Finding God in our lives
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And He is the One who created the night and the day, and the sun and the moon; each floating in its own orbit. (21:33)
The path to God
There are several ways and means to find and appreciate God, and worship Him alone. Some people are guided through studying previous scriptures; some find God on their own, by marveling on the creations of God. The Quran gives good news for these Submitters.
Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, the Christians, and the converts; anyone who (1) believes in GOD, and (2) believes in the Last Day, and (3) leads a righteous life, will receive their recompense from their Lord. They have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve. (2:62)
However, the path to God can be full of obstacles since Satan is constantly after good people to mislead them.
And the devil will say, after the judgment had been issued, “GOD has promised you the truthful promise, and I promised you, but I broke my promise. I had no power over you; I simply invited you, and you accepted my invitation. Therefore, do not blame me, and blame only yourselves. My complaining cannot help you, nor can your complaining help me. I have disbelieved in your idolizing me. The transgressors have incurred a painful retribution.” (14:22)
Thus Satan tries to divert people’s attention from the message of God. One of the surest ways to find God and stay in His path is to trust in Him and to study the Quran, His Final Testament to humanity, and follow the recipe God has provided.
“You shall follow what is revealed to you from your Lord, and do not follow any other sources besides it.” (7:3)
“Shall I seek other than God as a source of law, when He has revealed this book to you fully detailed…” (6:114)
The Quran not only clarifies for us who God truly is, but also describes for us the purpose of our lives, and our responsibilities on this earth, in order to attain Paradise.
GOD: there is no other god besides Him, the Living, the Eternal. Never a moment of unawareness or slumber overtakes Him. To Him belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth. Who could intercede with Him, except in accordance with His will? He knows their past, and their future. No one attains any knowledge, except as He wills. His dominion encompasses the heavens and the earth, and ruling them never burdens Him. He is the Most High, the Great. (2:255)
“I did not create the Jinns and the humans except to worship Me alone.” (51:56)
“We sent down to you this scripture truthfully, so worship God alone, devoting your religion to Him alone.” (39:2)
The Quran tells us that if we believe in God, worship Him alone, and do righteous works, it is for our own good, since God does not need us or our worship of Him.
If you disbelieve, God does not need you. But He dislikes to see His servants make the wrong decision. If you decide to be appreciative, He is pleased for you… (39:7)
Guaranteed Religious Freedom
According to God’s revelations in the Quran, there is no compulsion in religion. The Quran advocates the freedom of religion, as God has given us the free will to choose our own destiny.
There shall be no compulsion in religion: the right way is now distinct from the wrong way. Anyone who denounces the devil and believes in GOD has grasped the strongest bond; one that never breaks. GOD is Hearer, Omniscient. (2:256)
God Almighty is One and the same
Our Creator is an Almighty God who is beyond our comprehension. He does not need and does not have any partners. Everything in the heavens and the earth glorifies Him, and submits to Him willingly or unwillingly (3:83, 13:15).
“They can never fathom the greatness of God. The whole earth is within His first on the Day of Resurrection. In fact the universes are folded within His right Hand. Be He glorified; He is too high above needing any partners” (39:67)
He created seven universes in layers. You do not see any imperfection in the creation by the Most Gracious. Keep looking; do you see any flaw? Look again and again; your eyes will come back stumped and conquered.
For the Submitters to God alone in any religion, there is no argument between them. After all, our God is One and the same:
This is what you shall preach, and steadfastly maintain what you are commanded to do, and do not follow their wishes. And proclaim: “I believe in all the scriptures sent down by GOD. I was commanded to judge among you equitably. GOD is our Lord and your Lord. We have our deeds and you have your deeds. There is no argument between us and you. GOD will gather us all together; to Him is the ultimate destiny.”