03 Nov Sūrah Maryam [Mary]:(19:96).Part1
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ سَيَجْعَلُ لَهُمُ الرَّحْمَـٰنُ وُدًّا
Surely those who believe and do good, righteous deeds, the All-Merciful will assign for them love…(Maryam 19:96)
Those for whom God the All-Merciful has promised to assign love among the inhabitants of the earth and heavens need not to do extra things to be loved by others beyond believing and doing good deeds purely for God’s sake.
Verbs in Arabic imply repetition and renewal. Therefore, the infinite verb “āmanū” (they believe) in the verse suggests that those who believe do not remain content with simply coming to belief.
Instead, they constantly deepen their belief and pursue further and further horizons by self-renewal through continuous research, meditation, and new discoveries. They not only believe but also spend their lives doing good, righteous deeds. Hence, those who have such a belief and fulfill the requirements of belief in accordance with how God wants them to be fulfilled attain God’s love and regard first, and then they receive people’s welcome. That is, God the All-Merciful assigns for them love among humankind, angels, and jinn. The following hadīth explains this clearly:
When God loves a person, He declares, ‘I love that person, so you, too, love him!’ (Archangel) Gabriel, too, loves him and announces among the inhabitants of the heaven, ‘God loves that person and you, too, love him!’ and the inhabitants of the heaven also love him. ( Bukhārī, Badu’l-Khalq, 6; Adab, 41; Tawhīd, 33; Muslim, Birr, 157; Tirmidhī, Tafsīru Sūrah 19:6.)
In fact, the love between God and human beings begins with God’s loving them.
Those who feel God’s love for them love God in return. This interaction occurs either by God’s creating the causes of His love in those He will love or by loving them in advance due to their future deeds and virtues and awakening their consciences to what is good and virtuous. The main source or dynamics of both of these attainments on the part of human beings is God’s special regard and favor and His love for them.
One’s voicing that they have been honored with such a favor can be regarded as a boastful claim, but it is a fact that those who serve God’s cause and humanity in different parts of the world receive this favor. Today, in almost every corner of the world from the Central Asian steppes to the inmost parts of America, from the midst of Europe to Africa and from there to Australia, the voices of those heroes of service are heard. Time will show what their activities and sacrifices mean for their local community and the whole humankind. When one considers them only from the perspective of the area where they are active, one cannot help but say,
“If God had not assigned love and acceptance for those volunteers in the hearts of the people of this world, how would they be able to do that service?”
Indeed, those friends know that serving God’s Religion, their society, and the whole of humanity is the goal of their life, and they live accordingly at a time when calamities follow each other in the world.
Thinking constantly of God, they pursue only God’s good pleasure even while resting, walking, eating, or drinking.
Once various people from different levels of society—men and women, young and old—come together for this sacred ideal and action—or in the words of the verse, once they “believe and do good, righteous deeds”—God assigns love and acceptance for them on the earth.
Personally, I can explain the quality and the dimensions that those activities for God’s sake have attained despite all adversities only in this way and bow down in humbleness and gratitude, saying:
“My Lord! All of this is only out of Your pure grace!”