How To Gain Salvation & Recover from a State of Annihilation
According to the Islamic conviction, a man is born without any sins, for God`s creation is pure and without any spoil. We Muslims know that Allah SWT has given Satan freedom till the Day of Judgment so that there can be distinction among true believers and ignorant ones. Although every individual has goodness in itself from beginning, but it can come under the harmful influence of Iblees (the Wicked One) and commit mistakes. Adam and Hawa (Eve) had liberty to enjoy bounties of the Jannah (paradise), and were forbidden to go near a particular tree. But they were diverted by the Demon, and they went near that tree, so they were sent down to earth, which shows that humans are not safe from the attack of the Lucifer.
Since, goodness is present in the nature of a man, no matter how much one commits evils and wrongdoings, one day it realizes its errors and seeks morality, even having a trace of insight left in it. The word “salvation” generally means to rescue from a state of annihilation, obscurity or malevolence. The religious interpretation of it is to set free from sins and its damaging effects. While other religions especially Budhism considers way of recoup from evil is by renouncing the world. On the other hand, Islam stresses on taking worldly life as a constant struggle, use things positively and avoid mischief to retrieve decency. The present form of Christianity takes man as impure from birth due to sin of Adam, when actually it is made solely through chaste soul by Allah Almighty.
“And when I have proportioned him and breathed into him of My [created] soul, then fall down to him in prostration.” [Quran, 15: 29]
God, the Exalted says in this verse about making of Adam from His created soul, which means it is flawless as there is only Goodness with Allah. That is why a true believer always repents on its offenses and looks for purification of heart and soul to go back to its natural state.
There are many effective ways of attaining salvage from sins, some of which are described below:
Remembrance of the Almighty
The best method of recovering from a state of evil is to believe in the Oneness of God, and His constant remembrance. This act serves a shield from making faults in the future, purifies one`s soul, and make it living life according to His instructions. This memory and fear of presence of the Creator the worlds helps in protection against whispers of the Prince of Hell, i.e. Satan. A true believer is portrayed in the Holy Quran as a consistent seeker of God`s mercy through His recollection.
“Who remember Allah while standing or sitting or [lying] on their sides and give thought to the creation of the heavens and the earth, [saying], “Our Lord, You did not create this aimlessly; exalted are You [above such a thing]; then protect us from the punishment of the Fire.” [Quran, 3: 191]
It shows that one can achieve salvation through praying to Allah, by reflecting on the worldly and universal miracles like human birth, constant behavior of the heavenly bodies like the sun and the moon etc. an individual can get consciousness about the Lord`s Greatness, and His obedience.
Seeking Allah`s Forgiveness
Life in this world is full of trials, but a man is also awarded with great conscious and intellect, which helps it to differentiate between right and wrong. But, still, sometimes it is distracted by evil spirits and cannot use its intelligence. That is why the Holy Quran is full of Ayats which not only give us guidance but also give us great hope by reminding us how Merciful and Compassionate the Almighty is, so that it can recollect its conscious.
“And whoever does a wrong or wrongs himself but then seeks forgiveness of Allah will find Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” [Quran, 4: 110]
When Adam and Hawa (Eve) realized their mistake and repented on it in front of the Most Generous, He forgave them and gave them a chance to live justly on earth. It means that one can gain salvage from this act, and start its life like never had done a single fault before.
Consciousness of the Hereafter
Believing in the second life and considering the world as a temporary place to live in is the essence of Islamic faith. It helps in having awareness about living rightfully on earth and guards against doing wrongs. Allah Almighty has directed us in Furqan e Hameed to remember that Eventual Day and be alarm of the dreadful fire of Hell.
“And fear the Fire, which has been prepared for the disbelievers.” [Quran, 3: 131]
So, to become a true disciple of the religion of peace, and attain salvage from all kinds of crimes, one should constantly keep in mind the torment of hellfire in the hereafter.
Being Aware of Angels Presence
Every true Muslim knows that God has appointed two angels, one on right shoulder of a person, another on the left, and they continuously record everything we do. The Holy Quran describes it in the following way:
“When the two receivers receive, seated on the right and on the left. Man does not utter any word except that with him is an observer prepared [to record].” [Quran, 50: 17, 18]
So, one should be mindful of doing every act, like in speech, where we normally are inclined towards speaking ill about others, e.g., backbiting, making fun of others by calling them with nicknames, lying etc. And such small deeds jumble up to give rise to bigger sins in the future. So, while being aware of the angels taking notes of our actions, one can achieve salvation and gain morality.
In short, making mistakes is a part of human life. A sin is not a sin until it becomes habitual, avoidable, and person having knowledge about it. And the salvation from such evils can only be attained with the Help of Allah SWT and consciousness of His teachings. May the Almighty give us will and desire to seek salvation from wrongdoings in our lives. Ameen