To worship Allah azza wa jal and attain the pleasure of Allah azza wa jal by:
1. Directing our sincere devotion to Him alone.
2. Achieving the true following of His messenger, Muhammad ṣallā Allāhu ʿalayhi wa- ala ālihi wa-sallam
Abu Sa’eed al-Khudree (ra) relates that the Prophet Muhammad ṣallā Allāhu ʿalayhi wa- ala ālihi wa-sallam said: “Allah, the Lord of Honour and Glory, will call the inmates of Paradise, ‘O Residents of Paradise!’ They will respond, ‘Here we are, our Lord, and all good is in Your Hands. ‘He will ask them:’Are you now pleased?’ They will answer: ‘Why should we not be pleased, our Lord? When You have bestowed upon us such bounties which You have not bestowed on any of Your other creation. ‘He will then say to them: ‘Shall I not bestow upon you
something even better than that?’ The inhabitants of Paradise will inquire: ‘What could be better than that?’ Allah will say, ‘I bestow upon you My Pleasure and shall never thereafter be displeased with you.’”
Verily, our Lord, Your Pleasure is more exalted and precious than any felicity. We put Your pleasure above and before all else. By doing so we follow in the footsteps of our Prophet Muhammad ṣallā Allāhu ʿalayhi wa- ala ālihi wa-sallam who sought Your pleasure before asking for Paradise in his supplications: “O Allah, I ask You for Your Pleasure and Paradise.”
Allah azza wa jal is indeed more precious to us than anything else, and He is Greater than all else. His pleasure is also more valuable than any other objective:
“But the greatest bliss is the good Pleasure of Allah: that is the supreme success.” [Surah At-Taubah (9), Ayah 72.]
Allah, Exalted is He, is the First: there is nothing before Him; and He is the Last: there is nothing after Him. He is the Most High: there is nothing above Him, and He is the Most Near: there is nothing nearer than Him. He is the Ever-Living and the One who sustains and protects all that exists. He is the All-Mighty; the All-Wise; the All-Aware; the All-Knowing; the All-Seeing; the Owner of Power; the Most Strong. He has power over all things; everything is in need of Him; all actions are easy for Him; and He is in need of nothing whatsoever:
“There is nothing like unto Him; and He is the All-Hearer, the EverWatching.” [Surah Ash-Shura (42), Ayah 11.]
It is He who creates all things from nothing and provides after destitution. He
gives life and causes death. He resurrects the dead from their graves; and to Him
will be the final return on the Day of Judgment, when He forgives whom He wishes to
forgive, out of benevolence, and punishes whom He wishes to punish, out of justice:
“Such is Allah, your Lord. His is the Sovereignty. None has the right to be worshipped but He. How then are you turned away?” [Surah Az-Zumar (39), Ayah 6.]
All save Him, Exalted is He, will perish:
“Whatsoever is on it [the earth] will perish; but the Face of your Lord, full of Majesty and Honor will abide forever.”[Surah Ar-Rahman (55), Ayah 26-27.]
So how could we not consider the Pleasure of Allah: to be our ultimate goal for which we strive and break away from whatever opposes it, so that we can have recourse to its protection and delight in it?
“So flee to Allah (front His Torment to His Mercy) Verily, I (Muhammad) am a plain Warner to you from Him.” [Surah Az-Zariyat (51), Ayah 50.]
Our Prophet Muhammad ṣallā Allāhu ʿalayhi wa- ala ālihi wa-sallam taught us that the Pleasure of our Lord is our refuge and shelter:
A’isha said: “I missed the Messenger of Allah in bed (one night) so I looked for him and (suddenly) my hand perchance felt the sole of his feet in the mosque. They were upright (in sujud position) and he was saying: Allaahumma innee A’udu biridhaaka min Sakhatika, wabimu ‘aafaatika min ‘Uqoobatika, wa A’udhu bika minka, Laa Uhsee Thanaa’an ‘Alaika, Anta kamaa Athnaita ‘Alaa
Nafsika.” (“O Allah! I seek refuge in Your Pleasure front Your Wrath, and in Your Pardon from Your Punishment; and I seek refuge in You from You. I could never praise You enough (as You deserve], You are as You have praised Yourself.”)
The Pleasure of Allah, Mighty is He, is an objective before which all other objectives diminish in importance:
“And Allah is better [as regards reward in comparison to your reward], and more lasting [as regards punishment in comparison your punishment.” [Surah Ta-Ha (20), Ayah 73.]
Whoever finds and attains it has indeed found everything could possibly need; and whoever loses it or is misguided away from has lost everything. This is the person that Allah, has left stray,”…and sealed his hearing and his heart, and put a cover on his sight. Who, then, will guide him after Allah? [Surah AlJaathiya (45), Ayah 23.]
One of the mercies that Allah has granted His creation is His undertaking to
realize this aim (of pleasing Him) for all those who seek it with sincerity:
“Allah chooses for Himself those whom He wishes, and guides unto Himself those who turn to Him in repentance and in obedience.” [Surah AshShura (42), Ayah 13.]
Allah, Exalted is He, never turns away anybody seeking His guidance. Instead, He assists and guides them to it:
“As for those who strive hard in Our cause, We will surely guide them to Our Paths (Allah’s religion).” [Surah Al-‘Ankabut (29), Ayah 69.]
On the authority of Abu Hurairah (ra) who said that the Prophet Muhammad ṣallā Allāhu ʿalayhi wa- ala ālihi wa-sallam said: “Allah the Almighty says: ‘I am as My servant expects Me to be. I am with him when he makes mention of Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assembly better than it. And if he draws near to Me a hand’s span, I draw near to him arm’s length; and if he draws near to Me an arm’s length, I draw near to him a fathom’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed.’ ”
How could we not then make Allah azza wa jal’s Pleasure our ultimate goal?
A Muslim’s objective illuminates his path, outlines his endeavours, regulates his footsteps, actions and positions. You find him walking on the ground while his heart is set on the Heavens. He goes forth one instance and holds back another; sometimes hastens and sometimes slows, speaks on one occasion and holds his tongue on another. During all this he is proceeding confidently towards his ultimate goal.
This objective makes the Muslim intolerant of neglecting the commands of his Rabb or disobeying film in any way. For doing so would come between him and his exalted aim. It also makes him waste little of his time, lest it should come to nothing. He is cautious not to spend the fleeting moments of his life on anything that does not please his Rabb.
One of the merits of a Muslim’s ultimate goal is that it controls the means by which it is achieved. The goal does not serve to justify the means for those who wish to attain it, nor does it allow them to justify any means with a view to achieving that goal. Rather the goal controls the means which, in its turn, is controlled for it. The goal would not be attained by any words or actions unless these are done with sincerity towards Allah and in accordance with the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad ṣallā Allāhu ʿalayhi wa- ala ālihi wa-sallam.