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BEING COMMITTED TO ALLAH TA’ALA

Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله says: “Among people is he who worships Allah Ta’ala on the boder-line; if prosperity reaches him, he remains steadfast on that worship (of Allah Ta’ala). But if adversity afflicts him, he turns about on his face. He loses both this world and the hereafter.” (Surah al-Hajj, 22:11)

The worship of Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله is imposed on us and obedience to Him is incumbent upon us on account of His grace upon us and the good that He has done to us. This is in addition to the fact that Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله has commanded us to worship and obey Him. In so doing, Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله rewards for obedience out of His grace, and he punishes for disobedience out of His justice.

True reliance is reposing our trust in Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله at the time of need, having confidence in Him at the time of necessity, placing one’s trust in Him at the time of affliction – all this while the soul is at ease and the heart is at rest. So those who place their trust in Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله know that He is the One who destines, that the causes are under the command of the Creator, the Dispenser of affairs. They do not rely on creation but place their reliance on Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله irrespective of any situation. Whoever places his trust in Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله, He will suffice for him in all circumstances. This is the reality of modesty that is expected of a believer.

SOURCE: AN EXPOSITION OF THE HEARTS
(Imām Muhammad Ghazzali رحمه الله)

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