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Surrendering to God’s Will
God and Monotheism
Dr. Shehzad Saleem


According to the Qur’ān, a Muslim should always try to remain thankful to the circumstances the Almighty has ordained for him. Our objective as a Muslim is to surrender to His will since we know that He always means well for us. It is His will which has to ultimately prevail and it is to this will that we must submit. This is the essence of Islam.

In this regard, the true philosophy of life should be understood. We have been created to be tested and tried regarding our deeds. This trial has been conducted through the circumstances which we are put in. If we are put through good circumstances, then our trial is whether we remain thankful to the Almighty, Who gave us without asking and without our having any right. If we are put through difficult circumstances, then our trial is whether we show perseverance and patience in these times or not.

Both these circumstances generally come in a person’s life. They are his real test. He cannot be given total happiness or total misery since that would make the trial profoundly difficult. It is evident from the Qur’ān that the Almighty tests us through difficult circumstances:

i. to punish us for our own misdoings (42:30),

ii. to shield us from greater misery (18:74, 18:79),

iii. to sift out the evil within us (3:179),

iv. to give us the opportunity to earn reward by showing patience (3:142, 76:12).

In such circumstances, it is expected that a person surrender to God’s will and always seek Him. He is our only saviour and refuge – One Who we will never lose like our other relations.


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