God Makes his Religion Supreme When one Worships Him Alone
One of the most important goals of a Muslim in this life is to spread the Qur'anic morals all over the world, so that people can serve God as they should. In the Qur'an, God has shown believers the way to achieve these aims and commanded as follows:
In accordance with a secret God reveals to believers, God will secure the establishment of the values of the Qur'an all over the world if believers only worship God, without ascribing partners to Him. This is a very important secret, because, it indicates that it is the responsibility of every believer to spread the guidance of the Qur'an among all people. Since this is the case, every believer of conscience should strictly avoid associating partners with God and worship only Him. Before all else, associating partners with God is a sin that God does not forgive and which sends man to hell. However, it may well be that a majority of people relate this concept to pagans who worship idols. Mankind should also be wary of the "hidden idolatry". In this form of idolatry, one can readily express his faith in God, acceptance of God as the one and only God and creator and obedience to Him. But, fearing any being other than God, considering the approval and support of other people more important, considering trade, family and ancestry more important than God and striving in His way, are outright idolatry. The true sense of faith as explained in the Qur'an deems the good pleasure of God above and over anything else. The affection displayed to all beings other than God, can only be means to earn God's pleasure. Those who feel indebted to people for a blessing given to them, who regard them as their protector are, in fact, idolaters. This is because, the One Who bestows various kinds of sustenance to people is God; the One Who feeds, protects and shelters every living being and restores them to health when they are ill is God alone. If God wills, He restores a sick person to health by the hand of a doctor. In this sense, it is illogical for someone to pin his hopes only on the doctor. Because, no doctor can cure a patient unless by the Will of God. A person whose health is improved should see his doctor as a person by whose hands God restores him to health and, accordingly, show the due respect to the doctor. However, knowing that it is actually God Who heals, it is God to Whom he should be grateful. Otherwise, he would be associating partners with God and would ascribe an attribute of God to man. All Muslims should strictly avoid hidden idolatry, and making friends, confidants or protectors other than God.
The Life Of The World Is
He will say, 'How many years did you tarry on the earth?' They will say, 'We tarried there for a day or part of a day. Ask those able to count!' He will say, 'You only tarried there for a little while if you did but know!' 'Did you suppose that We created you for amusement and that you would not return to Us?' (Surat al-Muminun: 112-115)
On the Day the Last Hour arrives, the evildoers will swear they have not even tarried for an hour. That is the extent to which they are deceived. (Surat ar-Rum: 55)
Above are the dialogues among those gathered together to be reckoned. As these dialogues also suggest, after death people realise that they, in fact, stayed in the world only for a short while. That is, the period, which seems to be six to seven decades in the life of the world, is in fact as short as a single day or even much shorter. This is similar to the case of a man who assumes that he had spent days, months or even years in his dream, but who, after awakening, realises that he dreamt only for a few seconds.
Some contemplation would enable man to grasp the brevity and temporary nature of the life of this world. For example, everyone makes certain plans and sets some goals for his life. These plans and goals never end. They follow one another. Typically, a person graduates from high school, enrolls in university, and then takes a job with a company. All these are, however, fleeting experiences. In youth, one hardly imagines reaching thirty years old. Yet before too long they reach forty.
The shortness of the life of the world is a certain fact God reveals in the Qur'an that can be understood by anyone before dying. For those who grasp this it would be unwise to neglect the endless and real life of the hereafter for such a brief and temporary life. Some of the verses in which God warns mankind of the briefness of the life of this world are as follows:
'My people! The life of the world is only fleeting enjoyment. It is the hereafter, which is the abode of permanence.' (Surah Ghafir: 39)
These people love this fleeting world and have put the thought of a Momentous Day behind their backs. (Surat al-Insan: 27)