In the Qur’an, Allah Himself responds to all the questions a person needs answered throughout his life and provides the perfect and most rational solutions for all problems that arise. As Allah says in the second verse of Surat al-Baqara, “That is the Book, without any doubt. It contains guidance for those who guard against evil.”
Other verses also show that our Lord has explained everything in the Qur’an:
There is instruction in their stories for people of intelligence. This is not a narration which has been invented but confirmation of all that came before, a clarification of everything, and a guidance and a mercy for people who believe. (Translation of the Holy Quran Surah Yusuf: 111)
We have sent down the Book to you making all things clear and as guidance and mercy and good news for the Muslims. ( Translation of the Holy Quran, Surah an-Nahl: 89)
A person of faith orders his whole life according to the Qur’an and strives to apply carefully from day to day what he has read and learned in its verses. In everything he does from the moment he gets up in the morning until the time he falls asleep at night, he is intent on thinking, speaking and acting according to the teachings of the Qur’an.
Allah shows in the Qur’an that this dedication dominates the whole life of a believer.
Say: “My prayer and my rites, my living and my dying, are for Allah alone, the Lord of all the worlds.” (Translation of the Holy Quran, Surat al-An’am: 162)
But some people think that religion is composed of rituals limited to certain times-that life is divided into times for prayer and other times. They think about Allah and the afterlife only when they pray, fast, give sadaqah or go on the pilgrimage to Makkah. At other times they are engrossed in the business of the world. Life in this world is for them an unpleasant rat-race. Such people are almost totally divorced from the Qur’an and have their own personal goals in life, their own understanding of morality, their own worldview and sense of values. The have no idea of what the teaching of the Qur’an really means.
A person who adopts the teaching of the Qur’an and follows the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, as his principle of living will certainly live life quite differently from someone with this mentality. Such a person will not forget that he is subject to the destiny that Allah has decreed for him and will live his life trusting in, and submitting to, Him.
Therefore, he will know that he must not be anxious, sad, fearful, worried, pessimistic or depressed; or overtaken by panic in the face of difficulties. He will meet everything that comes along in the way that Allah advises and approves. His every word, decision and action show that he lives according to the Sunnah which is the practical embodiment of the teaching of the Qur’an.
Whether he is taking a walk, eating a meal, going to school, studying, working, playing sports, having a conversation, watching television or listening to music, he is aware that he is responsible for living his life according to the what is pleasing to Allah. He takes care of matters with which he has been entrusted meticulously and is concerned at the same time to win Allah’s favour in the things he does. He never behaves in a way unbefitting the teaching of the Qur’an or contrary to the Sunnah.
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1. Our Knowledge – Wasted by not taking action with it.
2. Our Action – Wasted by committing them without sincerity.
3. Our Wealth – Wasted by using on things that will not bring us ajr (Good rewards). We waste our money, our status, our authority, on things which have no benefit in this life or in Akhirah (Hereafter).
4. Our Hearts – Wasted because they are empty from the love of Allah, and the feeling of longing to go to Him, and a feeling of peace and contentment. In it’s place, our hearts are filled with something or someone else.
5. Our Bodies – Wasted because we don’t use them in ibadah (Acts of worship) and service of Allah.
6. Our Love – Our emotional love is misdirected, not towards Allah, but towards something/someone else.
7. Our Time – Wasted; not used properly, to compensate for that which has passed, by doing what is righteous to make up for past deeds
8. Our Intellect – Wasted on things that are not beneficial, that are detrimental to society and the individual, not in contemplation or reflection.
9. Our Service – Wasted in service of someone who will not bring us closer to Allah, or benefit in dunyaa (This world).
10. Our Dhikr (Rememberance of Allah) – Wasted, because it does not effect us or our hearts if not done with total sincerity.
By- Yousuf Hafeez