the supreme success in the eternal life Hereafter. Allâh our Only God says:

“There (on the Day of Resurrection) the (only) protection comes from Allâh the True One. He is the Best to reward and the Best to give success.” (18:44)

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