For Their Own Good

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Here is my shortest blog for Friday Reflections. Enjoy reflecting and musing over the Divine words. The Majestic Quran makes a surprising claim and presents it as a law of nature, “Visible proofs have come to you from your Lord, whoever observes them, does so for their own good; and whoever is blind to them, on his head be it” (Al-Anam: 104).

This and the following verses highlight our individual responsibilities and thus empower us. Your success in the Hereafter depends on your self-accountability. So, seek Allah’s help and don’t give up, “Everyone is held ransom by what they do” (Al-Muddasar: 38). Therefore, save yourself and choose determination and action.

مَّنْ عَمِلَ صَـٰلِحًۭا فَلِنَفْسِهِ

Whoever does righteous works, does so for their own good” (Al-Fussilat: 46).

وَمَن شَكَرَ فَإِنَّمَا يَشْكُرُ لِنَفْسِهِ

And whoever gives thanks, does so for their own good” (Al-Naml: 40).

وَمَن تَزَكَّىٰ فَإِنَّمَا يَتَزَكَّىٰ لِنَفْسِهِ

And whoever purifies themselves, does so for their own good” (Al-Fatir: 18).

وَمَن جَـٰهَدَ فَإِنَّمَا يُجَـٰهِدُ لِنَفْسِهِ

And whoever works hard, does so for their own good” (Al-Ankabut: 6).

مَّنِ ٱهْتَدَىٰ فَإِنَّمَا يَهْتَدِى لِنَفْسِهِ

Whoever accepts guidance, does so for their own good” (Al-Isra: 15).

فَمَنْ أَبْصَرَ فَلِنَفْسِهِ

Whoever observes Allah’s proofs, does so for their own good” (Al-Anam:104).

Conclusion

These verses embody the interwoven connection between our actions and our ultimate destinies. They beckon us to embrace self-accountability, acknowledge the transformative potency of our choices, and embark on a journey towards self-enhancement. As we reflect upon these verses, let’s remember that our triumph in the Hereafter is attainable, moulded by our exertions, our intentions, and our commitment to the path illuminated by Divine wisdom.

By answering the two questions below, you will derive an empowering message:

  • What do you understand by ‘for their own good’?
  • How would you describe the Quran’s approach to empowering us?