Along with having faith in
the phrase, "I am pleased with Allah as my Lord, with Islam as my
religion, and with Muhammad as a Messenger," you must also be pleased with
Allah's commandments and decrees.
When you are selective in your
belief in pre-ordainment, your belief is incorrect. Being selective means to be
pleased and contented with only those decrees that are compatible with your
desires, while complaining against and begrudging those decrees that go against
Some people would be pleased
with their Lord when things were easy, but they would begrudge His decrees when
things became tough, and Allah said about them:
(lf good befalls him, he is
content therewith; but if a trial befalls him, he turns back on his face [i.e.
reverts back to disbelief other embracing islam]. He loses both this world and
the Hereafter) (Qur'an 22: 11)
The Desert Arabs announced
their Islam openly, and when they found ease and profit in what was revealed,
they would say, "This is a good religion." They would then obey
commandments and observe their religious duties.
But when they found the
opposite --- draught and poverty, for example --- they would turn away in disdain,
abandoning their religion. The one who practices Islam in this way always
expects ease in fulfilling his personal desires.
Whoever is chosen by Allah
to worship Him and to carry the flag of Islam, and then is not pleased with
this honor, deserves a perpetual and eternal torment.
(The story of him to whom we
gave Our Aayaat [proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.],
but he threw them away, so Satan followed him up, and he became of those who
(Qur'an 7: I75)
(Had Allah known of any good
in them, he would indeed have made them listen, and even if he had made them
listen, they would but have turned away, averse [to the
truth].) (Qur'an 8: 23)
Contentment is a path that
is followed by people who want to live according to a higher code, a code that
is followed by those who are close to Allah.
The Messenger of Allah
(bpuh) distributed the spoils of war after the battle of Hunayn. He gave most
of the spoils to the chiefs of different tribes and to those Arabs who were
late or slow in accepting Islam. He excluded the Ansaar, confident in the
degree of contentment and faith that each one of them had. Perhaps some of them
did not fully perceive the noble reason for their being excluded from this distribution,
so the Messenger of Allah (bpuh) gathered them together to explain to them why
they were left out. He informed them of his love for them and that he only gave
to the others in order to bring them closer to Islam, an action that was based
on their weak level of faith, which was in need of strengthening. He said to
"Are you not contented
that the people are leaving with camels and sheep while you are leaving with
the Messenger of Allah! The Ansaar are (like) inner- garments (for me) while
others are like outer-garments (meaning that the Ansaar are very close to the Messenger
of Allah and high in ranking with him). May Allah have mercy on the Ansaar, the
children of the Ansaar, and the grandchildren of the Ansaar. If all people were
to tread in a valley or a mountain pass, while the Ansaar traveled through
another valley or
mountain pass. I would tread
the mountain pass and valley of the Ansaar."
They were then satisfied;
pleasure and tranquility descended upon them. Moreover. Allah and His Messenger
(bpuh) were pleased with them.
Those who truly find Allah's
pleasure will not then trade it for even the entire world; there is nothing
comparable to the reward of Allah's pleasure.
One Desert Arab accepted
Islam in the presence of the Messenger of Allah (bpuh), who then gave him some
money. The Arab said, "O' Messenger of Allah. I did not pledge to follow
you for this." The Prophet (bpuh) asked, "Then why did you pledge to follow
me?" ť He answered, "I pledged to follow you to have an
arrow strike me here (he pointed to his
throat) and to exit here (he pointed to the back of his neck)." The
Messenger of Allah (bpuh) said, "If you are truthful with Allah, He will
be truthful to you (in His promise)."
The man was present at a
battle and an arrow struck him just as he desired. He met his Lord, pleased and
On another occasion, the
Messenger of Allah (bpuh) distributed some wealth. He gave to those who were
weak in their religion, and he did not give to those whose swords were stained
with blood from lighting in the way of Allah, those who used their wealth and
bodies to defend the Religion. The Messenger of Allah (bpuh) stood before the
people and said:
"I give to people
because of the covetousness and anxiety that Allah has put into their hearts. I
don't give to others because of the faith --- or goodness --- that Allah has
put into their hearts. From them is 'Amr ibn Taghlab."
'Amr (may Allah be pleased
with him) said, "These were words (from the Messenger of Allah) for which
I would not trade all that is in the world." This is the epitome of
contentment and of seeking what is with Allah, the Exalted. The whole world to
one of them was not worth as much as a smile from the Messenger of Allah
The promises of the
Messenger of Allah were these: the reward of Allah, His pleasure, and Paradise.
He did not promise them castles, positions, or land. He would say to them,
"Whoever does such and such, his reward will be Paradise." Arid he
would say to another,
"Whoever does such and
such, he will be my Companion in Paradise." The tremendous sacrifices and
efforts of the Companions could not be compensated by paltry worldly tokens; a
just reward for them could only be given to them in the Hereafter.
Tirmidhi related that 'Umar
(may Allah be pleased with him) went to get permission from the Messenger of
Allah (bpuh) to make pilgrimage to Makkah. The Messenger of Allah (bpuh`)
"Do not forget us in
your supplication, O' my brother."
The speaker of this request
was the Messenger of guidance, who was free from sin and who spoke not from
desire but from revelation.
'Umar said of the Prophet's
priceless and cherished words, "l wouldn't trade these words for the whole
Imagine that the Messenger
of Allah (bpuh) had said to you, "Do not forget us in your supplication,
O' my brother." How then would you feel?
The level of the Prophet's
contentment and pleasure with his Lord is beyond our ability to describe. He
was pleased with his Lord in richness and in poverty, in health and in
sickness, in harsh circumstances and in comfort.
He experienced the
bitterness and sadness of being an orphan. At times in his life he could not so
much as find the pit of a date to eat; to alleviate the pangs of hunger, he
(bpuh) would tie a stone around his stomach. He had to leave his armor with a
Jew as collateral in order to borrow wheat from him. His bed was straw, which
would poke into his side and cause pain. Sometimes three whole days passed
before he managed to find anything to eat. Despite all of these hardships, he was
pleased with Allah, the Lord of all that exists.
(Blessed be He Who, if He
will, will assign you better than [all] that, ---- Gardens under which rivers
flow [Paradise] and will assign you palaces (i.e. in Paradise).)
(Qur'an 25: I0)
He was pleased with Allah
during the most difficult of times in his life: the early years of his mission.
The whole world stood against him, with their numbers, their wealth, and their
power. During this period, both his uncle --- Abu Taalib --- and his wife ---
Khadeejah (may Allah be pleased with her) --- died. The Quraysh inflicted all kinds
of punishment upon him and his followers. His people slandered him, accusing
him of being a liar, a magician, a soothsayer, a madman, and a poet.
He was pleased with his Lord
even on the day that he was driven out of Makkah, the city wherein he played as
a child and grew up as a young man. Tuming towards Makkah, his eyes swelled
with tears and he said:
"You are the most beloved
of Allah's lands to me. If your dwellers had not expelled me from you, I would not
He was pleased with his Lord
when he went to Ta'aif to deliver his noble message, and instead of receiving a
welcome, he was greeted with stones that were thrown at him and that made his
The Messenger of Allah
(bpuh) was wounded in the battle of Uhud, his uncle was killed, many of his
Companions were slaughtered, but immediately after the battle he said:
"Line up behind me so
that I can praise my Lord."
In short, at every moment of
his life, he was pleased with his Lord, the reward for which is mentioned in
(And verily your Lord will
give you [all i.e. good] so that you shall be well-pleased.)