Everything that we discussed in previous chapters concerning happiness can be summed up in the following: Have faith in Allah, Lord of all that exists. All else that we mentioned hitherto is useless and is of no benefit unless you have faith in Allah. Believing in Allah as your Lord, in Muhammad as His Messenger and accepting Islam as your religion ---- these must be your foundations.
(Whoever works righteousness, whether male or female, while he [or she] is a true believer [of islamic Monotheism] verily to him We will give a good life [in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision], and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do [i.e. Paradise in the Hereafter].)
(Quran 16: 97)
There are two conditions to gaining a good life: faith in Allah and performing good deeds.
(Verily those who believe and work deeds of righteousness, the Most Beneficent [Allah] will bestow love for them [in the hearts of the believers].) (Quran 19: 96)
The one who believes in Allah and does good deeds derives two benefits:
- A good and prosperous life in this world and in the Hereafter.
- A tremendous reward from Allah, the Exalted.
(For them are glad tidings, in the life of the present world, and in the Hereafter) (Qur'an I0: 64)