Happiness: Now and Forever* (10:62 – 10:67)

Happiness: Now and Forever*

[10:62] Absolutely, GOD’s allies have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.
*10:62-64 Most people think that they have to wait until the Day of Resurrection before they receive their rewards for righteousness, or the retribution for wickedness. But the Quran repeatedly assures the believers that they are guaranteed perfect happiness here in this world, now and forever. At the end of their interim here, they go directly to Paradise (see Appendix 17).

[10:63] They are those who believe and lead a righteous life.
[10:64] 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.
[10:65] Do not be saddened by their utterances. All power belongs to GOD. He is the Hearer, the Omniscient.
[10:66] Absolutely, to GOD belongs everyone in the heavens and everyone on earth. Those who set up idols beside GOD are really following nothing. They only think that they are following something. They only guess.
[10:67] He is the One who rendered the night for your rest, and rendered the day lighted. These are proofs for people who can hear.

All believers strive to be God’s allies.

[5:55] Your real allies are GOD and His messenger, and the believers who observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), and give the obligatory charity (Zakat), and they bow down. [5:56] Those who ally themselves with GOD and His messenger, and those who believed, belong in the party of GOD; absolutely, they are the victors.

What are the steps to prove that we are God’s allies?

We need to prove that we are God allies under all circumstances

The Test is Mandatory

[29:2] Do the people think that they will be left to say, “We believe,” without being put to the test? [29:3] We have tested those before them, for GOD must distinguish those who are truthful, and He must expose the liars.

[3:179] GOD is not to leave the believers as you are, without distinguishing the bad from the good. Nor does GOD inform you of the future, but GOD bestows such knowledge upon whomever He chooses from among His messengers. Therefore, you shall believe in GOD and His messengers. If you believe and lead a righteous life, you receive a great recompense.

How do we become one of God’s allies? Is it something we do or something that God allows?

Perfect Happiness: Now and Forever

[41:30] Those who proclaim: “Our Lord is GOD,” then lead a righteous life, the angels descend upon them: “You shall have no fear, nor shall you grieve. Rejoice in the good news that Paradise has been reserved for you. [41:31] “We are your allies in this life, and in the Hereafter. You will have in it anything you wish for; you will have anything you want. [41:32] “(Such is your) ultimate abode, from a Forgiver, Most Merciful.” 

Abraham

[21:51] Before that, we granted Abraham his guidance and understanding, for we were fully aware of him.*
*21:51 Was Abraham so smart as to discover God, or, did God grant him the intelligence because He knew that he deserved to be saved? As it turns out, this whole world was created to redeem those among us who deserve redemption. When the angels suggested that all the rebels, humans and jinns, must be banished out of God’s kingdom, ‘I know what you do not know’ (2:30). At the same time, this world proves Satan’s incompetence as a god (App. 7).

How do we define perfect happiness?

  • Being in a state of appreciation
  • Being in a state of contentment
  • Being in a state of peace
  • Knowing that God is running everything
  • Never getting angry or objecting
  • Complete trust in God

Do you need to be “mumen” to be in perfect happiness?

[49:15] Mu’mens (believers) are those who believe in GOD and His messenger, then attain the status of having no doubt whatsoever, and strive with their money and their lives in the cause of GOD. These are the truthful ones.

Is perfect happiness only a mental state or is it also physical state?

[2:155] We will surely test you through some fear, hunger, and loss of money, lives, and crops. Give good news to the steadfast.[2:156] When an affliction befalls them, they say, “We belong to GOD, and to Him we are returning.”
*2:155 The test is designed to prove that we worship God alone under all circumstances (29:2). 

Can you break your finger and be perfectly happy?

God can transform a bad situation to a good one. Change what the devil did for your harm, for your good and make the devil work for you. Someone may step out of God’s grace and suffer a consequence, but God can transform that bad deed to a good one in ways that we can’t imagine. 

New Bionics Let Us Run, Climb and Dance | Hugh Herr | TED Talks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDsNZJTWw0w

http://www.npr.org/2014/09/19/347414978/how-do-you-reinvent-yourself-after-a-near-death-experience

What Really Matters at the End of Life | BJ Miller | TED Talks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apbSsILLh28

[25:70] Exempted are those who repent, believe, and lead a righteous life. GOD transforms their sins into credits. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

– “starve the ego, feed the soul”

Can you be in perfect happiness before completing your admission tests?

As the header states perfect happiness can occur “now” and forever. When we start abiding by God’s laws we will be perfectly happy. We will need to maintain it despite what challenges or the devil attempts to do to get us off the path.

Can you go in and out of perfect happiness?

Yes, as long as we abide by God’s laws we will be in perfect happiness. 

[4:147] What will GOD gain from punishing you, if you became appreciative and believed? GOD is Appreciative, Omniscient.

[4:123] It is not in accordance with your wishes, or the wishes of the people of the scripture: anyone who commits evil pays for it, and will have no helper or supporter, against GOD. 

How do we balance contentment vs. desire to strive?

The act of striving is what brings contentment not the other way around. We are either growing or declining. If we are growing we will be content if we are declining then we won’t be content. 

Guaranteed Happiness Now and Forever

[16:97] Anyone who works righteousness, male or female, while believing, we will surely grant them a happy life in this world, and we will surely pay them their full recompense (on the Day of Judgment) for their righteous works.

Tony Robbins – On Achievement Versus Fulfillment
http://fourhourworkweek.com/2016/08/10/tony-robbins-on-achievement-versus-fulfillment/

“Life is happening for us not to us, if we can figure out why they life is magnificent” – Tony Robbins  

“Suffering is any emotion that takes you out of your beautiful states” 

“Success without fulfillment is the biggest disappointment”

10:67 – We don’t realize what a blessing it is that there is a day and night and how the world would be unsustainable without this alteration.

Humans Fail to Make a Firm Stand

[20:115] We tested Adam in the past, but he forgot, and we found him indecisive. [20:116] Recall that we said to the angels, “Fall prostrate before Adam.” They fell prostrate, except Satan; he refused. [20:117] We then said, “O Adam, this is an enemy of you and your wife. Do not let him evict you from Paradise, lest you become miserable. [20:118] “You are guaranteed never to hunger therein, nor go unsheltered. [20:119] “Nor will you thirst therein, nor suffer from any heat.” [20:120] But the devil whispered to him, saying, “O Adam, let me show you the tree of eternity and unending kingship.” 

Introduction:

Perfect Happiness: Now and Forever

One of the most elusive objectives of every human being is “Happiness.” The Quran reveals the secret of attaining perfect happiness in this life and forever. We learn from the Quran that happiness is an exclusive quality of the soul. Thus, a body that attains all the material successes it longs for – money, power, fame, etc. – often belongs to an unhappy person. Happiness depends totally on the degree of growth and development attained by the soul, the real person. The Quran provides a detailed map towards perfect happiness for both body and soul, both in this world and in the eternal Hereafter (Appendix 15).

In the numerous verses throughout this proven Testament, God personally guarantees the believers’ happiness, now and forever:

  Absolutely, God’s allies will have nothing to fear,       
  nor will they grieve.                                     
  They are those who believe                                
  and lead a righteous life.                                
  For them happiness in this life, and in the Hereafter.    
  Such is God’s inviolable law.                             
  This is the true triumph                        [10:62-64] 

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