The Secret Beyond Matter

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The Beautiful Lives of the People of Perfected Faith

"Those who say, 'Our Lord is Allah,' and then follow the straight path shall have nothing to fear or to regret. Such people shall be the Companions of the Garden, remaining in it timelessly, for ever, as a reward for what they did." (Surat al-Ahqaf, 13-14)

Muslims are those who put their faith in Allah and then follow the straight path, showing determination in their faith.

Knowing that there is good in everything that comes from our Lord, they always remain grateful to Him and show wholehearted submission to Him.

They are the righteous in the sight of Allah.

In return for their sincerity, Allah has promised them goodness both in this world and beyond. He has surrounded them with His mercy. He has been pleased with them and given His love and approval to them. in the Qur'an, Allah gives the glad tidings of this honourable reward:

... Allah is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him. He has prepared Gardens for them with rivers flowing under them, where they shall remain in them timelessly, for ever and ever. That is the great victory. (Surat at-Tawba, 100)

They do not harbour ambitions for the life of this world. They turn to the hereafter to attain the approval of Allah and His paradise. in return for their wholehearted submission, Allah proffers His worldly blessings to them as well as paradise:

So Allah gave them the reward of this life and the glorious recompense is of the hereafter. Allah loves the righteous. (Surah Al 'Imran, 148)

… There is good in this world for those who do good, but the abode of the hereafter is even better. How wonderful is the abode of the righteous. (Surat an-Nahl, 30)

... There is good news for them in the life of this world and in the hereafter. There is no changing the words of Allah. That is the great victory! (Surah Yunus, 64)

In the face of hardships in this world, they show patience and remember that there is no friend or supporter for them other than Allah.

They take refuge in Him alone, and ask for His guidance.

In return, our Lord encompasses them with His mercy and undertakes their protection. Thanks to Him, every event brings goodness to them. Allah clears their path, and wishes ease for them. More importantly, as long as they remain His friends, He gives them total success and makes them the inheritors of this life as well as the hereafter.

Musa said to his people, "Seek help in Allah and be steadfast. the earth belongs to Allah. He bequeaths it to any of His servants as He wills. And the best outcome is for the righteous." (Surat al-A'raf, 128)

They will say, "Praise be to Allah Who has fulfilled His promise to us and made us the inheritors of this land, letting us settle in the Garden wherever we want. How excellent is the reward of the righteous!" (Surat az-Zumar, 74)

They sincerely desire to be granted the mercy of Allah and tremble in awe of Him.

They call on Allah, making their religion sincerely His.

With a deep-seated awareness of their weaknesses before Allah, they wholeheartedly implore to Him to grant them salvation, to save them from the punishment of hell and to make them people worthy of paradise. Their Lord then answers their sincere prayers and admits them into His paradise, where they will reside with the blessing of His mercy for all eternity:

the righteous will be in a safe place amid gardens and fountains, wearing fine silk and rich brocade, face to face with one another. So it will be. We will marry them to dark-eyed maidens. They will call there for fruit of every kind, in complete security. They will not experience death there—except for the first one. in His mercy, He will safeguard them from the punishment of the Blazing Fire. a favor from your Lord. That will be the Supreme triumph. (Surat ad-Dukhan, 51-57)

the Companions of the Garden will be busy enjoying themselves that day, they and their wives reclining on soft couches in shady groves. They will have fruits there and whatever they request. "Peace!"—Aword from a Merciful Lord. (Surah Ya Sin, 55-58)

They are the people of perfected faith who have attained the approval of Allah.


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