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Some Secrets of the Qur'an

Those Who Do Good Meet Goodness

Another secret that God reveals in the Qur'an is that those who do good will be rewarded with good both in the world and in the hereafter. Of this God says the following:

Say: 'My servants who believe! Have fear of your Lord. For those who do good in the life of this world there is good and God's earth is spacious. The steadfast will be paid their wages in full without any reckoning.' (Surat az-Zumar: 10)

However, one needs to know what the actual "goodness" is. Each society has developed its own understanding of goodness; being pleasant, giving money to the poor, behaving with tolerance towards every sort of treatment are often perceived as signs of "goodness" in society. However, God informs us what the actual "goodness" is in the Qur'an:

It is not righteousness to turn your faces to the East or to the West. Rather, truly righteous 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 establish regular prayer (salat) and pay regular charity (zakat); 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 have fear for God. (Surat al-Baqara: 177)

As the verse above draws our attention, true goodness is to have fear of God, to keep oneself occupied with the remembrance of the day of reckoning, to follow one's conscience and always to engage in deeds which would please God. God's Messenger, Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, also bid believers to fear God and to do good:

Fear God wherever you are. Do good immediately after a sinful act to erase it, and always be well-mannered in your relationship with people.5

God has revealed in the Qur'an that He loves those who always do good due to their faith and their fear and love for God, and adds that He will reward them with good:

So God gave them the reward of the life of this world and the best reward of the hereafter. God loves the good-doers. (Surah Ali 'Imran: 148)

... There is good in the life of this world for those who do good, and the abode of the hereafter is even better. How wonderful is the abode of those who have fear of God. (Surat an-Nahl: 30)

This is good news given in the Qur'an to those who do good, who are self-sacrificing and who strive to earn God's good pleasure.

God gives these people the glad tidings of a good life both in this world and in the hereafter, an increase in blessings - both material and spiritual. The Prophet Solomon, who was given an entire kingdom, the like of which was never granted to anyone, and the prophet Joseph(Yusuf), who was placed in authority over the treasures of Egypt, are examples given in the Qur'an. God informs us about the blessings He granted on the prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, in the verse "Did He not find you impoverished and enrich you?" (Surat ad-Duha: 8).

One needs to remember that a beautiful and glorious life is not a blessing granted only to earlier generations of believers. God promises that, in each period, He will give His believing servants a good life:

Anyone who acts rightly, male or female, being a believer, We will give them a good life and We will recompense them according to the best of what they did. (Surat an-Nahl: 97)

Believers never chase after the world; that is to say, they do not demonstrate greed for worldly wealth, status or power. As God states in a verse, they have sold their lives and their wealth in return for paradise. Trade or commerce do not distract them from the remembrance of God, the performance of prayers and serving for religion. Furthermore, they show steadfastness and submission even when they are tested with hunger or loss of wealth, and they never complain. Believers who emigrated in the Prophet's time were an example. They immigrated to another city, leaving their houses, occupations, commerce, property and gardens behind and there, they were contented with little. In return they only wanted to earn God's pleasure. Their contentment and sincere remembrance of the hereafter earned them God's blessings and good lives and gifts. These gifts and wealth did not increase their attachment to this world, but rather led them to render their thanks to God and to remember Him. God promises every believer who displays high morals a good life in this world.

God has promised to multiply the deeds of His servants who do good

God has promised to multiply the deeds of His servants who do good. Some of the verses related in the Qur'an on this subject are as follows:

Those who produce a good action will receive ten like it. But those who produce a bad action will only be repaid with its equivalent and they will not be wronged. (Surat al-An'am: 160)

God does not wrong anyone by so much as the smallest speck. And if there is a good deed God will multiply it and pay out an immense reward direct from Him. (Surat an-Nisa': 40)

The most obvious sign that God multiplies every good deed is the difference between the life of this world and the hereafter. The life of the world is quite a short period, which lasts 60 years on average. However, those who purify themselves and engage in good deeds in this world will be rewarded with an infinite goodness in the hereafter in return for what they did during this short life. God has given this promise in a verse as follows:

Those who do good will have the best and more... (Surah Yunus: 26)

One needs to contemplate the concept of "infinity" in order to comprehend the greatness of this reward. Let's assume that all people who have ever lived on earth so far and those who will live in the future spend every single second of their lives counting. This figure will surely become too large to articulate. Yet, next to "infinity", even this enormous number would mean nothing. Because "infinite" means endless, having no limits in time. The abode of those who display devotion to God in this world will be paradise in the hereafter. There, they will remain for all eternity, attain anything their souls desire and will have no limits for this. This is surely an example that should be reflected on in order to comprehend the enormity of God's mercy and grace.

5- Al-Tirmidhi, Birr 55, 1988