Al-Mulk 67:1-2

Blessed, exalted is He
who holds all control in His hand
who in His Hand is the dominion
power
authority
and He is over all things
able
competent.
Who created death
and life
so that He may test you
who among you
is indeed
– not most, but –
best in deed
excellent in action
beautiful in character
and He is
the All-Mighty
the Exalted
Most Honorable
the One
deserving of our
best
worship
But if we fall short
If we falter
Know –
that He is
the Oft-Forgiving
the Most Forgiving.

“Blessed is He in Whose Hand is the dominion, and He is Able to do all things. Who has created death and life, that He may test you, which of you is best in deed. And He is the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving.”

Practice

Allah mentions in the Quran the virtue of intending to be good, striving upon the path of goodness, and keeping to it. And because one treads upon this path, Allah increases their guidance, steadfastness, patience and piety. Whoever practices a good habit, Allah makes it easier for them. And whoever thanks Allah for what He has given, Allah gives them more in return.

“While as for those who accept guidance, He increases their guidance, and bestows on them their piety.” (Quran Surah Muhammad 47:17) And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.’ (Surah Ibraheem 14:7)

The Prophet peace be upon him said, “Whosoever would be chaste and modest, Allah will keep him chaste and modest, and whosoever would seek self-sufficiency (relying on no one but Allah), Allah will make him self-sufficient, and whosoever would be patient, Allah will give him patience. And no one is granted a gift better and more comprehensive than patience.” (Muttafaqun ‘alayh)

In another narration, the Messenger of Allah pbuh said: “Whoever wants to refrain from asking, Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, will help him to do so, and whoever wants to be patient, Allah will help him to be patient. No one is ever given anything better and more far-reaching than patience.” (Sunan an-Nasa’i 2588)

Knowledge is the Goodness of this World

Al-Hasan said regarding the verse [al-Baqarah 2:201], “Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good!”: It is knowledge and worship; “and in the Hereafter that which is good”: It is Paradise. Ibn al-Qayyim said, This is from the best explanations of this verse. Indeed, the greatest of the goodness of this world is beneficial knowledge and good actions. [Miftah dar as-Sa’ada Vol 1/102/397] Because of the importance of knowledge, Allah commanded His Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) to seek more of it. Allah says, “and say: ‘My Lord! Increase me in knowledge’” [Ta-Ha 20:114] Ibn Hajar commented that this is a clear proof of the excellence of knowledge. This is because Allah did not order the Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) to request for an increase in anything except for knowledge. [Fath al-Bari 1/141]