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Every day we take things for granted thinking that everything will run smoothly as per our wishes and whims. Rarely do we think of any untoward condition befalling us. We submitters seek refuge in God every time, but the majority of people are ignorant about the true message of God. They live heedlessly and do not know that if God decides to punish, He will not spare the offenders. It doesn’t matter at all whether you live in a hut or in a high-tech secured mansion.
[13:11] Shifts (of angels) take turns, staying with each one of you―they are in front of you and behind you. They stay with you, and guard you in accordance with GOD’s commands. Thus, GOD does not change the condition of any people unless they themselves make the decision to change. If GOD wills any hardship for any people, no force can stop it. For they have none beside Him as Lord and Master.
I often receive calls from insurance companies to buy insurance policies rendering coverage of monetary benefits in case of accidental death or severe illness. Whenever I receive such calls I feel like disconnecting it instantly, because for me the biggest insurer is only God. Just imagine how God protects our soul inside this outer covering called body. Can any man-made cover protect it? Further He has appointed a number of angels guarding us in shifts. How many insurance companies offer this service? God cites many examples in Qura’n to explain to us about His security cover. There is the story regarding two men, one of them was blessed by God with two gardens producing grapes, palms and other crops generously, due to which he became overconfident and boastful. He assumed that these blessings were because of his intelligence and not from God. He also took for granted that it would last forever and nothing could harm it. Hence due to this attitude he incurred a punishment of his crops being wiped out from the farm (18:32-44). God controls all things but the hardship on that man was because he himself created such conditions.
It is our duty to trust in God in all prevailing conditions. There will be many satanic traps scattered all around us. We need to avoid falling prey to such traps with the help of knowledge and wisdom given to us by God. Satan will not spare any opportunity to allure us and drag us into these traps because he has challenged God that he will attack us from our right, from our left, from under us and from above us, etc. to entice us into his fold. How can we avoid these satanic traps? What is the quality of a true believer in God that differentiates us from the others and makes us the elite of the elites, inshallah? This noble quality of a believer is mentioned in the following verse:
[3:173] When the people say to them, “People have mobilized against you; you should fear them,” this only strengthens their faith and they say, “GOD suffices us; He is the best Protector.”
Just imagine they were fewer in number and were facing the strong Quraish clan who were in large numbers and well equipped with the weapons to fight. But believers had the strong quality of faith in God. They had only one objective while fighting in the cause of God: that is to please God. And at the battlefield they either got killed or returned triumphant. For us God has made it very easy by not putting us into hard tests like fighting wars in the cause of God. Hence we must thank God and appreciate His blessings upon us.
[6:70] You shall disregard those who take their religion in vain, as if it is a social function, and are totally absorbed in this worldly life. Remind with this (Quran), lest a soul may suffer the consequences of its evil earnings. It has none beside GOD as a Lord and Master, nor an intercessor. If it could offer any kind of ransom, it would not be accepted. They suffer the consequences of the evil works they earn; they have incurred hellish drinks, and a painful retribution because of their disbelief.
We must choose our priorities very carefully. Because this is the last chance we have to redeem ourselves and make it to Paradise.
We must not get preoccupied with this material world so much so that we forget the Day of Judgment, when there will be no intercession, no ransom will be accepted and no nepotism will be allowed. We must not take this religion in vain. Let us reverence God and seek His mercy with the prayer at the beginning of this article and the prayer from 2:286:
“Our Lord, do not condemn us if we forget or make mistakes. Our Lord, and protect us from blaspheming against You, like those before us have done. Our Lord, protect us from sinning until it becomes too late for us to repent. Pardon us and forgive us. You are our Lord and Master”.
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Letter from a Prisoner
I am a submitter in prison here in Florida. I have owned a Quran for nearly 30 years, but never read the entire Quran even though I have always upheld it. I recently read the entire Quran, the Final Testament by Rashad Khalifa, and I have no doubts about its truth whatsoever.
I would like to ask if you can please forward a pamphlet to me that will teach me step by step the Contact Prayer (Salat). Mostly everything I have learned has been on my own from the Final Testament. Those in the community here mention Muhammad Rasool Allah, and they follow the Hadith and Sunna. I do not. Any material that you can forward that will enlighten me more will be appreciated.
I allowed another person to read my Final Testament. He automatically submitted. The mathematical code is Awesome! Thank you.
[Ed note: We do have prayer pamphlets and other materials to help new submitters learn how to worship God in the best possible manner.]