Things to Follow in Islam for a Better Life
December 28,2017 - Published 173 days ago
Every person in this world has a wish of better life in his mind. Everyone tries his best to improve his life but the methods of every person vary depending upon the concept of every person. Such as a business man wants to improve his business, a farmer wants to improve the field of his crops similarly a true Muslim remains in the quest to improve his Islamic life. He tries his best to follow Islam at every step of his life as he knows the real success can be achieved by following the rules of Islam and it is only Islam that leads us to a better life. After realizing this truth one wants to know what things I have to follow for a better life? Here is a humble try to find the answer of this question and some Islamic virtues are mentioned here for a better life.
To Enjoin Good and Forbid Evil
This unique act is not only a great virtue in Islam, but it is an important duty for Muslims. Islam does not only require the Muslims to be good and to avoid evil, but it also obligates them to enjoin good and forbid evil to the best of their ability. The struggle to enjoin good and forbid evil is a form of Jihad. It is awarded immensely, because it saves the doer and others from deviating and from ultimate failure in hereafter. This is the best favor one can do for oneself and others.
Ikhlas literally means sincerity or purity. However, Ikhlas in Islam means performing an act with a pure intention of pleasing Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and an action performed solely for the sake of pleasure Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ becomes a part of worship. Ikhlas is required in everything that is to be undertaken and in order to get appropriate reward. If they do good things with the intention to gain any other material benefit, they are far from Ikhlas. Their hard work with such impure intentions receives no reward from Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ , because Allah’s pleasure was not their sole intention. Muslims know and believe that ultimately their return is to Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ therefore, their hearts must be free from any other purpose but only for their creator. Clearly, it can be said that Ikhlas is backbone of earning the pleasure of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ .
Sidq means honesty, veracity and truthfulness. In Islam, sidq is one of the greatest virtues. Muslims who reach the highest level of sidq are guaranteed the title of sadiq (truthful and trustworthy). In Islam, a Muslim is to be honest and truthful under all circumstances. It is said that lying makes the heart become deficient and unable to reflect and observe divine attributes. Muslims must speak truthfully, uphold truth, be alongside truth and be honest in their actions and intentions when fulfilling commitments. Honesty and veracity are integral parts of a Muslim’s life. In fact it is through sidq that a Muslim reaches on the status of being a true Momin. It is shameful for a Muslim not to practice sidq. Prior to declaring his Prophethood, our Beloved Rasool Muhammad صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ was known by the virtue of sidq among the Quraysh tribe of Makkah, who called him sadiq and ameen.
Tawakkul is the trust, depend, and rely on. Muslims are to depend only on Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and faithfully trust Him, as He is sufficient for them. The virtue of tawakkul is extremely essential in the sight of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ . Whoever faithfully trusts and relies on Him Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ will never let him down and will always fulfill his needs. Being faithful and trusting and relying on Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ do not mean that Muslims become immobile and do not utilize the sources provided to them. In fact it means to do their best, and then put complete trust on Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ .
Love is the central virtue in Islam. In fact, it is the mother of all virtuous deeds. It brings many benefits to individuals and to society, and carries abundant reward from the Lord Almighty. Brotherhood, tolerance, forgiveness, respect, benevolence, gratefulness, sacrifice, loyalty, charity, friendship, hospitality, sympathy etc. are all born out of love. Whoever is devoid of love lacks this virtue. Since all of these virtues carry considerable weight in the roster of deeds and are included in broader concept of worship in Islam, one can easily grasp the importance and status of love in Islam. In Islam love of things must come after the love of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and His Beloved Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ. It is the love of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and the Prophet صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ that makes it easy for Muslims to abide by divine rules and to become true believers. When true and selfless love of people pays off, then certainly the love of the Almighty pays off as well. The slaves who love Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ truly receive His love in return, and what reward can be greater than this for them.
Simplicity the virtue of being simple and leading a simple lifestyle saves people from many inexplicable troubles in life. Simplicity protects one from becoming slave of wants, wishes and of society. A simple Islamic lifestyle shows that the abode of this life is temporary and the real life is that of hereafter. There are so many things to follow in Islam for better life in short on each and every step; one should follow the command of Sharia for a better life.
May Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ enable us to follow these teachings of Islam!