Friday, June 8, 2012

gratification and pleasure from Allah Ta’aala”

Apparently “gratification and pleasure from Allah Ta’aala” is the combination of just six simple words. Not everyone can comprehend about the hidden realities that are implied behind these simple words and how  much courage is required to dive in this ocean of great depth and sagacity? Only those can conceive the  realities behind these simple words who already have determined their purpose of life and have striven hard  to achieve it. In order to understand with an example about what a deep relation exists between words and  the associated realities, we can assume the ruling by a court of law that X IS THE FATHER OF Y. Many  realities are associated within this combination of six simple words. Firstly it means that the court of law has  recognized that the woman who is Y’s mother is X’s wife. Secondly it can be implied from these words that  being a father, it is the responsibility of X to take care of the eating and living needs of his son Y. Thirdly it means that all remaining sons and daughters of X (if there are any) would be considered real brothers and  sisters of Y. Moreover it means that X is responsible for the educational needs of Y and one would be  inherited from the other if either one of them dies, etc. You can see that how much rights and obligations are  associated with this combination of six simple words. Likewise, achieving gratification and pleasure from  Allah Ta’aala is apparently a simple sentence but the associated reality is the sole purpose of a believer’s life. In fact a believer’s whole life revolves around this reality. All hardships are endured and all afflictions are  faced just in order to get to this purpose and objective of achieving this “Status of Ridha”.

A believer has been ordained in Qur’an to openly and blatantly acknowledge the same reality that:

Translation: Say: Lo! My salat and my sacrifice and my living and my dying are only for Allah Ta’aala, lord of  the worlds. He has no partner. This am I commanded, and I am first of those who surrender (unto Him). Soorah An’aam, Verse 162, 163.

The same condition has been described for the Sahaba (Radhi Allahu Anhum) whose exemplary morals are worthy to follow and whose lives clearly guide to the right path:

You will see them bowing and falling prostrate (in worship), seeking bounty from Allah Ta’aala and His gratification. Soorah Fatah, Verse 29

Since the sole purpose of a believer’s life is to gratify and please Allah Ta’aala, the companions of the Holy  Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam were bestowed with the highest level of that “Status of Ridha”, any higher  status above which can never be thought of by a believer. The Sahaba strained their every nerve and spent their whole lives and efforts to achieve this objective of their life. As a result Allah Ta’aala gave them glad tidings that they have become successful in achieving their objective and He is pleased with them.

Translation: Those who believe and have left their homes and striven in the path of Allah with their wealth and lives, are of much greater worth in Allah Ta’aala’s sight and these are they who are triumphant. Their  lord gives them glad tidings of blessings from Him, and gratification, and gardens where enduring pleasure  will be theirs. There they will abide forever. Lo! With Allah there is immense reward. Soorah Tauba, Verse 20, 21, 22.

In fact this “Status of Ridha” was not exclusively for the Sahaba. We can find evidences in Qur’an that Allah  Ta’aala even now bestows the same status of Ridha to those believers who spend their lives and strive in accordance with the same purpose set forth by Sahaba. Allah Ta’aala says in Sorah Tauba

Translation: Allah Ta’aala promise to the believers, men and women, gardens underneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide- blessed dwellings in Gardens of Eden. And - greater (far)! - acceptance from Allah. That is the supreme triumph. Soorah Tauba, Verse 72.

Consideration of the above mentioned Qur’anic verses and many more evidences have convinced the top scholars of this Muslim Ummah that the sole purpose and objective of a believer’s life is to please and gratify Allah Ta’aala. A believer’s all efforts, his day and night struggle, his living and dying and sacrificing should be solely for achieving gratification and pleasure from Allah Ta’aala.

If the above described purpose of a believer’s life is correct and for sure is correct, then we have to analyze once more that whether we are fully aware of our purpose of life or not. If yes, then the next question arises  that whether we are really spending our lives to achieve that objective or not. If we are aware of our  purpose of life and do not really spend our lives accordingly, this is one offense. But if we are not even  aware of our purpose of life, this is an increased offense. It is still not too late to uphold ourselves and atone  for our negligence, otherwise exception from the universal law of retribution may not prove more than a  depraved or vain desire.

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