Sunday, August 31, 2014
Fundamentals of achieving a Good Life
By: Imaam Abdur Rahman As-Sa'dee رحمه الله
Edited by: Umm Hasna bint Jabir as-Saylâniyyah
The greatest and fundamental means of achieving a good life are Eemaan (certain belief) and good deeds. Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى said:
مَنْ عَمِلَ صَالِحًا مِّن ذَكَرٍ أَوْ أُنثَى وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ فَلَنُحْيِيَنَّهُ حَيَاةً طَيِّبَةً وَلَنَجْزِيَنَّهُمْ أَجْرَهُم بِأَحْسَنِ مَا كَانُواْ يَعْمَلُونَ
"Whoever works righteousness, whether male or female, while he (or she) is a true believer (of Islâmic Monotheism) verily, to him We will give a good life (in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision), and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do (i.e. Paradise in the Hereafter)."
So Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى informs and promises whoever joins true belief with good and righteous deeds, that He will give him a good and pure life in this world, and a good reward in this world and in the Hereafter.
The reason behind this is very clear. This is because true believers in Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى, have a sound belief that gives rise to righteous deeds, and mends the heart and corrects human behaviour, and makes good both this world and the Hereafter. Such a people have the basic elements that guide them in dealing with situations of happiness and joy, and situations of anxiety, sorrow and grief.