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God's Good Pleasure

People answer the question of what they have done for God in many different ways. For example, they may say: I have stilled the hunger of the poor, I have prayed, or I have worshipped. Each of these is commendable, but it is a serious error to do what God asks at certain times and then, at all other times, be oblivious of His existence and the proximity of the Day of Judgment. Those who truthfully believe do not forget that they are always surrounded by God, and so do their utmost at all times to earn His good pleasure and Paradise and to avoid Hell. The Qur'an states that the believers' prayers, life, and death are "only for the Lord of the universe, God" (Qur'an, 6:162). This means that each believer's life is dedicated to earning God's good pleasure. The Qur'an says that those people who work only to win His good pleasure will find salvation:

Who is better: someone who establishes his building on fear [and respect] of God and His good pleasure, or someone who establishes his building on the brink of a crumbling precipice, so that it collapses with him into the Fire of Hell? God does not love wrongdoers. (Qur'an, 9:109) Solomon's (pbuh) prayer, as recorded in the Qur'an, asks God to let him do those deeds that will earn His good pleasure. Given below, it is an example for all believers:

"My Lord, keep me thankful for the blessing You have bestowed on me and on my parents; keep me acting rightly, pleasing You; and admit me, by Your mercy, among Your servants who are righteous." (Qur'an, 27:19) The Old Testament reveals that believers asked God to "teach them to do His will." This prayer is as follows:

... I hide myself in You. Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God... (Psalm, 143:9-10) The Bible reveals that Jesus' (pbuh) main request of his followers was that they do their best to earn God's good pleasure. According to it, Jesus (pbuh) always did what God approves of, and thus all of his followers should emulate his behavior. The Bible reveals that believers should do everything only for God: So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians, 10:31) ... Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. (Colossians, 3:22-23)

Adapted from: "A Call for Unity" by: "Harun Yahya"

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