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Jumada II — Rajab 1428

Volume 23 No 7


In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Submitters Perspective

Monthly Bulletin of the International Community of Submitters Published by Masjid Tucson

Happiness is Submission to God Alone

Happiness is Submission to God Alone is a phrase printed on all of the Submitters Perspectives. It’s been there for so long now, we hardly notice it. We’ve gotten used to it. But it is a statement that doesn’t get old or outdated because it is God’s promise and it’s true for all ages and for all generations.

Absolutely, God's allies have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve. They are those who believe and lead a righteous life. For them, joy and happiness in this world, as well as in the Hereafter. This is God's unchangeable law. Such is the greatest triumph. — 10:62-64

As for those who discard the worship of all idols, and devote themselves totally to God alone, they have deserved happiness. Give good news to My servants. — 39:17

How can we achieve happiness through submission to God? Our priority in this life should be to fulfill God’s expectations of us. In order to know what God expects of us, we have to know our purpose here in this world.

I did not create the jinns and the humans except to worship Me alone. — 51:56

Knowing that God made us to worship Him alone, we have to live a life that will please God. What pleases Him more than what we say, is our actual intentions and actions to carry out His commandments. The idea that keeping God’s laws is the source of happiness is not new. We can see this idea in the Bible, book of Proverbs:

Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law. — Proverbs 29:18

When pleasing God by keeping His commandments becomes the most important aspect of our life, then God will make everything good for us. This is a promise from God.

God promises those among you who believe and lead a righteous life, that He will make them sovereigns on earth, as He did for those before them, and will establish for them the religion He has chosen for them, and will substitute peace and security for them in place of fear. All this because

 

they worship Me alone; they never set up any idols beside Me. Those who disbelieve after this are the truly wicked. — 24:55

This is God’s promise—sovereigns on earth—all because we worship God alone without setting up any idols besides Him. If we want to become kings and queens on earth, then we have to evaluate our actions and intentions very carefully at every opportunity.

No matter what problem we are having, we must seek to understand the lesson from it. If we are sincere, God will protect our relationship with Him by putting us through different tests. Job, one who was greatly tested according to the Quran, has an attitude we should adopt that is stated in the Book of Job, from the Bible.

Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, So do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. — Job 5:17

The verses go on to explain that we might be hurt, but God’s hands give healing and that He is the one that can deliver us from any of our troubles.

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