l. Wake up in the last third
of the night to beg forgiveness from Allah.
(And those who pray and beg
Allah s Pardon in the last hours of the night.)
(Quran 3: 17)
2. At least once in a while,
seclude yourself from people in order to contemplate.
(And [those who] think
deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth…) (Quran 3: 191)
3. Stay in the company of
(And keep yourself patiently
with those who call on their Lord…)
(Quran 18: 28)
4. Remember Allah often.
(Remember Allah with much
remembrance.) (Quran 33: 41)
5. Pray two units of prayer
with sincerity and devotion.
(Those who offer their
prayer with all solemnity and full submissiveness) (Quran 23: 2)
6. Recife the Qur'an with
understanding and reflection.
(Do they not then consider
the Quran carefully?) (Quran 4: 82)
7. Fast on a hot, dry day.
"He abandons his food,
drink, and desire ---- all for me."
8. Give charity secretly.
"Until the left hand
doesn't know what the right hand has spent."
9. Provide relief and aid to
the afflicted Muslim.
"Whoever gives relief
to a Muslim from one of the vicissitudes of this life, Allah will relieve him
from a calamity that is from the calamities of the Day of Judgment"
10. Be as abstemious and
abstinent as possible in this fleeting world.
(The Hereafter is better and
more lasting.) (Quran 87: I 7)
Among the delusions of
Prophet Noah's son was his saying:
('I will betake myself to a
mountain, it will save me from the water) (Quran 11: 43)
Had he betaken himself to
Allah, his outcome would have been very different. The cause of misery for
An-Namrood (Nebuchadnezzar) was his saying, "l bring about life and I
cause death." He tried wearing a garb that wasn't his and he claimed to have
a quality that he didn't in fact have â€” and thus his downfall became
The key to our happiness can
be summed up in one simple yet
profound phrase, the Phrase
of Tawheed (Islamic Monotheism):
"There is none worthy
of worship except Allah and Muhammad is His Messenger"
When one pronounces this
phrase on earth, it will be said to him in the heavens, "You have spoken
(And he [Muhammad] who has
brought the truth [this Qur'an and Islamic Monotheism] and [those who] believed
(Qur'an 39: 33)
And when one lives his life
in harmony with this phrase on a practical level, he will be saved from destruction,
shame, and the Hellfire.
(And Allah will deliver
those who are the Muttaqoon [pious] to their places of success [Paradise].)
(Qur'an 39: 61)
When one not only applies
the Phrase of Tawheed, but also calls others to it, his name will be remembered
and he will be made victorious:
(And that Our hosts, they
verily would be the victors) (Qur'an 37: 173)
When one loves the Phrase of
Tawheed, he will be elevated in ranking and endowed with honor.
(But honor; power and glory
belong to Allah, His Messenger [Muhammad], and to the believers...)
(Qur'an 63: 8)
Bilal (may Allah be pleased
with him) called out with the Phrase of Tawheed and his situation underwent a
dramatic inward change that ran parallel to his outward change of being freed
(He brings them out from
darkness into light.) (Qur'an 2: 257)
Abu Lahab balked at and
desisted from saying the Phrase of Tawheed. He died in a weak and pathetic
(And whosoever Allah
disgraces, none can honor him.) (Qur'an 22: 18)
The Phrase of Tawheed is an
elixir that transforms the base human being into a paragon of pureness and
(But we have made it [this
Qur'an] a light wherewith we guide whosoever of our slaves we will.) (Quran
Whatever you do, do not
exult in wealth acquired if you have turned your back on the Hereafter. If you
do turn your back on the Hereafter, a harsh punishment and severe chastisement
will lie in wait for you:
('My wealth has not availed me. My power and arguments (to
defend myself) have gone] have gone from me!) (Qur'an 69: 28-29)
(Verily your Lord is Ever
Watchful [over them].) (Quran 89: 14)
Also, do not exult
excessively in your child if you have forgotten your Lord. Turning away from
Him is the ultimate failure.
(And they were covered with
humiliation and misery…) (Qur'an 2: 61)
And finally, do not be
complacent about your wealth if your deeds are evil, for such deeds will be
your disgrace in the Hereafter.
(But surely the torment of the Hereafter will be more
(Qur'an 41: 16)
(And it is not your wealth,
nor your children that bring you nearer to Us [i.e. pleases Allah], but only he
[will please Us] who believes [in the Islamic Monotheism], and does righteous
(Quran 34: 37)