Love Of Allah
People naturally like to express their happiness toward those who show them a little courtesy or kindness. For example, he would be very happy if a person welcomes him to his home and offers him whatever he likes, especially if the host is a sensitive person who offers whatever is needed before being asked to do so. Similarly, a person who is suffering from a serious illness and who regains his health by means of a doctor's treatment will be very grateful to him. The same is true for a pedestrian who is rescued by a stranger from an oncoming car, for he will do whatever he can to show his gratitude.
Someone who is sick and dependent upon others will constantly thank his care-taker, who ensures that his needs are being met. In recognition of this service, he will show his love and appreciation by treating him in a very respectful manner. Every person loves those who are good to them, and will try to treat them in the same manner.
However, some people forget that only Allah can make people happy, treat them with respect, offer them good sustenance and blessings, create pleasing views for them, grant them a new lease on life every morning, protect them from all dangers, cure them when they are ill, ease their pain and suffering through medicine, and that He owns everything that exists. Therefore, as all of the blessings and goodness that people experience come only from Allah, they should direct all of their love, respect, sense of obligation, loyalty, and thanks to Him. While thanking others for their help, we should never forget that our Lord has inspired them to show us mercy and help us. Allah informs us that:
To Allah belongs the kingdom of the heavens and Earth. He gives life and causes to die. You have no protector or helper besides Allah. (Surat at-Tawba, 116)
The Prophet Abraham's (as) supplication to Allah, which highlights His mercy upon humanity, is related in the Qur'an:
"He Who created me and guides me, Who gives me food and drink. When I am ill, He heals me. He will cause my death and then give me life." (Surat ash-Shu'ara', 78-82)
The Joy Of A Fervent Love Of Allah
ADNAN OKTAR:One must love Allah with a mad, passionate soul. With fervor. When we first wake up in the morning, Allah, Whom we love with that great passion, must immediately come to our minds, and we will start the day with this joy and happiness, in that festival spirit and joy. Because we are under the control of an infinite mind, an infinite power and an infinite compassion, as we are His servants. This is an extraordinary reason for rejoicing, and we see His blessings at all times and in all places. And our lovely Allah has prepared eternal Paradise for us. Of course the joy of this will enfold people's hearts, and we must never forget it, not even for a moment. We must live each moment, from morning until night, in a festive spirit of rejoicing, and must even experience the joy of Allah in our dreams. If we live by that joy, it will even affect us in our dreams. (Tempo TV, December 24, 2008)
ADNAN OKTAR: Of course we do not know whether we will go to Paradise or Hell, but how terrible to say one will just rot back into the ground. One must say one has a passionate love of Allah, and one will even love Him in Hell, as a passionate lover, and wander round in Hell with the words "Allah, Allah" on one's lips. Why should I wish to cease to exist? What does non-existence mean? It means severing the link between Allah and me. It means forgetting Allah. The passionate lover will recite the taqbir and remember Allah with all his might, out of love of Allah, whether he is in Paradise or Hell. One cannot abandon Allah. Companions call on Allah as their arms are cut. A Muslim burns with the love of Allah. He may go to Hell or the fire. But one can never abandon Allah. (Kocaeli TV, January 23, 2009)
Allah is the Source of Each Person's Beauty
Allah provided life to everybody from nothing, and created the world in the most beautiful and beneficial form possible. For example, people can breathe with ease, for, out of His mercy, He created the correct proportion of atmospheric gases needed for people to breathe. We all know that it is very hard to breathe in a closed environment, and that as the amount of available air decreases, the resulting pain felt by a person increases. We could have been born into a world where breathing was difficult. However, due to Allah's will and mercy, this was not the case. In fact, the air on our planet relaxes and pleases us.
Allah has filled the world with unlimited varieties of vegetables, fruits, grain cereals, and plants. If He had willed, He could have created just one type of very unpleasant-tasting food and made it vital to our survival, so that we would be forced to continue producing and consuming it. However, as part of His infinite mercy and love, Allah created a wide variety of fruits and vegetables with different flavors. Allah has created people in such a way that they must eat in order to survive, and, because of His mercy, has made eating an enjoyable experience.
He sends down water from the sky, from which We bring forth growth of every kind, and from that We bring forth the green shoots. From them We bring forth close-packed seeds, and from the spathes of the date palm date clusters hanging down, and gardens of grapes and olives and pomegranates, both similar and dissimilar. Look at their fruits as they bear fruit and ripen. There are signs in that for people who believe. (Surat al-An'am, 99)
In addition, all animals have some hidden beauty. Such domesticated animals as horses, camels, and dogs are able to help people, while other house-bound animals like birds and cats have characteristics that make them loveable. For example, He has given parrots the ability to mimic human speech and has clothed them in aesthetically pleasing feathers of blue, yellow, green, and other varied tones, and made them able to respond to human affection. In other words, Allah created this little creature as a source of love and amusement for people.
From the air we breathe to the rain that falls, from the products that grow on top of the land and beneath it, from the animals we like to water, the cornerstone of our survival, everything in nature reaches us without us exerting any effort. For people to live and continue to live, the most detailed workings take place and the most sensitive ratios are continuously maintained throughout the universe.
And also [He provides] animals for riding and for haulage, and animals for slaughtering and for wool. Eat what Allah has provided for you, and do not follow in the footsteps of satan. He is an outright enemy to you. (Surat al-An'am, 142)
Non-human creatures are unaware of their specific characteristics. A rabbit lives without knowing how loveable it is; a butterfly has no awareness of its wings' symmetry, patterns, and coordination; and a peacock, a most exquisite example of color, and symmetry, remains unaware of why it has been created and cannot comprehend beautiful things. In fact, the patterns and colors of a peacock's tail, one of the world's most beautiful spectacles, is enough to remind people to thank Allah and is just one of the blessings that shows His power and ability to create.
We built seven firm layers above you. We installed a blazing lamp. We sent down cascading water from the clouds so that by it We might bring forth grains, plants, and luxuriant gardens. (Surat an-Naba', 12-16)
Allah presents all of these beautiful creatures as a blessing to humanity. Thus people who see the aesthetics, symmetry, and colors of these animals should acknowledge Allah's power and thank Him, the Creator of all of these beauties.
Allah's creations are beyond numbering. For example, there is an unmatched aesthetic beauty in each rose. Its petals have an absolute symmetry and have been arranged with particular care. The top of each petal resembles a very expensive material that is almost as soft as velvet. Despite being planted and raised in muddy black soil, its lively colors are never dirtied or distorted. On the other hand, people using the most advanced technology available still cannot reproduce the specific characteristics of its perfume. Even the most expensive perfume becomes unbearable over time; however, each rose constantly delivers the same magnificent fresh aroma. And yet it is totally unaware of any of its remarkable characteristics, and no other plant or creature was created to enjoy its pleasures. But Allah has allowed people to enjoy each rose as a blessing.
Every beauty is a blessing from our Lord and a reflection of His infinite beauty. For this reason, every conscious, thinking person should thank Allah with great gratitude and love, for He owns all of this beauty. Allah informs us that all of His creations contain many proofs on which people should reflect:
And also the things of varying colors He has created for you in the earth. There is certainly a sign in that for people who pay heed. (Surat an-Nahl, 13)
We have mentioned only a few of the blessings He has bestowed on people. However, reflecting on just one of these examples is enough to understand Allah's mercy on all people. Those people who, due to Allah's will, have some degree of understanding and can therefore make decisions, should use this capacity to understand and love Allah properly. By using their conscience, people who acknowledge this magnificent system of creation will see that the world is full of reasons for increasing their love for Allah.
And [in it are] grains on leafy stems and fragrant herbs. So which of your Lord's blessings do you both then deny? (Surat ar-Rahman, 12-13)
In many verses of the Qur'an Allah calls upon people to reflect on the many blessings bestowed upon them and reminds them of some of these blessings:
He created humanity from a drop of sperm, and yet it is an open challenger! And He created livestock. There is warmth and various uses for you in them, and some you eat. There is beauty in them for you in the evening when you bring them home, and in the morning when you drive them out to graze. They carry your loads to lands you would never reach except with great difficulty. Your Lord is All-Gentle, Most Merciful. And horses, mules, and donkeys both to ride and for adornment. And He creates other things you do not know. The way should lead to Allah, but there are those who deviate from it. If He had willed, He could have guided every one of you. He sends down water from the sky. From it you drink, and from it come the shrubs among which you graze your herds. And by it He makes crops grow for you, as well as olives, dates, grapes, and fruit of every kind. There is certainly a sign in that for people who reflect. He has made night and day subservient to you, and the Sun and the Moon and stars, all subject to His command. There are certainly signs in that for people who use their intellect. And also the things of varying colors He has created for you in the earth. There is certainly a sign in that for people who pay heed. He made the sea subservient to you so that you can eat fresh flesh from it and bring out from it ornaments to wear. You see the ships sailing through it so that you can seek His bounty, and so that, hopefully, you will show thanks. He cast firmly embedded mountains on the Earth so it would not move under you, and rivers and pathways so that, hopefully, you would be guided. (Surat an-Nahl, 4-15)
Humanity. Remember Allah's blessing to you. Is there any creator other than Allah providing for you from heaven and earth? (Surah Fatir, 3)
Any blessing you have is from Allah. Then when harm touches you, you cry to Him for help. (Surat an-Nahl, 53)
These blessings are only a sample of the blessings given to humanity, for in a following verse, Allah proclaims: "If you tried to number Allah's blessings, you could never count them. Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful" (Surat an-Nahl, 18), Even if a person reflected on the blessings recalled in these verses, this would be enough for him to understand Allah's infinite benevolence, compassion, and mercy. Allah endowed us with life, ensured our livelihood, made us happy, and created every creature and event that makes us happy. For this reason, we must continually thank Him for these blessings and feel a great love for Him.
And also the things of varying colors He has created for you in the earth. There is certainly a sign in that for people who pay heed. (Surat an-Nahl, 13)
Fortitude in the Face of Hardship is One of the Finest Manifestations of Love of Allah
Allah is the Lord and Creator of all things. Allah loves and protects His servants, and may from time to time create different environments for them. He may sometimes cause them to live in wealth, abundance and prosperity, and at other times may test them with shortages, troubles, sickness and various difficulties. The stories of the prophets narrated in the Qur'an show that Allah put the prophets, His most beloved servants, through various tests. Throughout their lives, the Prophets Job (as), Joseph (as), Moses (as), Abraham (as), Muhammad (saas) and all the others both struggled against the traps set by the unbelievers and against the pagans and hypocrites among their own peoples, and were also tested by various hardships such as sickness, poverty and exile. At everything that befell them, the prophets would say, "Allah is enough for us and the Best of Guardians," and they represent the finest examples of the fortitude to be shown in times of difficulty. Every hardship and difficulty they experienced increased their love of and devotion to Allah many times over, and deepened their faith. They experienced the joy and happiness of encountering an environment specially created by Allah with which to test them.
True believers who follow in the path of the prophets and adopt their lives and moral virtues as role models will also encounter similar difficulties and tests. Believers confronted by such events must first display a sincere joy, enthusiasm and excitement in the face of them. They must feel a great joy in the knowledge that Allah has created this special situation in order for them to see their love of and closeness to Allah, the depth of their faith and submission, and to witness their own belief. This opportunity that arises in order for them to show their devotion to Allah must produce a great joy in them, with which they must behave in the finest manner.
Proving Love Of Allah
REPORTER: Mr. Oktar, there is something I am curious about, but first, there is a point to be clarified. We began this week's program with the words of Said Nursi. I see a common point among so many people who seek to represent Islam or who preach the deen, and when we look at the process that begins with our Prophet (saas), who was matured by a great many troubles, we see that all the prophets have had troubled lives. The Prophet Joseph (as) was pulled out of the well, our Prophet (saas) suffered various forms of persecution, and they shared other troubles, such as life imprisonment in the case of Bediuzzaman, or solitary confinement. There is a verse of the Qur'an that reads, "Or did you suppose that you would enter the Garden without facing the same as those who came before you?." I want to ask the reasons behind this. You always say, and it is in your books, that a believer will lead a peaceful and positive life. That is the essential theme. So how are we to interpret this process experienced by people representing Islam at the highest level, and even the prophets?
ADNAN OKTAR: This is a sign of love. Allah created the angels, but the angels have no means of making any sacrifice for Allah; they do not suffer hardships, they have to show no courage, there is no need for them to display free will, as everything is given to them in an obligatory form. But that is not the case with human beings. Human beings have the strength to show the intensity of their love of Allah. For example, if they are determined in their love for Him, then no matter what Allah does, no matter what hardships He creates, the result is still a state of affairs that expresses that love. For example, a person wants her beloved to be loyal to her under all circumstances, doesn't she? She wants him to show fidelity, and to show courage under a difficult situation and show himself. She wants him to protect her even at the cost of his life. This is an excellent thing. And it is the same with Allah. Allah wants us to experience that joy. Giving up our lives for Allah, being wounded for Allah, going hungry for Allah or suffering imprisonment for Allah are all signs of love. In other words, the lover is satisfied by this. It eases his soul. Because he wants to show his love. The thing for a person to do is to support his beloved, even at the most difficult times. That is the lover's law. Never to leave the beloved, even under the most trying circumstances, always to remain loyal and never to permit the slightest decrease in one's love, but rather to increase it. Allah thus gives us this opportunity in this world. And we use it as an opportunity to reveal our love of Allah. (Tempo TV, January 20, 2009)
Allah Created All People from Nothing and Gave Them Life
People will see Allah's grace upon them, as well as His eternal mercy and compassion, when they reflect on how they were created, received life, and have been carefully protected from the moment of their birth until this very moment. Allah calls upon people to reflect on their creation in the following verse:
Does not humanity recall that We created it when it was nothing? (Surah Maryam, 67)
Allah places the fetus in the most protective situation, thereby preventing the resulting child from becoming disabled or experiencing pain and suffering. Whatever a baby needs was created billions of years ago. From the air that he breathes to his mother's milk that contains every nutrient he requires, everything is ready for him.Allah places the fetus in the most protective situation, thereby preventing the resulting child from becoming disabled or experiencing pain and suffering. Whatever a baby needs was created billions of years ago. From the air that he breathes to his mother's milk that contains every nutrient he requires, everything is ready for him.
Every person's body is protected throughout their life within the faultless system that Allah has created. For example, each person's heart beats without stopping, even though a person does nothing to ensure this. If he had to ensure that his heart beat every second of his life, his life would become unbearable, for he would be unable to sleep, eat, or do anything else but think about his heart beating. However, Allah has ordered each person's heart to beat from the moment of life to the moment of death. As a result, He ensures that each person's heart will never stop beating, even for a second.
A person has no final control over his or her body, despite asserting the opposite. Our Most Glorious Lord is the sole controller of each part of a person's body. A person cannot independently control and manage the blood traveling with great speed, how much blood the heart pumps, how long it takes to coagulate, and all of the various systems (e.g., respiratory, digestive, immune, nervous, and so on) existing within his body.
A person is dependent upon Allah for everything, as Allah reveals:
O humanity. You are the poor in need of Allah, whereas Allah is the Rich Beyond Need, the Praiseworthy. (Surah Fatir, 15)
Every morning when you wake up, you see that your body works perfectly so that you can live. You breathe with ease, and see a colorful world without exerting the slightest effort.
You will hear noises clearly, sense all the smells with ease, and eat whatever you desire. You do not have to focus and dwell on where the vitamins that you consume in your food are sent, how your immune system operates and interacts with microbes and viruses, how your brain produces images of a piece of furniture, or any other details.
Without any exertion, you can recall what you did yesterday or many years ago and store all of this information in your memory. Most importantly, despite having a body that operates according to sensitive balances, you will be in good health, for Allah is constantly controlling all of your systems. This is why people should reflect on the faultless systems and innumerable blessings that our Lord has bestowed upon them. As Allah reminds us in the Qur'an:
O humanity. What has deluded you in respect of your Noble Lord—He Who created you, formed you, proportioned you, and assembled you in whatever way He willed? (Surat al-Infitar, 6-8)
Therefore, if a person were to look at his body, a great deal of evidence could be found to lead him to acquire a profound and great love of Allah. In addition, the universe contains many details, all of which represent innumerable blessings bestowed on people. All of these extraordinary blessings are created and protected by our one and only friend: Allah.
He is Allah-the Creator, the Maker, and the Giver of Form. To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names. Everything in the heavens and Earth glorifies Him. He is the Almighty, the All-Wise.
(Surat al-Hashr, 24)
Those who reflect on these details see that they are constantly dependent upon Allah, Who has created them and enabled them to live. Without His consent, they could not even breathe. Thus, they can understand that Allah is their closest friend and guardian. Allah informs us of this reality in the following verse:
[Say:] "There is no way out for you in Earth or heaven. You have no protector or helper besides Allah." (Surat al-'Ankabut, 22)
Everything That Allah Has Created Is the Most Beautiful and Beneficial
Whatever our Lord, the possessor of infinite justice and mercy, has created, as well as every judgment that He has made, is the most beneficial and beautiful for all people. Even seemingly unimportant incidents possess great goodness, wisdom, and beauty. Allah informs us of this reality in the verses:
It may be that you hate something when it is good for you, and it may be that you love something when it is bad for you. Allah knows, and you do not know. (Surat al-Baqara, 216)
We guided him on the way, whether he is thankful or unthankful. (Surat al-Insan, 3)
Those believers who lead their lives knowing this fact will be content with whatever confronts them and whatever they hear, and always turn to Allah to thank him for all that He has created. Thus, they remember Allah with love and praise.
Allah is pleased with them, and they are pleased with Him. (Surat al-Mujadala, 22)
Allah Wills Ease for People
Our Lord, the possessor of infinite mercy and compassion, has called people to the easiest and most beautiful path through His books and messengers. The religious morals to which He summons us are the easiest to follow, and the prescribed prayers are within reach of every person's ability. Those who cannot fulfill their religious obligations have been informed of the many easy ways that they can use to change this situation and earn our Lord's good pleasure. As we read in the following verses:
earn our Lord's good pleasure. As we read in the following verses: We will ease you to the easy way. (Surat al-A'la, 8)
He has selected you and not placed any constraint upon you in the religion—the religion of your forefather Abraham. (Surat al-Hajj, 78)
We did not send down the Qur'an to you to make you miserable, but only as a reminder for those who have fear [and respect for Allah]. (Surah Ta Ha, 2-3)
In another verse, Allah says that He will not burden people beyond what they can bear:
Allah does not impose on any self any more than it can bear. For it is what it has earned; against it is what it has brought upon itself. "Our Lord, do not take us to task if we forget or make a mistake. Our Lord, do not place on us a load like the one You placed on those before us. Our Lord, do not place on us a load we have not the strength to bear. Pardon us, forgive us, and have mercy on us. You are our Master, so help us against the unbelievers." (Surat al-Baqara, 286)
This ease is a manifestation of His mercy, forgiveness, and compassion. Allah has established an easy religion for His servants, and, at the end of this temporal test, He offers the glad tidings of unprecedented beauty and unimaginable perfection full of blessings in the eternal life of Paradise:
Their Lord gives them the good news of His mercy and good pleasure, and of Gardens in which they will enjoy everlasting delight, remaining in them timelessly, forever and ever. Truly, there is an immense reward with Allah. (Surat at-Tawba, 21-22)
Allah needs nothing and is free of all deficiencies. On the other hand, people need to worship, pray, and display good morals. Even the world's most brutal, violent, and faithless person cannot harm Allah in any way, for He is the sole owner and sovereign of all that exists. Still, Allah says that He will reward those who display moral excellence. This is one of many signs of Almighty Allah's forgiveness and mercy.
The revelations contained within Allah's true books brought people into the light from their darkness, and His sending prophets and messengers to guide everyone to the true path is yet another manifestation of our Lord's mercy. Allah has made the Qur'an a source of light that informs people of the right and wrong paths and reveals all things. Our Lord has told us about all forms of worship, belief, and behaviors for which we will be held accountable in the Hereafter.
In this way We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur'an, and We have made various threats in it so that, hopefully, they will guard against evil or it will spur them into remembrance. (Surah Ta Ha, 113)
We have brought them a Book elucidating everything with knowledge, as guidance and a mercy for people who believe. (Surat al-A'raf, 52)
Allah states in the Qur'an that none of its letters will ever be corrupted:
We have sent down the Reminder and will preserve it. (Surat al-Hijr, 9)
Falsehood cannot reach it [the Qur'an] from before it or behind it—it is a revelation from One Who is All-Wise, Praiseworthy. (Surah Fussilat, 42)
The Qur'an will be protected and remain valid until the Day of Judgment. In its faultless and complete manner, it is a great blessing and ease for all humanity. Allah informs the believers of these facts, as follows:
We have sent down the Book to you making all things clear, and as guidance, mercy, and good news for the Muslims. (Surat an-Nahl, 89)
Furthermore, Allah has sent His messengers and prophets throughout history to all people. These blessed people, whom Allah has selected, are very dependable, pious, just, and possessed of good morals. They sought only Allah's good pleasure, even at the risk of death, and spent their lives calling people to the true path. In addition, they were very compassionate, for they constantly thought of the believers, protected them, and were sensitive and self-sacrificing toward them. For Allah to select all of these special people with such excellent characteristics, and then send them to humanity, is yet another example of His kindness to believers.
A further manifestation of His mercy and protection is that He has informed all things to people, and has sent true books, as well as reliable messengers and prophets, to invite people to an easy path. Allah has ensured ease for all people throughout history, provided for them in the best possible form, and vowed to guard and protect those who adhere to His call. And, above all, He has promised Paradise with all of its beauty to the believers. Allah, the Most Merciful, is the protector and provider of all people in both this world and the Hereafter, and possessor of infinite compassion.
All Paths Are Delightful When Followed With Love Of Allah
REPORTER: : How excellent. That has even consoled people then. "My dear Hodja. First of all, my deepest respects. You concentrate on sincerity a great deal in your writings. My humble request of you is could you provide some examples of this subject? You gave an example once before, and that served as a really good guide for me." Mete Tasci from Afyon asks.
ADNAN OKTAR: Let me have a look at Mete's letter. Mete seems to have liked it. It attracted his attention, masha'Allah. As an example of being genuine. For example, we are taking an example from the mental hospital and talking about it. A sincere Muslim knows that it is a scenario specially created by Allah, because Allah displays His creative artistry there. He shows the mental patients, people shouting and screaming. The most ancient mattresses. Allah could show us the most perfect images if He so wished, and that is another piece of artistry. The images are highly detailed because you have to display fortitude in the face of the sounds of the mental hospital. You have to have fortitude in the face of all the abnormal things that happen. You have to have fortitude in the face of the filth and unpleasantness there. He shows it all as a kind of feature of Hell. What does having fortitude in the face of it all mean? "O Lord," you say, "I love You very much. I will never forego my love of You, my passion for You, no matter what happens." Isn't that right? "Even if I die." You say they can take my possessions and tear my body into pieces, but I will never forsake You. What is this? This is being madly in love. That is what Allah exactly wants from us. This world and Hell are of no account once love of Him does not exist. Nowhere is of any importance, Allah forbid. Everywhere the lover goes is pleasurable and delightful. Otherwise, a man can go to Paradise and in a mansion of Paradise he may be devastated by troubles, may Allah forbid. If you take someone in this world and put him in Paradise, he will do very wrong things and oppress others even there if they go with that mindset, that logic, with that classic greed. They will hurt other people and be rude to them even there. Paradise will then turn into a kind of Hell, may Allah forbid, won't it? He will inflict suffering on others. In that case Paradise turns into a kind of Hell, Allah forbid, doesn't it? It inflicts suffering on people. But with love of Allah, Paradise is delightful. With the passion felt for Allah it becomes very beautiful. That is what makes Paradise beautiful. Otherwise, a house, buildings, flesh and bones do not make people happy. It is love of Allah that makes a person happy. That is why people are unable to be happy. (Adiyaman ASU TV, November 30, 2009)
Allah Accepts Repentance and Forgives Those Who Feel Remorse
Allah, Who possesses infinite forgiveness, reveals that:
If Allah were to punish people for their wrong actions, not a single creature would be left on Earth. However, He defers them until a predetermined time. When their specified time arrives, they cannot delay it for a single hour, nor can they bring it forward. (Surat an-Nahl, 61)
Even while you are reading this book, Allah has allotted a specific period of time for you and all other people. This is a most beneficial period for the believers. Every person who fears, respects, and obeys Allah and then turns to Him in repentance for every sin that he or she has committed will receive forgiveness, as long as they are sincere. Allah's infinite compassion is revealed in the following verse:
Were it not for Allah's favor to you and His mercy... and that Allah is Ever-Returning, All-Wise. (Surat an-Nur, 10)
Since Allah is the possessor of infinite mercy, there is always the hope of forgiveness. Our Lord gives the opportunity of salvation to each person as long as he or she is alive, and has made everyone aware of this fact. Despite all of Allah's blessings and mercy, those who forget Him or lead a life without thinking about their reliance upon Allah are, in reality, in a state of absolute heedlessness. Unable to appropriately acknowledge Allah's mercy, love, and blessings in this life, they will be punished in the Hereafter.
Allah Protects and Helps Those Who Follow His Path
Those who sincerely turn to Allah and follow His path will sense His protection and presence. Allah will clear the path for those who sincerely believe in Him, avoid the unlawful and engage in the lawful, by providing ease for them in all that they do. Allah informs us in many verses that He will help, protect, and raise them to high levels, for:
… it is Our duty to help the believers. (Surat ar-Rum, 47)
One of the best examples of Allah's help and support can be seen in the life of the Prophet Moses (as), who departed from his city, turned to Allah, and made the following supplication: "My Lord, I am truly in need of any good You have in store for me" (Surat al-Qasas, 24). Allah accepted his supplication, enabling the Prophet Moses (as) to find a community of people with whom he could stay and on whom he could depend.
We will certainly help Our messengers and those who believe both in the life of this world and on the Day the witnesses appear. (Surah Ghafir, 51)
Following the revelation of the Prophet Moses' (as) prophethood, Allah appointed his brother, the Prophet Aaron (as), to support and help him in his mission to Pharaoh. Allah assisted both of them when Pharaoh and his armies set upon them. He split open the sea, thereby enabling the Prophet Moses (as) and the Children of Israel to escape to freedom while Pharaoh and his army drowned. Allah relates the following information about this event:
We showed great kindness to Moses and Aaron. We rescued them and their people from their terrible plight. We supported them, and so they were the victors. (Surat as-Saffat, 114-116)
Allah assisted the Prophet Noah (as), by inspiring him to build an ark to protect him and his followers from the impending flood; rescued the Prophet Jesus (as) from certain death by raising him to His Presence; and protected the Prophet Joseph (as) by freeing him from the Egyptian vizier's dungeon and then raising him to high rank and power. Our Lord constantly assisted our Prophet (saas) by lightening his burden. Allah informs us that He was our Prophet's (saas) guardian, protector, and source of help, which enabled the believers' hearts to be in a state of total peace and trust:
Ask: "Who is going to shield you from Allah if He desires evil for you or desires mercy for you?" They will find no one to protect or help them besides Allah. (Surat al-Ahzab, 17)
Our word was given before to Our servants, the Messengers, that they would certainly be helped. Our army will be victorious. (Surat as-Saffat, 171-173)
O you who believe. If you help Allah, He will help you and make your feet firm. (Surah Muhammad, 7)
People rely on Allah every moment, for there is no other helper but Him. Whenever you are faced with any form of distress, Allah is the only One Who can offer any help. As a mercy, Allah created many blessings for people to use when they are confronted with hardship. While people benefit from these blessings, it would be a grave mistake to assume that these blessings are a source of independent strength. Given that Allah has created all of these blessings, they should be seen as manifestations of His favor and mercy upon humanity. For example, if someone visits a doctor, only Allah can cure him. And, the doctor can only cure a person with His consent. By the same token, if a person hires a solicitor as his guardian to protect what is rightfully his, his true guardian is Allah. A solicitor can only protect a person's rights or ensure legal representation by Allah's will. In reality, Allah brings all issues to an end and provides for a person's blessings in the best possible way.
For people who seek Allah's help and who view our Lord as their true guardian, only true friend, and helper, Allah guarantees that His help will reach them from many different paths. Those who are conscious of these facts will never seek such guarantees from other people or sources, for they know that all help is from Allah and so seek everything from Him. When people attain success, are victorious, or benefit from an unexpected source, they immediately turn to Allah and thank Him. As a result of this Divine help, they regard our Lord with deep love and overflowing respect. Allah reminds us that He is each person's true guardian and source of help in the following verse:
Whenever We abrogate a verse or cause it to be forgotten, We bring one better than it or equal to it. Don't you know that Allah has power over all things? Don't you know that Allah is He to Whom the kingdom of the heavens and Earth belongs and that, besides Allah, you have no protector and no helper? (Surat al-Baqara, 106-7)
Allah Accepts Supplications
None of us has any independent strength. At every point of our life, we depend upon Allah to offer us His mercy, bestow some of His kindness and blessings, and protect and ensure our safety. Our Lord, the possessor of infinite mercy, informs people that He will respond to their supplications and prayers.
If My servants ask you about Me, I am near. I answer the call of the caller when he calls on Me. They should, therefore, respond to Me and believe in Me so that, hopefully, they will be rightly guided. (Surat al-Baqara, 186)
Your Lord says: "Call on Me, and I will answer you. Those who are too proud to worship Me will enter Hell abject." (Surah Ghafir, 60)
The fact that Allah, the sole sovereign and owner of everything that exists, whether spiritual or temporal, Who hears every prayer, knows everything that goes through a person's mind, and responds to each prayer is a great blessing and mercy.
While making a supplication, we can ask for anything that we want, provided that we adhere to Allah's will and observe the limits that He has set for humanity. The Qur'an contains many of the prophets' supplications and reveals how He responded to them:
And Job, when he called out to his Lord: "Great harm has afflicted me, and You are the Most Merciful of the merciful," We responded to him, removed the harm that was afflicting him, and restored his family to him, and the same again with them, as a mercy direct from Us and a Reminder to all worshippers. Surat al-Anbiya', 83-84)
Balık sahibi (Yunus'u da); hani o, kızmış vaziyette gitmişti ki; bundan dolayı kendisini sıkıntıya düşürmeyeceğimizi sanmıştı. (Balığın karnındaki) Karanlıklar içinde: Senden başka İlah yoktur, Sen yücesin, gerçekten ben zulmedenlerden oldum diye çağrıda bulunmuştu. Bunun üzerine duasına icabet ettik ve onu üzüntüden kurtardık. İşte Biz, iman edenleri böyle kurtarırız. (Enbiya Suresi, 87-88)
And Zachariah, when he called out to his Lord: "My Lord, do not leave me on my own, though You are the Best of Inheritors." We responded to him and gave him John, 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', 89-90)
Noah called out to Us, and what an excellent Responder We are. We rescued him and his family from the terrible plight, and made his descendants the survivors (Surat as-Saffat, 75-77)
Moreover, He accepts the supplications of everyone in distress and the needy:
He Who responds to the oppressed when they call on Him and removes their distress, and has appointed you as inheritors of the land. Is there another deity besides Allah? How little you pay heed! (Surat an-Naml, 62)
Call on your Lord humbly and secretly. He does not love those who overstep the limits [that He has set for humanity]. Do not corrupt the Earth after it has been put right. Call on Him fearfully and eagerly. Allah's mercy is close to the good-doers. (Surat al-A'raf, 55-56)
Our Lord! You know what we keep hidden and what we divulge. Nothing is hidden from Allah, either on Earth or in heaven. (Surah Ibrahim, 38)
A person who sees his or her supplications answered experiences great joy. To know that Allah is always with you, constantly seeing, hearing, and knowing everything connected with you causes you to hope that Allah will help you in every task that you undertake and accept every request that you make as long as you are sincere. This increases a believer's love, submission, and closeness to Allah.
Allah Possesses Infinite Justice
Throughout our lives, each of us has perhaps experienced and witnessed many people acting unjustly. Such behavior is routinely witnessed at work, while testifying, or making a decision. They constantly protect their own interests, or, at least, do not consider being just. Justice is one indication that the person possesses moral excellence, as well as honesty and sincerity. Such people who practice justice even at their own personal loss will earn their community's love and respect and, despite having different opinions on various matters, will be respected and even declared to be heroes.
Allah, the source of infinite justice, makes all of His judgments with precise justice. All people have received their portion of justice, and will continue to do so in the future. Every person will fully receive the reward of their deeds with Allah. We are told in the Qur'an how His justice will be implemented perfectly in the Hereafter:
On the Day We summon every people with their records, those who are given their book in their right hand will read their book and will not be wronged by even the smallest speck. (Surat al-Isra', 71)
Say: "Our Lord will bring us all together and then will judge between us with the truth. He is the Just Decider, the All-Knowing.'" (Surah Saba', 26)
Being sure of receiving Allah's justice, a person submits to Allah with boundless love and absolute trust. Subsequently, in all situations he knows that Allah's justice is manifest in that incident and thus welcomes with absolute love and happiness any incident that our Lord creates.
The Believer Is Pleased By Allah's Test
Reporter: What do you advise for those wishing to progress down that path?
Adnan Oktar: To be very genuine, to love and fear Allah profoundly, to have a very strong faith, to be pleased with Allah's test, to rejoice when Allah tests them, not to always seek the easy path, for merit lies in what is difficult, in the harshest places. A Muslim will never be worn down by harsh environments, and will actually regard them as a blessing. Avoiding them means avoiding the test. The lover reveals his love of Allah amid difficulties. Everyone can do the easy thing. (CRT TV, September 2008)
Nothing occurs, either in the earth or in yourselves,without its being in a Book before We make it happen.That is something easy for Allah.. (Surat al-Hadid, 22)