Who is God and why should we seek Him?
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lead a righteous life. For them, joy and happiness in this world, as well as in the Hereafter. This is GOD's unchangeable law. Such is the greatest triumph.
[1:7] the path of those whom You blessed; not of those who have deserved wrath, nor of the strayers.
Those who are blessed are those who are guided, protected, supported and loved by God (3:173, 12:64, 3:160, 61:13).
[3:150] GOD alone is your Lord and Master, and He is the best supporter.
[19:96] Surely, those who believe and lead a righteous life, the Most Gracious will shower them with love.
In addition, God’s commandments, from abstaining from alcohol, drugs and unchaste behavior to observing the Contact Prayers to being kind and appreciative have inherent wisdom and help us lead healthier and happier lives. His path of guidance is thus a very blessed path. The commandments and Contact Prayers (Salat) help us to avoid evil (29:45) which would first hurt ourselves; they advocate righteousness and help us nourish and grow our souls. Since happiness is a quality of the soul, we then attain the elusive happiness that most people are seeking.
Let us reflect upon and appreciate the presence of God in our lives and the many blessings He has showered upon us. Let us thank God for the opportunity to come closer to Him and to purify our souls through our worship practices. Let us examine our relationship with God and consider how we want to strengthen it in the next year.
[24:20] GOD showers you with His grace and mercy. GOD is Most Kind towards the believers, Most Merciful.
[14:34] And He gives you all kinds of things that you implore Him for. If you count GOD’s blessings, you can never encompass them...
[27:19] “...‘My Lord, direct me to be appreciative of the blessings You have bestowed upon me and my parents, and to do the righteous works that please You...
[15:98-99] You shall sing the praises of your Lord, and be with the prostrators. And worship your Lord, in order to attain certainty.
[22:78] You shall strive for the cause of GOD as you should strive for His cause...Thus, the messenger shall serve as a witness among you, and you shall serve as witnesses among the people. Therefore, you shall observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat), and hold fast to GOD ...
[20:76] The gardens of Eden, beneath which rivers flow, will be their abode forever. Such is the reward for those who purify themselves.
Reference for verses:
Quran: The Final Testament (Authorized English Version) translated by Dr. Rashad Khalifa.
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For the residents of heaven who sided with God, a clean, safe and contamination free environment is a necessary attribute of God’s kingdom. Casting out those who disagree is like sucking a dirty toxic fog out of the environment, or dropping dead growths off the skin. God wants a clean and clear environment for His creatures.
Casting us out is not just a favor from God, Most Gracious, unto us, rather it serves the inhabitants already existent and preserves the environment for those of us who want to return! God be glorified.
God encourages this detox, in the Quran, where He tells you that
you should run away from any idol worshippers, including family. It is the parallel of our world/relationships today. You try your hardest to remove the toxic people from your environment, so you become a different and happier submitter. Now this is the short life, don’t we also want it in the eternal life? Who wouldn’t want a toxicity free environment?
So, just like removing toxic people from your life is important for happiness, removing toxic souls from Heaven is also important for you to experience happiness. In other words, removing the negative talkers/toxic people from your life allows you to experience joy (from the Lord); the same in heaven, where removing negative talkers/toxic souls allows others (by God’s will “others” can later include us) to experience the best joy from the Lord.
Concluding, we are now in a grey area, literally, slightly contaminated, slightly not, but STILL CONTAMINATED. God’s practices bestowed upon us are the means of detoxification!!
Detox diet with Salat (Contact Prayers)! It really is the best method of INSIDE OUT cleansing.
Let us meditate on God, His glorious attributes,
who is the basis of everything in this universe as its Creator,
who is fit to be worshiped as Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Omniscient and self existent conscious being,
who removes all ignorance and impurities from the mind
and purifies and sharpens the intellect.
[Gayatri Mantra, Yajur Veda]
He removes (DETOX) all ignorance (TOXIC) and impurities (TOXIC) from the mind and purifies (DETOX) and sharpens intellect!