Harun Yahya

Living in Accordance with the Qur'an 2/9



Keeping in Mind That Life Is Short



No indeed! We have given these people enjoyment, as We did their fathers, until life seemed long and good to them. (Surat al-Anbiya’, 44)

He will say: “How many years did you tarry on the Earth?” They will say: “We tarried there for a day or part of a day. Ask those able to count!” He will say: “You only tarried there for a little while if you did but know!” ‘Did you suppose that We created you for amusement and that you would not return to Us?’ (Surat al-Mu’minun, 112-115)

They will whisper among themselves, “You stayed no more than ten days on the earth.” We know best what they will say—the most reasonable of them will say, “You stayed no more than a day.” (Surah Ta Ha, 103-104)

On the Day they see it, it will be as if they had only lingered for the evening or the morning of a single day. (Surat an-Nazi’at, 46)

So be steadfast as the Messengers with firm resolve were also steadfast. and do not seek to hasten it for them. on the Day they see what they were promised, it will be as if they had only tarried for just one hour of a single day…(Surat al-Ahqaf, 35)

They will shout out in it, ‘Our Lord! Take us out! We will act rightly, differently from the way we used to act!’ Did We not let you live long enough for anyone who was going to pay heed to pay heed? and did not the warner come to you? Taste it then! There is no helper for the wrongdoers. (Surah Fatir, 37)

Keeping in Mind That God Is the One Who Delivers Us from Every Hardship and Relieves Us of Every Trouble



Say: ‘Who rescues you from the darkness of the land and sea? You call on Him humbly and secretly: “If you rescue us from this, we will truly be among the thankful.” Say: ‘God rescues you from it, and from every plight. Then you associate others with Him. (Surat al-An’am, 63-64)

He Who responds to the oppressed when they call on Him and removes their distress, and has appointed you as inheritors of the earth. Is there another god besides God? How little you pay heed! (Surat an-Naml, 62)

When harm occurs to you at sea, those you call on vanish–except for Him alone! But when He delivers you to dry land, you turn away. Man truly is ungrateful. (Surat al-Isra’, 67)

Then We will rescue Our Messengers and those who believe as well. It is incumbent upon Us to rescue the believers. (Surah Yunus, 103)

Hold fast to the rope of God all together, and do not separate. Remember God’s blessing to you when you were enemies and He joined your hearts together so that you became brothers by His blessing. You were on the very brink of a pit of the Fire and He rescued you from it. in this way God makes His Signs clear to you, so that hopefully you will be guided. (Surah Al ‘Imran, 103)

Then when they forgot what they had been reminded of, We rescued those who had forbidden the evil and seized those who did wrong with a harsh punishment because they were deviators. (Surat al-A’raf, 165)

When Our command came, We rescued Hud and those who believed along with him by a mercy from Us. We rescued them from a harsh punishment. (Surah Hud, 58)

(God said,) ‘When your sister went and said, “Shall I direct you to someone who will take care of him?” that was how We returned you to your mother so that she might delight her eyes and not be grieved. You killed a man and We rescued you from trouble and tested you with many trials. You stayed some years among the people of Madyan. Then you arrived at the pre-ordained time, Musa! (Surah Ta Ha, 40)

They said, ‘Burn him and support your gods if you are resolved to do something.’ We said, ‘Fire, be coolness and peace for Ibrahim! They desired to trap him but We made them the losers. We delivered both him and Lut to the land which We had blessed for all beings. (Surat al-Anbiya’, 68-71)

We gave right judgement and knowledge to Lut and rescued him from the city which committed disgusting acts. They were evil people who were deviators. (Surat al-Anbiya’, 74)

And Nuh, when he called out before and We responded to him and rescued him and his family from the terrible plight. (Surat al-Anbiya’, 76)

And Dhu’n-Nun (Yunus) when he left in anger and thought We would not punish him. He called out in the pitch darkness: ‘There is no god but You! Glory be to You! Truly I have been one of the wrongdoers.’ We responded to him and rescued him from his grief. That is how We rescue the believers. (Surat al-Anbiya’, 87-88)

When you and those with you are settled in the Ship, then say: “Praise be to God Who has rescued us from the people of the wrongdoers!” (Surat al-Mu’minun, 28)

So We revealed to Musa, ‘Strike the sea with your staff.’ and it split in two, each part like a towering cliff. and We brought the others right up to it. We rescued Musa and all those who were with him. (Surat ash-Shu`ara’, 63-65)

He (Noah) said: “O my Lord! truly, my people have rejected me. Judge rightly between us, and deliver me and those of the believers who are with me.” So We rescued him (Nuh) and those with him in the loaded ship. (Surat ash-Shu`ara’, 117-119)

(Lut said,) ‘My Lord, rescue me and my family from what they are doing.’ Therefore We rescued him (Lut) and all his family. (Surat ash-Shu`ara’, 169-170)

These are the ruins of their houses because of the wrong they did. There is certainly a Sign in that for people with knowledge. We rescued those who believed and who guarded against evil. (Surat an-Naml, 52-53)

The only response of his people was to say: ‘Drive the family of Lut out of your city! They are people who keep themselves pure!’ So We rescued him (Lut) and his family–except for his wife. We ordained her to be one of those who stayed behind. (Surat an-Naml, 56-57)

We sent Nuh to his people and he remained among them for fifty short of a thousand years; yet the Flood engulfed them while they were wrongdoers. We rescued him and the occupants of the Ark and made that into a Sign for all the worlds. (Surat al-Anqabut, 14-15)

The only answer of his people was to say: ‘Kill him or burn him!’ But God rescued him (Ibrahim) from the fire. There are certainly Signs in that for people who are believers. (Surat al-Anqabut, 24)

When Our messengers came with the good news to Ibrahim, they said, ‘We are going to destroy the people of this city. Truly its inhabitants are wrongdoers.’ He said, ‘Lut is in it.’ They said, ‘We know very well who is in it. We are going to rescue him and his family–except for his wife. She will be one of those who stay behind.’ When Our Messengers came to Lut, he was distressed on their account, feeling incapable of protecting them. They said, ‘Do not fear and do not grieve. We are going to rescue you and your family–except for your wife; she will be one of those who stay behind.’ (Surat al-Anqabut, 31-33)

Nuh called out to Us and what an excellent Responder We are! We rescued him and his family from the terrible plight…(Surat as-Saffat, 75-76)

We showed great kindness to Musa and Harun. We rescued them and their people from their terrible plight. (Surat as-Saffat, 114-115)

And Lut was one of the Messengers. When We rescued him and all his family–except an old woman among those who stayed behind. (Surat as-Saffat, 133-135)

God will give security those who guarded against evil in their victorious Safe Haven. No evil will touch them and they will know no sorrow. (Surat az-Zumar, 61)

As for Thamud, We guided them, but they preferred blindness to guidance. So the lightning-bolt of the punishment of humiliation seized them on account of what they earned. and We saved those who believed and were mindful of God. (Surah Fussilat, 17-18)

We rescued the tribe of Israel from the humiliating punishment, from Pharaoh–he was haughty, one of the profligate. (Surat ad-Dukhan, 30-31)

That it is He Who enriches and Who satisfies. (Surat an-Najm, 48)

We unleashed a sudden squall of stones against all of them, except the family of Lut, who We rescued before dawn. It was a blessing direct from Our Presence. That is how We recompense those who give thanks. (Surat al-Qamar, 34-35)

Say: ‘No one can protect me from God and I will never find any refuge apart from Him’… (Surat al-Jinn, 22)

So let them worship the Lord of this House; the One Who fed them from hunger, and protected them from fear. (Surah Quraysh, 3-4)

Remember when We rescued you from the people of Pharaoh. They were inflicting an evil punishment on you–slaughtering your sons and letting your women live. in that there was a terrible trial for you from your Lord. and when We parted the sea for you and rescued you, and drowned the people of Pharaoh while you watched. (Surat al-Baqarah, 49-50)

Choosing “The Most” of God’s Approval in Every Respect and Aspiring to Volunteer for Serving Islam, Altruistic Deeds, and Challenging Tasks If Need Be Throughout the Day



Those believers who stay behind–other than those forced to by necessity–are not the same as those who strive in the Way of God, sacrificing their wealth and themselves. God has given those who strive with their wealth and themselves a higher rank than those who stay behind. God has promised the Best to both, but God has preferred those who strive over those who stay behind by an immense reward. (Surat an-Nisa’, 95)

Do you make the giving of water to the pilgrims and looking after the Sacred Mosque (Masjid al-Haram) the same as believing in God and the Last Day and striving in the Way of God? They are not equal in the Sight of God. God does not guide wrongdoing people. Those who believe and migrate and strive in the Way of God with their wealth and themselves have a higher rank with God. They are the ones who are victorious. (Surat at-Tawba, 19-20)

… Those of you who gave and fought before the Victory are not the same as those who gave and fought afterwards. They are higher in rank. But to each of them God has promised the Best. God is aware of what you do. (Surat al-Hadid, 10)

Acting with the Knowledge That God Will Greatly Reward Every Good Deed



Those who do good will have the best and more! Neither dust nor debasement will darken their faces. They are the Companions of the Garden, remaining in it timelessly, for ever. (Surah Yunus, 26)

Is there anyone who will make God a generous loan so that He can multiply it for him [or her] many times over? God both restricts and expands. and you will be returned to Him. (Surat al-Baqarah, 245)

What you give with usurious intent, aiming to get back a greater amount from people’s wealth, does not become greater with God. But anything you give as alms, seeking the Face of God–all who do that will get back twice as much. (Surat ar-Rum, 39)

Send good ahead for yourselves and have fear of God. Know that you are going to meet Him. and give good news to the believers. (Surat al-Baqarah, 223)

Nor will they give away any amount, whether large or small, nor will they cross any valley, without it being written down for them so that God can recompense them for the best of what they did. (Surat at-Tawba, 121)

You who believe! Have fear of God and believe in His Messenger. He will give you a double portion of His mercy and grant you a Light by which to walk and forgive you. God is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surat al-Hadid, 28)

If you make a generous loan to God He will multiply it for you and forgive you. God is All-Thankful, Most Forbearing. (Surat at-Taghabun, 17)

The metaphor of those who spend their wealth in the Way of God is that of a grain which produces seven ears; in every ear there are a hundred grains. God gives such multiplied increase to whoever He wills. God is All-Encompassing, All-Knowing. (Surat al-Baqarah, 261)

The metaphor of those who spend their wealth, desiring the pleasure of God and firmness for themselves, is that of a garden on a hillside. When heavy rain falls on it, it doubles its produce; and if heavy rain does not fall, there is dew. God sees what you do. (Surat al-Baqarah, 265)

God does not wrong anyone by so much as the smallest speck. and if there is a good deed God will multiply it and pay out an immense reward direct from Him. (Surat an-Nisa’, 40)

It is not your wealth or your children that will bring you near to Us–only in the case of people who believe and act rightly; such people will have a double recompense for what they did. They will be safe from all harm in the High Halls of Paradise. (Surah Saba’, 37)

Who will make a good loan to God so that He may multiply it for him? He will have a generous reward. (Surat al-Hadid, 11)

The men and women who give charity and make a good loan to God will have it increased for them and they will have a generous reward. (Surat al-Hadid, 18)

Those who produce a good action will receive ten like it. But those who produce a bad action will only be repaid with its equivalent and they will not be wronged. (Surat al-An’am, 160)

Whoever does an evil act will only be repaid with its equivalent. But whoever acts rightly, male or female, being a believer, such a person will enter the Garden, provided for in it without any reckoning. (Surah Ghafir, 40)

Keeping It in Mind That It Is God Who Grants Beauty, Wealth, Science, Knowledge and All Other Qualities



It is God Who made the earth a stable home for you and the sky a dome, and formed you, giving you the best of forms, and provided you with good and wholesome things. That is God, your Lord. Blessed be God, the Lord of all the worlds. (Surah Ghafir, 64)

He is God–the Creator, the Maker, the Giver of Form. to Him belong the Most Beautiful Names. (Surat al-Hashr, 24)

He created the heavens and the earth with truth and formed you, giving you the best of forms. and He is your final destination. (Surat at-Taghabun, 3)

It is He Who forms you in the womb however He wills. There is no god but Him, the Almighty, the All-Wise. (Surah Al ‘Imran, 6)

He Who created you and formed you and proportioned you in whatever form He willed has He assembled you. (Surat al-Infitar, 7-8)

We have created mankind in the best form. (Surat at-Tin, 4)

Read! and your Lord is the Most Generous, He Who taught by the pen, taught man what he did not know. (Surat -al-`Alaq, 3-5)

He taught Adam the names of all things. Then He arrayed them before the angels and said, ‘Tell me the names of these if you are telling the truth. They said, ‘Glory be to You! We have no knowledge except what You have taught us. You are the All-Knowing, the All-Wise. (Surat al-Baqarah, 31-32)

He (Yusuf) said, ‘No meal to feed you will arrive before I have informed you what they mean. That is part of what my Lord taught me. for I have left the religion of a people who clearly have no faith in God and who refuse to acknowledge the truth of the world to come.’ (Surah Yusuf, 37)

High exalted be God, the King, the Real! Do not rush ahead with the Qur’an before its revelation to you is complete, and say: ‘My Lord, increase me in knowledge. (Surah Ta Ha, 114)

When harm touches man he calls on Us. Then when We grant him a blessing from Us he says, ‘I have only been given this because of my knowledge.’ in fact it is a trial but most of them do not know it. (Surat az-Zumar, 49)

Their Prophet said to them, ‘God has appointed Talut to be your king.’ They said, ‘How can he have kingship over us when we have much more right to kingship than he does? He has not even got much wealth!’ He said, ‘God has chosen him over you and favoured him greatly in knowledge and physical strength. God gives kingship to anyone He wills. God is All-Encompassing, All-Knowing. (Surat al-Baqarah, 247)

(Yusuf said,) ‘My Lord, You have granted power to me on earth and taught me the true meaning of events. Originator of the heavens and earth, You are my Friend in this world and the Next. So take me as a Muslim at my death and join me to the people who are righteous.’ (Surah Yusuf, 101)

Sulayman was Dawud’s heir. He said, ‘Mankind! We have been taught the speech of birds and we have been given everything.’ (Surat an-Naml, 16)

(We said to Sulayman,) ‘This is Our gift: so bestow it or withhold it without reckoning.’ (Surah Sad, 39)

Marry off those among you who are unmarried and those of your slaves and slavegirls who are righteous. If they are poor, God will enrich them from His bounty. God is All-Encompassing, All-Knowing. (Surat an-Nur, 32)

Those who cannot find the means to marry should be abstinent until God enriches them from His bounty. (Surat an-Nur, 33)

And your Lord will give you and you will be pleased. Did He not find you orphaned and shelter you? Did He not find you wandering and guide you? Did He not find you impoverished and enrich you? (Surat ad-Dhuha, 5-8)

You who believe! the idolaters are unclean, so after this year they should not come near the Sacred Mosque (Masjid al-Haram). If you fear impoverishment, God will enrich you from His bounty if He wills. God is All-Knowing, All-Wise. (Surat at-Tawba, 28)

They swear by God that they said nothing, but they definitely spoke the word of disbelief and returned to disbelief after their Islam. They planned something which they did not achieve and they were vindictive for no other cause than that God and His Messenger had enriched them from His bounty. If they were to repent, it would be better for them. But if they turn away, God will punish them with a painful punishment in this world and the hereafter, and they will not find any protector or helper on the earth. (Surat at-Tawba, 74)

We made his (Dawud’s) kingdom strong and gave him wisdom and decisive speech. (Surah Sad, 20)

... God gives kingship to anyone He wills. God is All-Encompassing, All-Knowing. (Surat al-Baqarah, 247)

And with God’s permission they routed them. Dawud killed Goliath and God gave him kingship and wisdom and taught him whatever He willed… (Surat al-Baqarah, 251)

Say, ‘O God! Master of the Kingdom! You give sovereignty to whoever You will You take sovereignty from whoever You will. You exalt whoever You will You abase whoever You will. All good is in Your hands. You have power over all things. (Surah Al ‘Imran, 26)

Or do they in fact envy other people for the bounty God has granted them? We gave the family of Ibrahim the Book and Wisdom, and We gave them an immense kingdom. (Surat an-Nisa’, 54)

(Yusuf said,) ‘My Lord, You have granted power to me on earth and taught me the true meaning of events. Originator of the heavens and earth, You are my Friend in this world and the Next. So take me as a Muslim at my death and join me to the people who are righteous.’ (Surah Yusuf, 101)

Giving Believers the Good News of God’s Approval and Lifting Their Spirits



Those who shun the worship of false gods and turn towards God will have good news. So give good news to My servants. (Surat az-Zumar, 17)

Give the good news to those who believe and do right actions that they will have Gardens with rivers flowing under them. When they are given fruit there as provision, they will say, ‘This is what we were given before.’ But they were only given a simulation of it. They will have there spouses of perfect purity and will remain there timelessly, for ever. (Surat al-Baqarah, 25)

We will test you with a certain amount of fear and hunger and loss of wealth and life and fruits. But give good news to the steadfast. (Surat al-Baqarah, 155)

Your women are fertile fields for you, so come to your fertile fields however you like. Send good ahead for yourselves and have fear of God. Know that you are going to meet Him. and give good news to the believers. (Surat al-Baqarah, 223)

God has bought from the believers their selves and their wealth in return for the Garden. They fight in the Way of God and they kill and are killed. It is a promise binding on Him in the Torah, the Gospel and the Qur’an and who is truer to his contract than God? Rejoice then in the bargain you have made. That is the great victory. (Surat at-Tawba, 111)

Those who repent, those who worship, those who praise, those who fast, those who bow, those who prostrate, those who command the right, those who forbid the wrong, those who preserve the limits of God: give good news to the believers. (Surat at-Tawba, 112)

We revealed to Musa and his brother: ‘Settle your people in houses in Egypt and make your houses places of worship and perform prayer and give good news to the believers.’ (Surah Yunus, 87)

We have made it easy on your tongue so that you can give good news to those who guard against evil and warn stubbornly hostile people by it. (Surah Maryam, 97)

We have appointed a rite of sacrifice for every nation so that they may invoke God’s name over the livestock He has given them. Your God is One God so submit to Him. Give good news to the humble-hearted. (Surat al-Hajj, 34)

Their flesh and blood does not reach God but your heedfulness does reach Him. in this way He has subjected them to you so that you might proclaim God’s greatness for the way that He has guided you. Give good news to the good-doers. (Surat al-Hajj, 37)

You can only warn those who act on the Reminder and fear the All-Merciful in the Unseen. Give them the good news of forgiveness and a generous reward. (Surah Ya Sin, 11)

Give good news to the believers that they will receive immense favour from God. (Surat al-Ahzab, 47)

And other things you love: support from God and imminent victory. Give good news to the believers! (Surat as-Saff, 13)

Each time a sura is sent down there are some among them who say, ‘Which of you has this increased in faith?’ As for those who believe, it increases them in faith and they rejoice at it. (Surat at-Tawba, 124)

Those who shun the worship of false gods and turn towards God will have good news. So give good news to My servants. (Surat az-Zumar, 17)

Knowing That God Loves Believers’ Deeds and Rewards Them Greatly for Their Benevolence



Not so! All who submit themselves completely to God and are good-doers will find their reward with their Lord. They will feel no fear and will know no sorrow. (Surat al-Baqarah, 112)

Spend in the Way of God. Do not cast yourselves into destruction. and do good: God loves good-doers. (Surat al-Baqarah, 195)

Anyone who does a good action will get something better. As for anyone who does a bad action, those who have done bad actions will only be repaid for what they did. (Surat al-Qasas, 84)

God will reward them for what they say with Gardens with rivers flowing under them, remaining in them timelessly, for ever. That is the recompense of the good-doers. (Surat al-Ma’idah, 85)

It is not devoutness to turn your faces to the East or to the West. Rather, those with true devoutness are those who believe in God and the Last Day, the Angels, the Book and the Prophets, and who, despite their love for it, give away their wealth to their relatives and to orphans and the very poor, and to travellers and beggars and to set slaves free, and who perform prayer and give the alms; those who honour their contracts when they make them, and are steadfast in poverty and illness and in battle. Those are the people who are true. They are the people who guard against evil. (Surat al-Baqarah, 177)

Those who produce a good action will receive ten like it. But those who produce a bad action will only be repaid with its equivalent and they will not be wronged. (Surat al-An’am, 160)

And there are others who say, ‘Our Lord, give us good in this world, and good in the hereafter, and safeguard us from the punishment of the Fire.’ They will have a good share from what they have earned. God is swift at reckoning. (Surat al-Baqarah, 201-202)

Those who did good and guarded against evil among those who responded to God and the Messenger after the wound had been inflicted will have an immense reward. (Surah Al ‘Imran, 172)

God does not wrong anyone by so much as the smallest speck. and if there is a good deed God will multiply it and pay out an immense reward direct from Him. (Surat an-Nisa’, 40)

There is no good in much of their secret talk, except in the case of those who enjoin charity, or what is right, or putting things right between people. If anyone does that, seeking the pleasure of God, We will give him an immense reward. (Surat an-Nisa’,114)

…But people are prone to selfish greed. If you do good and guard against evil, God is aware of what you do. (Surat an-Nisa’, 128)

…They distort the true meaning of words and have forgotten a good portion of what they were reminded of. You will never cease to come upon some act of treachery on their part, except for a few of them. Yet pardon them, and overlook. God loves good-doers. (Surat al-Ma’idah, 13)

Those who believe and do right actions are not to blame for anything they have eaten provided they guard against evil and have faith and do right actions, and then again guard against evil and have faith, and then guard against evil and do good. God loves good-doers. (Surat al-Ma’idah, 93)

We gave him Ishaq and Ya‘qub, each of whom We guided. and before him We had guided Nuh. and among his descendants were Dawud and Sulayman, and Ayyub, Yusuf, Musa and Harun. That is how We recompense the good-doers. (Surat al-An’am, 84)

Do not corrupt the earth after it has been put right. Call on Him fearfully and eagerly. God’s mercy is close to the good-doers. (Surat al-A’raf, 56)

(Musa said,) ‘Prescribe good for us in this world and the hereafter. We have truly turned to You.’ He said, ‘As for My punishment, I strike with it anyone I will. My mercy extends to all things but I will prescribe it for those who guard against evil and give the alms, and those who believe in Our Signs.’ (Surat al-A’raf, 156)

It was not for people of Madina, and the desert arabs around them, to remain behind the Messenger of God nor to prefer themselves to him. That is because no thirst or weariness or hunger will afflict them in the Way of God, nor will they take a single step to infuriate the disbelievers, nor secure any gain from the enemy, without a right action being written down for them because of it. God does not let the wage of the good-doers go to waste. (Surat at-Tawba, 120)

Perform prayer at each end of the day and in the first part of the night. Good actions eradicate bad actions. This is a reminder for people who pay heed. and be steadfast. God does not let the wage of good-doers go to waste. (Surah Hud, 114-115)

And then when he became a full-grown man, We gave him knowledge and right judgement too. That is how We reward all doers of good. (Surah Yusuf, 22)

And thus We established Yusuf in the land so he could live in any place he pleased. We grant Our grace to anyone We will and We do not allow to go to waste the wage of any people who do good. (Surah Yusuf, 56)

They said, ‘Are you Yusuf?’ He said, ‘I am indeed Yusuf, and this here is my brother. God has acted graciously to us. As for those who fear God and are steadfast, God does not allow to go to waste the wage of any people who do good.’ (Surah Yusuf, 90)

(People of intelligence are) those who are steadfast in seeking the face of their Lord, and perform prayer and give from the provision We have given them, secretly and openly, and stave off evil with good, it is they who will have the Ultimate Abode. (Surat ar-Ra`d, 22)

Be patient. But your patience is only by God. Do not be grieved by them and do not be constricted by the plots they hatch. God is with those who have fear of Him and with those who are good-doers. (Surat an-Nahl, 127-128)

If you do good, you do it to yourselves. If you do evil, you do it to your detriment…(Surat al-Isra’, 7)

Those who perform good actions will receive better than them and will be safe that Day from terror. Those who perform bad actions will be flung head first into the Fire: ‘Are you being repaid for anything other than what you did?’ (Surat an-Naml, 89-90)

And when he reached his full strength and maturity, We gave him judgement and knowledge. That is how We recompense good-doers. (Surat al-Qasas, 14)

They will be given their reward twice over because they have been steadfast and because they ward off the bad with the good and give from what we have provided for them. (Surat al-Qasas, 54)

Say: ‘Servants of Mine who believe! Have fear of your Lord. for those who do good in this world there is good and God’s earth is spacious. the steadfast will be paid their wages in full without any reckoning.’ (Surat az-Zumar, 10)

That is the good news which God gives to His servants who believe and do right actions. Say: ‘I do not ask you for any wage for this–except for you to love your near of kin. If anyone does a good action, We will increase the good of it for him. God is Ever-Forgiving, Ever-Thankful. (Surat ash-Shura, 23)

Doing Good Deeds Only for the Sake of God



Do not bestow a favour in the expectation of receiving more in return. (Surat al-Mudathir, 6)

(Believers say,) ‘We feed you only out of desire for the Face of God. We do not want any repayment from you or any thanks. We fear from our Lord a horribly distressful Day.’ (Surat al-Insan, 9-10)

... Whatever good you give away is to your own benefit, when you give desiring only the Face of God. Whatever good you give away will be repaid to you in full. You will not be wronged. (Surat al-Baqarah, 272)

The metaphor of those who spend their wealth, desiring the pleasure of God and firmness for themselves, is that of a garden on a hillside. When heavy rain falls on it, it doubles its produce; and if heavy rain does not fall, there is dew. God sees what you do. (Surat al-Baqarah, 265)

And among the desert arabs there are some who believe in God and the Last Day and regard what they give as something which will bring them nearer to God and to the prayers of the Messenger. It does indeed bring them near. God will admit them into His mercy. God is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surat at-Tawba, 99)

Helping Each Other on Good Deeds and Piety



Help each other to goodness and heedfulness. Do not help each other to wrongdoing and enmity. Have fear of God. God is severe in retribution. (Surat al-Ma’idah, 2)

(Musa said,) ‘Assign me a helper from my family, my brother Harun. Strengthen my back by him and let him share in my task, so that we can glorify You much and remember You much.’ (Surah Ta Ha, 29-34)

Competing in Acts of Charity, and Praying to God for Being An Exemplar of Piety



Each person faces a particular direction so race each other to the good. Wherever you are, God will bring you all together. Truly God has power over all things. (Surat al-Baqarah, 148)

They believe in God and the Last Day, and enjoin the right and forbid the wrong, and compete in doing good. They are among the righteous. (Surah Al ‘Imran, 114)

Then We made Our chosen servants inherit the Book. But some of them wrong themselves; some are ambivalent; and some outdo each other in good by God’s permission. That is the great favour. (Surah Fatir, 32)

We responded to him and gave him Yahya, restoring for him his wife’s fertility. They outdid one another in good actions, calling out to Us in yearning and in awe, and humbling themselves to Us. (Surat al-Anbiya’, 90)

Such people are truly racing towards good things, and they are the first to reach them. (Surat al-Mu’minun, 61)

(Believers are) those who say, ‘Our Lord, give us joy in our wives and children and make us a good example for those who guard against evil’ (Surat al-Furqan, 74)

And the Forerunners, the Forerunners. Those are the Ones Brought Near in Gardens of Delight. (Surat al-Waq’iah, 10)

Then press forward as in a race… (Surat an-Nazi’at, 4)

We made them leaders, guiding by Our command, and revealed to them how to do good actions and perform prayer and give the alms, and they worshipped Us. (Surat al-Anbiya’, 73)

Being Qualified for the Responsibilities Taken to Earn the Approval of God



The King said, ‘Bring him to me straight away! So I may draw him very close to me.’ When he had spoken with him, he declared, ‘Today you are trusted, established in our sight. (Surah Yusuf, 54)

He (Yusuf) said, ‘Entrust the country’s stores to me. in truth I am a knowing guardian. (Surah Yusuf, 55)

One of them said, ‘Hire him, father. the best person to hire is someone strong and trustworthy. (Surat al-Qasas, 26)

Before them We put Pharaoh’s people to the test when a noble Messenger came to them, saying ‘Hand over to me the servants of God. I am a trustworthy Messenger to you. (Surat ad-Dukhan, 17-18)

Endued with Power, with rank before the Lord of the Throne, with authority there, (and) faithful to his trust. and (O people!) your companion is not one possessed. (Surat at-Takwir, 20-21)

A demon of the jinn said, ‘I will bring it to you before you get up from your seat. I am strong and trustworthy enough to do it.’ (Surat an-Naml, 39)

Fully Understanding That Love Is the Reason Behind God’s Creation of the Whole Universe and the Trial on Earth, Deeply Loving God and His Manifestations



Some people set up equals to God, loving them as they should love God. But those who believe have greater love for God. If only you could see those who do wrong at the time when they see the punishment, and that truly all strength belongs to God, and that God is severe in punishment. (Surat al-Baqarah, 165)

And (We gave Yahya) tenderness and purity from Us–he guarded against evil. (Surah Maryam, 13)

Among His Signs is that He created spouses for you of your own kind so that you might find tranquillity in them. and He has placed affection and compassion between you. There are certainly Signs in that for people who reflect. (Surat ar-Rum, 21)

That is the good news which God gives to His servants who believe and do right actions. Say: ‘I do not ask you for any wage for this–except for you to love your near of kin. If anyone does a good action, We will increase the good of it for him. God is Ever-Forgiving, Ever-Thankful. (Surat ash-Shura, 23)

Loving companions matched in age. (Surat al-Waqi’ah, 37)

He (Sulayman) said, ‘Truly do I love the love of good, with a view to the glory of my Lord until the sun disappeared behind its veil.’ (Surah Sad, 32)

As for those who believe and do right actions, the All-Merciful will bestow His love on them. (Surah Maryam, 96)

(God said to Musa,) ‘When We revealed to your mother: “Place him into the box and throw it into the sea and the sea will wash it up on the shore, where an enemy of Mine and his will pick it up.” I showered you with love from Me so that you would be brought up under My supervision. (Surah Ta Ha, 39)

Always Aspiring for Peace



You who believe! Enter Islam (peace) totally. Do not follow in the footsteps of Satan. He is an outright enemy to you. (Surat al-Baqarah, 208)

If they (enemies) incline to peace, you too incline to it, and put your trust in God. He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing. (Surat al-Anfal, 61)

If a woman fears cruelty or aversion on her husband’s part, there is nothing wrong in the couple becoming reconciled. Reconciliation is better. But people are prone to selfish greed. If you do good and guard against evil, God is aware of what you do. (Surat an-Nisa’, 128)

God calls to the Abode of Peace and He guides whom He wills to a straight path. (Surah Yunus, 25)

Not Sinking Into Sorrow and Dismay in the Face of Troubles



Do not grieve over them and do not let the plots they make distress you. (Surat an-Naml, 70)

Be patient. But your patience is only by God. Do not be grieved by them and do not be constricted by the plots they hatch. (Surat an-Nahl, 127)

Do not falter nor feel saddened since you are superior, if you believers. (Surah Al ‘Imran, 139)

Remember when you were scrambling up the slope, refusing to turn back for anyone, and the Messenger was calling to you from the rear. God rewarded you with one distress in return for another so you would not feel grief for what escaped you or what assailed you. God is aware of what you do. (Surah Al ‘Imran, 153)

Do not let those who rush headlong into disbelief sadden you. They do not harm God in any way. God desires to assign no portion to them in the hereafter. They will have a terrible punishment. (Surah Al ‘Imran, 176)

When Our Messengers came to Lut, he was distressed on their account, feeling incapable of protecting them. They said, ‘Do not fear and do not grieve. We are going to rescue you and your family–except for your wife; she will be one of those who stay behind.’ (Surat al-Anqabut, 33)

The greatest terror will not upset them and the angels will welcome them: ‘This is your Day, the one that you were promised.’ (Surat al-Anbiya’, 103)

A voice called out to her (Maryam) from under her, ‘Do not grieve! Your Lord has placed a small stream at your feet.’ (Surah Maryam, 24)

(God said to Musa,) ‘When your sister went and said, “Shall I direct you to someone who will take care of him?” that was how We returned you to your mother so that she might delight her eyes and not be grieved. You killed a man and We rescued you from trouble and tested you with many trials. You stayed some years among the people of Madyan. Then you arrived at the pre-ordained time, Musa!’ (Surah Ta Ha, 40)

So do not let their words distress you. We know what they keep secret and what they divulge. (Surah Ya Sin, 76)

One Must Refrain from Behaving Ungratefully No Matter the Circumstances



God will defend those who believe. God does not love any thankless traitor. (Surat al-Hajj, 38)

When harm occurs to you at sea, those you call on vanish–except for Him alone! But when He delivers you to dry land, you turn away. Man truly is ungrateful. Do you feel secure against Him causing the shore to swallow you up or sending against you a sudden squall of stones? Then you will find no one to be your guardian. or do you feel secure against Him taking you back into it another time and sending a violent storm against you and drowning you for your ingratitude? Then you will find no one to defend you against Us. (Surat al-Isra’, 67-69)

It is He Who gave you life and then will cause you to die and then will give you life again. Man is truly ungrateful. (Surat al-Hajj, 66)

Remember Me–I will remember you. Give thanks to Me and do not be ungrateful. (Surat al-Baqarah, 152)

You can ask forgiveness for them, or not ask forgiveness for them. Even if you asked forgiveness for them seventy times, God still would not forgive them. That is because they have rejected God and His Messenger. God does not guide deviant people. (Surat at-Tawba, 80)

If We let man taste mercy from Us, and then take it away from him, he is despairing, ungrateful. (Surah Hud, 9)

In the same way We have sent you among a nation before which other nations passed away, to recite to them what We have revealed to you. Yet they still reject the All-Merciful. Say: ‘He is my Lord; there is no god but Him. I put my trust in Him and I turn to Him.’ (Surat ar-Ra`d, 30)

He has given you everything you have asked Him for. If you tried to number God’s blessings, you could never count them. Man is indeed wrongdoing, ungrateful. (Surah Ibrahim, 34)

(Musa said to his people,) ‘And when your Lord announced: “If you are grateful, I will certainly give you increase, but if you are ungrateful, My punishment is severe.”‘ (Surah Ibrahim, 7)

God makes an example of a city which was safe and at peace, its provision coming to it plentifully from every side. Then it showed ingratitude for God’s blessings so God made it wear the robes of hunger and fear for what it did. (Surat an-Nahl, 112)

Any blessing you have is from God. Then when harm touches you, it is to Him you cry for help. But when He removes the harm from you, a group of you associate others with their Lord, ungrateful for what We have given them. Enjoy yourselves. You will soon know! (Surat an-Nahl, 53-55)

Squanderers are brothers to the Satans, and Satan was ungrateful to his Lord. (Surat al-Isra’, 27)

He who possessed knowledge of the Book said, ‘I will bring it to you before your glance returns to you.’ and when he saw it standing firmly in his presence, he (Sulayman) said, ‘This is part of my Lord’s favour to test me to see if I will give thanks or show ingratitude. Whoever gives thanks only does so to his own gain. Whoever is ungrateful, my Lord is Rich Beyond Need, Generous.’ (Surat an-Naml, 40)

When they embark in ships, they call on God, making their religion sincerely His, but then when He delivers them safely to the land, they associate others with Him. Let them be ungrateful for what We have given them! Let them enjoy themselves–they will soon know! (Surat al-Anqabut, 65-66)

Do they not see that We have established a safe haven while people all round them are violently dispossessed? So why do they believe in falsehood and reject the blessing of God? (Surat al-Anqabut, 67)

But if We send a wind, and they see it (the crop) turning yellow, still they persist after that in disbelieving. (Surat ar-Rum, 51)

When the waves hang over them like canopies, they call on God, making their religion sincerely His. But then when He delivers them safely to the land, some of them are ambivalent. None but a treacherous, thankless man denies Our Signs. (Surah Luqman, 32)

That is how We repaid them for their ingratitude. Are any but the ungrateful repaid like this? (Surah Saba’, 17)

Whereas for those who disbelieve there will be the Fire of Hell. They will not be killed off so that they die and its punishment will not be lightened for them. That is how We repay every thankless man. (Surah Fatir, 36)

But if they turn away, We have not sent you to be their guardian. You are only responsible for transmission. When We let a man taste mercy from Us he exults in it. But if something bad strikes him for what he has done he is ungrateful. (Surat ash-Shura, 48)

They have assigned to Him a portion of His creatures! Truly man is openly ungrateful. (Surat az-Zukhruf, 15)

(The Guards of Hell will be told,) ‘Hurl into Hell every obdurate disbeliever.’ (Surat al-Qaf, 24)

We guided him on the Way, whether he is thankful or unthankful. (Surat al-Insan, 3)

Therefore wait patiently for the judgement of your Lord. Do not obey any evildoer or thankless man among them. (Surat al-Insan, 24)

Curse man for his ingratitude! (Surah Abasa, 17)

What is the matter with them that they have no faith and, when the Qur’an is recited to them, do not prostrate? But on the contrary the Uunbelievers reject. (Surat al-Inshiqaq, 20-22)

Truly man i ungrateful to his Lord. (Surat al-`Adiyat, 6)

 

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