Happiness in the Hereafter through Simple Deeds

Dear brothers, we are all living life for the same reason and that is to please our Creator and our Master. Allah SWT has made it easy for us, his slaves, to perform such actions in our everyday lives.

And it is through these actions that potentially the greatest rewards can be achieved. But as Muslims, how do we perform such actions?

Allah’s SWT instructions to us Muslims living in this age are the same as the Muslims that lived even a thousand years ago. The template we need to adapt as Muslims today is that of the Prophets that were sent to us from Allah SWT (May the peace and blessings of Allah SWT be upon them all).

Allah SWT has mentioned numerous Prophets in the Quran and in particular, when He speaks of them in Sura Al-Anbya:

Indeed, they used to hasten to good deeds and supplicate Us in hope and fear, and they were to Us, humbly submissive.

Dear brothers, you can see from here that the template of the Prophets of Allah SWT is defined.

Firstly, it isn’t just about performing good deeds. Allah SWT mentions the fact that they would rush to perform good deeds. This is a question of mind-set dear brothers. Insh’Allah the aim here should be of a mind-set where we are conscious of Allah SWT and therefore when an opportunity presents itself to do good, we rush to it because we know it will be marked as a good deed. We know that it will please Allah SWT. It’s our love for Allah SWT which makes us rush to do this.

Secondly, the point is mentioned of supplication or dua. There is one thing supplicating to your Lord but this ayat goes further in that it mentions doing so with a sense of fear and hope.

This is important dear brothers. We’ve mentioned love for Allah SWT. However, it is the hope for his mercy and the fear of his punishment that we need to have as a running theme in our supplications to Him.

And for what are we doing all of this dear brothers? Let’s think for a moment. If Insh’Allah, with the mercy of Allah SWT, we are granted pardon for our bad deeds and our good deeds are indeed accepted. What then?

Well, the first answer as every Muslim from an early age will know is that we are spared Jahannam, i.e. the Hellfire and are admitted to Jannat (Paradise).

The Quran speaks of Paradise and we have all imagined life in this fortunate abode. But what then dear brothers?

Once you have fulfilled every desire, every whim. Once you have imagined every pleasure imaginable available to you? What else will give you joy on top of that?

The simple truth is, as Muslims who are the creation of Allah SWT, we have no desire greater than to please Him. No want greater than to feel his pleasure at us. Once everything else is taken away, all we want is for Him to embrace us with compassion and love and be happy at us.

This is the ultimate goal of the Muslim. Once you take away the material pleasures of your final abode, you are left with a very intimate connection to the one who brought you into existence.

Dear brothers, we will all be presented with a time in the future where we will be in front of Allah SWT. Sura Al-Waqia mentions the reward of the best of us in the following ayats:

And the forerunners, the forerunners – those are the ones brought near to Allah

Dear brothers, the forerunners are the best of mankind. And Allah SWT has mentioned their reward here. They will be the ones nearest to Him. And this is what we all yearn for in the Hereafter. This is happiness in the Hereafter.

We can all achieve this through the simplest of actions. Everything we do can become a form of worship of Allah SWT.

To finish off this weeks’ khutba, what follows are three simple tasks we can all do:

  1. Recite Bismillah before each action. Yes, it is true we can do more. There is a supplication for everything, from waking up to visiting the toilet, eating and going to sleep. But this khutba is about keeping it simple, so begin each task in His name and insh’Allah with that, receive the reward of doing it for His pleasure.
  2. Send Greetings upon our beloved Prophet (SAWS). Even if it’s once a day. He is the best of creation so why wouldn’t you want to send salaam upon him? It’s an act that takes seconds to perform but could reward you for an eternity in the hereafter insh’Allah.
  3. Read the Quran. Dear brothers, the Quran is our saviour, our guide, our tangible link to the life beyond death. Read a page, a line or even a word. Just get started on the book of Allah SWT and insh’Allah it will weigh heavily for you in the hereafter.

May Allah SWT enable us to perform simple good deeds. May Allah SWT enable us to be mindful of the HereAfter and may Allah SWT grant us Jannat in the Hereafter.

Ameen wal hamdullilahi rabilalameen.

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Love for Allah

Allah (SWT) says in sura Al Maidah ayat 54


O you who have believed, whoever of you should revert from his religion – Allah will bring forth [in place of them] a people He will love and who will love Him [who are] humble toward the believers, powerful against the disbelievers; they strive in the cause of Allah and do not fear the blame of a critic. That is the favor of Allah ; He bestows it upon whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.


It is probably impossible to find a human being who does not love. Most people love their families, spouses and friends. Others love status and money. You can tell a person’s love for something or someone by what they do and how they act.

And we love all of these things despite their temporary nature, despite the fact that they disappoint us sometimes. It is almost an intrinsic part of a human being. And we all love for similar reasons—we love people for the perceived good qualities that we see in a person or the way they treat us. We love things because of the way those things make us feel.

In sura Al Fusilat aya 17


And as for Thamud, We guided them, but they preferred blindness over guidance, so the thunderbolt of humiliating punishment seized them for what they used to earn.


The Glorious Quran clearly demonstrates the danger of pursuing the love of this Dunya, of this life.


So what does it mean when we say we should we love Allah SWT?


How can we not? If we put together all the reasons why we love other people or things, and then apply it to Allah (swt), we should see that truly it is Him that deserves our love. And because human beings are naturally inclined to love, it is only the love of Allah (swt) that can satisfy this need.


Try to count everything good in your life, and everything that seemed bad but turned out to be good. All that is from Allah (swt).


The fact that you are Muslim. The fact that, as the Prophet ﷺtold us, everything that happens in the life of a Muslim is good, and this is only for the believers.


If you are given blessings, then it is an opportunity to be thankful, and if you are tested, it is for you to be patient and to be rewarded for that patience. Nothing a believer does goes to waste inshallah.



So how does one make one’s heart love Allah SWT? One’s heart begins to feel the love for Allah SWT through:


Reading the Quran with reflection

Performance of more voluntary prayers

The remembrance of Allah SWT through Zikr

Choose what Allah SWT prefers over what you prefer


There is a Hadith which demonstrates how the best of Creation performed such a requirement and is an example for us all once more:


‘A’isha reported: One night I missed Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) from the bed, and when I sought him my hand touched the soles of his feet while he was in the state of prostration; they (feet) were raised and he was saying:” O Allah, I seek refuge in Your pleasure from Your anger, and in Your forgiveness from Your punishment, and I seek refuge in You from You. I can’t do justice to praise You. Only You can praise Yourself as you deserve


We should all aim to strive to match this level of devotion and love for Allah SWT. True happiness and contentment from this life can only come when our hearts feel this love for Allah SWT.


One last reminder is a dua that was recited by the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him):


“Oh Allah I ask you for your love, and love of those who love you, and love of any action that will make me close to loving you”


We ask Allah swt to be from the people who love him and he loves us. We ask Allah to help us to remember him. We ask Allah to help us to thank him. and we ask Allah to help us to worship him.


We ask for his forgiveness, his mercy on ourselves and our family and ummah.


Ameen. Alhamdullilahi rabill alamin

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