Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Our Goal in Life

bismellah

All Praise is for Allah, and peace and blessings of Allah be upon His 
beloved Messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. 

We are grateful to Allah subhana wa ta'ala for giving us the 
opportunity to sit in His remembrance. For truly it is a great favour 
indeed that despite all worldly distractions He has brought us to His 
House (mosque). Then sat us in His dhikr. And by sitting in His dhikr 
Allah subhana wa ta'ala helps us to get closer to Him and for every 
Muslim the true goal in life is to attain the pleasure of Allah 
subhana wa ta'ala. 

Apart from that we all have a common interest, that we would all like 
to love Allah subhana wa ta'ala and we ourselves would like to be 
loved by our Lord Most High. 

Now is it not strange that a person has a certain desire or goal in 
life but doesn't make any effort to achieve it?

Surely it is a basic rule in this world that when a person has a 
particular interest or hobby, he does not waste any time. He spends 
most of his time in an activity that will help him achieve his goal. 
For example if a person wants to be good at a particular sport, he 
would play that sport very regularly and often spend a lot of money 
and time on trying to achieve his objective.

So truly if our objective in life is to be loved by Allah, and we 
also know that this can happen through doing His dhikr in abundance, 
then why is it that we not make ourselves busy in His remembrance?

The formula for achieving this is straightforward, Allah subhana wa 
ta'ala has stated in the Qur'an 'Fadhkurooni adhkurkum' (Remember Me 
and I will remember you). It is stated in a Hadeeth that Allah 
remembers His servant as soon as he remembers Allah.

Subhanallah, can you imagine the Lord Most High, The creator of the 
Heavens and the Earth remembering you? Indeed that is great thing. 
And this method for achieving our objective is so easy that it almost 
defies belief.

In a Hadeeth transmitted by Bukhari it is stated that Abu Hurayrah 
radhiallah anhu narrated that Allah's Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa 
sallam said "Allah Almighty says, 'I am towards My servant as he is 
towards Me. I am with him when he remembers Me. If he remembers Me 
alone, I remember him alone. If he remembers Me in a gathering, I 
remember him in a gathering better than it."

writer: Anas

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