A Muslim thinks about the countless blessings that Allaah has bestowed upon him. He considers the numerous bounties that Allaah has given him — from the time that he was a “drop of fluid” in his mother’s womb. These bounties continue until he meets His Lord. Therefore, a Muslim must thank Allaah for these bounties with his tongue, by praising Him in a proper manner. He must also thank Him with his limbs by using them in obedience to Him. This is how he should behave towards Allaah. Obviously, it is never considered proper etiquette to be ungrateful for the bounties one has received, or to reject the bounties of the One Who gives them. One also should never deny the goodness and bounties he has received. Allaah has Said in the Quran (what means): “And whatever of blessings or good things you have, it is from Allaah.” [Quran 16:53]
Allaah also Says (what means): “And He gave you of all that you asked for, and if you count the Blessings of Allaah, never will you be able to count them.” [Quran 14:34]
Another verse states (what means): “Therefore remember Me (by praying and glorifying), I will remember you. Be grateful to Me and never be ungrateful to Me” [Quran 2: 152]
A Muslim thinks about Allaah’s Knowledge and the fact that He is watching everything, under every circumstance. The Muslim’s heart, then becomes filled with awe, respect and love for Allaah. He becomes shy and embarrassed to disobey Him. This is how he should behave towards Allaah. Obviously, it is not proper for a slave to go against his master by disobeying him or by treating him with disrespect, while his master is witnessing and watching him.
A Muslim also ponders over Allaah’s Power and Control over him, and submits to this control. He knows that there is no escape or fleeing from Him. Allaah is the only source of refuge and shelter. Therefore, the Muslim flees to Allaah and throws himself before Him. He leaves his affairs with Allaah and puts his trust in Him. This is how he should behave with respect to his Lord and Creator.
Allaah has Said (what means): “There is not a moving (living) creature but He has grasp of its forelock.”[Quran 11:56]
Allaah also Says (what means): “So flee to Allaah. (from His Torment to His Mercy – Islamic Monotheism). Verily, I (Muhammad) am a plain warner to you from Him.” [Quran 51:50]
Allaah Says (what means): “Put your trust in Allaah if you are believers indeed.” [Quran 5:23]
A Muslim also considers how Generous and Compassionate Allaah has been to him in all of his affairs. He considers Allaah’s Mercy upon him and upon all of His creation. He desires to have more of that mercy. He then humbles himself to Allaah with sincere humility and supplications. He seeks a means of approach to Allaah with the best of speech and good deeds. This is how he should behave towards his Lord, Allaah. It is not proper to lose hope of receiving more of His Mercy, which encompasses everything, nor should one be pessimistic about receiving more of Allaah’s Generosity. Certainly, Allaah has Stated (what means): “My Mercy embraces all things.”[Quran 7:156]
Allaah also Says (what means): “Allaah is very Gracious and Kind to His slaves.” [Quran 42:19]
Allaah has also Said (what means): “Certainly, no one despairs of Allaah’s Mercy, except the people who disbelieve.” [Quran 12:87]
Another verse states (what means): “Despair not of the mercy of Allaah.”[Quran 39:53]
A Muslim always considers Allaah’s power to punish severely and His swift reckoning. He does his best to obey Allaah and tries to live without disobeying Him. This is all part of proper behavior towards Allaah. People of intelligence know that it is not proper for a weak and incapable slave to commit acts of disobedience towards the Lord Who is the Powerful, the All-Capable, the Strong, the Dominant. He has Said (what means): “But when Allaah wills a people’s punishment, there can be no turning back of it; and they will find besides Him no protector.”[Quran 13:11]
Allaah also Says (what means): “Verily, (O Muhammad) the seizure (punishment) of your Lord is severe and painful.” [Quran 85:12]
Allaah also Says (what means): “Allaah is All-Mighty, All-Able of Retribution.” [Quran 3:4]
A Muslim should also think about Allaah while he is disobeying Him, as if Allaah’s threat is already being applied to him, that His punishment has come upon him due to his action. He should also think about Allaah while obeying Him and following His Laws, as if His Promise has already come true for him, that Allaah’s Pleasure is being bestowed upon him. Having good expectations or thoughts about Allaah is part of the etiquette due to Allaah. It is not correct for a person to have bad thoughts about Allaah and disobey Him, and think that Allaah is not watching what he is doing or will not call him to account. Allaah has Said (what means): “But you thought that Allaah knew not much of what you were doing. And that thought of yours which you thought about your Lord, has brought you to destruction; and you have become (this Day) of those utterly lost!…”[Quran 41: 22-23]
Allaah also Says (what means): “And whosoever obeys Allaah and His Messenger, fears Allaah, and keeps his duty (to Him), such are the successful.”[Quran 24: 52]
In conclusion, a Muslim must be thankful to his Lord for the bounties He has given him; he must be shy towards his Lord whenever he is inclined towards committing a sin; he must sincerely turn to his Lord, put his trust in Him, hope for His Mercy and fear His punishment. He must have good expectations concerning Allaah fulfilling His Promises and carrying out His threat to any of His slaves if He wills. This is how he should behave toward Allaah. The more that he sticks to these matters and guards them, the greater his position will be and the higher his rank will be with his Lord. He shall be greatly blessed by Allaah; he shall become one of the devoted slaves of Allaah, and of those people whom Allaah protects. He shall be enveloped by Allaah’s Mercy and shall have Allaah’s Blessings bestowed upon him.
This is the utmost that any Muslim could hope to achieve and what he should strive for throughout his life.
O Allaah, make us Your devoted slaves. O Allaah, make us among those whom You protect. O Allaah, make us among those who are close to You, O Allaah, Lord of the worlds.