Choosing Allah

Do it for the sake of Allah

We have all been placed on this earth for the same reason: To obey Allah, abide by His rules, and the objective is for us to get to Jannah, in shaa Allah.

Doing things for the sake of Allah is immensely important. When there is something we do not feel like doing, or our mums ask us to do something for her, we must do it for the sake of Allah firstly, and then  because we want to please your parents. We are here to serve them and it is all part of our test. Doing things for the sake of Allah is one of the conditions needed to have our deeds accepted, and grants us many rewards.

“And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour.” (Quran 17:23)

If I’m being completely honest, I myself am guilty of this sometimes, so it is very important to keep reminding yourself that everything you do is for the sake of Allah, and you have to make sure that your niyyah (intention) is correct, otherwise you will be performing actions void of rewards. If we just go about our day to day lives forgetting to remember Allah, and our sole purpose of why we are here and why we have been created, then we will have failed the test of this life and be amogst the losers, and we ask Allah swt to protect us from this.

So try to always remember Allah in everything you do, and always intend to perform actions for His sake, and not to make yourself look good or make other people happy in the process. It can be very easy for us to slip into this sin, to do things for the sake of others, to show off or boast. As humans, it is in our nature to love compliments and people’s approval of us, but this is insignificant. Our Creator is the One whom we should be most concerned about.

(59:19) And be not like those who forgot Allah, so He made them forget themselves. They are the wicked ones.

This also applies to things that are doubtful or wrong, but you try to justify it or make excuses. – On the authority Abi Ab’dillahi al-Nu’man ibn Basheer (ra) who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) say: “That which is lawful is clear and that which is unlawful is clear and between the two of them are doubtful [or ambiguous] matters about which not many people are knowledgeable. Thus, he who avoids these doubtful matters certainly clears himself in regard to his religion and his honor. But he who falls into the doubtful matters falls into that which is unlawful like the shepherd who pastures around a sanctuary, all but grazing therein. Verily every king has a sanctuary and Allah’s sanctuary is His prohibition. In the body there is a morsel of flesh which, if it be sound, all the body is sound and which, if it be diseased, all the body is diseased. This part of the body is the heart”.

[Related by al-Bukhari and Muslim]

This hadith teaches us that even doubtful matters are to be avoided, we should strive to commit good deeds ordained by the Quran and the sunnah, and abstain from comitting evil ones. If there is a matter upon which we may not be sure about, then we are told to avoid it. And as the saying goes: better be safe than sorry.

Abu Qatadah reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, you will never leave anything for the sake of Allah the Exalted except that Allah will replace it with something better.”

Hardship

No matter where you are in the world, Allah might test you with a situation where you will experience that which is stressful. A lot of people can feel hopeless during certain situations, for example: not having enough money, getting bad grades or losing a loved one. But there is one thing that most people forget to do, and that is to be patient and trust in their Lord. Many of us forget to do this during times of hardship because we are so eager to get things done, and try and to fix things, when it doesn’t necessarily need fixing. Dua is more powerful than we think.

“Remember that there is much good in bearing with patience that which you dislike, and that victory comes with patience, and that with hardship comes a way out and with difficulty comes ease.”(Narrated by Ahmad)

There may come a time in your life where you might question why Allah is putting you in a certain position, the truth is that Allah gives every person that which they can handle, even if they do not realize that they are capable of handling it.

Allah says in the Quran: “…Allah does not give a soul beyond that it can bear..” Al-Baqarah: 2:286

It’s also important to note, that there’s a reason for everything. “…it may be that you dislike a thing which is good for you and that you like a thing which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know.” Al-Baqarah: 2:216

For example, you could be in a situation where you receive half of your wages or get a C as an exam grade, it may seem awful at first, but Allah has already planned out your life and He knows what is best for you. During that moment, it may seem difficult to accept or believe that something good could come out of such a situation, but this where tawakul (trust in Allah) comes it, we must be optmisitic and accept His decree, it is also important to make dua’a to Allah SWT, and remember that with every hardship comes ease.

“Verily with every hardship comes ease.” 94:6

“Or think you that you will enter Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty, ailments and were shaken.” (Qur’an 2:214)

When sadness approaches you during times of hardship, always know that sadness is not beneficial for the heart, it will affect our mental state and even actions that we perform. Sadness is like a disease, it spreads around the body and its effects are visible. Ibn Qayyim said: “There is nothing more beloved to shaytan than a depressed believer”. This is because during times of sadness, we are weak and vulnerable, and shaytan attacks the weak believers.

Remember that this world was never meant to bring us ultimate joy, for happiness lies with Allah swt. Hardships are a form of purification and a test to see which one us will be able to have the right attitude, and accept Allah’s decree. So let us strive to be patient towards the tests of this life, and we will one day see the benefits of that patience, by the will of Allah.