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Advice of Scholars - TO ATTAIN HAPPINESS

It is necessary to be a Muslim so that you can attain happiness in this world and in the Hereafter, while living peacefully and joyfully. One who has faith and does his worships is called a Muslim. Having faith means to believe in six certain principles and all of the commandments and prohibitions. Allâhu ta’âlâ is pleased with those who are true Muslims. A true Muslim is loved by Allâhu ta’âlâ. Being a true Muslim requires you to have the faith communicated by the Ahl-as-Sunna savants, and to worship correctly and sincerely.

Allâhu ta’âlâ has promised that He will love such people, that He will inspire fayds and nûrs into their hearts in the world and that in the Here-after He will give thawâb (blessings) as a reward for the worships performed correctly and sincerely.

Worshipping means doing the commands (fards) and taqwâ means avoiding the prohibitions (harâms). Performing an act of worship correctly requires learning how it is to be done, and performing it by following the things you have learned. Ikhlâs means doing every worship for the sake of Allâhu ta’âlâ only. Worshipping Allahu ta’âlâ is done either by giving away one’s property or by worshipping physically. For example, performing pious and charitable deeds, saving Muslims from trouble, remembering Allahu ta’âlâ, and asking for forgiveness (tawba) are all forms of worship.

There is no ikhlâs (sincerity) but riyâ (hypocrisy) in the worship which is done to obtain property, rank, respect or fame. Such worship is not rewarded with blessings. It will be a sin and a cause for being tormented. Dark stains develop in the hearts of those who commit harâms or bid’a (heresy), and also in the hearts of those who are the friends or neighbours of disbelievers or lâ-madhhabî individuals.