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Rajab 1435

Volume 30 No 5

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Submitters Perspective

Monthly Bulletin of the International Community of Submitters Published by Masjid Tucson

Behaviour of a Submitter

A Submitter should have a firm faith in the Singularity of God and the Day of Judgment knowing full well that for all our deeds and even thoughts, no matter how trivial, we will be accountable (21:47). We realise the purpose of our creation and we do not live just for ourselves. [6:162] Say, “My Contact Prayers (Salat), my worship practices, my life and my death, are all devoted absolutely to GOD alone, the Lord of the universe.

Most people are self-centered and self-interested and always seek to make maximum profit as businessmen or get the best deal as consumers. As rational humans, we calculate cost and benefit and net gain. This worldly life becomes a be-all and end-all (30:7). Many people are agnostics and some are even atheists. Our time horizon is very short, and we only think of ourselves and our family and talk of the here and now.

As submitters, we should have strong family ties based on a lawful marriage as commanded by God, a common purpose being procreation,

with adultery being strictly forbidden (4:24). In our family, our parents have a special position (17:23, 31:14) especially when they grow old. We have to be kind to our spouses and bring up children sensibly. Our relatives should also be cared for as well as our neighbours (4:36). We have to be concerned about looking after orphans, the economically and physically challenged and the naïve.
God is trusting us with a chance to do better (67:2) and we must take responsibility for our actions. Our conduct should always be motivated to seek only His pleasure [98:8] Their reward at their Lord is the gardens of Eden with flowing streams, wherein they abide forever. GOD is pleased with them, and they are pleased with Him. Such is the reward for those who reverence their Lord. Our conduct should epitomise some attributes of God, albeit in our own small way – grace, mercy and justice. So we must fulfill our duties to God and our fellow humans, without resentment and acrimony. We cannot be puffed-up with pride and look down on others (31:18). Our

emotions are irrational and fickle and thus should be tempered with love for the cause of God. We can thus have a permanent and secure basis for dependable, responsible and natural good behavior.

We can live a full worldly life as long as it is within the boundaries prescribed by God (28:77). We all desire a righteous life here and a better one in the Hereafter. [2:201] Others would say, “Our Lord, grant us righteousness in this world, and righteousness in the Hereafter, and spare us the retribution of Hell.”

We should be neither greedy nor selfish and we should engage in charity within our means and without any anticipation of gratitude or recompense (76:9). Charity can be done secretly or otherwise (2:271). We should get rid of enmity and spite and try being helpful to please God Alone.

To help us, God in His Divine Benevolence revealed a Quran for us – a Scripture of guidelines, parameters, cautions, instructions, warnings, recommendations

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