Sometimes we find ourselves engrossed in so many bad deeds that we begin to wonder if ever we would earn the mercy of Allah. Some people may even go to the extent of stopping all good deeds, because they feel like it’s a waste of time, and that they are just too horrible to even bother trying to please Allah.
Let me tell you that is the trick of the Satan. As a Muslim, never lose hope in the mercy of Allah, for indeed the hadith narrated in Al Bukhari reports that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:
Allah created mercy in one hundred parts and sent down to earth only one part. Because of this one part, there is mutual love amongst creation, so much so that an animal will lift up its hoof from its young one, fearing that it might harm it. Allah has reserved the remaining ninety-nine parts of this mercy to favor His believing servants on the Day of Judgment.
How beautiful! Here are a few verses of the Quran that may serve as a motivation.
1. After a Difficulty, Allah will Soon Grant Relief
So, verily, with every difficulty, there is relief: Verily with every difficulty there is relief. Therefore, when you are free (from your immediate task), still labor hard. And to your Lord turn (all) your attention. (Quran 94:5-7)
2. Allah is the Most Merciful
The Quran Says:
Say: My servants, you who have transgressed against yourselves, do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Truly Allah forgives all wrong actions. He is the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Merciful. (Quran 39:53)
3. Good Things Await Those Who Fear Allah
…And whosoever fears Allah…He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. (Quran 65:2-3)
4. Trials and Tribulations are the Gateway to Paradise
Do you think that you will enter paradise without such trials as came to those who passed away before you? They experienced suffering and adversity and were so shaken in spirit that even the Prophet and the faithful who were with him cried, “When will Allah’s help come?” Ah, verily the help of Allah is near. (Quran 2:214)
5. Only Those Who Disbelieve Despair of Allah’s Mercy
My sons (said Prophet Jacob)! Go you and enquire about Yusuf (Joseph) and his brother, and never give up hope of Allah’s Mercy. Certainly, no one despairs of Allah’s Mercy, except the people who disbelieve. (Quran 12:87)
Surely there is in the person of Allah’s messenger an excellent example for you—for every person who has hope in Allah and the hereafter and who remembers Allah, reciting His name many times. (Quran 33:21)
…So be not of the despairing. (Quran 15:55)
6. Of the Things of this World, Only Good Deeds Matter in the Sight of Allah
Wealth and sons are allurements of the life of this world: but the things that endure, Good Deeds, are best in the sight of thy Lord, as rewards, and best as (the foundation for) hopes. (Quran 18:46)
Do not lose heart nor fall into despair! You shall triumph if you are believers. (Quran 3:139)
Call upon your Lord humbly and in secret. Lo! He loveth not transgressors. Work not confusion in the Earth after the fair ordering thereof, and call on Him in fear and hope. Lo! The mercy of Allah is nigh unto the good. (Quran 7:55-56)
I hope this is useful. On a final note, remember this verse:
So whoever would hope for the meeting with his Lord – let him do righteous work and not associate in the worship of his Lord anyone. (Quran 18:110)