My question is that I will start off really believing and following Islam, but to continue in the path is really difficult.

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My question is that I will start off really believing and following Islam, but to continue in the path is really difficult. I hope you are understand what I am trying to mean, but it is as if I am being pulled by a strong force away and it is a huge struggle to go back in the path when the other path seems easier.


Taqwa is the way I really believe it, but how can we contain it in our heart continiously. I try to do good deeds at work to by not wasting time but doing dhikr, is there any precepts we should busy ourselves with at work according to the Shariah, I would like to be submitted at all times, but sometimes do not know what else I should be doing which Allah would be pleased with.

 

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Taqwa forces of good and evil

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person,  no grave, no prophet,  no imam,  no dai,  nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 90 Surah Balad verses 4-16:

4        Verily We have created man into toil and struggle.

5        Thinketh he that none hath power over him?

6        He may say (boastfully): "Wealth have I squandered in abundance!"

7        Thinketh he that none beholdeth him?

8        Have We not made for him a pair of eyes?

9        And a tongue and a pair of lips?

10      And shown him the two highways (the right and the wrong)?

11      But he hath made no haste on the path that is steep.

12      And what will explain to thee the path that is steep?

13      (It is:) freeing the bondman;

14      Or the giving of food in a day of privation

15      To the orphan with claims of relationship

16      Or to the indigent (down) in the dust.

17      Then will he be of those who believe and enjoin patience and enjoin deeds of kindness and compassion.

18      Such are the Companions of the Right Hand.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 91 Surah Shams verses 7-10:

7        By the Soul and the proportion and order given to it;

8        And its enlightenment, as to its wrong and its right;

9        Truly he succeeds that purifies it

10      And he fails that corrupts it!

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 79 Surah Naziaat verses 34-41:

34      Therefore when there comes the great Overwhelming (The Day of Judgment)

35      The Day when Man shall remember (all) that he strove for

36      And Hell-Fire shall be placed in full view for (all) to see

37      Then for such as had transgressed all bounds

38      And had preferred the life of this world

39      The Abode will be Hell-Fire;

40      And for such as had entertained the fear of standing before their Lord's (tribunal) and had restrained (their) soul from lower Desires

41      Their abode will be the Garden.

 

Sahih Muslim Hadith 6778     Narrated by Anas ibn Malik

Paradise is surrounded by hardships and the Hell-Fire is surrounded by temptations.

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.494         Narrated by Abu Huraira

Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "The (Hell) Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions, while Paradise is surrounded by all kinds of disliked undesirable things."

 

Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4726  Narrated by Abu Hurayrah

The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: ‘When Allah created Paradise, He, (The High and Exalted), said to Jibrael: ‘Go and look at it!’  He (Jibrael ) went and looked at it, then came and said: O my Lord! By Thy Might, no one who hears of it will fail to enter it!’  He, (The High and Exalted),  then surrounded it with disagreeable things, and said: ‘Go and look at it (now), O Jibrael!’  He (Jibrael ) went and looked at it, then came and said: ‘O my Lord! By Thy Might, I am afraid that no one will enter it!’   When Allah created Hell, He said: ‘Go and look at it, Jibrael!’  He (Jibrael) went and looked at it, then came and said: ‘O my Lord! By Thy Might, no one who hears of it will enter it!’   He (The High and Exalted) then surrounded it with desirable things and said: ‘Go and look at it (now), O Jibrael!’   He (Jibrael ) went, looked at it, then came and said: ‘O my Lord! By Thy Might and Power, I am afraid that no one will remain who does not enter it!’

 

Your Question: My question is that I will start off really believing and following Islam, but to continue in the path is really difficult. I hope you are understand what I am trying to mean, but it is as if I am being pulled by a strong force away and it is a huge struggle to go back in the path when the other path seems easier.

My dear and beloved brother, the struggle that you have experienced in your life between the forces of good and evil is the struggle and trial every single true believer has to face and overcome, if indeed he wishes to follow the path that is Straight and Steep…for that is the path that leads directly to the Mercy and Forgiveness of Allah Subhanah!

 

Allah Subhanah Who created everything in existence, created the good as well as the evil, guided man towards the results of taking these paths, and bestowed man with intelligence and a ‘free will’ to choose which path he wishes to follow. And that is precisely the test which Allah Subhanah has bestowed upon man, to see who amongst His creation heed His guidance, control their desires and temptations, and choose to tread the path that is Straight and Steep….and who amongst His creation deny His guidance, blindly follow their lusts, desires, and temptations, and choose to tread the path that seems easy and desirable!

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran in Chapter 67 Surah Al Mulk verse 2: He (Allah) created death and life that He may test you, to see which of you is the best in deeds.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 21 Surah Anbiyaa verse 35: Every soul shall have a taste of death: and We test you by evil and by good by way of trial: to Us must ye return.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 29 Surah Ankabut verses 2-7:

2        Do men think that they will be left alone on saying "We believe" and that they will not be tested?

3        We did test those before them and Allah will certainly know those who are true from those who are false.

4        Do those who practice evil think that they will get the better of us? Evil is their judgment!

5        For those whose hopes are in the meeting with Allah (let them strive to do good); for the Term (appointed) by Allah is surely coming: and He hears and knows (all things).

6        And if any strive they do so for their own souls: for Allah is free of all needs from all creation.

7        Those who believe and work righteous deeds from them shall We blot out all evil (that may be) in them, and We shall reward them according to the best of their deeds.

 

Thus, my beloved brother in Islam, this struggle between the two paths of good and evil, piety and impiety, right and wrong, righteousness and wickedness, Truth and falsehood will remain till the last breath is squeezed out of our lungs and until the very last man survives on this earth; for that is when the trial of each individual ends, and the results of their test of life are Judged and Declared by the One Who is a Witness to all things!

 

Your Question: Taqwa is the way I really believe it, but how can we contain it in our heart continiously

Unlike one’s natural instinct and desire for the love of the accumulation of wealth, or attraction to women, or the love of children, or love of life and this transitory world…to fear, worship and do deeds only for the sake and Pleasure of Allah is something which one needs to choose to strive and develop and train one’s soul to do; and therein lies the test of life which has been ordained and decreed by Allah Subhanah for mankind:

 

Whoever amongst mankind controls his soul towards the temptations of this short and transient world in preference for His Promises and Rewards of the eternal Gardens of Bliss in the Everlasting life of the Hereafter? 

 

The ones who choose to fear Allah, control their souls from lower desires, and of their own choice submit their will to the Will of their Lord, will pass the test ordained by their Lord; and the ones who choose to run after the transient and temporary luxuries and pleasures of this world, fall into temptations, and refuse to submit their will to the Will of their Creator will miserably fail their ordained test of life.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 79 Surah Naziat verses 34-41:

34      Therefore when there comes the Great Overwhelming (Event, ie: The Day of Judgment!)

35      The Day when Man shall remember (all) that he strove for

36      And Hell-Fire shall be placed in full view for (all) to see

37      Then for such as had transgressed all bounds

38      And had preferred the life of this world

39      Their Abode will be Hell-Fire;

40      And for such as had entertained the fear of standing before their Lord's (tribunal) and had restrained (their) soul from Lower Desires

41      Their Abode will be the Garden.

 

To develop ‘taqwa’ or ‘fear’ of Allah’, the absolute first thing one needs to do is to recognize who exactly is his Lord and Creator, why has He created everything in existence, why has He created you on this earth, what deeds are Pleasing to Him, what deeds bring about His Wrath and Anger, what exactly are His Rewards promised for His righteous and obedient slaves, and what punishments await those who deny and disobey Him?

 

The Lord Creator is not only All-Mighty and All-Powerful, He is also The Most Merciful, and The All-Wise!  He did not create man and leave him alone to find out the answers to these questions by themselves, but in His Supreme, Sublime, and Infinite Mercy, He Himself revealed the answers to all these questions in His Glorious Book of Guidance, The Al-Quran!

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verses 2-5:

2        This (Quran) is the Book; in it is guidance sure without doubt to those who fear Allah.

3        Who believe in the Unseen, are steadfast in prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them.

4        And who believe in the Revelation sent to thee and sent before thy time, and (in their hearts) have the assurance of the Hereafter.

5        They are on (true) guidance from their Lord and it is these who will prosper.

 

Thus the absolute best way to recognize one’s Lord Creator and the substance of one’s short test of life in this transient world is to read, understand, obey, follow and completely submit to the Blessed and Noble Message revealed for our guidance by our Lord Most Merciful, Most Gracious. 

 

Once you determine and submit to the guidance of the Glorious Quran, all the questions regarding faith and the substance of the test of life will be answered in detail and in a crystal-clear format which only behoves the Lord All-Knowing, All-Wise.  Once you recognize the Lord Who created you, and the reason for your existence, and once you submit your will to His Will in return for His Promised Everlasting and Eternal Gardens of Paradise in the life of the Hereafter; your whole life will become a meaningful strive towards a beautiful mission called ‘Paradise’! 

 

And once you make up your mind to tread the path that would earn you the eternal and everlasting Rewards of Paradise, the world with all its luxuries, pleasures, and temptations will look worthless and insignificant; and all your striving will be towards that Inevitable Reality of the Hereafter. 

 

This state of consciousness of standing in the Presence of the Majestic and Supreme Lord One Inevitable Day is what Allah calls ‘taqwa’ or piety in His Quran; and it is this ‘taqwa’ which will inspire you all your life towards doing deeds that would earn you the Eternal Pleasure and Good Will of your Lord, and it is this same ‘taqwa’ which will inspire you to abstain from doing anything which would bring about His Unbearable Wrath and Anger. 

 

Taqwa means to abstain from doing anything that would bring about the Wrath and Displeasure of the Lord All-Mighty; and to do deeds of righteousness which are commanded by Allah and His Messenger (saws).  Taqwa is to live every moment of ones life with the solemn belief that on One Inevitable Day every soul will be brought forth in the Presence of the Majestic Lord to give a full accounting of every one of his deeds.  Taqwa is to determine before doing anything whether the Lord Most Merciful will be Pleased or Dis-pleased with the deed; if one determines that the Lord will be pleased with the deed, he must do it wholeheartedly; and if one determines that the deed would bring about the displeasure and Wrath of Allah Subhanah, he must immediately abstain from it.  Taqwa is to live every moment of one’s life consciously striving to do deeds which would earn him the Pleasure and Good Will of the Lord Most Merciful, and abstain from doing deeds which would bring about His displeasure and Wrath.

 

If one studies the Glorious Quran, one would realize that more often than not, wherever Allah Subhanah Promises His slaves the Eternal Gardens of Paradise, the manifestation of the term ‘taqwa’ is almost always associated with it!

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale Imraan verse 133: Be quick in the race for forgiveness from your Lord and for a Garden whose width is that (of the whole) of the heavens and of the earth; prepared for the ‘Muttaqeen’.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 50 Surah Qaaf verses 31-33:

31      And the Garden will be brought nigh to the ‘Muttaqeen’, no more a thing distant.

32      (A voice will say:) "This is what was promised for you, for everyone who turned (to Allah) in sincere repentance who kept (his law).

33      "Who feared (Allah) Most Gracious unseen and brought a heart turned in devotion (to Him):

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 52 Surah Tur verses 17-18:

17      As to the ‘Muttaqeen’ they will be in Gardens and in Happiness

18      Enjoying the (Bliss) which their Lord hath bestowed on them and their Lord shall deliver them from the Penalty of the Fire.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 68 Surah Qalam verse 34: Verily for the ‘Muttaqeen’ are Gardens of Delight in the Presence of their Lord.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 16 Surah Nahl verse 31: Gardens of Eternity which they will enter: beneath them flow (pleasant) rivers: they will have therein all that they wish: thus doth Allah reward the ‘Muttaqeen’

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 25 Surah Furqan verses 15-16:

15      Say: "Is that (fire) better or the eternal Gardens promised to the ‘Muttaqeen’? For them that is a reward as well as a goal (of attainment).

16      "For them there will be therein all that they wish for: they will dwell (there) for aye: a promise to be prayed for from thy Lord."

 

Thus, in conclusion, my dear and beloved sister in Islam, I remind you and I remind myself, the absolute best way to bring about his reformation in our hearts to get close to the Remembrance of our Lord Who Created us; and the best way to Remember our Lord is to read, understand, obey, follow and completely submit ourselves to His Glorious Message which He Himself revealed for our guidance, The One and Only Glorious and Noble Quran! 

 

Allah is our witness, one who sincerely submits himself to the Glorious Message of their Lord will find that his whole life will become a life spent in the worship and praise of His Lord; his prayers, his fasts, his zakat, his Hajj, his work, his relationship with fellow man, his gain, his loss, in fact, his every single deed will be aligned to earn the Pleasure and Good Will of His Lord Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

 

Suhaib ibn Sinan narrated that the Prophet (saws) said: "How remarkable is the case of the believer! There is good for him in everything, but this is not the case for anyone except for the believer. When the believer receives any good, he is thankful to Allah, and gets a reward. And when some misfortune befalls him, he endures it patiently, for which he is (also) rewarded."

 

May Allah Subhanah bless you and us, have mercy on you and us, and bestow upon you and us and all the believers the wisdom and the courage to choose and prefer this Straight but steep Path of Rigtheousness that leads to the Mercy and Rewards of our Lord, and abstain from all deeds that lead to His Anger and His Wrath.  Ameen.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your Brother in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 

 

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