No society can survive and move forward without the much needed conviction and reliance among its inhabitants. This hope bounds them together, and enhances their cooperation. But where does this mutual trust come from? It develops through fulfilling commitments and being truthful in relationships. Nobody likes and approves person who is known to be a customary fraud. On the other hand, one who always completes its pledge is regarded as the most respectable person amongst people.
Since, adhering to oaths is a great virtue, Allah Almighty Himself promises His believers of many good things as a result of their faith and righteousness. Anyone who has a complete conviction in the religion of Islam, knows that God`s guarantee never fails: if one cannot get the said return in this world, it would be given in hereafter.
“Wherein they abide eternally; [it is] the promise of Allah [which is] truth. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.” [Quran, 31: 9]
Hence, there is no doubt that The Glorious One`s assurance is based on reality, and He has constantly reminded His followers of this fact in the Holy Quran as seen in the above verse. While there are unlimited rewards and benefits of the Gracious Lord for the faithful Muslims, which we cannot even think about, but according to Furqan e Hameed, here are 25 guarantees of Allah SWT to His believers:
- Reward for Steadfastness and Patience
There come some unwanted moments in life, where a person becomes pessimist, and loses faith in God. Hardships are part of everyone`s life, but those remain resolute in their attitude towards terrible period of time and have full confidence in Allah as being the Ultimate Power, will always get rewarded for their endurance and determination in the way of truth.
But, We have certainly tried those before them, and Allah will surely make evident those who are truthful, and He will surely make evident the liars. [Quran, 29: 3]
The above stated Ayah Kareema shows that true Muslims will always be analyzed for their belief in Allah, Who will eventually make everything reasonable for them by differentiating them from the liars, for their truthfulness and persistence during the time of adversity. So, we should not tremble in such instances; rather maintain our belief in the Immortal Lord to get His bounties.
- Provision of Blessings
The demise of the present day Muslims is down to their ignorance and overlooking of what they claim to believe in. Every Prophet, while spreading the word of Allah, used to convince them by not only telling them about the worst punishments as a result of worshiping idols and practicing iniquity, but also inform them about the great things from God in case of embracing and holding onto their teachings. The ones who have believed in their sayings became prominent in the sight of Allah and are blessed forever, while the disbelievers get severe punishments.
“And if only the people of the cities had believed and feared Allah, We would have opened upon them blessings from the heaven and the earth; but they denied [the messengers], so We seized them for what they were earning.” [Quran, 7: 96]
So, Allah Almighty says that if all the past civilizations had hold onto whatever His Messengers told them to do; they would be granted superior possessions from the Gracious Lord, Himself. But they were destroyed for their disobedience. Therefore, as long as we remain on the right path, and adhere to Islamic lessons, we will be eligible for getting blessings from Allah Almighty.
- Getting Allah`s Guidance
No matter how much qualified we are, most of us need assistance at some time of life. Just like one cannot see in the dark, sometimes, it feels like one is helpless and needs somebody`s advice. Same is the case with believers, who cannot just rely on having accepted Islam and Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) as the last Messenger of Allah, rather they have to constantly seek the Almighty`s supervision and His enlightenment to ease through hard times.
“And from wherever you go out [for prayer], turn your face toward al-Masjid al-Haram. And wherever you [believers] may be, turn your faces toward it in order that the people will not have any argument against you, except for those of them who commit wrong; so fear them not but fear Me. And [it is] so I may complete My favor upon you and that you may be guided.” [Quran, 2: 150]
The previously mentioned Quranic verse indicates that Allah has promised His favor for those who pray to Him, and fear Him alone, which leads towards His decisive direction for the dutiful followers. So, providing that we remain committed to seeking help from only the Glorified God, we will always remain under His custody, and that is enough for the true Muslims.
- Protection from Satan
Majority of us get lazy during prayers and other religious acts, which is all down to our ignorance of the fact that Shaitaan (Satan) has enough powers to tempt anyone towards wickedness, which is why we are advised to seek protection from Satan`s evil before the start of any action by reciting “A’udhu billahi min ash-shaytaan-ir-rajeem” that actually means “I seek refuge in Allah SWT from the accursed Shaitaan”. And believers are guaranteed to be free of its malevolence influence.
“Indeed, there is for him (Shaitaan) no authority over those who have believed and rely upon their Lord.” [Quran, 16: 99]
It means whoever puts its complete trust in Allah, there is no way that Satan can ever get the better of such person. So, we should not be careless in this matter, and seek defense from its malice in whatever we do through constant relying and calling for Allah`s help only.
- Return for Every Rightful Effort
We Muslims offer prayers and recite the Holy Quran in the month of Ramadan so that we could be blessed with Allah`s bounties, as in this month, one Salah is equal to Ajar (blessing) of praying 70 times in normal day. It only shows that we look at the larger picture only, and disregard things which are less beneficial to us. That is not the nature of a true Muslim`s character, rather every good deed is equally important, for small actions lead to bigger acts, which eventually become the core of one`s heart and soul.
Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds – indeed, We will not allow to be lost the reward of any who did well in deeds. [Quran, 18: 30]
These lines from Furqan e Hameed clearly inform the believers that they will be rewarded for each and every virtuous deed that they have been doing on earth for the sake of Allah Almighty. So, we should not let go any of the chances to committing moral actions by considering them little in magnitude, for there is no discrimination with the Gracious God among the good deeds of the believers.
- Entrance into Jannah (Paradise)
A true Muslim has absolute faith in the Day of Judgment, and knows that all the hardships in the world eventually lead to completion of its eternal dream of entering paradise in hereafter. When one thinks about the pleasures of Jannah, the worldly delights seem to be irrelevant. That is why, a believer in the religion of peace gives away everything it has in the way of Allah Almighty in a view to be successful on the Final Day and go into the Garden of the gardens.
“Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties [in exchange] for that they will have Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah, so they kill and are killed. [It is] a true promise [binding] upon Him in the Torah and the Gospel and the Qur’an. And who is truer to his covenant than Allah? So rejoice in your transaction which you have contracted. And it is that which is the great attainment.” [Quran, 9: 111]
This Quranic verse tells us that Allah SWT has promised its followers a great place in paradise, if they remain true to their obligations in His way and fight for a noble cause. So, we should take the opportunity to remain faithful to our religious commitments, for the Dignified Lord has assured us of gaining the ultimate prize in the form of entering paradise in return of our righteous services.
These are some of the many promises of Allah Almighty to His believers which we can benefit from by following our faith and religious responsibilities submissively. Verily, His assurance is the most rightful of all the assertions.