Praise and thanks be to Allah

(59) Say (O Muhammad SAW): “Praise and thanks be to Allah, and peace upon His servants whom He has chosen. Is Allah better or what they associate with Him?” (60) [More precisely], is He [not best] Who created the heavens and the earth and sent down for you rain from the sky, causing to grow thereby gardens full of beauty and delight? It is not in your ability to cause the growth of their trees. Is there any deity with Allah? Nay, but they are a people who ascribe equals (to Him). (61) Is He [not best] Who has made the earth a stable ground and and has placed rivers in its midst, and has placed firm mountains therein, and has set a barrier between the two seas (of salt and sweet water). Is there a deity with Allah? Nay, but most of them do not know. (62) Is He [not best] Who responds to the desperate one when he calls on Him, and Who removes the evil, and makes you inheritors of the earth, generations after generations. Is there any deity with Allah? Little is that you remember. (63) Is He [not best] Who guides you through the darknesses of the land and the sea and Who sends the winds as good tidings before His Mercy (rain)? Is there a deity with Allah? High is Allah above whatever they associate with Him. (64) Is He [not best] Who begins creation and then repeats it and Who provides for you from the heaven and the earth? Is there a deity with Allah? Say, “Produce your proof, if you should be truthful.”

Surat an-Naml (The Ant) 27:60-64

Roadmap to Peace

As cliché as this may sound, I think everyone is searching for peace. To be facing a painful situation or a most chaotic circumstance, and yet feel at ease with the decree of Allah, imagine that. So how does one achieve peace? I would like to believe that peace comes from a mix of virtues, all of which are attained by the fulfilment of a Muslim’s duties – in other words – the five pillars of Islam.

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