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The trials of life?

He Who created Death and Life, that He may try which of you is best in deed: and He is the Exalted in Might, Oft-Forgiving―Al Mulk:2

The above verse explains: the trials of this life are test to see those who would strive for the best in good deeds. To do the most in good deeds or to do the best in goods? A question we need to ask ourselves. We often would rush to do many good deeds, but we we forget to do the best in each deed. Lets take example,.dzikrullah (remembrance of Allah). We often would do dzikr as much as we can but sometimes forgot to understand deeply to what we are saying. Like saying “subhanAllah (Glory be to Allah)” 33 times. We would rush into saying it 33 times but forgot as to why we are saying it that is to glorify Allah. Hence, it doesn’t mean much if we do many good deeds but not doing the best of it. Another example is donation. One can donate as much and many times one wants but the most important that counts is one’s intention to it. Hence the above verse applies to everything we do. Let us do the best of good deeds rather than the most of good deeds. But doing both is so much better. =) Lets have the best of intention when doing anything, that is for the sake of Allah and understand what we are doing. As the common quote goes, “May the best man wins.” [A reminder to myself]

Ibn Kathir commentary (www.tafsir.com):
(He may test you which of you is best in deed.) it means best in deeds. This is as Muhammad bin `Ajlan said. It should be noted that Allah did not say “which of you does the most deeds.” Allah then says, (And He is the Almighty, the Oft-Forgiving.) This means that He is the Almighty, the Most Great, the Most Powerful and the Most Honorable. However, along with this He is Most Forgiving to whoever turns to Him in repentance and seeks His pardon after having disobeyed Him and opposed His commandment. Even though Allah is Almighty, He also forgives, shows mercy, pardons and excuses.

    Virtues of Surah Al-Mulk (Chapter 67 of the Holy Quran)

    Imam Ahmad recorded from Abu Hurayrah that Allah’s Messenger said,

    «إِنَّ سُورَةً فِي الْقُرْآنِ ثَلَاثِينَ آيَةً شَفَعَتْ لِصَاحِبِهَا حَتْى غُفِرَ لَهُ:

    [تَبَارَكَ الَّذِى بِيَدِهِ الْمُلْكُ]»

    (Verily, there is a chapter in the Qur’an which contains thirty Ayat that will intercede on behalf of its reciter until he is forgiven. (It is): (Blessed be He in Whose Hand is the dominion.)) This Hadith was collected by At-Tirmidhi and the four Sunan Compilers. At-Tirmidhi said concerning it, “This is a Hasan Hadith.” At-Tabarani and Al-Hafiz Ad-Diya’ Al-Maqdisi both recorded from Anas that the Messenger of Allah said,

    «سُورَةٌ فِي الْقُرْآنِ خَاصَمَتْ عَنْ صَاحِبِهَا حَتْى أَدْخَلَتْهُ الْجَنَّةَ:

    [تَبَارَكَ الَّذِى بِيَدِهِ الْمُلْكُ]»

    (There is a chapter of the Qur’an that will argue on behalf of its reciter until it causes him to enter into Paradise. (It is): (Blessed be He in Whose Hand is the dominion.))

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