بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّ حِيْمِ
says in Surah Luqman;
Whoever submits his whole self to Allah, and is a doer of good, has grasped indeed the Most Trustworthy Hand-Hold: and with Allah rests the end and decision of (all) affairs. (31:22)
What is total submission and how can one submit totality? One way that total submission can be materialised is during Salaat. In salaat when we stand we are supposed to cut-off ourselves from the world and know that Allah is in front of us. We are supposed to pray with our heart and body; our total personality.
In connection with this Prophet Muhammad (pboh) is reported to have said “the Lord doth not regard a prayer in which heart doth not accompany the body”. Are you putting you entire personality in front of your Lord?
Allah records for our understanding two Messengers who expressed total submission. Prophet Abraham (as) and our beloved leader Muhammad (pboh).
Allah records Abraham (as) as saying
Say: "Truly, my prayer and my service of sacrifice, my life and my death, are (all) for Allah, the Cherisher of the Worlds. (6:162)
He recognised that he had no say of his own. Everything is for Allah. His submission was so remarkable that even after he got the son he craved so much for and the command came to leave him in the wilderness he obliged even though he may have had emotional discomfort.
The same is evident in the seerah of Prophet Muhammad (pboh). Allah says;
‘Nor does he say (aught) of (his own) desire’. (53:3)
Prophet (pboh) never said anything of his own desire. Everything was on the basis of Divine Command. He always waited on a command/revelation from Allah and never took it on his own to give an opinion.
Before Islam came we never saw this sort of dedication to Allah. The Israelites who were so blessed by Allah never submitted to Him. They chose instead to send and rely on their Messengers. The Christians stand before Jesus (as) not God Almighty.
This is why when Jibraeel asked Prophet Muhammad (pboh) in the presence of his Companions “Tell me about Ihsaan”. To which Prophet (pboh) replied “That you worship Allah as if you see Him, for if you don't see Him then truly He sees you”.
If you put yourself in Allah’s care you would have submitted to the best of your ability. Those who practice this would surely have grasped the Most Trustworthy Hand-Hold that would never break.
If someone is drowning naturally they will grab on to something that is strong that won’t break. Therefore get your hand held onto by Allah.
Everything boils down on your intention. And this is what Satan works on because he himself showed his true self intention when his test came. Allah knows all of our intentions and one day it will come out. Therefore live your life with good intention and insha Allah you will be from amongst thoe who would have held on to the Trustworthy Hand-Hold.
It is not easy and can be very challenging, but whoever does so will be given their just reward.
Is it recorded in Bukhari and Muslim that Allah will say, “Send forth those who are destined for hell! Adam (as) will say “Who are those”? Allah will say “Out of every 1000, 999 go to hell and 1 to paradise”.
Strive to be that one regardless of the society and situation.
May Allah make it easy for us all. May He enable us to continuously work on purifying our intentions and may He allow us to grasp that Hand-Hold that will save us from His punishment and lead us to eternal bliss.