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Living in Accordance with the Qur'an 5/9

Spending One’s Wealth and Possessions in the Way of God Instead of Hoarding It

Spend in the Way of God. Do not cast yourselves into destruction. and do good: God loves good-doers. (Surat al-Baqarah, 195)

... As for those who hoard up gold and silver and do not spend it in the Way of God, give them the news of a painful punishment. on the Day it is heated up in the fire of Hell and their foreheads, sides and backs are branded with it (and they are told): ‘This is what you hoarded for yourselves, so taste what you were hoarding!’ (Surat at-Tawba, 34-35)

Who gathered his wealth and counted it. He thinks his wealth will make him live for ever. No indeed! He will be flung into the Shatterer. and what will convey to you what the Shatterer is? the kindled Fire of God reaching right into the heart. (Surat al-Humazah, 2-6)

No indeed! You do not honour orphans nor do you urge the feeding of the poor; you devour inheritance with voracious appetites and you have an insatiable love of wealth. (Surat al-Fajr, 17-20)

The mutual rivalry for piling up (the good things of this world) diverts you (from the more serious things), until you visit the graves. (Surat at-Takathur, 1-2)

Purifying the Self in Accordance with the Qur’an Instead of Defend and Justify It

(Yusuf said,) ‘I do not say my self was free from blame. the self indeed commands to evil acts–except for those my Lord has mercy on. My Lord, He is Forgiving, Merciful.’ (Surah Yusuf, 53)

Do you not see those who claim to be purified? No, God purifies whoever He wills. They will not be wronged by so much as the smallest speck. (Surat an-Nisa’, 49)

You who believe! Do not follow in the footsteps of Satan. Anyone who follows in Satan’s footsteps should know that he commands indecency and wrongdoing. Were it not for God’s favour to you and His mercy, not one of you would ever have been purified. But God purifies whoever He wills. God is All-Hearing, All-Knowing. (Surat an-Nur, 21)

To whoever avoids the major wrong actions and indecencies–except for minor lapses–truly your Lord is vast in forgiveness. He has most knowledge of you when He first produced you from the earth, and when you were embryos in your mothers’ wombs. So do not claim purity for yourselves. He knows best those who guard against evil. (Surat an-Najm, 32)

He who has purified himself will have success. (Surat al-A’la Suresi, 14)

... Whoever is purified, is purified for himself alone. (Surah Fatir, 18)

And (I swear by) the self and what proportioned it and inspired it with depravity or sense of duty, he who purifies it has succeeded, he who covers it up has failed. (Surat ash-Shams, 7-10)

Do not ever stand in it (a mosque set up to create division among the believers). a mosque founded on performing one’s duty from the first day has a greater right for you to stand in it. in it there are men who love to purify themselves. God loves those who purify themselves. (Surat at-Tawba, 108)

For this We sent a Messenger to you from among you to recite Our Signs to you and purify you and teach you the Book and Wisdom and teach you things you did not know before. (Surat al-Baqarah, 151)

God showed great kindness to the believers when He sent a Messenger to them from among themselves to recite His Signs to them and purify them and teach them the Book and Wisdom, even though before that they were clearly misguided. (Surah Al ‘Imran, 164)

Take charity from their wealth to purify and cleanse them and pray for them. Your prayers bring relief to them. God is All-Hearing, All-Knowing. (Surat at-Tawba, 103)

Gardens of Eden with rivers flowing under them, remaining in them timelessly, for ever. That is the reward of those who purify themselves. (Surah Ta Ha, 76)

Remember when he came to his Lord with a pure heart. (Surat as-Saffat, 84)

Being Helpful and Cooperative

When he arrived at the water of Madyan, he found a crowd of people drawing water there. Standing apart from them, he found two women, holding back their sheep. He said, ‘What are you two doing here?’ They said, ‘We cannot draw water until the shepherds have driven off their sheep. You see our father is a very old man.’ So he drew water for them and then withdrew into the shade and said, ‘My Lord, I am truly in need of any good You have in store for me.’ (Surat al-Qasas, 23-24)

He (their father) said, ‘I would like to marry you to one of these two daughters of mine on condition that you work for me for eight full years. If you complete ten, that is up to you. I do not want to be hard on you. You will find me, God willing, to be one of the righteous.’ (Surat al-Qasas, 27)

When Musa had fulfilled the appointed term and had set off with his family, he noticed a fire from one side of the Mount. He said to his family, ‘Stay here, I can see a fire. Hopefully I will bring you back some news from it or a burning branch from the fire so that you will be able to warm yourselves.’ (Surat al-Qasas, 29)

Refrain from Lying

That is it. If someone honours God’s sacred things, that is better for him in his Lord’s Sight. All livestock are permitted to you except what has already been recited to you. Have done with the defilement of idols and have done with telling lies. (Surat al-Hajj, 30)

Those who do not believe in God’s Signs are merely inventing lies. It is they who are the liars. (Surat an-Nahl, 105)

Do not say about what your lying tongues describe: ‘This is lawful and this is forbidden,’ inventing lies against God. Those who invent lies against God are not successful. (Surat an-Nahl, 116)

Among them is a group who distort the Book with their tongues so that you think it is from the Book when it is not from the Book. They say, ‘It is from God,’ but it is not from God. They tell a lie against God and they know it. (Surah Al ‘Imran, 78)

Woe to every wicked liar... (Surat al-Jathiyah, 7)

Shall I tell you upon whom the Satans descend? They descend on every evil liar. They give them a hearing and most of them are liars. (Surat ash-Shu`ara’, 221-223)

No indeed! If he does not desist, We will grab him by the forelock, a lying, sinful forelock. (Surat al- `Alaq, 15-16)

Using Reason Through Life

In the earth there are diverse regions side by side and gardens of grapes and cultivated fields, and palm-trees sharing one root and others with individual roots, all watered with the same water. and We make some things better to eat than others. There are Signs in that for people who use their intellect. (Surat ar-Ra`d, 4)

It is He Who gives life and causes to die and His is the alternation of the night and day. So will you not use your intellect? (Surat al-Mu’minun, 80)

We have sent down to you a Book containing your Reminder. So will you not use your intellect? (Surat al-Anbiya’, 10)

... in this way God makes the Signs clear to you so that hopefully you will use your intellect. (Surat an-Nur, 61)

Do you suppose that most of them hear or understand? They are just like cattle. Indeed they are even more astray! (Surat al-Furqan, 44)

He said, ‘The Lord of the East and the West and everything between them if you used your intellect.’ (Surat ash-Shu`ara’, 28)

He [satan] has led huge numbers of you into error. Why did you not use your intellect? (Surah Ya Sin, 62)

It is He Who created you from earth, then from a drop of sperm, then from a clot of blood, then He brings you out as infants, then so you may achieve full strength, then so you may become old men–though some of you may die before that time–so that you may reach a predetermined age and so that hopefully you will use your intellect. (Surah Ghafir, 67)

As for those who call out to you from outside your private quarters, most of them do not use their intellect. (Surat al-Hujurat, 4)

Know that God brings the earth to life after it was dead. We have made the Signs clear to you so that hopefully you will use your intellect. (Surat al-Hadid, 17)

If their turning away is hard on you, then go down a tunnel deep into the earth, if you can, or climb up a ladder into heaven, and bring them a Sign. If God had wanted to He would have gathered them all to guidance. So do not be among the ignorant. (Surat al-An’am, 35)

Approaching Any Situation Rationally Rather Than Sentimentally

Ibrahim would not have asked forgiveness for his father but for a promise he made to him, and when it became clear to him that he was an enemy of God, he renounced him. Ibrahim was tender-hearted and forbearing. (Surat at-Tawba, 114)

Do not let those who rush headlong into disbelief sadden you. They do not harm God in any way. God desires to assign no portion to them in the hereafter. They will have a terrible punishment. (Surah Al ‘Imran, 176)

Do not grieve over them and do not let the plots they make distress you. (Surat an-Naml, 70)

And Dhu’n-Nun when he left in anger and thought We would not punish him. He called out in the pitch darkness: ‘There is no god but You! Glory be to You! Truly I have been one of the wrongdoers.’ (Surat al-Anbiya’, 87)

Nuh called out to his Lord and said, ‘My Lord, my son is one of my family and Your promise is surely the truth and You are the Justest of Judges.’ He said, ‘Nuh, he is definitely not of your family. He is someone whose action was not righteous. Do not, therefore, ask Me for something about which you have no knowledge. I admonish you lest you should be among the ignorant.’ (Surah Hud, 45-46)

Not Seeking Refuge in Disbelievers

The believers should not take disbelievers as friends rather than believers. Anyone who does that has nothing to do with God at all–unless it is because you guard yourselves against them, taking security. God advises you to be afraid of Him. God is the final destination. (Surah Al ‘Imran, 28)

‘Do not trust anyone except for those who follow your religion.’…(Surah Al ‘Imran, 73)

You who believe! Do not take as friends any of those who who make a mockery and a game out of your religion among the ones who were given the Book before you or the disbelievers. Have fear of God if you are believers. (Surat al-Ma’idah, 57)

Those who disbelieve are the friends and protectors of one another. If you do not act in this way there will be turmoil in the land and great corruption. (Surat al-Anfal, 73)

They will not help you in any way against God. the wrongdoers are protectors of one another but God is the Protector of those who guard against evil. (Surat al-Jathiyah, 19)

Those who believe and have migrated and strived with their wealth and themselves in the Way of God, and those who have given refuge and help, they are the friends and protectors of one another. But as for those who believe but have not migrated, you are not in any way responsible for their protection until they migrate. But if they ask you for help in respect of the religion, it is your duty to help them, except against people you have a treaty with. God sees what you do. (Surat al-Anfal, 72)

Not Submitting to Disbelievers

O Prophet! Have fear of God and do not obey the disbelievers and hypocrites. God is All-Knowing, All-Wise. (Surat al-Ahzab, 1)

So do not obey the disbelievers but use this (the Qur’an) to battle against them with all your might. (Surat al-Furqan, 52)

Restrain yourself patiently with those who call on their Lord morning and evening, desiring His face. Do not turn your eyes from them, desiring the attractions of this world. and do not obey someone whose heart We have made neglectful of Our remembrance and who follows his own whims and desires and whose life has transgressed all bounds. (Surat al-Kahf, 28)

Do not let those who have no faith in it and follow their whims and desires debar you from it or you will be destroyed. (Surah Ta Ha, 16)

Do not obey the disbelievers and hypocrites and disregard their abuse of you. Put your trust in God. God suffices as a Protector. (Surat al-Ahzab, 48)

Always Asking God for Help in Every Situation

You alone we worship. You alone we ask for help. (Surat al-Fatihah, 4)

You who believe! Seek help in steadfastness and prayer. God is with the steadfast. (Surat al-Baqarah, 153)

Musa said to his people, ‘Seek help in God and be steadfast. the earth belongs to God. He bequeathes it to any of His servants He wills. the successful outcome is for those who guard against evil.’ (Surat al-A’raf, 128)

When they came out against Goliath and his troops, they said, ‘Our Lord, pour down steadfastness upon us, and make our feet firm, and help us against this disbelieving people.’ (Surat al-Baqarah, 250)

… ‘Our Lord, do not take us to task if we forget or make a mistake! Our Lord, do not place on us a load like the one You placed on those before us! Our Lord, do not place on us a load we have not the strength to bear! and pardon us; and forgive us; and have mercy on us. You are our Master, so help us against the people of the disbelievers.’ (Surat al-Baqarah, 286)

All they said was, ‘Our Lord, forgive us our wrong actions and any excesses we went to in what we did and make our feet firm and help us against these disbelieving people.’ (Surah Al ‘Imran, 147)

He (Nuh) said, ‘My Lord, help me because of their calling me a liar!’ (Surat al-Mu’minun, 26)

He (Lut) said, ‘My Lord, help me against the people of corruption!’ (Surat al-Anqabut, 30)

Not Giving Into Despair in the Face of Any Hardship and Remaining Hopeful Under All Circumstances

Say (from Me): ‘My servants, you who have transgressed against yourselves, do not despair of the mercy of God. Truly God forgives all wrong actions. He is the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Merciful.’ (Surat az-Zumar, 53)

(Yusuf’s father said,) ‘My sons! Seek news of Yusuf and his brother. Do not despair of solace from God. No one despairs of solace from God except for people who are disbelievers.’ (Surah Yusuf, 87)

Anyone who thinks that God will not help him in this world and the hereafter should stretch a rope up to the ceiling and then cut (it) off. Let him see whether his stratagem gets rid of what enrages him! (Surat al-Hajj, 15)

They (messengers) said (to Ibrahim), ‘We bring you good news of the truth, so do not be among those who despair.’ (Surat al-Hijr, 55)

Do not corrupt the earth after it has been put right. Call on Him fearfully and eagerly. God’s mercy is close to the good-doers. (Surat al-A’raf, 56)

If We let man taste mercy from Us, and then take it away from him, he is despairing, ungrateful. (Surah Hud, 9)

Those who reject God’s Signs and the meeting with Him, such people can despair of My mercy, such people will have a painful punishment. (Surat al-Anqabut, 23)

Keeping in Mind That God Helps His Sincere Subjects

Before you We sent other Messengers to their people, and they too brought them the Clear Signs. We took revenge on those who did evil; and it is Our duty to help the believers. (Surat ar-Rum, 47)

As for those who strive in Our Way, We will guide them to Our Paths. Truly God is with the good-doers. (Surat al-Anqabut, 69)

God has helped you on many occasions, including the Day of Hunayn when your great numbers delighted you but did not help you in any way, and the earth seemed narrow to you for all its great breadth, and you turned your backs. (Surat at-Tawba, 25)

Then once again We gave you the upper hand over them and supplied you with more wealth and children and made you the most numerous group. (Surat al-Isra’, 6)

... God will not give the disbelievers any way against the believers. (Surat an-Nisa’, 141)

Anyone who thinks that God will not help him in this world and the hereafter should stretch a rope up to the ceiling and then cut (it) off. Let him see whether his stratagem gets rid of what enrages him! (Surat al-Hajj, 15)

Permission to fight is given to those who are fought against because they have been wronged–truly God has the power to come to their support. (Surat al-Hajj, 39)

Have fear of Him Who has supplied you with what you know, supplied you with livestock and children and gardens and clear springs. (Surat ash-Shu`ara’, 132-134)

We showed great kindness to Musa and Harun. We rescued them and their people from their terrible plight. We supported them and so they were the victors. (Surat as-Saffat, 114-116)

And that God might help you with a mighty help. (Surat al-Fath, 3)

Keeping in Mind That God Stands by and Loves Those Who Are Patient

And be steadfast. God is with the steadfast. (Surat al-Anfal, 46)

Many a Prophet has fought, when there were many thousands with him! They did not give up in the face of what assailed them in the Way of God, nor did they weaken, nor did they yield. God loves the steadfast. (Surah Al ‘Imran, 146)

They said, ‘Are you Yusuf?’ He said, ‘I am indeed Yusuf, and this here is my brother. God has acted graciously to us. As for those who fear God and are steadfast, God does not allow to go to waste the wage of any people who do good.’ (Surah Yusuf, 90)

Be patient. But your patience is only by God. Do not be grieved by them and do not be constricted by the plots they hatch. (Surat an-Nahl, 127)

Exercising Great Patience in the Face of Troubles, Hardships, Illnesses and All Other Circumstances

(Luqman said,) ‘My son, perform prayer and command what is right and forbid what is wrong and be steadfast in the face of all that happens to you. That is certainly the most resolute course to follow.’ (Surah Luqman, 17)

Therefore be patient with a patience which is beautiful. (Surat al-Ma`arij, 5)

Those who, when disaster strikes them, say, ‘We belong to God and to Him we will return.’ (Surat al-Baqarah, 156)

Whose hearts quake at the mention of God, and who are steadfast in the face of all that happens to them, those who establish salat and give of what We have provided for them. (Surat al-Hajj, 35)

Messengers before you were also denied but they were steadfast in the face of the denial and injury they suffered until Our help arrived. There is no changing the Words of God. and news of other Messengers has come to you. (Surat al-An’am, 34)

(Their Messengers said,) ‘And why indeed should we not put our trust in God when He has guided us to our ways? We will be steadfast however much you harm us. Those who trust put their trust in God.’ (Surah Ibrahim, 12)

Many a Prophet has been fought, when there were many thousands with him! They did not give up in the face of what assailed them in the Way of God, nor did they weaken, nor did they yield. God loves the steadfast. (Surah Al ‘Imran, 146)

It is not devoutness to turn your faces to the East or to the West. Rather, those with true devoutness are those who believe in God and the Last Day, the Angels, the Book and the Prophets, and who, despite their love for it, give away their wealth to their relatives and to orphans and the very poor, and to travellers and beggars and to set slaves free, and who perform prayer and give the alms; those who honour their contracts when they make them, and are steadfast in poverty and illness and in battle. Those are the people who are true. They are the people who guard against evil. (Surat al-Baqarah, 177)

Be steadfast in the face of what they say. (Surah Sad, 17)

You will be tested in your wealth and in yourselves and you will hear many abusive words from those given the Book before you and from those who are idolaters. But if you are steadfast and guard against evil, that is the most resolute course to take. (Surah Al ‘Imran, 186)

He said, ‘It’s merely that your lower selves suggested something to you which you did. But beauty lies in having steadfastness. Perhaps God will bring them all together. He is indeed All-Knowing and All-Wise.’ (Surah Yusuf, 83)

Not Showing a Tendency to Disbelief

We gave right judgement and knowledge to Lut and rescued him from the city which committed disgusting acts. They were evil people who were deviators. If We had not kept you constant you had almost leaned towards them a little. (Surat al-Anbiya’, 74)

Do not rely on those who do wrong thus causing the Fire to afflict you, for you have no protector besides God; then you will not be helped. (Surah Hud, 113)

Painstakingly Preserving God’s Restrictions and Not Adhering to Unlawful Deeds

Those who repent, those who worship, those who praise, those who fast, those who bow, those who prostrate, those who command the right, those who forbid the wrong, those who preserve the limits of God: give good news to the believers. (Surat at-Tawba, 112)

That is it. As for those who honour God’s sacred rites should do so from heartfelt heeding. (Surat al-Hajj, 32)

(Believers are) those who guard their private parts except from their wives and any slaves they own, in which case they incur no blame. Then, whoever seeks anything beyond this, they are the transgressors. (Surat al-Ma`arij, 29-31)

O Prophet! When any of you divorce women, divorce them during their period of purity and calculate their waiting period carefully. and have fear of God, your Lord. Do not evict them from their homes, nor should they leave, unless they commit an outright indecency. Those are God’s limits, and anyone who oversteps God’s limits has wronged himself. You never know, it may well be that after that God will cause a new situation to develop. (Surat al-Talaq, 1)

These are God’s limits. As for those who obey God and His Messenger, We will admit them into Gardens with rivers flowing under them, remaining in them timelessly, for ever. That is the Great Victory. (Surat an-Nisa’, 13)

Say: ‘People of the Book! You have nothing to stand on until you implement the Torah and the Gospel and what has been sent down to you from your Lord.’ What has been sent down to you from your Lord increases many of them in insolence and disbelief. So do not waste your grief on the people of the disbelievers. (Surat al-Ma’idah, 68)

That is it. If someone honours God’s sacred things, that is better for him in his Lord’s Sight…(Surat al-Hajj, 30)

Looking for Opportunities Throughout the Day That Will Help One Become Closer to God

You who believe! Have fear of God and seek the means of drawing near to Him, and strive in His Way, so that hopefully you will be successful. (Surat al-Ma’idah, 35)

It is not your wealth or your children that will bring you near to Us–only in the case of people who believe and act rightly; such people will have a double recompense for what they did. They will be safe from all harm in the High Halls of Paradise. (Surah Saba’, 37)

This truly is a reminder, so let anyone who wills take the Way towards his Lord. (Surat al-Muzammil, 19)

Having Due Fear and Awe of God

… turning toward Him (in repentance). Fear Him and establish prayer. Do not be among the idolaters. (Surat ar-Rum, 31)

You who believe! Have fear of God the way He should be feared and do not die except as Muslims. (Surah Al ‘Imran, 102)

… God is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him. That is for those who fear their Lord. (Surat al-Baiyinah, 8)

In this way We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur’an and We have made various threats in it so that hopefully they will guard against evil or it will spur them into remembrance. (Surah Ta Ha, 113)

Mankind, have fear of your Lord! the quaking of the Hour is a terrible thing. (Surat al-Hajj, 1)

So have fear of God, as much as you are able to, and listen and obey…(Surat at-Taghabun, 16)

Those who fear their Lord in the Unseen will have forgiveness and an immense reward. (Surat al-Mulk, 12)

... (People of intelligence are) those who join what God has commanded to be joined and are afraid of their Lord and fear an evil Reckoning. (Surat ar-Ra`d, 21)

(The Garden is for) those who fear the All-Merciful in the Unseen and come with a contrite heart. (Surat al-Qaf, 33)

(Prophets are) those who conveyed God’s Message and had fear of Him, fearing no one except God. God suffices as a Reckoner. (Surat al-Ahzab, 39)

Their sides eschew their beds as they call on their Lord in fear and ardent hope. and they give of what We have provided for them. (Surat as-Sajdah, 16)

... Call on Him fearfully and eagerly. God’s mercy is close to the good-doers. (Surat al-A’raf, 56)

For those who fear the Station of their Lord there are two Gardens. (Surat ar-Rahman, 46)

... Only those of His servants with knowledge have fear of God. God is Almighty, Ever-Forgiving. (Surah Fatir, 28)

... That is the reward of those who fear My station and fear My threat.’ (Surah Ibrahim, 14)

(Believers are) those who affirm the Day of Judgement. (Believers are) those who are fearful of the punishment of their Lord. No one is safe from the punishment of his Lord. (Surat al-Ma`arij, 26-28)

...´The real losers are those who lose themselves and their families on the Day of Rising.´ Is not that clear loss?They will have awnings of Fire above them and awnings below them. by that God strikes fear into His servants: ‘So have fear, My servants, of Me!’ (Surat az-Zumar, 15-16)

Those who fear their Lord in the Unseen and are apprehensive about the Hour. (Surat al-Anbiya’, 49)

Not distracted by trade or commerce from the remembrance of God and the establishment of prayer and the payment of alms; fearing a day when all hearts and eyes will be in turmoil. (Surat an-Nur, 37)

Mankind! Have fear of your Lord and fear a day when no father will be able to atone for his son, or son for his father, in any way. God’s promise is true. So do not let the life of this world delude you and do not let the Deluder delude you concerning God. (Surah Luqman, 33)

Tribe of Israel! Remember the blessing I conferred on you. Honour My contract and I will honour your contract. Have dread of Me alone. (Surat al-Baqarah, 40)

Wherever you are, turn your faces towards it so that people will have no argument against you–except for those among them who do wrong and then you should not fear them but rather fear Me–and so that I can complete My blessing to you so that hopefully you will be guided. (Surat al-Baqarah, 150)

You who believe! If you have fear of God, He will give you discrimination…(Surat al-Anfal, 29)

God is with those who have fear of Him and with those who are good-doers. (Surat an-Nahl, 128)

Everything in the heavens and earth belongs to Him, and the religion belongs to Him, firmly and for ever. So why do you fear anyone other than God? (Surat an-Nahl, 52)

Knowing That All Blessings Come Directly from God Without Attributing Any Power To the Causes

Any blessing you have is from God. Then when harm touches you, it is to Him you cry for help. (Surat an-Nahl, 53)

He has given you everything you have asked Him for. If you tried to number God’s blessings, you could never count them. Man is indeed wrongdoing, ungrateful. (Surah Ibrahim, 34)

You who believe! Remember God’s blessing to you when certain people were on the verge of raising their hands against you and He held their hands back from you. Have fear of God. the believers should put their trust in God. (Surat al-Ma’idah, 11)

Remember when Musa said to his people, ‘My people! Remember God’s blessing to you when He appointed Prophets among you and appointed kings for you, and gave you what He had not given to anyone else in all the worlds!’ (Surat al-Ma’idah, 20)

Mankind! Remember God’s blessing to you. Is there any creator other than God providing for you from heaven and earth? There is no god but Him. So how have you been perverted? (Surah Fatir, 3)

… Remember God’s blessing to you and the Book and Wisdom He has sent down to you to admonish you. Have fear of God and know that God has knowledge of all things. (Surat al-Baqarah, 231)

(Those killed in the way of God are) rejoicing in blessings and favour from God and that God does not let the wage of the believers go to waste. (Surah Al ‘Imran, 171)

So they returned with blessings and bounty from God and no evil touched them. They pursued the pleasure of God. God’s favour is indeed immense. (Surah Al ‘Imran, 174)

Whoever obeys God and the Messenger will be with those whom God has blessed: the Prophets, the steadfast affirmers of truth, the martyrs and the righteous. What excellent company such people are! (Surat an-Nisa’, 69)

… Today I have perfected your religion for you and completed My blessing upon you and I am pleased with Islam as a religion for you. But if anyone is forced by hunger, not intending any wrongdoing, God is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surat al-Ma’idah, 3)

… God does not want to make things difficult for you, but He does want to purify you and to perfect His blessing upon you so that hopefully you will be thankful. (Surat al-Ma’idah, 6)

Remember God’s blessing to you and the covenant He made with you when you said, ‘We hear and we obey.’ Have fear of God. God knows what the heart contains. (Surat al-Ma’idah, 7)

(Hud said,) ‘Or are you astonished that a reminder should come to you from your Lord by way of a man among you in order to warn you? Remember when He appointed you successors to the people of Nuh, and increased you greatly in stature. Remember God’s blessings, so that hopefully you will be successful.’ (Surat al-A’raf, 69)

That is because God would never change a blessing He has conferred on a people until they had changed what was in themselves. God is All-Hearing, All-Knowing. (Surat al-Anfal, 53)

If you tried to number God’s blessings, you could never count them. God is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Surat an-Nahl, 18)

God has made shaded places for you in what He has created and He has made shelters for you in the mountains and He has made shirts for you to protect you from the heat and shirts to protect you from each other’s violence. in that way He perfects His blessing on you so that hopefully you will become Muslims. (Surat an-Nahl, 81)

Do you not see that God has subjected to you everything in the heavens and earth and has showered His blessings upon you, both outwardly and inwardly? Yet there are people who argue about God without knowledge or guidance or any illuminating Book. (Surah Luqman, 20)

Do you not see that ships sail on the sea by God’s blessing so that He can show you something of His Signs? There are certainly Signs in that for everyone who is steadfast and thankful. (Surah Luqman, 31)

You who believe! Remember God’s blessing to you when forces came against you and We sent a wind against them and other forces you could not see. God sees what you do. (Surat al-Ahzab, 9)

When harm touches man he calls upon his Lord, repenting to Him. Then when He grants him a blessing from Him, he forgets what he was calling for before and ascribes rivals to God, so as to misguide others from His Way. Say: ‘Enjoy your disbelief for a little while. You are among the Companions of the Fire.’ (Surat az-Zumar, 8)

When harm touches man he calls on Us. Then when We grant him a blessing from Us he says, ‘I have only been given this because of my knowledge.’ in fact it is a trial but most of them do not know it. (Surat az-Zumar, 49)

When We grant blessing to a man, he turns away and draws aside but when any evil touches him, he is full of endless prayers! (Surah Fussilat, 51)

It is He Who created all the species and gave you ships and livestock for you to ride, so that you might sit firmly on their backs and remember your Lord’s blessing while you are seated on them, saying, ‘Glory be to Him Who has subjected this to us.’ (Surat az-Zukhruf, 13)

He is only a servant on whom We bestowed Our blessing and whom We made an example for the tribe of Israel. (Surat az-Zukhruf, 59)

… so that God may forgive you your earlier errors and any later ones and complete His blessing upon you, and guide you on a Straight Path. (Surat al-Fath, 2)

And as for the blessing of your Lord, speak out! (Surat ad-Duha, 11)

Having a Profound Respect for God

We responded to him and gave him Yahya, restoring for him his wife’s fertility. They outdid one another in good actions, calling out to Us in yearning and in awe, and humbling themselves to Us. (Surat al-Anbiya’, 90)

(People of intelligence are) those who join what God has commanded to be joined and are afraid of their Lord and fear an evil Reckoning. (Surat ar-Ra`d, 21)

(Believers are) those who are filled with the fear of their Lord. (Surat al-Mu’minun, 57)

Among the people of the Book there are some who believe in God and in what has been sent down to you and what was sent down to them, and who are humble before God. They do not sell God’s Signs for a paltry price. Such people will have their reward with their Lord. and God is swift at reckoning. (Surah Al ‘Imran, 199)

Men and women who are Muslims, men and women who are believers, men and women who are obedient, men and women who are truthful, men and women who are steadfast, men and women who are humble, men and women who give charity, men and women who fast, men and women who guard their chastity, men and women who remember God much: God has prepared forgiveness for them and an immense reward. (Surat al-Ahzab, 35)

(It is) so that you might all believe in God and His Messenger and honour Him and respect Him and glorify Him in the morning and the evening. (Surat al-Fath, 9)

Meticulously Preserving Prayer and Performing Them Correctly in Reverence

Safeguard the prayer–especially the middle one. Stand in obedience to God. (Surat al-Baqarah, 238)

It is the believers who are successful: those who are humble in their prayer. (Surat al-Mu’minun, 1-2)

Recite what has been revealed to you of the Book and perform prayer. Prayer precludes indecency and wrongdoing. and remembrance of God is greater still. God knows what you do. (Surat al-Anqabut, 45)

The men and women of the believers are friends of one another. They command what is right and forbid what is wrong, and perform prayer and give the alms, and obey God and His Messenger... (Surat at-Tawba, 71)

(Believers are) those who safeguard their prayer. (Surat al-Mu’minun, 9)

As for those who hold fast to the Book and perform prayer, We will not let the wage of the righteous be wasted. (Surat al-A’raf, 170)

I am God. There is no god but Me, so worship Me and perform prayer to remember Me. (Surah Ta Ha, 14)

(Believers are) those who perform prayer and give the alms and are certain of the hereafter. (Surah Luqman, 4)

When you have finished prayer remember God standing, sitting and lying on your sides. When you are safe again perform prayer in the normal way. the prayer is prescribed for the believers at specific times. (Surat an-Nisa’, 103)

This is a Book We have sent down and blessed, confirming what came before it, so that you can warn the Mother of Cities (Makka) and the people around it. Those who believe in the hereafter believe in it and safeguard their prayer. (Surat al-An’am, 92)

(Believers are) those who, if We establish them firmly on the earth, will perform prayer and give the alms, and command what is right and forbid what is wrong. the end result of all affairs is with God. (Surat al-Hajj, 41)

Instruct your family to perform prayer, and be constant in it. We do not ask you for provision. We provide for you. and the outcome rests on doing your duty. (Surah Ta Ha, 132)

Perform prayer and give the alms and bow with those who bow. (Surat al-Baqarah, 43)

Seek help in steadfastness and prayer. But that is a very hard thing, except for the humble. (Surat al-Baqarah, 45)

Those who recite the Book of God and perform prayer and give of what We have provided for them, secretly and openly, hope for a transaction which will not prove profitless. (Surah Fatir, 29)

They were only ordered to worship God, making their religion sincerely His as people of pure natural belief, and to perform prayer and give the alms–that is the religion of the correct. (Surat al-Baiyinah, 5)


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