Ten Guidelines for Life

Allah (swt) introduces to us in the Glorious Qur’an 101: 6-11 the concept of balance of good deeds. Balance stands for the difference between good deeds (+) and bad deeds (-). If your good deeds are heavier than your bad deeds, you will have a heavy balance. If your bad deeds are heavier than your good deeds, you will have a light balance and you will be in the red.

All your deeds are recorded; nothing escapes. With reference to the Glorious Qur’an 17:14, all your deeds are written and the writer is you. On the Day of Judgment, your book will be read and the reader is you. On that day, a judgment will be made and the judge is you.

To help us write our own book and end up with a heavy balance; Allah (swt) gave us an entire Book of Guidance – the Qur’an. To make things easy for you, I am selecting the following guidelines to share with our readers. Please read them carefully and think about them. This is the time to focus on Islam and apply it in your life for an extended period, before you judge it.

1. Freedom of action. You can move in the matrix of life in any direction you like at any speed you like. You are even free to select your own belief system. The Qur’an 18:29 says, ” Say the Truth from your Lord, you may accept it or reject it…”
2. Personal Responsibility. Allah (swt) says in Surah 91 Ayah 7, “By the soul and the way of molding it and its polar nature of wickedness and righteousness. Truly he succeeds who purifies it and truly he fails who corrupts it.” These two guidelines of freedom and responsibility form the foundation of responsible freedom that is essential to every successful human undertaking.
3. Your responsibility does not begin at birth but begins later when you reach puberty. Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be unto him) said: “the pen has been lifted in three (cases) when you wake up from sleep; when your mind returns to you if you lose it and the child until he reaches puberty.”
4. Your objective in life is to worship Him. That is to say if your vision is Paradise, your mission is worship. Vision is where you want to go and mission is how to get there. Allah (swt) says in Surah 51 Ayah 56, ” And I have not created Jinn and Men except that they should serve or worship me.” But what is worship? It is a term that encompasses all deeds: internal and external.
5. Give the Qur’an its five rights : believe in it, read it, understand it, apply it and share it. To examine these five rights consult www.islamonline.net/Quran .
6. You are being watched 24/7. You do what you want and we write what you do. We read in Surah 18 Ayah 49, “And the Book of Deeds will be placed before you and the sinful will be in great terror because of what it contains. The sinful will say: woe to us! What a book is this? It leaves out nothing, small or big. They will find a detailed account of what they did. No one will receive injustice.” Check your account regularly by adding and/or subtracting to maintain a heavy balance. All of us have 24 hours daily but all of us will have different balances.
7. Allah (swt) makes things easy for us during travel, sickness, pregnancy and old age.
8. Allah (swt) invites you to have a partnership – business with Him. “O you who believe. Shall I lead you to a business that will save you from a grievous penalty?” Qur’an 61:10.
9. Spend in the path of Allah. You spend one unit, you gain up to 700 units. Surah 2 Ayah 261 says, “The parable of those who spend their substance (their wealth) in the way of Allah is that of a grain of wheat. It grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives manifold increase to whom He pleases and Allah cares for all and He knows all things.”
10. When you sin, do taubah which will be accepted insha Allah . The taubah will white out or wipe out your sin. It will cancel your bad transaction and improve your balance. “Allah is oft-forgiving, most merciful” Qur’an 2:192.
11. Allah is ready to accept taubah always . He is not only alghafoor but also alghaffaar . The second term means that He will never stop forgiving as long as you never stop repenting properly. “But, without doubt, I am also He that forgives again and again, to those who repent, believe, and do right” Qur’an 20:82.
12. Unlike your account with the bank , your account with Allah stays open even after death. You keep getting hasanat (rewards) from the three sources specified in a Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him) “When the son of Adam dies, his account is closed except from three sources: continuous charity, useful knowledge or a righteous child who prays for him.”

This selection of guidelines may help me and you to answer essential questions about life. What is the purpose of my life? What is the vision and mission of my life? How do I secure a heavy balance? By following the Qur’an, the Book of Guidance/Guidelines, you will have a better chance to smile when you hear: “your book will be read and the reader is you; a judgment will be made and the judge is you.”

About the Author
Dr. Mohammed Saleh

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Dr. Mohammed Saleh spent most of his life in the field of education: teaching, administration and consulting. He taught at the elementary, secondary and university levels. At Umm – Al Qura University (Makkah), Dr. Saleh held the position of Assistant Professor at the College of Education and Associate Professor at the college of Social Sciences. Dr. Saleh had the pleasure of running three k – 12 Islamic Schools in North America: Panama City Florida, Richmond (British Columbia) and Ann Arbor (Michigan.) As an educational Consultant, Dr. Saleh used his life – long experience in education to develop a model of Quran – curriculum integration process (abbreviated Q – cip.) His vision was to share his knowledge and experience with Islamic schools in North America to help teachers integrate the Glorious Quran in all subjects. May Allah swt, in His infinite Mercy, grant him the highest level of Paradise, inshaAllah.

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