The ultimate goal of every Muslim should be to achieve Jannah. We all want to live a good life and meet our Creator, Allah while He’s pleased with us. However, we don’t know when or where or how we will die. And more important than that, what we’ll be doing or saying, when we meet our end in this temporary life on Earth. So how do we ensure that we die doing good and not doing evil. It is a very special blessing to die in a state where Allah is pleased with us. It goes without saying that the likelihood of us dying while doing good is increased if we are habitually doing good (and by the same token, avoiding evil) on a daily basis. Like with everything else worth achieving, it does require some planning and hard work.
1-Develop Good Habits/Get rid of Bad Habits – Living righteously, obeying Allah and following the teachings of Islam as outlined in the Quran and in the Hadith of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam is a lifestyle. We need to develop the habits such that we fulfill the obligations and stay away from the prohibitions every day of our lives. And when we slip, we return to Allah in repentance, seeking His forgiveness immediately.
2-Help Others – It is extremely important to develop this quality in ourselves for the secret of a happy and fulfilled life is to help others, be good to them and bring joy to their lives all for the sake of Allah alone. In Islam, having a good character is a fundamental requirement. Living life helping others will increase our chances of meeting our Creator when He’s pleased with us.
3-Use the Siwaak – The habit of using the Siwaak (the tooth stick) used for oral hygiene is an established Sunnah of the Prophet (ﷺ). According to a Hadith, ‘Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The Miswak (tooth-stick) cleanses and purifies the mouth and pleases the Rubb.” [An-Nasa’i and Ibn Khuzaimah].
4-Keep Good Company/Avoid Bad Company – The company we keep has a direct effect on us. Our friends and family affect us in many ways, shaping our thoughts, beliefs, actions and habits. While we cannot choose our family, we can certainly choose our friends. Always pick friends carefully. If they are good, they can lead us to doing good and if they are not good, they can lead us in the opposite direction. Good friends a special blessing from Allah.
5-Acquire Knowledge – Acquiring knowledge is a lifelong worship, it helps us be in a state that we are receiving blessings from Allah. If we adopt the lifestyle of the student of knowledge, for the sake of Allah alone, we can assure that our life will be a blessed one.
6- Evaluate Self Daily – Self-evaluation is important in Islam. We are encouraged to ponder upon life and our own actions. Regularly evaluating oneself is an important part of making ourselves better Muslims, leading lives that are continuously improving toward the pleasure of Allah.
7-Be Good to Parents – There are numerous Hadith regarding the importance of parents and the advice to treat them well. Here’s a very comprehensive authentic Hadith on this subject: ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar said, “The pleasure of the Lord lies in the pleasure of the parent. The anger of the Lord lies in the anger of the parent.” (Imam Bukhari, Al-Adab Al-Mufrad).
8-Visit the Sick – Visiting the sick is a great deed. It has amazing value for the person you’re visiting, however there is even more value in it for us. This is recommended in the Hadith as well. It reminds us to be grateful for the blessing of health, Alhamdulillah.
9-Attend Funerals – Attending funerals is also carries a huge reward from Allah. It serves to remind us of our own mortality and to be good in this life while we have time. Doing this often softens the hearts and gives our imaan (faith) a boost and everlasting reward from Allah.
10-Make Duaa – Making duaa is paramount to the success of a Muslim. It is not an optional worship. Allah loves those who ask Him for everything. Allah does not like those who do not ask Allah for everything they need. We should humble ourselves before Allah and reach out to His Mercy with our duaa.
Allah knows best.
May we all meet Allah when He is pleased with us, Ameen.