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Indications that Allah is pleased with His servant

HTML clipboardQ: What are the indications of Allah's Pleasure, may Allah reward you with the best?
 All praise be to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, Companions and those who follow them in piety and righteousness till the Day of Judgment!
 In the Glorious Qur'an, Allah informed us that He is pleased with righteous words and deeds.

"If you disbelieve, then verily, Allh is not in need of you; He loves not disbelief for His servants. And if you are grateful (by being believers), He is pleased therewith for you." [Surah Al-Zumar, 39: 7]

Accordingly, showing gratitude for Allah's Bounties, devoting our worship to Allah and keeping away from major and minor Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship) are all reasons for earning Alla's Pleasure, as Allah says: "And if you are grateful (by being believers), He is pleased therewith for you." [Surah Al-Zumar, 39: 7]

Moreover, Allah is pleased with our being grateful and devoted to Him and performing acts of worship in the best manner as made obligatory by Him. He (Exalted and Glorified be He) says: You (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) will not find any people who believe in Allh and the Last Day, befriening those who oppose Allh and His Messenger (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم), even though they are their fathers or their sons or their brothers or their kindred (people). For such He has written Faith in their hearts, and strengthened them with Rh (proofs, light and true guidance) from Himself. And He will admit them to Gardens (Paradise) underneath which rivers flow to dwell therein (forever). Allh is pleased with them, and they with Him. They are the Party of Allh. Verily, it is the Party of Allh that will be the successful. [Surah Al-Mujadalah, 58: 22]

According to this Ayah (Qur'anic verse), Allah informs us that He is pleased with those who give priority to the love of Allah over the love of anyone else including parents, sons, brothers, family and property. Moreover, Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) says: "Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم to mankind): "If you (really) love Allh then follow me (i.e. accept Islmic Monotheism, follow the Qur‘n and the Sunnah), Allh will love you and forgive you your sins." [Surah Al-`Imran, 3: 31]

Accordingly, Allah (Exalted and Glorified be He) informs us that following the way of Muhammad (peace be upon him) is a means of earning Allah's Pleasure. Furthermore, He (Exalted be He) says: "O you who believe! Whoever from among you turns back from his Deen (Islm), Allh will bring a people whom He will love and they will love Him; humble towards the believers, stern towards the disbelievers, fighting in the Way of Allh, and never fearing of the blame of the blamers." [Surah Al-Ma'idah, 5: 54]

Thus, characteristics of those loved by Allah include their being humble towards the believers, stern towards the disbelievers, fighting in the Way of Allah, and never fearing of the blame of the blamers. Therefore, people as such are rightfully described as loving Allah and being loved by Him. In other words, Divine pleasure and love are earned by obeying Allah through doing that which He enjoined us to do and avoiding that which He forbade. By doing so, we will reach the stage of Awliya' (pious people).

In this regard, Allah (Exalted be He) says: "No doubt! Verily, the Auliy‘ of Allh [i.e. those who believe in the Oneness of Allh and fear Allh much (abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which He has forbidden), and love Allh much (perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained)], no fear shall come upon them nor shall they grieve. Those who believed (in the Oneness of Allh ? Islmic Monotheism), and used to fear Allh much (by abstaining from evil deeds and sins and by performing righteous deeds). For them are glad tidings, in the life of this world (i.e. through a righteous dream seen by the person himself or shown to others), and in the Hereafter. [Surah Yunus, 10: 62-64]

Allah refutes the claim that Divine pleasure is indicated by merely being endowed with wealth, children and other worldly pleasures in the Ayah that reads: "Do they think that in wealth and children by which We increase them" [Surah Al-Mu'minun, 23: 55]

"We hasten unto them with good things. Nay, [it is a Fitnah (trial) in this life so that they will have no share of good things in the Hereafter] but they perceive not." [Surah Al-Mu'minun, 23: 56 / Tafsir Al-Qurtubi].

Similarly, Allah (Exalted be He) refuted the claim of Jews and Christians that they are the children and loved ones of Allah although they disbelieve in Muhammad (peace be upon him) as He says: "And (both) the Jews and the Christians say: ’We are the children of Allh and His loved ones.“ Say: ’Why then does He punish you for your sins?“ Nay, you are but human beings of those He has created." [Surah Al-Ma'idah, 5: 18]

Disbelieving in Muhammad (peace be upon him) and claiming to be the Children of Allah, although Allah is far above having children, their claim that Allah loves them is of no avail and they are even considered the Enemies of Allah. Moreover, they cannot be the Awliya' of Allah; rather, His Awliya` are the pious.

Refuting the claim of the Quraysh that they deserved to be the custodians of the Haram (the Sacred Mosque in Makkah) despite their disbelief. Allah says: "and they are not its guardians? None can be its guardians except Al-Muttaqn (the pious - See V.2:2), but most of them know not." [Surah Al-Anfal, 8: 34]

 Therefore, it is Allah's guiding a person to do what Allah enjoins and to be steadfast on the straight path that are signs of Allah loving and being pleased with that person. However, a Muslim should continue doing good and not become overconfident which might lead to arrogance and self deception. Rather, one should be diligent in doing good deeds and ask Allah to make them remain steadfast on the true path and not to lead their hearts astray after being guided.

This is why the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) would frequently say: "O Controller of the hearts make my heart steadfast in Your Deen."

Once `Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) asked him: Why is your most frequent invocation : "O Controller of the hearts! Make my heart steadfast (upon Your Deen)"? He (peace be upon him) answered, "How can I feel safe? Every human being's heart lies between the two Fingers of Allah. Allah guides the heart of whoever He wills and allows the hearts of whoever He wills to stray."

Fatwas by His Eminence Shaykh `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Muhammad Al Al-Shaykh