The Only Legitimate Consumers of Earth's Blessings
Are the Believers
Allah has created all blessings on earth
solely for the purpose of mankind thanking and praising Him for it. This
includes all things in life, such as the sweet taste of a fruit, all the
wonderful fragrances we smell, the delightful clothes that we wear, or our spouses whom we enjoy, and
everything else we possess and find joy in.
Allah gives us these blessings solely so that we show thanks in return and devote ourselves to Him in exchange. Though Allah is needless, and rich beyond needs, He asks us to show thanks and gratitude, to see if we can do our part. It is for this reason, the disbelievers, those who deny the existence of Allah, do more and more wrong each time they enjoy a blessing Allah gave them. This is because they do not give in return, what Allah asked them for having given them all that they needed and wanted.
"It is Allah who brought you out of your
mothers wombs and you knew nothing at all, He gave you hearing, sight
and understanding so that you might be thankful." (Qur'an 16:78)
For example, when they enjoy a delicious taste, because they fail to return Allah's due by thanking and praising Him for it, they commit a wrong, a sin. When they enjoy the spouses whom Allah made for them, they are again committing wrong because they do not give thanks to Him in return - they are actually committing sin whenever they enjoy anything on earth. Instead, they deny the existence of Allah or had doubts about Him, and harboured arrogance in their hearts to accept the one who created them. In brief, every single moment which disbelievers spend in life add more and more to their sins due to them wrongfully consuming the blessings of Allah.
"It is Allah who has made for you spouses from among yourselves and through them He has given you children and grandchildren and thus provided you with a wholesome provision. How can they believe in falsehood and refuse to acknowledge Allah's blessings?" (Qur'an 16:72)
"It is Allah who has given you a place of rest in your houses and tents made from the skins of animals, that you might find light to handle when you travel and when you set up camp; furnishings and comfort for a while from their wool, fur and hair. It is Allah who has given you shade from what He has created, and places of shelter in the mountains; garments to protect you from the heat, and garments to protect you in your wars. In this way, He perfects His blessings on you so that you may devote yourselves to Him." (Qur'an 16:81)
That is why, no matter how good a disbeliever may seem on the surface in the life of this world, He or she is guilty of great crimes in the sight of Allah. All their actions in the world, though may seem good on the surface, comes to nothing as fitting punishment for not paying Allah's due. Had they devoted their actions to earn the pleasure of Allah and acknowledged and thanked Him for all His blessings, they would have been saved from the Fire of Hell. The believers enjoyed Allah's blessings on earth too, but they devoted themselves to Allah as well and observed His limits in the Qur'an. The disbelievers will be told on the Day of Judgment with regard to their state on earth:
"That is because you wrongfully enjoyed and rejoiced on earth. Enter the gates of Hell, there to remain - an evil home for the arrogant." (Qur'an 40:75-76)
Allah tells them on earth:
"Eat and enjoy for a while, for truly you are criminals." (Qur'an 77:46)
The believers are the opposite of the above group of people. That is because they give Allah, His due: what Allah Has asked them for in return for the favours He has given them: true devotion and appreciation. They do not arrogantly consume Allah's blessings. For the believers, enjoying a blessing of Allah increases them in their reward in the Hereafter. That is why the believers are the only legitimate consumers of all the blessings and luxuries Allah has created in the world - they are the only group of people who pay back Allah what is due to Him. They are rewarded eternally for their fine behaviour in this world, for having submitted to Allah, the Lord of everything.
"Those who are mindful of their Lord will have Gardens with rivers flowing under them, remaining in them timelessly, forever: hospitality from Allah. What is with Allah is better for those who are truly good." (Qur'an 3:198)
The understanding that only the believers are the rightful consumers of all the joys and pleasures available in this world has been explained elaborately:
"Say, 'Who has forbidden the wonderful things and good provisions that Allah has brought forth for His servants?" Say, 'They are meant for those who believe during this worldly life, and they will be exclusive for them on the Day of Resurrection.' It is such that We explain the Revelations for those who know." (Qur'an 7:32)
Moreover, during the time a believer spends on earth, he or she actually leads a much more peaceful and joyful life, though it may not be an extravagant one. Allah states the following regarding the life of this world for a believer:
"Whoever does good work, whether be male or female, being a believer, we will make them live a good life. We will then reward them with the best of what they did." (Qur'an 16:97)
See also: Unwavering Faith in Allah
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