true happiness -“Equality or Equality. Well-being lies in having it,” said the brothers who believe in socialism. Many people complain about why not everyone is the same.
Some complaint to God that why does God make someone poor or someone rich? Why not give everyone the same wealth?
Allah Ta’ala says in Surah Asr verses 1-3,
وَ الۡعَصۡرِ ۙ اِنَّ الۡاِنۡسَانَ لَفِیۡ خُسۡرٍ ۙ اِلَّا الَّذِیۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡا وَ عَمِلُوا الصّٰلِحٰتِ وَ تَوَاصَوۡا بِالۡحَقِّ ۬ۙ وَ تَوَاصَوۡا بِالصَّبۡرِ
Oath of time! People are definitely at a loss. But not those who believe and do righteous deeds and exhort each other to the truth and exhort each other to patience.
Looking at the verses of the above surah, we get an idea about many things. Allah swore an oath of time in the beginning.
Time is one of the most important things in the world. We work overtime. Our lives also pass through time.
Then Allah says, people are definitely in harm’s way. By that word he is saying, surely you or I are at loss.
No matter how rich we become, or how poor we become, we are bound to suffer. Allah says in the next verse that the servant should not be discouraged when he hears that people are suffering.
But not those who believe and do good deeds. That means we understand that not all people are affected. Some are successful.
And the successful ones are those who believe in Allah and do good deeds in this world. Then Allah says, they advise each other to the truth.
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After believing, you can attain nearness to Allah through prayer and fasting. And if you are wealthy, Zakat and Hajj will be obligatory upon you.
And if not, then it is not obligatory on you. At the end of the verse, Allah says, they advise each other to be patient.
To whom Allah has not given wealth, he should be patient. Be satisfied with Allah. Let it not be that we are regretting our lack of wealth or blaming Allah.
Allah says in verse 11 of Surah Buruj,
اِنَّ الَّذِیۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡا وَ عَمِلُوا الصّٰلِحٰتِ لَهُمۡ جَنّٰتٌ تَجۡرِیۡ مِنۡ تَحۡتِهَا الۡاَنۡهٰرُ ۬ؕؑ ذٰلِکَ الۡفَوۡزُ الۡکَبِیۡرُ
Indeed, Paradise is for those who believe and do righteous deeds. Under which the canals will flow. This is a great success.
But in this verse, a principle of success is clearly stated. Those who believe and do good deeds are successful.
Because they will go to heaven. And Paradise is the reward of success. No matter how much wealth you have in the world, if you cannot go to heaven, then everything is in vain.
Allah says in verse 10 of Surah Araf, – true happiness
وَ لَقَدۡ مَکَّنّٰکُمۡ فِی الۡاَرۡضِ وَ جَعَلۡنَا لَکُمۡ فِیۡهَا مَعَایِشَ ؕ قَلِیۡلًا مَّا تَشۡکُرُوۡنَ
I established you on the earth. And I have provided a livelihood for you there. But you show very little gratitude!
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However, I do not thank Allah for keeping you alive and disease-free. So God says,
You show very little gratitude. This is very scary. If the servant does not thank God, then who will he thank?
Allah says in verse 15 of Surah Taghabun: – true happiness
اِنَّمَاۤ اَمۡوَالُکُمۡ وَ اَوۡلَادُکُمۡ فِتۡنَۃٌ ؕ وَ اللّٰهُ عِنۡدَهٗۤ اَجۡرٌ عَظِیۡمٌ
Your wealth and children are only tests. And with Allah is the great reward.
If we think, why did this, or he gave me so much wealth or so many children? Then this verse can be our light of hope.
A believer never expects happiness in this world. Where the Prophet himself did not hope for happiness, how can we hope for happiness as his Ummah?